Synopses & Reviews
Reagan Forrester wants out - out of her trailer park, out of reach of her freeloading mother, and out of the shadow of the relationship that made her the pariah of Charytan, Kansas.
Victoria Reyes wants in - in to a fashion design program and a sorority, in to the arms of a cute guy who doesn't go to Charytan High, and in to a city where she won't stand out for being Mexican.
One thing the polar-opposite best friends do agree on is that wherever they go, they're going together. But when they set off on a series of college visits at the start of their senior year, they quickly see that the future doesn't look quite like they expected. After two years of near-solitude following the betrayal of the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart, Reagan falls hard and fast for a Battlestar Galactica-loving, brilliant smile-sporting pre-med prospective... only to learn she's set herself up for heartbreak all over again. Meanwhile, Victoria realizes everything she's looking for might be in the very place they've sworn to leave.
As both Reagan and Victoria struggle to learn who they are and what they want in the present, they discover just how much they don't know about each other's pasts. And when each learns what the other's been hiding, they'll have to decide whether their friendship has a future.
Reagan and Victoria are sure about two things in their future: they're going to be college roommates, and they're going to get out of Charytan, Kansas, together. But as they go on a series of college visits, the two begin to realize their visions of the future may not align, and as the secrets they've been keeping from the other slowly come to light, they learn they're not exactly the yin and yang they thought they were. Suddenly, neither one is sure what the next four years hold, or whether they'll be spending them together at all. Combining the unique settings of college visits with a cast that's diverse in race, ability, and socioeconomic class, Just Visiting touches upon the kinds of conversations we fear having with those closest to us, and why the strongest relationships can be the scariest. It also contains scenes that are rare but important in YA, about sexual agency, contraception/plan B, and relationships that neither last forever nor destroy the characters when they crumble.