Just Going

Lily's Story

Young Adult - General
340 Pages
Reviewed on 05/16/2014
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

Author Biography

I am a Kiwi author and I live in New Zealand. I love to write books for women that elicit emotions and where the characters find a happy-for-now through emotional growth. I enjoy taking my dogs to the beach, eating chocolate and watching rugby. Indiana USA is my second home.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Just Going by Jianna Higgins is Lily's story. Lily is a 15-year-old girl from a privileged background who gets caught shoplifting cheap underwear. The judge sees through her tough demeanour and awards her 50 hours community service in Sorrento Retirement Home. Not looking forward to it, Lily finds that all of a sudden, she has another chance at life. Coming from a family where her mother wishes she was a boy and has no time for her, and a father whom she never sees, Lily is uncertain how to deal with the sudden influx of attention she gets from people who seem to like her. She makes friends with Alice, who is moving into the retirement home the same day Lily starts. She meets Karen, Alice's mother, and finds in her the mother she never had. She meets Cole, a teenage boy sentenced to community service for breaking a window, although he was having an epileptic seizure at the time and couldn't control himself. She is faced with bullying, something she is used to, but it is here at Sorrento that she learns to deal with life, with bullies and with love. It is through Sorrento that she learns to like her father again and get to know him properly. Could life get any better?

Just Going by Jianna Higgins is a wonderfully told story with several life messages. It's about bullying, it's about learning to love, not just those around you but yourself as well. It's about looking at the hand life dealt you and learning to play it the right way. I was hooked from page one and didn't stop reading until I had taken in every word. It's a really well-written book, in easy to understand language and with a great storyline. I am looking forward to reading other books by the same author, including the other stories in the series.