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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)|
"Jones has incredible insight into her teen characters. They are complex, yet have a lighter side and irresistible charm. The story is truly an outpouring to young people about healing deep wounds and gaining a voice for truth and hope." RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars, TOP PICK!
Grief brought Finley to Ireland. Love will lead her home.
Finley Sinclair is not your typical eighteen-year-old. Shes witty, tough, and driven. With an upcoming interview at the Manhattan music conservatory, Finley needs to finish composing her audition piece. But her creativity disappeared with the death of her older brother, Will.
She decides to take a break and study abroad, following Wills travel journal to Ireland. Her brother felt closest to God there, and she hopes to find peace about his death.
Beckett Rush, teen heartthrob and Hollywood bad boy, is flying to Ireland to finish filming his latest vampire movie. On the flight, he bumps into Finley. Shes 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 impending audition, and whatever 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 shes been looking for has been with her all along?
"And thats why I think it works so well . . . It manages to be relatable despite the unique circumstances, despite the characters being people in the public eye, despite it being set somewhere Ive never been. What so many YAs cant achieve in the most everyday settings with the most everyday characters, There Youll Find Me does." School Library Journal
The story is told in first person. The entire world readers enter is filtered by her eyes, but, on random occasions, shell make a connection or have a thought that is absolutely hilarious, and readers know the author is speaking. The writing is enjoyable, not just for the comedy, but also for the smooth, liquid flow that is maintained throughout the book. The relationship between Beckett and Finley is like the waters off the rocky west coast of Ireland. The water rushes into the rocks, but the fickle tide draws it back out into a troubled sea over and over again. One scene that I will never forget is when Finley visits a pair of sisters, the town gossips, and they cannot agree on anything. My stomach almost split with laughter while reading this scene.
In the simplest sense, There Youll Find Me is the story of Finley Sinclairs search for God. Complications are commonplace in life, but with Finley they seem to be in abundance. Her relationship with Beckett Rush is a major complication, but in the end it is not her decision concerning him that reveals the purpose of the book. It is her decision concerning Mrs. Sweeney, a woman she loathes.
Finley suffers with depression caused by her brothers death. She is naturally loyal to her friends and has a short temper with her enemies. She constantly denies her own difficulties, a little bit to herself, but most of the time to others, particularly those who care about her.
There are three characters whom Finley interacts with who change her or influence her decisions in significant ways. The first is her mentor, Sister Maria, one of the few people with whom Finley is comfortable talking. Sister Maria gently prods Finley toward good decisions.
Finleys relationship with Beckett is what places this novel in the romance genre. At first she does not trust him. In fact, she despises him. Eventually, despite what seems her better judgment, she agrees to help him run through his movie lines. This is the start of their complicated relationship. In spite of Finleys doubt of his character, Beckett turns out to be a kind man who is tired of his playboy reputation and wants what Finley has, a chance at a normal life. He helps Finley confront her fears, and he genuinely cares for her.
Finleys relationship with Mrs. Sweeney, an old lady of perpetual frowns, is, in my opinion, her most important one. To say it bluntly, they do not like each other. During the course of the book, a change occurs in the relationship, and Finley tries to fix Mrs. Sweeneys problems. Through that effort, she slowly realizes her own problems need attention. This relationship is the hardest and the best for Finley.
The Bible verse, found in Mathew 11:28, where Jesus says, Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest, is relevant to how Finley obtaines the strength to overcome her fears and to make a final, touching decision. I put down this book with a laughter-lined face and an encouraged soul. Jones interweaves humor and wit so skillfully that I laughed most of the way through it and learned some valuable lessons at the same time. Anyone who is tired of sappy love stories will enjoy this romance novel, if only for the laughs. Truly, I believe anyone could enjoy this book, and I recommend it. Joshua Spotts, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com