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Review: Going Bicoastal by Dahlia Adler

Going Bicoastal is an utter delight. It’s this dual timeline story about choices, new experiences, and love. If you love “Sliding Doors” or anything with different timelines, this is for you. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.


Natalya Fox has twenty-four hours to make the biggest choice of her life: stay home in NYC for the summer with her dad (and finally screw up the courage to talk to the girl she’s been crushing on), or spend it with her basically estranged mom in LA (knowing this is the best chance she has to fix their relationship, if she even wants to.) (Does she want to?)

How’s a girl supposed to choose?

She can’t, and so both summers play out in alternating timelines – one in which Natalya explores the city, tries to repair things with her mom, works on figuring out her future, and goes for the girl she’s always wanted. And one in which Natalya explores the city, tries to repair things with her mom, works on figuring out her future, and goes for the guy she never saw coming.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

In Going Bicoastal it’s hard not to fall in love with Natalya. From the premise alone, I love the idea of Going Bicoastal. Of seeing your life at a crossroads and wondering which direction to go. Adler’s recent release is about the differences – and similarities – our lives could go down. For Natalya stuck between her parents and two different paths for her future, she has to take risks. Even if she stays in NYC with her dad, her dad challenges her to take risks, have new experiences, and meet new people.

In Going Bicoastal I adored the family relationships between her and her dad as well as her mostly absent mother. To see the two timelines and we see her relationship with her mother evolving. Going Bicoastal is a fabulous story about the things that change and stay the same. How our lives can take different turns, but some pieces of our lives just end up falling into patterns. It’s a fantastic and intriguing idea of fate and choice.

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Going Bicoastal is such a charming story about new experiences. About seeing Natalya open up in front of the readers eyes. The defenses we have and need to learn how to let down. It’s a book I finished in a few days because I was so in love. It’s a precious and charming story about the power of choice and it has a delightful ending! Find Going Bicoastal on Goodreads, Storygraph, Amazon,, & Blackwells.


Have you seen “Sliding Doors”?

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