Title: Finding Home
Author: Lauren K. McKellar
Date of Publication: October 1, 2013
Genre: contemporary YA
Acquisition: Home of a Book Lover Tours
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.
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.
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