Start Here
Two teens go on a life-changing sailing trip as they deal with the grief of losing their best friend in this heartwrenching, hopeful novel from the author of Something Like Normal and In a Perfect World.Willa and Taylor were supposed to spend the summer after high school sailing from Ohio to Key West with their best friend, Finley. But Finley died before graduation, leaving them with a twenty-five-foot sailboat, a list of clues leading them to destinations along the way, and a friendship that’s hanging by a thread.Now, Willa and Taylor have two months and two thousand miles to discover how life works without Finley—and to decide if their own friendship is worth saving.From acclaimed author Trish Doller comes a poignant tale of forgiveness, grief, and the brilliant discoveries we make within ourselves when we least expect it.

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TitleStart Here
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 13th, 2019
PublisherSimon Pulse
ISBN-139781481479912
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary

Start Here Review

  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to Simon Pulse for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review| Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest |
  • Andi (Andi's ABCs)
    January 1, 1970
    I have a crazy soft spot for friendship books and this fit the bill. It was exactly what I needed to read when I needed to read. I was told it's a me book and it was. It really was. Review to come!
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    "2018"
  • Colleen's Conclusions
    January 1, 1970
    A review will be coming soon!
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, and as soon as I opened the package, I was really excited. First of all, the cover is absolutely gorgeous -- I took so many pictures for Instagram because I loved the font, the colors, the Polaroid pictures...everything about it! *major heart eyes* And then once I sat down on the beach with this book and started reading it, I found myself sucked into the story of Willa and Taylor's epic adventure. I fin I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, and as soon as I opened the package, I was really excited. First of all, the cover is absolutely gorgeous -- I took so many pictures for Instagram because I loved the font, the colors, the Polaroid pictures...everything about it! *major heart eyes* And then once I sat down on the beach with this book and started reading it, I found myself sucked into the story of Willa and Taylor's epic adventure. I finished this entire book (over 340 pages!!) in 24 hours because I couldn't make myself stop reading. So without further ado, let's get into my review!As the summary explains, Willa and Taylor are still mourning the loss of Finley, their best friend who died from cancer. Before she passed, Finley had made grand plans with them to sail from Ohio to Florida in a boat that they bought and worked on together -- but now that she's gone, it's only Willa and Taylor that have to make the journey. Which isn't easy, since Finley was the one bond they had between them. And because they're still grieving and confused. So the girls set off on this rocky journey, trying both to survive the trip and also to survive each other, not sure if their friendship can be salvaged in the wake of Finley's death.I definitely enjoyed reading this book. Seeing the sailing adventures that Willa and Taylor encountered made me start itching to go on my own adventure, even though I've never been a sailor and I definitely wouldn't know how to get a boat from Ohio to Florida the way Willa and Taylor did, LOL. I loved all of the spontaneous things that came with this trip, such as last-minute hotels, concerts, new friends, daring stunts, and everything in between. If you have a serious case of wanderlust, then this is definitely the kind of book for you.Something else that I really enjoyed about this book was the way that it highlighted how the friendship between Willa and Taylor was rocky, turbulent, and definitely not perfect. It doesn't hide behind the facade of everything being okay -- these girls are grieving, they're hurt, they're angry, and they also believe that Finley was the glue holding them together, and they aren't meant to be friends without her. This book doesn't cover up that grief and make them instantly get along. Hell, it doesn't even instantly make the first apologies worthwhile. These girls have a lot to learn, both about the open water and about each other, if they ever want the trip to work. At first, I really wasn't a fan of both of their attitudes, particularly toward each other, but through time I got to learn more about them as characters and I found it much easier to crawl into their headspace.There was only one thing that I wasn't super crazy about with this book, and it's the fact that the story is told entirely in third person. This isn't usually a huge deal for me, but the fact that the chapters kept switching perspectives between Willa and Taylor, but still was in the third person, left me confused a lot of the time. I had to keep going back to reread and orient myself on what was going on. I have no issues with third person in and of itself, but when a story is being told in dual-perspective chapters, I felt that that was where I started to get pretty confused. It's just one small writing choice, and my opinion is in no way the be-all-end-all, but I just found myself really confused a lot of the time.Overall, I enjoyed reading Start Here. It was a quick, adventurous read that sucked me into Willa and Taylor's story, and the book had so many ups and downs that I kept wanting to turn the page to find out what was going to happen next. This is the perfect beachy summer read for me -- I sank my toes into the sand and got lost at sea with Willa and Taylor! I'm incredibly grateful that Simon Pulse was kind enough to read out and send me a review copy, because it helped me find another fascinating story. I'd recommend checking this one out!
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  • Megan McCaffrey
    January 1, 1970
    Netgalley gave me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.Start Here is told in chapters from Taylor and Willa’s perspectives. Willa has spent her life studying and is from a lower income family. Taylor comes from a wealthier family and is an inexperienced sailor, averse to risks. Both were only friends because of Finley, who died of leukemia. Finley planned the sailing trip. Embarking on the journey, they must now figure out how to get along. Though it took me longer to appreciate Taylor, I l Netgalley gave me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.Start Here is told in chapters from Taylor and Willa’s perspectives. Willa has spent her life studying and is from a lower income family. Taylor comes from a wealthier family and is an inexperienced sailor, averse to risks. Both were only friends because of Finley, who died of leukemia. Finley planned the sailing trip. Embarking on the journey, they must now figure out how to get along. Though it took me longer to appreciate Taylor, I loved both protagonists. They have contrasting lives and personalities. They both matured by the end of the novel. I loved the ending, it suited both their characters.I liked the writing style of the novel, Doller describes settings wonderfully. Some complaints on the prose are annoying filter words and the similarity of Taylor and Willa’s POV sections. Their voices and narration styles are identical, variation would have been nice. While their love interest were likely, I wish they had received more development.Additionally, the plot moved too quickly in certain parts. For example, Willa spends four days with her love interest, this period is condensed into a paragraph. We don’t see them spending time together. Overall, I enjoyed this book. Fans of Sarah Dessen would enjoy this novel.
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  • DJ
    January 1, 1970
    Copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Willa and Taylor were ready to spend their summer sailing from Ohio to Key West with their best friend Finley. But Finley dies before graduation and the girls have to decided if they still want to take the trip. It's their best friends last request but their friendship is strained. They decided to take the once in a life time trip and find themselves along the way. They are tested mentally, physically and emotionally b Copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Willa and Taylor were ready to spend their summer sailing from Ohio to Key West with their best friend Finley. But Finley dies before graduation and the girls have to decided if they still want to take the trip. It's their best friends last request but their friendship is strained. They decided to take the once in a life time trip and find themselves along the way. They are tested mentally, physically and emotionally but they come out stronger. Start Here was a beautiful story of loss, friendship and finding your way.
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  • Jesse
    January 1, 1970
    I could hear the wind and waves sailing with Willa and Taylor while they struggled to salvage their friendship. Sometimes you just need to read about women supporting each other and finding their own ways in the world. 🦀 🏴☠ ⛵ 🌮 🚲 ❤ ☀ ⛈ I could hear the wind and waves sailing with Willa and Taylor while they struggled to salvage their friendship. Sometimes you just need to read about women supporting each other and finding their own ways in the world. 🦀 🏴‍☠️ ⛵️ 🌮 🚲 ❤️ ☀️ ⛈
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    I read this book in one sitting and yes! I still love everything Trish Doller has ever written. Friendship! Road/boat trip! Summer vibes!
  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    This was a summer read that had heart. I had some issues with their parents allowing them to go on the trip but once I got past that it was good.
  • Loren
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. I could not put it down the entire time I was reading it. It is a very good book about friendship with very minimal romance.
  • Pallavi
    January 1, 1970
    RATING: 4.5/5 STARS Willa and Taylor's best friend, Finley, has passed away from leukemia, leaving the two girls with a list of clues and a request to complete the sailing adventure the three of them had planned to go on after graduation from high school. Since Finley was the glue that held Willa and Taylor together, their trip has a rocky start, but along the way they bond over fond memories of Finley and discover more about themselves, too.START HERE is a bittersweet novel. It manages to deftl RATING: 4.5/5 STARS Willa and Taylor's best friend, Finley, has passed away from leukemia, leaving the two girls with a list of clues and a request to complete the sailing adventure the three of them had planned to go on after graduation from high school. Since Finley was the glue that held Willa and Taylor together, their trip has a rocky start, but along the way they bond over fond memories of Finley and discover more about themselves, too.START HERE is a bittersweet novel. It manages to deftly tackle the heaviness of grief, but balances it with lighthearted moments. The story is told in chapters alternating between Willa and Taylor's point-of-views, allowing the reader to experience each of their thoughts, personalities, and aspirations. Willa and Taylor don't always get along, but reading both their perspectives had me sympathizing with the difficulties they dealt with. They are teenagers who make mistakes, but what I admired about them was that they were resilient and managed to see the positive side of terrible situations. Their deepening friendship, with its ups-and-downs, was refreshing and honest.The setting of this book was really unique. There is a lot of nautical terminology in the narration, but it was integrated nicely into the story and I was able to follow along even though I'm not very familiar with sailing. I enjoyed reading about how the girls navigated the boat and the people they met during their travels. Their destinations were vividly described and some were places that I recognized or had been to, which was fun to read about through a fictional lens. The imagery in Trish Doller's writing is simple, yet evocative. I liked the descriptions of Taylor's polaroid photographs and Willa's thrift shop finds.This book is a perfect summery read full of substance and heart. If you'd like to read a charming and sincere story about recovery from loss and female friendships, I'd highly recommend giving START HERE a try. The plot is slow-building and character-driven so the reader can truly empathize with and get to know Willa, Taylor, and Finley. But it's also well-paced and had enough action to keep my interest throughout.A sincere thanks to Simon Pulse for providing an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Social: @_shelf.awareness on Instagram
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  • Sasha (seetheworldwithbooks)
    January 1, 1970
    Look at that gorgeous cover!!
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