Saturday, 18 February 2012

Review: There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones

Title: There You'll Find Me
Author: Jenny B. Jones
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Netgalley
Publication Date:USA:Oct 4th 2011:UK:7th Sept 2011
Tell Me About It
Grief brought Finley to Ireland. LOVE WILL LEAD HER HOME.
Finley Sinclair is not your typical eighteen-year-old. She's witty, tough, and driven. With an upcoming interview at the Manhattan music conservatory, Finley needs to compose her audition piece. But her creativity disappeared with the death of her older brother, Will.
She decides to study abroad in Ireland so she can follow Will's travel journal. It's the place he felt closest to God, and she's hopeful being there will help her make peace over losing him. So she agrees to an exchange program and boards the plane.
Beckett Rush, teen heartthrob and Hollywood bad boy, is flying to Ireland to finish filming his latest vampire movie. On the flight, he meets Finley. She's the one girl who seems immune to his charm. Undeterred, Beckett convinces her to be his assistant in exchange for his help as a tour guide.
Once in Ireland, Finley starts to break down. The loss of her brother and the pressure of school, her audition, and whatever it is that is happening between her and Beckett, leads her to a new and dangerous vice. When is God going to show up for her in this emerald paradise?
Then she experiences something that radically changes her perspective on life. Could it be God convincing her that everything she's been looking for has been with her all along?
[from goodreads]
My Thoughts
After losing her brother in Iraq Finley makes the decision to travel to Ireland and visit all the places he spoke about in his journal.  On the plane journey to Ireland she meets Becket Rush, a teen heartthrob who Finley wants nothing to do with and can't wait to leave him behind.  Unfortunately it's not as easy as that and they end up meeting again in the Bed and Breakfast where Beckett is staying, the Bed and Breakfast Finley's host family owns.  After an agreement is made, Finley and Beckett start to spend more time together which causes friction for all parties involved.

Although There You'll Find Me has some basis on religion, it is not obvious and fits in well with the story and I found myself really enjoying the story and wanting to find out what happens next.  I love how Beck was so insistent about helping Finley and how she stubbornly refused his help until there was something in it for her.

Reading There You'll Find Me was emotionally draining, but in a good way.  The laughter and tears I spent reading this book were enough to last a few books but I would pick it up in a second and read it all again without hesitating.  There You'll Find Me is also the first book I have read by Jenny and I intend to read some more of her work.

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