possibility of somewhere book coverReviewed by Meg Massey

Eden Moore is on track to become the valedictorian of her high school class, despite the fact that she’s grown up in a trailer park with her often out-of-work father and stepmother. Since her birth mother left her when she was just a child, Eden’s only ever had one goal: to leave her small town and life there behind.

Her classmate Ash Gupta has never quite understood how Eden, with her sharp and sarcastic nature, could possibly become valedictorian. But when the two of them are thrown together to complete a class assignment, they begin to get to know each other for the first time, and Ash recognizes her intelligence and depth. The two of them couldn’t be any more different, considering that Ash comes from a rich and affluent family, but soon the two find themselves falling for each other. But when the two realize they are competing for the same scholarship, will it tear them apart?

The Possibility of Somewhere tells the story of two young people from opposite walks of life who share the same desire: to leave their small town and make their own way. Ash desires to leave his strict and wealthy family to pursue studies at Stanford, while Eden longs to leave the trailer park and rumors about her family behind to become a teacher. This is a feeling that any young person can relate to, and author Julia Day’s portrayal of two very different characters and how they interact is fantastic. There’s drama, there’s romance, and there’s family trouble, all of which make Ash and Eden feel like a modern-day Romeo and Juliet.

Recommended for grades 9 and up, this book would be perfect to share with a young person who is wondering about what life may look like after high school. As an adult, I enjoyed the book very much.

Meg lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ryan. Library professional by day, freelance writer by night, Meg writes about life, entertainment and everything in between.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by St. Martin’s Griffin. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.