Where Life Takes You by Claudia Y. Burgoa
Publication date: July 31st 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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.
You see, I’m setting you free because I love you. Who knows where life will take you. There’s the sad possibility that when I come back, you’ll be happy with someone else. But I’ll be happy if you are. You deserve better than me. A messed up woman who can’t fend for herself. I need to break the codependency and find myself.
Where Life Takes You is a heartbreaking read about a woman that’s lost too much. Although, sometimes, it feels like Rebecca Trent had nothing to start with.
She was born to a mother who hated her. What’s more is that the daily taunts got to her. When everyday of your life you only hear how inadequate you are and how you aren’t loved, it changes the way you think, the perception you have of yourself.
I found myself completely empathizing with Rebecca. I couldn’t even start to comprehend how traumatic her childhood was, especially when her mother remarried and she gained a step-brother and step-sister in the process.
Lisa, her step-sister, hated Rebecca from the very beginning with no apparent reason why. And she slowly took over Rebecca’s life starting with her mother and then her best friend Ian. She introduced him to the world of sex and drugs and took him to a place where Rebecca couldn’t reach him.
Then a horrible tragedy strikes and Rebecca is never the same again.
Daniel is her rock throughout her adulthood. She might have moved away from her parents but she’s damaged and rightfully so. In the beginning of the book, their interactions seemed to me as if they were already dating what with him calling her “baby” and kissing her forehead all the time and just the way he was with her.
Dan reminds me a lot of Christian Grey. Not the BDSM of course, but the sense of suffocating and overbearingness that even Rebecca cringes away from. It’s what seems to be the latest fad in NA Fiction. Overbearing, overprotective, highly rich, gorgeous CEO loving the fuck out of his damaged heroine. Sigh.
But this story has a soul and I loved the fact that I get to be a part of Rebecca’s healing process.
There are a few things that did bother me, though. For example, there were too many characters in the book. I don’t know if that’s ever posed a problem for you guys out there, but this a Major issue in this book. Too many characters and very less reason for them to be there. So yeah. There’s that.
Then the problem of too much happening in too little time. They’re here one minute, in Aspen the next and then back here. Too much, too soon. It isn’t like you’ll be confused as to what is happening when, it’s just that many a times, I found myself lost in the flurry of activity and had to turn back a few (virtual) pages to see the context and locations. Other than that, I have no qualms about the book. The ending is a bit sad and Dan is going to be heartbroken but as far as I know there IS a sequel and I can’t wait!
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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.
*I was provided a free ecopy of this book in exchange of an honest review*