All The Ways to Here is the second book by Emily O’Beirne I read and it’s the second book in this contemporary series about Finn and Willa. I loved the first one and now again, I loved the second.
This review can contain spoilers for the first book, but I’ll try to avoid them as much as possible. If you’d like to read my review on Future Leaders of Nowhere, check out my review here.
In this sequel to Future Leaders of Nowhere, Finn and Willa come home from camp to find everything is different. Even as they grow more sure of their feelings for each other, everything around them feels less certain.
When Finn gets involved in a new community project, she’s forced to question where her priorities lie at school. Meanwhile, her dad has moved interstate, her mother is miserable, and her home feels like a ghost town.
Willa’s discovering how to negotiate the new terrains of romance and school friendships when an accident at home reminds her just how tenuous her family situation is. Suddenly, even with her dad in town, she’s shouldering more responsibility than ever.
As they try to navigate these new worlds together, Finn’s learning she has to figure out what she wants, and Willa how to ask for what she needs.
What I mentioned in my review of Future Leaders of Nowhere, and I will mention again, is how amazing the characters are. They feel so realistic and well-developed and I feel like I really know them now. Again there is a lot of character development in the story. Both characters are incredibly smart and dedicated to their studies (definitely Huffleclaws), but they also deal with family issues and relationship problems.
It’s so unfair, she thinks, the way Willa’s life seems to hang on ifs and maybes. No matter how hard she works to keep it steady and afloat.
In the first book, you got to see a lot of minor characters and it was mainly about the camp they were going to. Now, a few of those characters return but the setting is completely different. Formerly, family was a bit of a background thing, now it really took main stage. I adored Willa’s Nan and Finn’s siblings were adorable. They were just such a nice addition to the story! I loved seeing Willa and Finn interact with their family and deal with problems in their own ways. But they also help each other.
“People are gay. Always have been. Including your daughter. Now, kindly get over it, and join us in this century. I’m halfway through seventy. If I can handle it, so can you.”
In the first book Will and Finn get together and in the second book, they go steady. The first book was very sweet when it came to romance, and the second still was very sweet, but it also takes things a bit further. It’s no longer just kisses. What I loved most about this book was that there was no unnecessary romance trouble. Very often I feel like when there is already an established relationship, there is a lot of tension and problems between the two characters in the relationship. This was not at all the case here. There were some problems in the relationship, but I think every couple has some problems, but it never felt forced or unnecessary.
A girl like Finn doesn’t need to be school captain to prove herself. She proves herself just by being who she is, brave and believing. That’s what Willa will tell her. Maybe some people don’t know the full wonder of her yet, but they will one day. And right now, Willa’s smitten with being one of those who do.
I am giving this book 4 stars because it was an adorable f/f romance with wonderful characters! I loved how there were little news things sprinkled throughout the story about current affairs, such as the Australian referendum on same-sex marriage. It made the story even more realistic! The romance was so cute and I loved how it continued on from the former book. I would highly recommend this book if you like diverse romance with a focus on family! But definitely read Future Leaders of Nowhere first!