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Take Me There

Take Me There
Carolee Dean
Simon Pulse, 2010
Audience: All Teens
Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
Dylan has a bad-boy past and a criminal record. He knows that rich, beautiful Jess is way too good for him—but she has always been the one person who sees through his tough exterior and straight to his heart, and he has been hopelessly in love with her from the first time they met. He would change his life for a chance with her. But trouble follows Dylan wherever he goes, and a deadly mistake soon forces him to hit the road and leave his dreams behind. He's on the run and in search of answers; answers to questions he wishes he'd never asked.

Whew! This book had a few parts as steamy as the cover, but overall, it was about serious issues. It’s definitely for fans of Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, even though the girl was hardly in the book. It’s told from Dylan’s perspective. He has a lot of obstacles in life, none of which are his fault. He knows nothing about his father. He has spent time in juvie. His friend wants to get involved with a gang. In spite of all that, he tries to go straight for Jess. He wants to deserve her. Then he encounters another obstacle, and his journey from there is totally captivating. This is now one of my favorites and I can’t wait to read another book like this one.