Tripping to Somewhere

 
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A journey that takes 2 girls everywhere...and nowhere
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Now heres a different kind of story. Gilly and Sam are two girls going nowhere fast, until one night they meet this really freaky guy who uses a birds entrails to tell them&well, not exactly their fortunes&but what they each want more than anything.

He tells Gilly, in particular, that the Witches Carnival will be traveling nearby in Atlanta and that, if they hurry and drop everything, they can catch them. At first, the girls dont believe him. But, for one reason or another, they go. And what they find will change their lives forever.

Their journey takes them on a seedy but exciting tour of places they never dreamed theyd go, including England (which is hard to get to without a passport&one of the problems they have to solve in order to catch up with the Witches Carnival). While there are moments of triumph, there are also moments of great despair and tragedy. This isnt an *easy* story, but it is a good one. The girls find their dreams&and their nightmares& and they ultimately learn that what you thought you wished for isnt necessarily what you need.

Gilly and Sam are not easy characters to love. They have flaws, lots of them. They also have courage and guts and big dreams. They dip into a bit of every taboo topic in this book: sex, drugs, criminal activity&the list goes on. While this is definitely a fantasy, theres also a heavy dose of gritty realism in there too.

Recommended for older YA readers, aged at least 14 (though Im sure many parents would rather see this as 16 and up, given the graphic nature of much of the novel). This is also a very intense read, so I wouldnt recommend it for anyone looking for anything light.

Ultimately, I really liked this one. It's unique and it really stays with you. I actually read this one a while back and I'm just now getting the review typed up. But even with that time gap, I found I didn't need to refer back to the book much for details. These girls and their story stay with you.
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Amazing book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reader reviewed by Raul Guardado

I thought this book was amazingly great one of the best books i ever read.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is his first book and i loved it. All the suspense and detail this book gave. How you described the characters!!
Kristopher Reiz is deffinitly one of my favorite writers.!!!!!! If i could rate this book higher than 5 it would be a 10!!!!!!! I also liked your other book UNLEASHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Lovely, Haunting Debut
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Reader reviewed by Jocelyn

TRIPPING TO SOMEWHERE is a highly original, sort of surreal and very edgy fantasy book that is one of those that sort of blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, leaving you with lots of questions (but thats the way it should be) and perhaps in sort of a fog left over from the reading of a fantastic book!

Kristopher Reiszs novel centers around Sam and Gilly, two teenage girls, who take off in an attempt to catch the Witches Carnival, a sort of supernatural band of powerful beings. They leave behind their real lives with no thought to the consequences theyll have to face if they return, chasing the whisper of a dream that so few people have managed to catch.

A lovely, haunting novel, TRIPPING TO SOMEWHERE is a surprisingly fast read. Its very fast-paced, and quite real and honest (considering its full of unreal supernatural things!). I adored the strong characters, too. This is a pretty intense book, but if youre prepared for that, youll love it.
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Thumbs up on a great debut
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Reader reviewed by Kristopher Reisz

Let it be known, first and foremost, that Kris Reisz's debut Tripping to Somewhere is a remarkably quick read even at 384 pages. True to my words in the previous post, I cracked the book open at 1:22 pm on Saturday, and I was done before five. I didn't look at the clock once, I skipped lunch: for all practical purposes I was dead to the world, this world, and off in a wicked trippy place... somewhere.

So here I am two days later (because I wanted to let it sink in) and Gilly and Sam are still with me. Sam more than Gilly, for some reason - without giving too much away, I can tell you that her story comes to a more open end. These two girls from unsettling families share a thirst to run away, catch a ride on the speeding world and find out what moves them, what makes them. So after a meeting with a voodoo guy and a quick stop to take in the crow entrails on a shop counter, Sam and Gilly are off in search of the legendary Witches' Carnival.

All road trips are coming-of-age stories, and this one is no less so. Only, Tripping to Somewhere is Thelma and Lousie's spirit in the body of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas's drug haze, with a dash of darkness from Stephen King, a pinch of Neil Gaiman's fascination with magic that dances just on the edge of our world. Kris Reisz's voice, however, is all his own. His world of druggies and parties and the happy-go-lucky Witches' Carnival takes shape with minimal introduction and description, but it is as real as any daydream and certainly as haunting.

In case you can't tell, I really liked this book. For once, liberal cussing wasn't some stylistic stunt, but just evidence of Reisz's finger on the pulse of today's kids. I liked how Sam and Gilly aren't geniuses, they make stupid mistakes and what gets them through the day is nothing more than luck and a bit of guts - and if I was a little frustrated at real world professionals for not picking up on the liberal trail they left when they ran away, maybe that's just my delusion of professional efficiency speaking.

All in all, the verdict is a thumbs up on a great debut. Reisz's strengths are the enduring kind, and I'm looking forward to collecting the rest of his works.

Originally posted on wendelin.blogspot.com by Nandini Seshadri. Reprinted here with author's permission.





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