Oct 21, 2013
Title: Finding Home
Author: Lauren K. McKellar
Publisher: Escape Publisher
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Overall: 3 out of 5
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.
Finding Home was a good, decent read. I felt like this book was really aimed at the teenage market. It had lessons that it wanted young teens and adults to take away. I did like it’s message, that it’s okay to have fun but do so responsibly.
Amy lives in such a world of anger that it didn’t take me by surprise for her dad to ship her off to her Aunt Lou’s. I couldn’t imagine having to deal with someone as wild and angry as Amy. I would love to say that Amy was justified, but really she wasn’t and mostly behaved like a spoiled brat. This book did let us watch Amy grow up though, and while my heart ached for her at times I also felt like her actions justified the consequences.
Amy did many things in Finding Home that I didn’t agree with. The partying, the drinking binges, and everything with Luke. I hate that she made these poor decisions, and I did lose respect for her. However, Amy pulled it together with the help of some amazing people. As the story moved past the midway point I found myself starting to respect her again. Amy took back her life, and began to show people that they couldn’t just push her around.
I would feel remiss if I didn’t even mention Nick, especially because the book blurb doesn’t! Nick was such a huge part of this book, and it’s because while Amy was busy regaining self dignity she had to own that she tore Nick down. Nick was a great guy who really got the short end of the stick with Amy. I’m glad that she apologized to him, and things worked out with them.
I really did enjoy this novel, and I liked the message it sends to the teens and young adults who might read this. I thought that Lauren K. McKellar did a great job showing that progression into a vicious cycle and how to pull yourself back out of it.
I would give this book 3 out of 5 stars because it did suck me in from the beginning. However, I did feel like this was just a little to much like a fable for me, and it also felt incredibly immature. That’s why I would give it a 3 out of 5, but I would definitely recommend this to anyone in the 15-20 year age group.
3/5 – Worth Reading
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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