Your Destination Is on the Left

Your Destination Is on the Left

Dessa Rhodes is a modern day nomad. Her family travels in an RV, their lives defined by state lines, exit signs, and the small communal caravan they call home. Among them is Cyrus, her best friend and long-time crush, whom she knows she can never be with. When your families are perpetually linked, it’s too dangerous to take a risk on romance.

Instead, Dessa looks to the future. She wants to be a real artist and going to art school is her ticket to success and a new life. There’s just one problem: she hasn’t been accepted…anywhere. Suddenly her future is wide open, and it looks like she’s going to be stuck traveling forever.

Then an unexpected opportunity presents itself: an internship working with a local artist in Santa Fe. Dessa struggles to prove to her boss—and herself—that she belongs there, but just as she finally hits her stride, her family suffers an unexpected blow. Faced with losing everything that she has worked for, Dessa has a difficult decision to make. Will she say goodbye to her nomadic lifestyle and the boy she loves? Or will she choose to never stop moving?

Title:Your Destination Is on the Left
ISBN:9781481492126
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About Lauren Spieller

Lauren Spieller is a literary agent who lives in New York with her husband. When she isn’t writing, she can be found drinking lattes, pining for every dog she sees, or visiting her native California. YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT is her debut novel. Follow her on Twitter @laurenspieller.


    Your Destination Is on the Left Reviews

  • C.G. Drews

    I'm like 99% sure the moral of this story is artists are underappreciated and wE DoN'T WANNA BE. [sobs into a paint can and a singular grain of rice which is all we can afford] Ahem. So I really liked...

  • Cait ? A Page with a View

    Dessa's family lives in an RV and travels around the country with a few other families (one has a son she's in love with). She's been rejected from every art school but just wants to go to college and...

  • Lauren

    Well it's official: I have a new favorite 2018 debut and its none other than Lauren Spieller's Your Destination Is on the Left. I never planned on reading this book in February given its June release ...

  • Dahlia

    I liked this so much that I said so officially! “Dessa and her story sparkle with fierce, creative passion. This is a journey I would happily take over and over again.” —Dahlia Adler, author of ...

  • Ashley Poston

    Full disclosure: I read this book a long time ago, and I just recently read the finished version and I am just as awestruck then as I am now. I fell in love with Dessa's passion for art and her plight...

  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    Probably around 3.5*? So this was quite cute! While I wasn't exactly blown away with novelty, it was certainly enjoyable enough. I am a sucker for a road trip, and I loved how much Dessa was able expl...

  • Shealea

    Dessa Rhodes, a meticulous perfectionist craving for normalcy, stability, and independence, was easily a protagonist I could not only relate to, but also actively root for right from the get-go. Her c...

  • Brian Kennedy

    Full of heart, art, and the funny specifics on what life is like when your home is an RV that you share with three other family members. Not only was YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT an entertaining re...

  • Diana Urban

    I loved this book so much, and so easily connected with Dessa — her voice, her struggle to figure out what to do with her life, and the dilemmas she faced were all so relatable. I also love that she...

  • Allison Ziegler

    This book has art. It has RVs. It has a boy who rides a motorcycle. And it has one of the most charming little miscreant brothers the world has ever known. (Love you forever, Rodney). Your Destination...