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
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
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.