Saturday, October 8, 2011

There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones

There You'll Find MeIn 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.

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My Thoughts:
I am a bit obsessed with all things Irish. So when I saw that this book took place in Ireland, I knew that I had to read it. Then I noticed that it was a Young Adult book and wasn't sure whether or not to get it, but I'm so glad that I did! Even though this book is categorized as juvenile , I think that this is a book that can be enjoyed by any age.

Ever since the death of her brother Will two years ago, grief has been Finley Sinclair's constant companion. So she decides to become a foreign-exchange student in Ireland, to be able to visit all the places in Will's travel journal. To be able to be where he felt the closest to God, and she hopes that she will be able to feel that way too.

Her host family are the Callaghans and they own a B & B. Sean and Nora Callaghan are the parents of Erin and Liam, 12. Erin is the same age as Finley and they become fast friends.

She meets Beckett Rush on her flight to Ireland, but she will not fall into his charms - or so she hopes. Everywhere Finley goes she seems to run into Beckett and slowly she starts to let her guard down - but is that a mistake?

Beckett has a bad boy image to be sure, but he never seems like that around her - in fact he seems quite the opposite. But, he has a gorgeous, Hollywood starlet girlfriend and beautiful girls falling all over him everywhere he goes, so why does he seem to be most interested in spending time with her?

Finley has to finish the song she is composing for her audition, a song that is inspired by her brother. But she feels that she needs to find the location of this one picture that was in Will's travel journal before she can write the ending. However, finding that location will be like trying to find a needle in a hay stack.

Finley finds that in Ireland most people her age don't have a car, that they will either walk or ride a bike to where they need to go. This hinders her plans, because the places that she wants to go to are very far and would take forever on a bike. So Finley and Beckett strike up a deal, she will help him with his lines and he will drive her where she wants to go. At first this is working out great, but soon the time that they spend together is because of more than just a deal.

On Finley's first day of school in Ireland, she meets Beatrice and they form an instant dislike towards one another. Beatrice's father is the principal at the school, so she can get away with almost anything and she takes full advantage of this.

Also on the first day of school, all the students are assigned an elderly person that they have to spend at least 20 hours with by the end of the term. Finley gets Cathleen Sweeney, a woman who is bitter, eaten up with guilt and regret and who is dying of cancer. Cathleen reminded me a lot of Mrs. Snow,the character played by Agnes Moorehead in Pollyanna. In fact she is almost identical to her. Finley on the other hand is no Pollyanna, because Finley is just as depressed as Cathleen - though she does try to brighten up Mrs. Sweeney's day.

'There You'll Find Me' has some serious issues like cancer, bullying, the death of a loved one, etc. in it. The emotions that Finley feels because of these issues are portrayed with such honesty and clarity. This book had me feeling happy, sad, excited, concerned, hopeful, angry, confused, relieved, and shocked (not necessarily in that order:). The way that the author describes the scenery, makes it pop off the page - I want to go to Ireland even more now!

I completely enjoyed reading 'There You'll Find Me'. This is a novel that I heartily recommend!

*** I received a complimentary copy of the book from BookSneeze to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done. ***

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Product Details:
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595545409
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595545404
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches

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