Review: Nowhere Else But Here by Rachel Cotton

Review: Nowhere Else But Here by Rachel Cotton

Hello, and welcome to my stop on the Nowhere Else But Here blog tour! First things first, I’d like to say a huge thanks to Ink Road for allowing me to get involved in the tour for this exciting contemporary debut from a very promising young author.

I’m going to share some more information about Nowhere Else But Here before I tell you what I thought of it, so if you haven’t heard of it yet I promise you’re going to be adding it to your TBR very shortly…

Nowhere Else But Here by Rachel Cotton

“He was reckless. He was exciting. He was Theo. And he was a breath of fresh air in my otherwise extremely dull life.”

What if the missing person is your missing piece?

Rose has always played by the rules – now it’s time to break them.

Life’s easier when you stay away from other people. Rose Valentine knows that. But some people are impossible to ignore. Take Theo Lockhart. He’s handsome, funny and beyond intriguing. He’s a mystery; one that Rose dreams of solving.

Then one night the mystery deepens. Theo turns up on Rose’s doorstep, desperate to hide out at her house. He’s keeping secrets, and Rose has a million questions. Not least – why did he choose to run to her?

If Rose lets him in, she’ll be going against everything she holds true. It’s reckless, risky – and definitely not in the rulebook. But Theo makes Rose long to break the rules. After a whirlwind week of brat-pack movies, midnight snacks and non-stop chat, where do Rose and Theo go from here?

If you’d like to learn more about Nowhere Else But Here, click on the cover above to check out its Goodreads page.

So, what did I think?

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I was so close to giving Nowhere Else But Here four stars because it’s an absolutely adorable contemporary, but the pace was a little too slow for my liking. While Theo is still hidden at Rose’s house the story moves unbelievably quickly, but when he leaves and their story continues things start to crawl along and I found myself getting a little restless. This might be because I’m entering a bit of a reading slump, though, so don’t take my word for it!

I’ve read a lot of contemporary YA, but this novel is far less angsty than most releases in its genre. If you’re a fan of a slow burning romance which experiences some ups and downs (but mainly ups) you’ll fall head over heels for Nowhere Else But Here.

Theo is swoonworthy, while Rose is extremely easy to relate to (not least because she’s also an avid reader!). They’re very strong characters, and although some of the background characters aren’t as fleshed out as they could be, Theo and Rose come alive on the page and it’s impossible to resist rooting for them.

Rachel Cotton is talented at writing dialogue, with some of the exchanges causing me to laugh out loud. Dialogue is one of the hardest things to get right, so it’s impressive that an author with so few years under her belt has managed to surpass most other writers in the field. I’d love to get some tips from her!

The best thing about Nowhere Else But Here is that it shows potential. Cotton began writing this novel on Wattpad while she was only thirteen, and that’s absolutely astounding. I can’t think of another contemporary that starts with a missing boy turning up on his chemistry partner’s doorstep asking for help, that’s for sure! It’s going to be exciting to see what Cotton writes next, and I’m going to be first in the queue to purchase a copy of whatever she releases.

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About the author: Rachel Cotton

Rachel Cotton is the author of Nowhere Else But Here, a debut novel out in May 2018. She was born in the summer of 2000, but her writing life began as a thirteen-year-old on the self-publishing forum Wattpad, where she attracted more than 1 million hits and her dreams of becoming an author were truly ignited. Now that dream has come true, Rachel is working on her second novel for Ink Road. When she’s not writing, she can be found drinking copious amounts of coffee, reading and binge-watching TV box-sets. Rachel also enjoys going on long walks with her dog, Cassie.


I hope you enjoyed my stop on the Nowhere Else But Here blog tour. Be sure to check out some of the other bloggers on the schedule, because there are some really awesome people taking part.