Saturday, December 31, 2011

Review: There You'll Find Me by Jenny B Jones

Author: Jenny B Jones
Name: There You'll find me
Publisher name: Thomas Nelson
Reviewed via: Net Galley

In a small cottage house in rural Ireland, Finley discovers she can no longer outrun the past.
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.

What first attracted me to this book was the title and the cover, I could tell it was going to be a sweet little book. It was, however in ways I didn't expect. I found Finelys struggles very relatable and empowering; the strong influence of religion in the book, although I'm not the most religious but I'm a believer... helps you regain faith in a way. 
I found the characters themselves very interesting, including their names, how awesome is the name Finley... and Beckett right? I especially love the whole popular guy who actually just wants to be normal stroy line; it's actually quite true and relatable probably for a lot of teens. Other characters such as the family she stays with are very sweet and the people are school... well they are just like the people you meet in your own school, not everyones lovely. Also the setting, you could just imagine how beautiful it was I now really want to visit Ireland. 
Basically the whole book is about a search for her brother, or the sign that he had left for her to find. It's kind of heartbreaking to go with Finley as she follows in the footsteps of her late brother who only ever did things for other people and believed so much in a God that she can't find anymore. But the conclusion of this part of the story was so beautiful I swear I cried a little, I think it shows there really is reason to believe. 
Finleys eating disorder is subtle all the way through the book and her convincing herself even made me feel like she was doing nothing wrong, but near the ending everything is spinning out of control.  She feels like people are against her when they are only trying to help- another relatable topic for a lot of people. I think there is an important lesson in this book, to let go in a way that doesn't scarafice yourself. 
From the start I loved the relationship between Finley and Beckett, in the areoplane it is very scarastic and funny and through the rest of the book they are trying to fight the chemestry between them, which is all very sweet.  

Another part of this story is Finleys school project and the woman she meets through her assignment. From this you see nothing is always as it seems, people are not what you see of them, that really they have their reasons. We see that being strong is not something that is shown but is hidden for the sake of holding together everyone else, even if it means from a far. Another part of the book that had me weeping.

A heartbreaking book that will both take away your faith and restore it. However sad though this book may be, I adored it, it was real, funny, adventourous, sad and sweet.  

1 comment:

  1. This book sounds amazing!! I've not heard of it! Definitely adding to the TBR! Thanks for the great review!