Summary: Waverly Camdenmar spends her nights running until she can’t even think. Then the sun comes up, life goes on, and Waverly goes back to her perfectly hateful best friend, her perfectly dull classes, and the tiny, nagging suspicion that there’s more to life than student council and GPAs.
Marshall Holt is a loser. He drinks on school nights and gets stoned in the park. He is at risk of not graduating, he does not care, he is no one. He is not even close to being in Waverly’s world.
But then one night Waverly falls asleep and dreams herself into Marshall’s bedroom—and when the sun comes up, nothing in her life can ever be the same. In Waverly’s dreams, the rules have changed. But in her days, she’ll have to decide if it’s worth losing everything for a boy who barely exists.
Review: Sometimes there are books that you just love and sometimes there are books that you just hate. For me, Places No One Knows was definitely one of the former. I adored every inch of this book for a few reasons:
- It’s Magical Realism. I LOVE magical realism so hard. There’s just something about a story that is based in reality with just sprinkles of magic weaved into it. The magic in this story takes place purely between the two main characters and they don’t even really seem to question it much. And not only was it magical realism, but it was totally unique in a way that’s hard to find once you’ve read a few books in the same genre. There story here is SO interesting. I mean, she dreams herself to where ever Marshall is for gods sake!
- Waverly comes off as being borderline a sociopath and it’s great! She doesn’t quite understand human interaction. She’s manipulative and she doesn’t let anyone see the real person that she is underneath the facade that she puts up. Of course she has to work on this throughout the story, but if this were a fantasy story, she could have easily broken off into villain territory (a la Adelina Amouteru style). She’s dark and I really do love my females MC’s dark.
- Marshall on the other hand is a big freaking teddy bear chock full of emotions that he hides underneath all of his partying and substance abuse. I love stories that use such contrasting love interests like this. Waverly pretends to be perfect on the outside so that no one will realize how dark and twisty she really is. Marshall hides all of the things he feels behind a bad boy, I don’t care persona.
- We get to see inside both Waverly and Marshall’s head. A lot of times stories that go back and forth between the love interests heads don’t really do it for me. On top of that, there’s the fact that it’s written in 1st person. I usually enjoy 3rd person more than 1st, but for some reason, it just worked better this way in this novel.
Basically we’ve got an interesting and unique story with two great main characters who are flawed and lovable. So why wouldn’t I give this story a 10/10 rating? While I adored this story, I can’t say it was a life changing story. I save my 9/10 and 10/10 ratings for stories that are heartbreaking and life changing.
Regardless, I would recommend that everyone who enjoys reading young adult reads this novel. The writing is great. The story is great. Everything about this is great! I will definitely be looking to read more from Brenna Yovanoff in the future!
Bonus: Here’s my favorite quote from the book (as you can probably guess, it comes from Marshall)
“Waverly, you make me want to die, but it’s in the best way”