Book Review: Finding It by Cora Carmack

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Title: Finding It
Author: Cora Carmack
Publication Date: October 15, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Series: Losing It #3
Format: Kindle edition
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong…
Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She’s having the time of her life . . . or that’s what she keeps telling herself.
It’s a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you’re afraid you won’t like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey’s loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey’s mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.

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At this point, I had been enjoying how the Losing It series was about Bliss’ group of friends – starting off with Bliss, then Cade, and now Kelsey. I think Kelsey may be the most broken one of all, but she just hides it really well under the barbie-girl look and party-girl attitude. In Losing It, Kelsey mentions how she wanted to tour Europe to see the world and that’s exactly what she did, but I think she just really needed to get away from things and find herself. She wanted an adventure that could exhilarate her or maybe even change her.

Kelsey is the kind of girl who looks like she has it all – beauty, money, popularity, etc. But she’s been carrying heavy baggage ever since she was 12 and she just kept on adding more to it. It certainly doesn’t help that her parents don’t seem to show much concern for her. I think she just really feels lost and alone. The only times she feels better is when she’s distracting herself from all her internal struggles, even if it means ruining herself in the process with alcohol, fake friends, one-night stands, etc.

On a night she went out to a bar with people she just recently met, she finds Jackson Hunt watching her and laughing at how she’s stuck in one of the grossest make out sessions ever. I think I pretty much knew who Jackson was at the start so some parts of the plot were quite predictable. Jackson was a very conflicted person and that really showed in how he treated Kelsey at the beginning of the book. But eventually, both Jackson and Kelsey let each other in their lives in a weeklong unforgettable journey.

I personally love this book for the adventures that Kelsey and Jackson had throughout the book. I think a lot of people like myself dream of backpacking across Europe and seeing all kinds of breathtaking sites and experiencing all kinds of different things. Jackson saw how Kelsey was spiraling out of control with her drinking and partying, and he wanted to help her escape the fate he once experienced a long time ago. So he made a proposition to give her a real adventure, and not just the ones she’s been having going through the different clubs or bars of Europe. So they set off to see castles, grottos, beaches, etc. and just experience wonderful things.

P.S. My favorite part was the dozens of letters.

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OVERALL, Finding It is a tragic yet humorous tale of personal struggles, coping, and letting go. There are a lot of things that could happen that may be really bad for us or good for us, and what’s important is finding the good in all of it to live life at its most. Sometimes we find it through another person. Kelsey and Jackson surely found what they needed with each other, despite their rough start and conflicts along the way. Sometimes one needs to be broken to be whole again. Sometimes we need an adventure to get away from everything, but sometimes we just really have to lose something to know what we need and find it again.

RATING:

4.5-star

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Disclaimer:

  • This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
  • I do not own most of the images I use, and some may be subject to editing.

 

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Finding It by Cora Carmack

    • Which part? Haha. Oh, I only got a copy because it was on sale at $1.99 months ago. It’s actually pretty nice in terms of adventure. It highlights places that people don’t normally visit, I guess. Thanks. 😀

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