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Estelle: Take Me There by Carolee Dean

Take Me There by Carolee Dean Publication Date: July 20, 2011 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 320 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: violence, illiteracy, absent parents Format read: Paperback from the library. Summary: An unfortunate situation drives Dylan out-of-town, just when he thinks his life is taking a positive turn. Talk about deceiving covers. I thought […]

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January 21, 2013 - 4:08 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I absolutely HATE when the cover (or even the blurb) makes you think a book is going to be totally different from what you end up reading. I mean, how hard is it to make the cover match or at least reflect the tone in the book? Seriously, it can’t be that hard.

I probably wouldn’t have read this one anyway because all I think when I see covers like this is: First of all, who lays down on the pavement? Ugh. Gross. Next, who makes out in the middle of a road? No one. No one does. These cannot be real people. And if there are people who make out LAYING on the road, I would secretly judge them. What do you do when a car comes? Sheepishly wave? Plus, okay don’t laugh, but it seriously looks like he’s like a vampire taking her blood. No? Is that just me? Oh well.

I’m Hannah, and I clearly judge books by their covers.

January 20, 2013 - 7:59 pm

VeganYANerds - I bought this months and months ago and it’s just been sitting on my shelf. I remember seeing your rating and thinking I would leave it for a while and I’m hesitant to read it because I really dislike drama for the sake of drama!

And I can understand wanting to finish anyway, I’d need to know how it all ends!

January 20, 2013 - 12:20 am

Kristen Evey - Bahaha! Love the Nick Sparks references. Exactly how I feel about him too. 😉

I think this is one that I’ll stay away from. Since I don’t read a ton of contemps, I want to go into ones that I know I’m going to like from the get-go. Thanks for the review Estelle!

January 18, 2013 - 7:45 am

Lori - I looove that cover and it definitely gives me the same impression that you had. I hate when that happens. It happened to me with Kiss Crush Collide, which was supposed to be like Perfect Chemistry…but wasn’t. At all. Anyway, this one sounds interesting enough, but I don’t like the sound of a jaded Nicholas Sparks character. 🙂 I think I’ll skip this one.

January 17, 2013 - 2:37 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Remember the other day when we talked about how a book’s setting can get certain things wrong.. like distance & how quickly a character gets from point A to point B? Well, since the majority of this story takes place in Texas (just north of where I live), I had a really hard time with all the driving around this dude did. The story made you feel like he got there in one afternoon & then to another place by evening & then back home before the day ended. Um no. Texas is quite large.

I know that’s a silly detail to comment on, but it’s something that bothered me about this novel. Also, that cover. So misleading.

January 17, 2013 - 11:38 am

Leoni - I read this a while ago and remember being disappointed because I expected a love story and that wasn’t really the case at all. The cover is too misleading I think…

January 17, 2013 - 11:12 am

Alexa Y. - You just so accurately described how I feel about Nicholas Sparks novels. No wonder we’re friends 😉

This certainly sounds like it’s quite the journey. I would be curious to see how it all ends as well, so I *might* take another look at this one…

January 17, 2013 - 11:04 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - Yeah, I was all SWOON at that cover and then I read your review and was all womp womp.

If I’m ever in the mood for something gritty and unexpected, I’ll be sure to keep this one in mind!

January 17, 2013 - 9:13 am

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - Well, I definitely agree with the expectation that this is a sexy love story! The cover positively screams it. This doesn’t really look like a book for me, but I’m glad you enjoyed it! Great review!