[Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY] Book Review: Finding Home by Lauren K. McKellar

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Title: Finding Home
Author: Lauren K. McKellar
Date of Publication: October 1, 2013
Genre: contemporary YA

Acquisition: Home of a Book Lover Tours

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 realizes that she has to come to terms with her past, before she destroys her future.

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Finding Home got me hooked even though I hated Amy for more or less 90% of the book. I think I’m quite familiar enough with self-destructive and selfish teens that I kind of understand where Amy is coming from. Although I do think that she was being really awful. In fact, she was acting downright stupid. And I hated her for that, but I couldn’t really hate all of her. I wanted to know that she would  be okay so I kept on reading.

Most of the book tells how Amy copes with her past by doing horrible and self-centered things. It would take her a lot, and I mean a LOT, of mistakes before she could come to terms with her situation, which I personally found really annoying. But I can’t seem to help but cheer her on, or inwardly shout at her to tell her what to do. Ever since her dad became a pop star, she had been home-schooled and touring with her dad all over the country. But this also means that she’s left unsupervised most of the time that she developed a drinking problem. So her father decided that she needed a more normal life and sent her off to live with her aunt in a small town where she can also attend a normal school.

However, high school is never really that simple, is it? She will learn about the people she should really trust and not judge so easily. She will meet a handful of people who would help her realize her wrongdoings and what it means to be cared for. She will come to understand that she must not easily put blame on others. She will find out what it means to have a home and be loved by the people around her despite of everything she has done with her life.

I don’t think Amy could ever deserve Nick (or any of her loved ones for that matter) for everything she has done, but fortunately, what we deserve can sometimes be disregarded when it comes to love. Nick was just a wonderful person who was passionate about his music. He wore his heart on his sleeve, even though Amy refused to see how much he cared until it was too late. He was the light amidst the darkness, and he was definitely my favorite character.

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OVERALL, Finding Home is a book about learning from mistakes and seeing the world in a different perspective once a person stops focusing on one’s self. I think that Amy definitely learned the hard way, and it wasn’t a pleasant ride to be a part of. But this book easily captured my attention and made it really hard to stop reading about where it was all going. I had an inkling of where the story would lead, but I still needed to know what the author had to say. I honestly thought I wouldn’t like this book, but I think it has certain qualities that can consume its reader. It was a love-hate-love book for me.

RATING:

3.5-star

Lauren K McKellarLauren McKellar is a writer and editor of fact and fiction. She has worked in publishing for more than eight years, editing a national magazine named PETS, which is cute, fluffy and fun, as well as editing manuscripts that range from sweet romance to raunchy thrillers. Lauren loves to write for the Young and New Adult markets, and her debut novel, Finding Home, is a YA Contemporary. She is a member of the YA Rebels (vlog) and the Aussie Owned and Read blogging team. In her free time, Lauren enjoys long walks on the beach with her two super-cute dogs and her partner-in-crime/fiancé.

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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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