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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416967990
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416967996
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 7–10—This book has as rocky a start as the road trip it describes. Emma, 16, feels disconnected from her family of academics and brilliant people. Rather than compete for attention, she's happier being alone. Then she discovers a reason for her feeling of isolation. She had a twin brother who died two days after they were born. Emma, determined to find out more, sets off on a road trip from New York State to North Carolina to see her brother's grave. When her car breaks down in New Jersey, she calls her neighbor Peter, who arrives in a stolen yellow convertible. Along the way, Emma adopts a stray dog, makes peace with her family, and learns that there's more to Peter than his interest in maps and the Civil War. Told in alternating chapters by Emma and Peter, the plot moves jerkily from the present to the past, then back to the present. After an uneven beginning, however, the novel becomes more engaging as Emma seeks answers to why she was never told about her brother.—Melissa Rabey, Frederick County Public Libraries, Frederick, MD
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"A unique voice, comic and moving." -- Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of All We Know of Heaven and The Deep End of the Ocean

"You Are Here doesn't just take you on a memorable road trip, it takes you on a journey of the heart." -- Lisa Schroeder, author of I Heart You,You Haunt Me

"You Are Here is a thoughtful, sensitive story of self-discovery." -- Deb Caletti, author of Honey, Baby, Sweetheart and Wild Roses

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Reasons I loved this book: 1.
Anne Gaughen
Despite the fact that the two main characters were easy to relate to, it is the plot I remember most about the story.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Anne Gaughen on June 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Reasons I loved this book:
1. Factoids. Like do you know where we get "OK" from?
2. I loved Emma, the female protagonist. She's spunky, fun, adventurous, and unapologetically moody.
3. Peter really won me over! At first I, much like Emma, kind of dismissed Peter, the map-loving male protagonist, but he wormed his way into my heart!
4. The Maps. I've always loved to travel, but for some reason I never considered the maps, and what they represent, and how interesting they really can be.
5. There's no big twist, no crazy surprise, but the ending really snuck up on me and made a huge impression. I keep thinking about it, and inevitably rereading it, not because it's shocking or unexpected, but because its so heartfelt and true.

This book really struck a chord with me; all throughout, I kept thinking that not all who wander are lost and that despite the fact that I can't always find my way, the journey is the most important part.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Enchanting Reviews on July 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
YOU ARE HERE
JENNIFER E. SMITH
Contemporary YA
Simon Pulse

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Emma Healy has resigned herself to the fact that she's the only normal person among her family of extraordinary scholars. She's had years of experience being the odd one out, of feeling like she doesn't totally belong. And she doesn't know why, but she's always felt like a part of her is somehow missing.

Her shy but intelligent neighbor Peter Finnigan feels more at home with Emma's family of academics than he ever has is his own house. As much as he'd like to, Peter can't spend every minute of the day in the Healy's house, but with little other friends, he spends most of his time alone with his books and maps, dreaming of escape.

Opportunity presents itself when Emma finds the birth certificate of her unknown twin brother--and a death certificate dated two days later. Now that she knows which part of her has been missing, Emma feels the need to visit her dead brother's grave to greet the twin she never knew. Chance and impulse invites Peter, desperate to see the world, along for the ride. And so these two loners make their way from upstate New York to Emma's birthplace in North Carolina in an old and technically stolen vehicle, picking up a stray three-legged dog and trying to figure out what exactly they're looking for. Along the way, they'll learn about themselves and each other, and maybe even figure out how to make themselves whole again.

YOU ARE HERE is a story that covers multitudes of topics from family to friendship to forgiveness. This is all possible due to Smith's very descriptive, almost lyrical writing style, which covers nearly every aspect of the two teens' lives and allows great insight into their most intimate thoughts and desires.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zoe on June 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
I love this book so much. Ever since I read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, I knew I loved Jennifer E. Smith's writing. Despite my high expectations, I didn't know what to expect going into You Are Here. It was published before The Statistical Probability, so I didn't know if her writing style used to be different. I was not disappointed at all. You Are Here is a road trip book, and an awesome one at that.

I loved Emma. I loved that she embraced her differences and wasn't afraid to defy her siblings/parents to go do what she believed in. And then there's Peter. Peter was fantastic as well. He was adorable and, like Emma, felt like he didn't belong. However, Peter found solace in Emma's family. He could relate to them. I loved Peter's personality. He was smart, selfless, and willing to stick with Emma through all the craziness that was happening while they were on the road trip.

You Are Here is a fantastic read. Jennifer E. Smith is one of those writers who can flawlessly pull off writing a book with romance, while still making it about more than just love. I will forever recommend all of Jennifer E. Smith's books.
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Format: Hardcover
Emma has never felt a part of her family. Her parents, professors at a local college, and her much older siblings are always discussing poetry, philosophy, or topics important to the world. She is more interested in the here and now, not in deep intellectual thoughts.

Her feelings of not fitting in are dramatically increased the day she stumbles across the birth certificate of a twin brother she never knew she had. When she also discovers his death certificate tucked away in the same box in the attic, she can't believe that no one ever told her.

Turning 17 in less than a week, Emma decides to get her older brother to take her to his apartment in New York City. Once she gets there, her real plan is to "borrow" his car and travel to North Carolina to visit her twin's grave. When the car gives out at a rest stop along the New Jersey turnpike, she calls her neighbor, Peter Finnegan, another soon-to-be 17-year-old.

Peter is dealing with his own personal conflicts. He has grown up with just his father since his mother died shortly after his birth. Lately, his frustration with his silent and often absent father, and the desire to leave town and see the world, are almost more than he can tolerate. When he gets Emma's call for help, he sees it as the perfect opportunity to hit the road, see some of the sights he's dreamed of, and also spend time with a girl he realizes he's had a crush on for quite some time.

Together, the two loners begin a journey that will change them both. Not only do the teens come to know one another better, but their families also begin to recognize the ways they could be more present and supportive.

YOU ARE HERE is a carefully crafted story about families and relationships and the secrets that complicate them.
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