Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Review of Tanya Lloyd Kyi's Novel: ANYWHERE BUT HERE

Cole’s small town is a trap he’s determined to escape 

in this fresh and moving debut novel that balances 

loss with humor.

Ever since his mom died, Cole just feels stuck. His dad acts 

like a stranger, and Lauren, his picture-perfect girlfriend of 

two years, doesn’t understand him anymore. He can’t ditch 

his dad, so Cole breaks up with Lauren. She doesn’t take the 

news very well, and Cole’s best friend won’t get off his case 

about it.

Now more than ever, Cole wants to graduate and leave his 

small, suffocating town. And everything is going according to 

plan—until Cole discovers the one secret that could keep 

him there…forever.

My Review:

Tanya Lloyd Kyi writes the perfect voice of a teenage boy 

filled with mental anguish, though, hides his feelings 

through his chaotic thoughts. After the debilitating death of 

his mom, Cole is floundering, full of depression and doesn't 

know how to manage his life now that she's gone. He 

believes that by moving out of the hick town of Webster his 

life will somehow get better. While reading Anywhere but 

Here, I chuckled, I groaned, and I shook my head and 

wanted to knock sense into Cole. I cringed and felt his pain, 

especially as he hides his innermost feelings. With only a 

father who's on a year bender, there's no family for him to 

turn to. Cole keeps screwing up---until the end.

Tanya grew up in Creston, B.C. She began her writing career as a high school poet, producing pages and pages of work that her mother loved and her best friend religiously archived (possibly for a future blackmailing scheme).
She enrolled in creative writing at the University of Victoria, intending to specialize in poetry. She soon found herself out of place among talented but pale people dressed all in black, who seemed to exist entirely on coffee. She elected to specialize in non-fiction instead. After completing her degree, she worked as a graphic designer for several years before switching to full-time writing.
Tanya now lives in Vancouver, B.C., with her husband Min, who claims to be the world's only Burmese occupational therapist. They have two children.
Since 2001, she's written more than 15 books for middle grade and young adult readers.



  1. Congratulations, Tanya! It's hard to write an MC who hides his feelings - and keeps making mistakes - and is still likeable. I really admire when people pull it off.

  2. Great review! I already feel so sorry for Cole. I haven't heard of Anywhere But Here before, but you make it sound amazing...

  3. Great review. I feel bad for Cole, but it sounds like he just might turn things around . . . which is my kind of read. Thanks for the shout out, since I hadn't heard of this book before.