Recently I was sent an advanced copy of the book “Now You Say Yes.” It’s a story about love, the foster care system and family. It also delves into the topic of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and features a cross-country trip of a lifetime.
When her mother dies, fifteen-year-old Mari and is desperate to avoid being caught up in the foster system. Again. And to complicate matters, she is now the only one who can take care of her super-smart and on-the-spectrum nine-year-old stepbrother, Conor.
Is there anyone Mari can trust to help them? Certainly not her mother’s current boyfriend, Dennis. Not the doctors or her teachers, who would be obliged to call in social services. So in a desperate move, Mari takes Conor and sets out to find their estranged grandmother, hoping to throw themselves at the mercy of the only person who might take them in.
Here is what the author, Bill Harley, has to say about his book:
I really liked the journey these kids went on, both on a physical level (they drive across the country to a suburb outside of Boston) and the emotional journey of self-discovery.
My daughter is going to read this book for independent reading in her English class. The book is recommended for ages 10-14, but honestly, I think the target audience can span from middle school to Gen-X! 😉
If you decide to buy the book, might I also suggest this Road Trip Playlist, courtesy of Spotify! It has songs from Juliana Hatfield, R.E.M., The Bangles and Tori Amos. These road trip songs influenced author Bill Harley’s novel and it also inspired me as I write this book review.
“Now You Say Yes” can be found wherever books are sold. If you’d like more information, check out the publisher’s website at https://peachtree-online.com.
Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received for this post. I received a complimentary book which helped facilitate this review. All images & opinions are 100% my own.