Home is Where You Are by Tessa Marie
published on September 30th 2014 (self-published)
young adult | romance | contemporary
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Anna’s life reads like a check list.
Straight A’s (Check)
Editor of the school paper (Check)
Volunteering time at the local soup kitchen (Check)
Ivy League (So close she can taste it)
Falling in love with a homeless boy (Not on the list)
Dean has a plan too. Survive. After being subjected to his foster father’s violent attacks, Dean made the hard choice to leave. Now he lives on the streets doing everything he can to get by, refusing to let people help him. But when he meets Anna, he realizes not everyone is out to hurt him.
Slowly, Anna and Dean let each other in, blending their two worlds into one. But when a series of events brings Dean’s world into perspective, he pushes Anna away. Not willing to accept the line that divides them, Anna sets out to bring Dean back to her. Her determination and faith in their future puts her on the tracks of danger, and he is the only one who can save her.
“A place is just that, a place. But a home. A home is where your heart is.”
This cover doesn’t do this beautiful, heartwarming story any justice, people. This book is more than just a romance (although there is definitely a lot of that), it’s also a story about second chances, and changing for the better.
While this book doesn’t have the most unique plot, the characters and the writing were gorgeous.
The characters were really fleshed out and all had distinct personalities, especially our main characters.
Dean went through a lot of character development. At first, he was as hard as a rock, and after meeting new people, he realized a lot of truths, and he came to be a caring and lovable hero. He always believed that he had nothing else to live for, but then he found that you could be family with people who aren’t blood related to you.
Anna was a bit stuck-up and rigid at first, but by the end of the story, she was more relaxed and at home. I loved how she willingly gave second chances to the people around her who had disappointed her. See, her mom and brother haven’t really been there for her, but when they came around and asked for her forgiveness and made promises to be better for her, she didn’t push them away. She accepted them with open arms.
“We may be part of two very different worlds, but right now we’re in our own together.”
Now together… Excuse me and give me a few minutes to swoon. Oh God, guys. Dean and Anna were just so perfect together. They had so much chemistry that I thought my eReader would explode. At first they were iffy towards each other, but then they started spending more and more time with each other and just… *sigh*
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick, sweet read, and who wouldn’t mind a not-too-realistic story.
Aimee loves being a little bookworm (okay–she doesn’t like being little). She also loves chocolates and sweets but is freaked out by the thought of possibly getting diabetes.