Thursday, October 6, 2011

2 There You'll Find Me review

Title: There You'll Find Me
Author: Jennie B. Jones
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: October 4, 2011
ARC e-book
ISBN: 1595545409 (ISBN13: 9781595545404)
Genre: YA
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Summary:

When Finley travels to Ireland as a foreign exchange student, she hopes to create a new identity and get some answers from the God who took her brother away and seems to have left her high and dry.
But from the moment she boards the plane and sits by Beckett Rush, teen star of the hottest vampire flicks, nothing goes according to Finley's plan.
When she gets too close to Beckett, a classmate goes on a mission to make sure Finley packs her bags, departs Ireland-and leaves Beckett alone.
Finley feels the pressure all around. As things start to fall apart, she begins to rely on a not-so-healthy method of taking control of her life.
Finley tries to balance it all-disasters on the set of Beckett's new movie, the demands of school, and her growing romance with one actor who is not what he seems. Yet Finley is also not who she portrays to Beckett and her friends.
For the first time in her life, Finley must get honest with herself to get right with God.

My thoughts:
When I first came across There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones I thought it would be a book I'd enjoy.  I thought it would be more of a cute story about a girl who falls for a movie star but in the mean time gives the school bully her comeuppance. Plus the setting is in Ireland. How could I say no to that? However this book is more than just a cutesy story. It's a book about coming back from a tragedy.  It's about letting go and having faith. And yes, it's also about a boy and a girl finding each other through the misty haze of life.
Finley is on her way to Ireland after a tumultuous year. After trying to get her self back together she decides to go on a journey that will bring her to the same places that her deceased brother visited before he died. Seated next to her on the plane is none other than Beckett Rush. He's a popular teen star. Finley wants nothing to do with him. She wants to stay as far away from trouble as possible. However their paths cross many times and Finley soon discovers that things aren't always as they seem.
Finley is a really great character. She loves music and is trying her best to finish her audition piece to get into a great school. However she's having trouble with the ending. The musical reference in this book is parallel with Finley's life. She's stuck and she can't move forward. She's still grieving the loss of her brother. She has control issues and she is headed for disaster. I like how the author gave her a range of emotions and vulnerability. I could really sympathize with her character. I also like her spiritual journey throughout this novel. 
One of my favorite parts of this novel is the relationship that develops between Cathleen Sweeney and Finley. Cathleen is a 'school project' that Finley gets assigned. Finley has to spend a determined amount of hours at a nursing home with Cathleen. Cathleen is an old, cantankerous woman who is dying of cancer. Cathleen is bitter with life. During this novel, Finley discovers Cathleen's past secrets and it helps her to understand her own personal grief.  
I was really surprised at the depth of emotions There You'll Find Me provoked in me.  I found myself laughing and crying throughout this book. I really enjoyed reading this novel from cover to cover. This book has some really great characters and a strong story-line.  This is a book not only would I recommend but I would also read again. 


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*I received an ecopy of this book from Book Sneeze in exchange for an honest review.


2 comments:

  1. I've been seeing this on a lot of blogs lately. At first I was drawn in by the cute cover but now I'm very interested int he story as well.

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  2. @Karen, I like the cover of this book also. It's what grabbed my attention at first. I hope you do check it out. It's a great story.

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