|Digital List Price:||$8.99|
|Print List Price:||$8.99|
Save $0.45 (5%)
Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
This price was set by the publisher
Take Me There Kindle Edition
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
More About the Author
I got involved in journalism and my teacher told me that I had to participate in the University Interscholastic League Competitions. I didn't know what that was, but there wasn't anything else to do so I signed up for news writing, editorial writing, and poetry interpretation. I was an alternate to state in poetry interpretation and suddenly became eligible for several scholarships. I received a sizable one and became the first person in my family to go to college.
Years later, I wrote my first novel, COMFORT, from the point of view of a teenage boy in Comfort, TX from a dysfunctional alcoholic family who competes in Poetry Interpretation in the UIL. His mother makes him quit everything else (band and football) to work day and night in the family cafe. There's also an older girl encouraging him to get involved in poetry, so that is a big inspiration.
In many ways, poetry has literally changed my life.
Music has also been a huge influence. I received my bachelor's degree in music therapy from West Texas State University - Now West Texas A&M. I spent my crucial teen and young adult years in Texas and many of my stories take place there.
TAKE ME THERE is about a boy, Dylan Dawson, who flees from Southern California (running from the law and a violent gang) to go looking for his father who is in prison in Texas. Dylan can't read or write but he dreams of being a poet.
I have a lot of experience with teenagers with learning disabilities. I received my master's degree in communicative disorders from the University of New Mexico and have worked with students of all ages as a speech-language pathologist. I currently work at a local high school. My verse novel, FORGET ME NOT, explores many relevant teen topics like cyber bullying and suicide.
Spending every day in high school has also changed my life and my perspective. People often ask me if I write about my students. To be totally honest, I write about myself, but because I'm around teenagers all the time, I am constantly reminded of the pain, angst, heartache, and hope of those formative years. They inspire me to remember what it was like. Those are the stories I love telling most.
Top Customer Reviews
Dylan: He had feelings for a girl named Jess, but he didn't think he was worthy of her attention. He was illiterate and he was once a wannabe gangbanger and he'd been in trouble. He also had a father in jail on death row, a mother who was depressed and a grandmother with an attitude. I felt bad for Dylan quite often while reading this story. This young man experienced lots of disappointments and ended up in quite a few bad situations; trouble seemed to follow him wherever he went.
Wade: I blame him for some of Dylan's troubles. I felt like he was pulling Dylan down. And the position he put Dylan in - the reason why they had to leave town - wasn't right at all. "Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" - is the scripture (Romans 12:2) that comes to mind when I think of Wade. He felt like his choices were limited, like there was no good place in the world for him, so he did bad things to fit in with bad people. But then he met someone who helped him to change his negative thinking and I was happy for him. I was disappointed, though, when he believed he'd go to hell if he had sex outside of marriage. The person who told him this should have known that ending up in hell or heaven has nothing to do with works (Ephesians 2:4-10).
Take Me There is a page-turner; there are emotionally intense scenes that kept me on the edge of my seat! It's good movie material, really. There is profanity but it's not excessive. The ending was disappointing, because I was hoping things were going to turn out differently, but the last poem touched my heart. I believe anyone who reads this book will learn some very important lessons.
Take Me There is the story of Dylan, our broken, illiterate boy who tries to do the right thing. No matter how hard Dylan tries to stay away from trouble, it follows him. When something bad happens, he and his best friend Wade run from California to TX. Trouble always has a way of finding Dylan, even on the run.
Dylan is more than a tragic character, he's full of insight and wants to make something of himself, but he feels he can't do that until he meets his father who's sitting on death row in TX. As Dylan tries to piece together the tragic events that locked his father up, he learns more about himself and comes to understand why his father did what he did. What I like about Dylan, is even though he's a bad boy, he tries to do everything he can to do something better with his life. Carolee provides us with an insight to Dylan's more sensitive side by sharing his poems through out the book.
Carolee provides a whole cast of strong supporting characters for Dylan and while at times you want to yell at them, in the end each of their personal strengths shine through. From his best friend Wade who's the reason behind their run from the law to TX, to Jess, Dylan's girlfriend. Jess is the beautiful California girl who comes from a rich family, but even rich families aren't perfect and Jess's character is one I really liked getting to know more about.Read more ›
The story is so, so good. Maybe it makes sense the synopsis focuses on romance, because there's so many facets of the story, you couldn't possibly fit them in into a paragraph or two. There's the family storyline - Dylans' father is on deathrow for a murder he may or may not have committed, and Dylan goes to visit him for the first time, causing him to try to figure out what really happened eleven years ago. And there's the more recent drama: Dylan and his friend Wade are on the run from the cops as well as members of a gang they got wrapped up in. Both storylines are full of suspense, making Take Me There read, in parts, like a mystery or action novel, and it is impossible to put down.
Even more captivating than the action, though, is Dylan's character and the emotional side of things. I loved Dylan so much; he has definitely made some mistakes, but his flaws only make him more loveable. Carolee Dean's writing blurs the lines between good and bad - honestly, none of the people in this book are all good, but the horrible situations they've gotten themselves or each other into makes it easy to understand where all of them are coming from. My heart broke for Dylan, Wade, and Dylan's father so many times.
The only aspect of the story I didn't love was the romance. I understand why Dylan's relationship with Jess is necessary for the development of the story, but I just didn't feel it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the book but I hated the ending so much I have no idea what to say about it. It was so depressing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Cover: Do not be fooled by the cover. This is not a romance novel.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Read more
If your looking for any happiness don't read this book. I wish I could take back the time I spent reading it.Published 21 months ago by Kandace Berool
Amazing how the author can have you so enthralled in the character. Even though the character is not publicly seen as a good person, you see the good qualities in the character... Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by kcreech
I love books with a really interesting storyline otherwise I can't stick with them. This book was wonderful. Definitely recommendPublished on December 20, 2013 by Stefanie Stevens
I got this book looking for a new teen romance novel and wound up falling into a book that teaches a lesson. Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Great book! Read it a time or two before and it is a great topic to write about! Can't wait to havve it for my friends to read.Published on June 24, 2013 by Doris Hanks
The "teen" label on this is not fair. While it could appeal to teens, and will appeal to teens, I would highly recommend this piece of work to anyone that likes a... Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by Danny
Dylan is trying hard to live down his past, and he's trying even harder to help his best friend Wade stay on the right path as well. Read morePublished on October 25, 2012 by Andrea @ The Busy Bibliophile