Review: Where Life Takes You

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Title: Where Life Takes You
Author: Claudia Y. Burgoa
Publication Date: July 31, 2013
Publisher: Createspace
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Becca Trent lived her childhood next to a cruel woman—her mom—who lived to torment and neglect her. During her high school years, her mother married; bringing home not only a new husband, but a step sister her same age. The latter took over her Mom's role—making Becca's life miserable. Including stealing Ian—Becca's best friend and boyfriend—Lisa treated her worse than her mother had for the previous fifteen years. A couple years later, thing ended up in tragedy. 

Becca buried that part of her life in the deep corners of her psyche, caught between sanity and nightmares. Between therapy, work and her constantly looming past she can't seem to find room to breathe. The memories of her late step-sister, Lisa, are her closest company. 

Her best friend, Dan gives her that family love she always lacked. Everything was close to perfect, until everything and everyone from her past came back. Now she's trying to figure out how to survive and keep that bond which seems now to be held together by a thread. 

Note: This is the first part of a two book novel


Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours and the author for providing a review copy. This is no way affected my views on the novel.

I am not sure how to start this review because my emotions are all over the place. I don’t know if I’m glad that the gloominess is over or whatever, but I truly admire the characters, most especially Becca. Where Life Takes You started out as confusing, on my part. There were a lot of issues and trauma that Becca had been experiencing, but these were never pointed out at the start. Also, there were suddenly so many characters appearing out of no where (for a short book,) and I kind of had a hard time grasping them. The pacing of how things were revealed was good, and I loved the character development.

At first, I was really annoyed and maybe hated Becca for being so gloomy and sad and thinking that she’s unlovable and all those crappy negative thoughts, even though it was clear that there were people around her who love her. I guess going through all those things she went through when she was young made her become like that. It’s understandable, but it doesn’t change the fact that I got annoyed at her attitude. There were also times that Becca and Dan didn’t act like siblings, even though Becca claimed that he was like a brother to her, which was confusing at times. In the end, I liked how Becca started to learn a lot of things, including how to let go of the past. I am truly proud of what she did by the end of the book, although I sort of have seen it coming.

Dan was annoying, too. He was controlling and moody most of the time, but it was really obvious that he cared for Becca. It was nice that he became Becca’s pillar of support, and helped her most of the time. I came to appreciate him as the pages went by, but in the end, I got annoyed with him all over again when he got controlling all over again.

Where Life Takes You has a balance between romance, friendship and family, which was really beautiful. Amidst the gloomy mood the novel has, it shows the beauty of letting go and learning how to stand on our own two feet to become an even better individual than we were before.



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