Review: Finding Home


3 stars

Read from August 25 to 26, 2015

Synopsis: Moody, atmospheric, and just a little bit punk, Finding Home takes contemporary YA to a new level of grit…

When Amy’s mum dies, the last thing she expects is to be kicked off her dad’s music tour all the way to her Aunt Lou in a depressing hole of a seaside town. But it’s okay — Amy learned how to cope with the best, and soon finds a hard-drinking, party-loving crowd to help ease the pain.

The only solace is her music class, but even there she can’t seem to keep it together, sabotaging her grade and her one chance at a meaningful relationship. It takes a hard truth from her only friend before Amy realises that she has to come to terms with her past, before she destroys her future.Praise for FINDING HOME:

‘Lauren K. McKellar did a great job showing that progression into a vicious cycle and how to pull yourself back out of it.’ — Moonlight Gleam Reviews

Finding Home was well written and a quick, satisfying read, one I’m sure teens will relate to.’ — The Eclectic Reader

Bookish Things: 156 pages. The cover is quite apt and sits well within the genre norms.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $2.83

My Review: 

This book follows a very common formula. New girl in town falls for hot ‘jock’, ignores other love interest, does stupid stuff, drama, sex, hurt, betrayal, finally realises that she was stupid, happy ending.
If you have read one New/Young Adult school-aged story, you’ve read them all. And I say New/Young because while this book has been tagged as YA, I think a lot of the themes are a little older, especially since the protagonist it on the verge of being 18. Young adult tends to have slightly younger protagonists and not deal with sex and more adult themes.

The difference Finding Home has, is the realistic way the reader is immersed in the livelihoods of everyone living in Cherrybrook. Even some of the people we didn’t want to know about.

I didn’t agree with everything our protagonist did or said, and the twists were blatantly obvious, but I was still emotionally invested in the outcome. So, Lauren did something right!

I must also comment on Nick. I liked that he wasn’t the traditional ‘good-looking’ guy. I liked that he had depth of character, that he got tongue-tied and nervous, that he shared real experiences with Amy.

The book also includes some pretty obvious ulterior themes. The risks associated with drinking to excess, underage drinking and unprotected sex were high on the list. It was almost to the point of being too much, but each time it’d fall short of that point.

Ultimately I enjoyed this book despite its faults.

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