Start Here by Trish Doller

Start Here

Two teens go on a life-changing sailing trip as they deal with the grief of losing their best friend in this heartwrenching, hopeful novel from the author of Something Like Normal and In a Perfect World.Willa and Taylor were supposed to spend the summer after high school sailing from Ohio to Key West with their best friend, Finley. But Finley died before graduation, leaving them with a twenty-five-foot sailboat, a list of clues leading them to de...

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TitleStart Here
Release DateAug 13th, 2019
PublisherSimon Pulse
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Young Adult Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Teen, Death, LGBT, Romance, Travel, Adventure

Reviews Start Here

  • Carrie
    Start Here by Trish Doller is a young adult contemporary novel that is a heart warming tale of two teens honoring their best friend's wishes after she had passed away from cancer. Finley, Willa and Taylor had been friends for years and were thought to be inseparable. Finley was the glue that held the group together and as the outgoing one she had come up with the idea of restoring an old sail boat and after graduating heading to Key West from the...
  • Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    Finley was the glue that kept Willa and Taylor's friendship together. Now that Finley is gone (she unfortunately died from cancer), Willa and Taylor's relationship isn't great. In fact, it's downright stressful. However, one of Finley's last wishes was for the girls to sail the Great Loop, which is the waterway from Ohio to Key West. That's the perfect adventure before college, right? Except now without Finley, how will Willa and Taylor make it w...
  • Stacee
    I’m a huge fan of Trish Doller, so I was beyond excited to get into her new book. From that cover, I was sort of expecting a sort of fluffy contemp, but don’t be fooled. I really liked Willa, but Taylor took some time to get invested in. Both girls are dealing with Finley’s death and I really appreciated getting both of their POVs. Plot wise, it did take me some time to get settled. As the story progresses and the trip gets closer to being ...
  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
    Trish Doller is one of my favorite authors who writes books that don't necessarily sound like my thing. Emma Mills and Tessa Dare, for example, right books that sound 100% like books written for me. Doller's tend to sound much more intense and darker, so, while obviously they've been interesting enough for me to pick up, it's always accompanied by a frisson of nerves. Start Here unsurprisingly didn't sound totally like my thing, but on the knowle...
  • Andi (Andi's ABCs)
    This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. It’s safe to say I’m a Trish Doller fan girl. I don’t think she could write anything that I won’t love. My love started with Something Like Normal, her debut, and has only grown. So when I heard about Start Here I was so excited. There is something I love ...
  • Jaime Arkin
    I’m not going to lie, I was super worried that when I started this book it was going to be another book that had me in tears because of the death of the main character. I’m happy to say that didn’t happen. Don’t get me wrong, there are some super emotional spots here, especially in the beginning when you meet Finley, but it didn’t completely gut me. Start Here is a coming of age story of two young girls trying to figure out who they are...
  • Colleen's Conclusions
    Start Here by Trish Doller is perfect for fans of Morgan Matson and Jen Malone. It had the same friendships and traveling vibes and it's the PERFECT book to read in the summer or if you're just on vacation.I really enjoyed reading this book and was glad that I have the new Nook Glowlight Plus because PDF's look GREAT on it. At least two out of three PDF's have looked like an actual book.I wish we could have gotten to know Finley a bit better, tho...
  • Ginger at GReadsBooks
    Reading a Trish Doller book never gets old. Each new story she has to tell will always find a special place in my heart. This one is no exception. Start Here is a book about friendship, grief, letting go, & forging your own path. As three teenage girls made a promise to sail part of the Great Loop, just after high school, life decides to sway their plans. After one dies, the other two grapple with keeping that promise. What begins as a “we have...
  • Lisa
    Also reviewed on my bookstagram.Ugh, I love Trish Doller's writing. I took a break from romance and read Trish Doller’s Start Here. The story was about two girls Taylor and Willa who were coping with the death of their best friend Finley. Finley was the glue in their friendship and after Finley passed, Taylor and Willa found themselves struggling to maintain their bond. The story was set throughout a sailing trip the girls took as a deathbed pr...
  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
    Start Here is a young adult contemporary novel that includes elements that can be seen throughout John Green, Sarah Dessen, and Morgan Matson's novels. It had friendships, romance, and "summery" vibes that readers of YA literature can enjoy.This book's a light-hearted read that can include some heavy topics, albeit it does not seem obvious judging by the cover. Grief's a subject that the characters go through and I enjoyed reading both perspectiv...
  • Kasey Giard
    You know that feeling you get when you follow an author and read multiple of their books, and then a new one comes out and you feel like it has a special kind of magic the others (while they were great!) didn’t quite have?I felt that way reading START HERE. The story seemed to come alive as I read it. I connected with the characters immediately. The “trapped on a sailboat with your frenemy to honor your best friend’s dying wish” plot was ...
  • Natalie (Natflix&Books)
    3.5While this may look like a breezy summertime read, don’t be fooled by the vibes of this cover. This isn’t a serious issue book, but it does have a weight to it that most summery YA lit does not. This book follows two girls, Willa and Taylor who are friends, but not. They have been in each other’s lives for years but only because of their shared connection through their common bff, Finley, a young woman who recently lost her life to leuke...
  • Katie
    Soooo goooood! Also soooo saaaad! I got big The Last Wish of Sasha Cade vibes from this one (if you enjoy ripping your heart out, this one is excellent), as both feature a best friend who dies, but leaves a little instruction for her friends to help ease the pain when she's gone. In Start Here, Finley leaves behind a list of clues, leading them to places she hopes they'll stop along the during their sailing trip from Ohio to Key West. The thing i...
  • Kristin
    ORIGINAL POST:**A copy of this novel was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**Start Here by Trish Doller was everything I would want in a great teen fiction novel and more. She guided me, the reader, through the emotional ups and downs of two teenage girls dealing with the loss of a best friend, rekindling a relationship, past grievances, and new summer love. I cannot ...
  • Chelsy
    This one started out a bit slow for me, but I started to get into it, and I went quickly through the second half. I started to really love Taylor and Willa as they began to see themselves and each other better. I loved their development as individuals and as friends. And although Finley wasn’t physically with them, she was kept alive and understood through their memories of her. Overall, I really enjoyed this one as a nice read with a lot of he...
  • Brooke Lorren
    Start Here was a beautiful, sweet, emotional book.What do you do when you lose your best friend? This was something that Taylor and Willa had to find out for themselves, after their mutual best friend, Finley, died of cancer at age 17. When Finley was still healthy, the three of them had decided to sail from their home in Sandusky, Ohio, to Key West, Florida, after they graduated from high school. One of Finley's last wishes was for Willa and Tay...
  • Kelly Hager
    I've loved Trish Doller since I read Something Like Normal, but all of her books have been amazing. This one, though? This is my favorite.I love books about friendship or grief or travel, so one that combines all three? YES, PLEASE. Except that's also not really accurate. Finley is all over this book, but it's also not really a grieving book. And Willa and Taylor have known each other for ages, but they were more friends with Finley than they wer...
  • Alexa
    Read with Rachel for Friends with ARCs!3.5 stars. I don’t get to read books that feature travel by boat very often, and I find the idea fascinating (having never done something similar myself, with the exception of ferried), so you can imagine how excited I was to read Start Here. In true Trish Doller form, this was an enjoyable read! The two girls are fun perspectives to read from, and their sailing journey was definitely compelling. I do wish...
  • Brianna
    This was the perfect summer read and now one of my favorite Trish Doller books. A perfect blend of heartbreaking and hopeful, this book will make you want to sail off on your own adventure asap. Full review to come over at The Young Folks.
  • Danielle Tebo
    This book has so much heart and is the perfect summer read. Full of adventure and friendship, but more than anything, this book is about strength and forgiveness. It is about believing in yourself and the people around you when you are in your deepest feelings. I loved that each of the girls has her own transformation during their adventures. This journey made me love each girl for her own reasons. I started out relating the most to Willa and thi...
  • Jesse
    I could hear the wind and waves sailing with Willa and Taylor while they struggled to salvage their friendship. Sometimes you just need to read about women supporting each other and finding their own ways in the world. I could hear the wind and waves sailing with Willa and Taylor while they struggled to salvage their friendship. Sometimes you just need to read about women supporting each other and finding their own ways in the world. 🦀 🏴...
  • Jessica
    I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, and as soon as I opened the package, I was really excited. First of all, the cover is absolutely gorgeous -- I took so many pictures for Instagram because I loved the font, the colors, the Polaroid pictures...everything about it! *major heart eyes* And then once I sat down on the beach with this book and started reading it, I found myself sucked into the...
  • Michelle (Fitkittymama Reads)
    This book hits you in the feels from the first page, and takes you on a roller coaster of emotion throughout. I became very invested in all of the characters and their relationships with each other.I loved almost everything about this book. The characters were real, with real flaws. The plot line took place on the water, on a boat, which speaks to me on a deep level. The emotions were honest. And there was a lot of fun worked in with the misunder...
  • reenie
    I picked up Start Here because I thought the cover looked cute and the premise was promising an emotional and enlightening rollercoaster of a novel. However, it lacked the emotional punch that it could have and was at best, a mediocre novel filled with clichés that populate young-adult novels. A best friend who dies of cancer? Check. Deathbed wishes that must be fulfilled? Check. Road trip before the freshman year of college? Check. List of thin...
  • Megan McCaffrey
    Netgalley gave me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.Start Here is told in chapters from Taylor and Willa’s perspectives. Willa has spent her life studying and is from a lower income family. Taylor comes from a wealthier family and is an inexperienced sailor, averse to risks. Both were only friends because of Finley, who died of leukemia. Finley planned the sailing trip. Embarking on the journey, they must now figure out how to get along...
  • Amanda Shepard (Between-the-Shelves)
    Check out my full review at!Thank you to Simon Pulse for sending me a copy of this book to review! Quite honestly, it is the perfect summer read. Reading about Willa and Taylor's sailing adventures will inspire you to have adventures of your own. Maybe not necessarily this summer, but Willa and Taylor's story is inspiration to live life to the fullest.The relationship between Willa and Taylor is the best thing about this b...
  • Elizabeth
    I admit, I've put this book off a bit but now that I've read it, I'm glad that I did. Thanks to my husband, I know a little bit about sailing, and also as a fan of Ohio, where the story starts in Sandusky , Home of Cedar Point. Willa and Taylor were the best friends of Finley, who dies young of cancer. We mostly get to know Finley through the memories of her friends, who take a sailing trip they promised on her death bed. The two girls have a lit...