Title: Ready to Go
Author: Stephanie Mann
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Shelves: Young Adult, E-Book, Romance, Contemporary
Recommended for Fans Of: Sarah Dessen, Morgan Matson
*This book is recommended for a more mature YA audience, because of some sexual scenes and language.*
*Disclaimer: I was provided with an e-arc of Ready to Go by the publisher. This does not affect my review in any way.*
Synopsis: He's a typical college boy, studying to become a doctor, when the only thing he wants to do is quit and take the road less traveled. She's a runaway, desperate to escape her pretty-girl image, and conflicts she never imagined she would ever encounter. Fate throws them together, and from the start, sparks fly as Daniel and Nicole embark on a journey across the country none of them ever could have prepared for. Poignant and gripping, debut author Stephanie Mann writes a soulful new tale about love, life, and the human pursuit of happiness.
Review: Being a short little story (coming in at just under 200 pages), I breezed through Ready to Go in an hour. I have to say, there were parts when I just didn't want to put my iPad down! I loved reading Nicole and Daniel's story. They were basically traveling to California on nothing more than Daniel's limited amount of money and desperate dreams. Although not quite original, the plot did include an interesting conflict. While I'm not going to spoil anything, I did find Nicole's reason behind running away very shocking and very valid. If she did not have a good reason for leaving home, I probably would have given this book three stars.
While many road trip stories include characters that fall in love, I'm not really sure how much that cliche was weaved into Ready to Go. While Nicole and Daniel did have something, you didn't have everything, which in my definition would be falling in love. Daniel was a bit too lusty for my taste, but he was a very kind and sweet guy. I felt bad for Nicole sometimes, but overall, she annoyed me a bit. There were many scenes where she seemed like an ungrateful and spoiled brat, which really ticked me off since Daniel was basically funding her entire trip. She also came off a bit shallow to me, but this did not really ruin the story that much, since it was told from both Daniel and Nicole's point of view.
The only thing that made Ready to Go a four star book, instead of a five star, was the scenes. Many of them were prolonged and written in painfully boring details. For example, the scene where Nicole was figuring out how to hide herself in the library bathroom took up an entire page, and to be honest, I had to skip over that part because there was just no point in reading that.
The ending also felt a bit rushed. Stephanie seemed to cram a lot of what could have been at least five pages of writings and dialogues into two pages, but it didn't lack too much.
Conclusion: Although it wasn't stellar, Ready to Go is still a cute story that I would recommend to the romance and contemporary lover. Like me, you will probably get lost in Daniel and Nicole's world, and will be a little disappointed when you have to come out:)
About the Author Stephanie Mann:
Stephanie Mann lives in Massachusetts. Besides writing, she spends her free time working with fan conventions. She loves to travel, and has visited many tourist traps along the way.
READY TO GO is Stephanie Mann's first novel.
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