The Possibility of Somewhere: Blog Tour

Publication Date: September 6th, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Series: None
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher & Netgalley

Ash Gupta has a life full of possibility. His senior year is going exactly as he’s always wanted-- he's admired by his peers, enjoying his classes and getting the kind of grades that his wealthy, immigrant parents expect. There's only one obstacle in Ash's path: Eden Moore—the senior most likely to become class valedictorian. How could this unpopular, sharp-tongued girl from the wrong side of the tracks stand in his way?

All Eden's ever wanted was a way out. Her perfect GPA should be enough to guarantee her a free ride to college -- and an exit from her trailer-park existence for good. The last thing she needs is a bitter rivalry with Ash, who wants a prized scholarship for his own selfish reasons. Or so she thinks. . . When Eden ends up working with Ash on a class project, she discovers that the two have more in common than either of them could have imagined. They’re both in pursuit of a dream -- one that feels within reach thanks to their new connection. But what does the future hold for two passionate souls from totally different worlds?

About the author:

Julia Day lives in North Carolina, halfway between the ocean and the mountains. She has two twenty something daughters and one geeky old husband. When she's not writing software or stories, Julia enjoys traveling with her family, watching dance reality shows on TV, and dreaming about which restaurant ought to get her business that night. 


**Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin's Griffin for granting me access to this title in exchange for an honest review. 

This modern day Romeo & Juliet story (but without the death at the end) and also Pride & Prejudice retelling, was different than what I was expecting, but in a good way.

Eden Moore has the highest GPA in her senior class, but that doesn't mean her peers let her forget that she lives in a trailer park or that her mother was the town floozy. Her dad is also a lazy, abusive racist that she can't wait to get away from. Her one saving grace in her hellhole of a life is her amazing stepmother, Marnie. Eden has the golden opportunity to escape her life in Heron, NC, but she needs to win a prestigious scholarship to do so. Unfortunately, her rival Ash Gupta, is also in the running for it.

Ash Gupta has the second highest GPA in his class, and his parents don't let him forget it. They are strict Indian immigrants who don't want any nonsense from their son. Ash also wants to escape his slightly different life, and to do so, he needs the scholarship.

One of my favorite things about this book was how slow the romance was. Usually in YA Contemporary the romances happens instantly, and it can ruin the story for me. Ash & Eden were total enemies for three years because they both had been competing for the top spot in their class. But after being assigned to two projects together, their hateful feelings start to develop into those of friendship, and then something more.

I admired Eden because she was a hard worker coming from a hard life. She babysat during the week for a single mother with two kids, one who had Austism. Her schedule was 7PM-7AM and she would do  her homework after the kids went to bed. She maintained her top grades even though her circumstances were crappy. She never complained, and even spent money helping her stepmother and father out. But she was also prideful and judgmental. Eden was mad that Ash was going for a scholarship even though she thought he could easily afford to go wherever he wanted. But that wasn't the case at all.

Eden was also really stubborn and pigheaded, especially when it came to Mundy. Before Mundy, Eden never had any friends. Her life was lonely, and she said she liked it that way, but after she became friends with Mundy, it got 1000x better. There's a point in the story where Eden gets mad at Mundy for something that is going to happen, and she throws a tantrum and basically says that Mundy should have never befriended her. It was a mess. But then in typical teen fashion, they made up soon after.

Eden and Ash's journey throughout the year was so interesting to read about as they both faced their owns trials and tribulations at home, and at school. Their lives were so similar, but so vastly different. It was definitely an engaging ride.

My only complaints were that it felt too rushed at times. Like the Peyton interview that we never got to read about. It was just glossed over after the first interview. Also, secondary characters weren't as well developed as I would have liked them to be. I also didn't really feel like Ash and Eden's relationship was really there all the time. It seemed mostly like it was more sexual in nature because they couldn't keep their hands off each other and I felt like there was only sexual chemistry and not actual chemistry. For example, when they were still enemies, Ash would constantly look Eden up and down. Maybe it's just me, but there wasn't much to their relationship.

I applaud Julia Day for her debut novel, because it focused on a lot of subjects that aren't usually mentioned in YA: racism, stereotypes, xenophobia, domestic abuse, and potential sexual abuse/rape. This is not your typical YA book where everything is fine and dandy. There are conflicts, and lots of emotions.

This debut wasn't perfect, but it was still a good read thanks to Day's writing and the tough topics she covered.  


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