Start Here by Trish Doller #bookreview #YA #contemporary

Title: Start Here

Author: Trish Doller

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Publication Date: August 13, 2019

Page Count: 352

My rating: 4 stars

About the book:

Two teens go on a life-changing sailing trip as they deal with the grief of losing their best friend in this heartwrenching, hopeful novel from the author of Something Like Normal and In a Perfect World.

Willa and Taylor were supposed to spend the summer after high school sailing from Ohio to Key West with their best friend, Finley. But Finley died before graduation, leaving them with a twenty-five-foot sailboat, a list of clues leading them to destinations along the way, and a friendship that’s hanging by a thread.

Now, Willa and Taylor have two months and two thousand miles to discover how life works without Finley—and to decide if their own friendship is worth saving.

From acclaimed author Trish Doller comes a poignant tale of forgiveness, grief, and the brilliant discoveries we make within ourselves when we least expect it.


Start Here by Trish Doller is a young adult contemporary novel that is a heart warming tale of two teens honoring their best friend’s wishes after she had passed away from cancer. Finley, Willa and Taylor had been  friends for years and were thought to be inseparable. Finley was the glue that held the group together and as the outgoing one she had come up with the idea of restoring an old sail boat and after graduating heading to Key West from their Ohio home near the Great Lakes.

After Finley’s death Willa and Taylor grew apart and rarely even spoke to one another the rest of their high school days. When the day came that Finley had marked for their departure both girls could not let her done by not honoring her last wishes. Setting out the girls never expected the trip to bring them back together with a better understanding of one another.

I’m always a sucker for a book that is set in wonderful locales so I can virtually travel along with the characters and sailing out of the eastern US down the coast sounded like so much fun. Little did I know that along with an interesting journey would be a lovely coming of age story with plenty of emotion as the trip becomes a healing journey.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online: 

Goodreads  /   Amazon

About the author: 

Trish Doller is the author of Something Like Normal, which was an ABA New Voices Pick and a finalist for NPR’s Best-Ever Teen Novels, among many other accolades; Where the Stars Still ShineThe Devil You KnowIn a Perfect World; and Start Here. She has been a newspaper reporter, radio personality, and bookseller, and lives in Fort Myers, Florida, with a relentlessly optimistic Border Collie and a pirate.

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