Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Book Review: There You'll Find Me

There You’ll Find Me
Jenny B. Jones

Finley Sinclair is struggling with grief after her older brother’s death. That grief leads her to Ireland for her senior year of school in order to follow her brother’s travels as documented in his journal.

Instead of finding the peace she hoped for, Finley meets famous teen actor and heart throb Beckett Rush, known for partying, is assigned a cantankerous dying woman as her adopted grandmother for a school project and searches for a Celtic cross pictured in her brother’s journal. She’s sure the cross holds the key to finishing her composition for her upcoming music audition at Manhattan music conservatory so finding it is a high priority.

Although her brother felt close to God in Ireland, Finley can’t seem to find that same peace or the cross. When Beckett insists she be his assistant in exchange for him being her tour guide, new problems arise, including an overly jealous classmate who tries to discredit her at every chance.

Things spiral out of control as Finley battles a new issue while dealing with the stress of trying to complete seemingly impossible assignments and hoping for closure both for herself and her newly assigned grandmother.

As things start to both escalate and resolve, Finley wonders if God could have been with her all along.

I read this book on my phone while waiting for appointments and was drawn in by the realistic characters and Finley’s search for the cross that she believed would bring her peace. The characters were pretty typical of the ones you’d find in most high schools, and while Finley was the “good girl,” she was also flawed.

A bit predictable, but a good read.

From the author's website:

Jenny was born and raised in Arkansas, growing up with a love to read and create stories. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English, a Masters in Teaching, and a Masters of Library and Information Studies. 

She sold her first book, In Between, in 2005, and has gone on to write Young Adult, New Adult, and romance. She’s been a RITA finalist, a Christy finalist, an RT Top Pick, RT Reviewer’s Choice nominee, and has won four Carol Awards.

Jenny has spent nearly twenty years in the education field, teaching English, drama, creative writing, and speech. She currently serves as a library media specialist for one of the largest school districts in Arkansas.

 When she’s not writing, Jenny loves to travel, watch movies, spend time with her family, and obsessively decorate and redecorate her house.

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