Destination Unknown by Amy Clipston

It’s senior year, and Whitney Richards is tired of the constant pressures to be perfect. When she gets a D in Calculus, her mother immediately hires a tutor, worried Whitney won’t get into the “right” college—her alma mater—with imperfect grades. Her tutor, Taylor, is a quiet, mysterious boy who is unlike anyone Whitney has met before. But Taylor’s rougher upbringing has her mother and friends discouraging any type of relationship.

Tired of having to play a part for everyone else, Whitney quits the cheerleading squad that once defined her social identity, and begins spending more time with Taylor. Her mom and friends worry Whitney is making a huge mistake, and even Taylor begins to show concern for some of her choices. But for the first time, Whitney is in the driver’s seat of her life. Will she be able to find her identity—and God’s plan for her life—before she throws everything away?

Destination Unknown is the second book in Amy Clipston’s young adult contemporary series. (Check out my review of book one here)

This is my second time reading this book. I was re-reading it in preparation to read the newest addition to the series, Miles from Nowhere.

If you read my review on the first book in the series, Roadside Assistance, then you know I am not particularly fond of the book. So when it came time for me to re-read Destination Unknown, I was dreading it. I thought it was going to be just as torturous to read as the first one.

I am so happy that I was wrong.

Destination Unknown was, in my opinion, way better then the first book. Whitney was a very likable character, and the storyline was great.

As a sophomore in HS right now, I am starting to face those major decisions about my future, just like Whitney. So this book really was refreshing for me because I saw her keep her faith in God throughout the whole book, and it reminded me that’s just what I need to do. I never thought a fiction book like this would help me strengthen my faith!

The characters were all fantastic.

Whitney was strong and dependable. But she wasn’t perfect, like everyone thought she was. She had her faults. I admired her.

Taylor was not overly perfect, thankfully. He had a sweet and kind heart. I also admired how he loved his sister and his mother so much. And I can’t forget how he works in a BOOKSTORE!? And he happens to have the same taste as Whitney!? Can I just find a guy like him, minus the motorcycle?

Whitney’s mother was actually pretty comical. It was sad. I know this can be a true situation, though, and I am so thankful I have a mom that guides me and wants what’s best for me, but also supports my own decisions and opinions.

I also love how the romance wasn’t forced or steamy. It felt natural and young. Whitney and Taylor weren’t making out all the time. Amy (the author) did a great job of keeping the romance young and blooming.

Overall, this is a fresh story with great characters that you will fall in love with. It’s totally clean and a great read for just about anyone.

-Lilian-

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