Sunday 30 March 2014

Review ~ Where Life Takes You by Claudia Y. Burgoa.

Title: Where Life Takes You.
Author: Claudia Y. Burgoa.
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult.
Publication Date: July 31, 2013.
Source: Review copy.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Purchase: Amazon ; B&N

Becca Trent lived her childhood next to a cruel woman—her mom—who lived to torment and neglect her. During her high school years, her mother married; bringing home not only a new husband, but a step sister her same age. The latter took over her Mom’s role—making Becca’s life miserable. Including stealing Ian—Becca’s best friend and boyfriend—Lisa treated her worse than her mother had for the previous fifteen years. A couple of years later, things ended up in tragedy.

Becca buried that part of her life in the deep corners of her psyche, but that only work during the days when the nightmares didn’t come back to haunt her. Her best friend, Dan gives her that family love she always lacked. Everything was close to perfect, until everything and everyone from her past came back. Now, she’s trying to figure out how to survive and keep that bond which seems now to be held together by a thread.

Note: This is the first part of a two book novel.


Where Life Takes You was a high emotion, touching story. The author took the book to places I just wasn’t expecting and her wonderful writing really made me feel for Becca and her story.

At the beginning, I wasn’t sure this was going to be the book for me. It was a bit slow and I was struggling to connect with the plot. It was Becca’s letters to her step-sister Lisa which really kept me intrigued and soon the story picked up and I enjoyed it much more.

Becca was a great character. She was broken, after the tragic past she had endured, but so, so well developed. The author was really brave in expressing Becca’s past, there were a lot of tough, heart-breaking issues which must have been challenging to write. Dan, Becca’s loyal best friend, was a little bit of an issue for me though because I just couldn’t get over the fact that I spent most of the book disliking him. He seemed too weird and obsessive but because he was an integral part of the book, I think he stopped me loving this book despite how incredibly well written it was.

I did love the ending though. Another brave move by the author but a clever one too – it’s surely impossible to read it and not think you need the next book! Where Life Takes You was a brilliantly written, emotional book with a unique plot - definitely worth a read.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review also posted on Goodreads ; Amazon UK ; Amazon

About the Author:

Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs. Two beagles who believe they are human, and a bichon who thinks she’s a beagle. While managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She’s a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story.

Connect with Claudia: Website ; Goodreads ; Facebook ; Twitter


  1. I haven't heard of this one before but it does sound good and I do like to read emotional books. Adding this one to my TBR! Thanks for sharing! :-)
    Megan @ Books i View


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