Review: Exactly Where You Need to Be by Amelia Diane Coombs (Spoiler-Free)
~ Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Books For Young Readers for an early copy in exchange for an honest review! RELEASE DATE: June 7, 2022 ~
As a romance book, this wasn't for me. But as a contemporary read about a girl growing up and learning to live with OCD, this was exactly what I needed (pun intended), and especially what I needed in high school.
This is one of the most realistic parent portrayals I've seen in YA—definitely for fans of Lady Bird. I also loved reading about a summer story with a protagonist who has the same/similar limitations as me. And I also loved the best friendship at the forefront of this story.
Overall this was sweet and frustrating and fun and everything in between. A lovely summer coming-of-age story for those of us who can't exactly live the carefree summers in the movies. I'm definitely going to remember this book for being some of the comfort and catharsis I needed.