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Just Visiting

by Dahlia Adler

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If you want a great book about friendship, Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler is the perfect fit. No major realistic fiction issues. No abuse, neglect, rape, drugs, etc. Quite refreshing, actually.

Reagan and Victoria are social outcasts for two vastly different reasons. Reagan is what most people would call trailer park trash, despite her 4.0 cum while putting in as many hours as possible at Joe’s diner. Vic on the other hand is of Latino descent in the lily white mid-Kansas town of Charytan. Having been expelled from school in Arizona, her professor parents moved the family to Kansas where they both found jobs at the local community college.

Despite their differing backgrounds, Reagan and Vic become fast friends, although each hide something of importance from the other. Having realized that the only way out of their personal hells is to go away to college, we come upon them (Vic actually) planning their college visits, knowing that they want to go to the same school and be roommates.

Reagan and Vic are a contrast in opposites. Reagan wears the same battered jeans and t-shirts while Vic is into fashion design, making her own clothes and looking gorgeous. Having been through a bad relationship, Reagan is avoiding boys while Vic wants to meet some hot boys. While Reagan is interested in classes and the library, Vic is interested in sororities.

To find out whether their dreams will be fulfilled and what stumbling blocks they encounter along the way (which they do, otherwise, why write the book?), you’d be wise to read Just Visiting, in some ways a more realistic portrayal of friendship and in some ways a more idealistic friendship. Nevertheless, we’d all be lucky to have such a friendship. In the meantime, let’s vicariously enjoy theirs.

P.S. A good end of summer beach read…Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend. ( )
  EdGoldberg | Sep 2, 2016 |
Just Visiting is a story about two friends who are determined to break out of their small town in Kansas. Reagan Forrester wants to escape her family and the trailer park she has lived in her entire life. Victoria Reyes wants to go to a school where she wont be judged for being Mexican. This book is relatable to teens and is perfect for Juniors or Seniors approaching college .Vic struggles with taking as many APs as she can while getting perfect grades, and holding down her job at her local dinner. Many overworked and overbooked students will find themselves relating to her as she works struggles to get everything done.Throughout the book Regan and Vic visit different colleges and try to determine what their futures will look like. This book is perfect for someone who's future is unclear and who wants to find their own path. Just visiting is 407 pages and is an easy and fast read. I read it in just a day and it is perfect for someone who is looking for a fun book to enjoy. I thought this book was a well written and heartwarming tale about friendship and committing to ones future. ( )
  brookelmartin | Jan 22, 2016 |
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Reagan Forrester wants out - out of her trailer park, out of reach of her freeloading mother, and out of the shadow of the relationship that made her the pariah of Charytan, Kansas. Victoria Reyes wants in--in to a fashion design program and a sorority, in to the arms of a cute guy who doesn't go to Charytan High, and in to a city where she won't stand out for being Mexican. One thing the polar-opposite best friends do agree on is that wherever they go, they're going together. But when they set off on a series of college visits at the start of their senior year, they quickly see that the future doesn't look quite like they expected. After two years of near-solitude following the betrayal of the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart, Reagan falls hard and fast for a Battlestar Galactica-loving, brilliant smile-sporting pre-med prospective... only to learn she's set herself up for heartbreak all over again. Meanwhile, Victoria realizes everything she's looking for might be in the very place they've sworn to leave. As both Reagan and Victoria struggle to learn who they are and what they want in the present, they discover just how much they don't know about each other's pasts. And when each learns what the other's been hiding, they'll have to decide whether their friendship has a future.… (more)

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