Where the Road Takes Me
By: Jay McLean
Chole has one plan for the future, and one plan only: the road. She’s made a promise to herself: don’t let anyone in, and don’t let anyone love her. She’s learned the hard way what happens if she breaks her rules. So she’s focused on being invisible and waiting until she can set out on the road–her dream of freedom, at least for awhile.
Blake Hunter is a basketball star who has it all–everything about him looks perfect to those on the other side of his protective walls. He can’t let anyone see the shattered pieces behind the flawless facade or else all his hopes and dreams will disappear.
One dark night throws Chole and Blake together, changing everything for Blake. For, Chloe nothing changes: she has the road, and she’s focused on it. But when the so-called perfect boy starts to notice the invisible girl, they discover that sometimes with love, no one knows where the road may lead.
This story follows main characters:
Chloe: A loveable broken character. She also has a stubborn side to her which at times can be frustrating. Chloe is also one that would do anything for loved ones or friends. She would even be willing to take the fall for something. When reading about Chloe you sit there wanting to fix everything for her. She is a character that sits on the outskirts watching everyone else, trying to avoid being noticed. Her story is one of heartbreak. Chloe believes as if she shouldn’t be loved. How could she let someone in if she was going to inevitably leave them with a tremendous amount of pain?
Blake: An instant swoon worthy character. A character that is the typical popular guy, dating one of the cheerleaders. He has everything and at the same time, he has nothing. His home life could be described in one word: emptiness. He is so caring and thoughtful, and he sees right through the front that Chloe tries to put up. He stops at nothing to try and get close to her. “She was worth everything.”
The story is set with Blake running at 2 am when all of a sudden he runs, well more like tramples Chole. Chloe is a mess she had come running out of a house and looked very disheveled. Blake takes it upon himself to take care of Chloe for the rest of the night. He sees to it that she makes it home, but the thoughts of her won’t leave his mind. When all of a sudden he sees her at school his world turns upside down. How has he never noticed her before? They have been in the same school together for the last 4 years. All of a sudden things change and both won’t be the same again.
Wow, this book is an emotional roller coaster. Right from the start, I was drawn to the mysteriousness of Chloe. I was immediately wondering what had happened to make her broken. Throughout the book, I learned that Chloe’s life has been a hard one full of a great deal of loss. This causes her to be closed off not wanting to let anyone close. Which inevitably caused my heart to break, her reasoning behind why she didn’t want anyone close was incredibly sad.
Blake is an incredibly sweet character who does his best to tear down Chloe’s walls, but she’s the only one that can let him in. “I wish that I could ask you to stay, and that it would be enough. That I was enough.”
Once summer rolls around the characters embark on a journey that made me fall in love with these two even more. “Sometimes the wrong path can lead us to the right road. And toward the greatest thing that will ever happen to us.” The emotion behind this book is so strong and literally at times brought tears to my eyes. I really enjoyed our two characters’ chemistry and was rooting for them throughout the whole book.I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to other readers.