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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
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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 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 Wills travel journal. Its the place he felt closest to God, and shes 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. 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 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 shes been looking for has been with her all along?
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
Jael KenneyLachute,QCAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Here's a book I read straight through.June 17, 2013Jael KenneyLachute,QCAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Here's a book I read straight through. It first interested me just from reading what it was about: a teenage girl goes to Ireland on an exchange to find peace following her brother's death, and on the way over is seated next to "teen vampire heartthrob, Beckett Rush". As she seeks to hear God's voice again after her devastating loss, God puts in her path just the people she needs to bring her back to Him.
What I really liked about the book besides the great dialogue (especially between her and Beckett), was how difficult issues weren't wrapped up with a tidy little bow. The book takes a deep, honest look at how people deal with problems like loss--often covering their hurts with difficult persona, or by developing other serious problems. I appreciated that this book was not the kind that went "girl with issues meets boy with problems and their love heals all wounds". It took several different types of people and friends to help point Finley in the right direction--from an insightful nun, to a cranky old lady, to simply a friend that cared enough to say something. It was amusing and riveting, and a book I would recommend even to those over the age of thirty...after all problems don't go away just because you cease to be a teenager.
SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Outstanding Spiritual Depth and Heart MovingApril 23, 2013SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I just discovered Jenny B Jones a few months ago and I love her work. She writes with such humor that it's so refreshing, but when she delves into the spiritual aspect of her novels, it's heart shatteringingly deep. Moves me like no other.
This book touched me in such an enormous way that I've tears in my eyes typing this review. I was sobbing at the end. Out loud.
She touches spiritual depths that I rarely see in a book. Never like hers, anyway. Just blows my mind.
Please read Jenny B. Jones. You will be enormously blessed. ( )
Christy JanesAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5December 13, 2012Christy JanesAge: 25-34Gender: femaleI am literally at a loss for words right now. I just finished this book, and it's been a long time since I've been this impressed with every aspect of a book like I was with this one. Jenny has managed to write a witty, sassy, yet quite painful, novel that had me on an emotional roller coaster that I didn't want to end.
From the beginning, I knew that Finley was a hurting soul. Her life was in shambles--the death of a brother, a stint in therapy, a semi-public image tainted--and God had never felt more distant. On top of her personal turmoil, the stress she was under to complete a musical piece for a prestigious audition was intense. But then she meets a boy. And not just any boy, either. This one was Beckett Rush...THE hottest young movie star on the Hollywood scene. And the funny part? She couldn't be less interested in him, which threw him for a big-time loop. Gradually, they become friends, then more than friends, and he slowly starts to break down her walls. Before too long, each one of them realizes things that they'd rather not face, yet know if they don't, their lives won't go any direction but downhill.
I've said it before...I wish books like this had been available when I was in the young adult stage. I found this story to be so honest and real. It was not a book I could wrap in a box with a fancy bow. There was no fluff. Instead, it was a brilliantly told, coming-of-age story that I will never, ever forget. Yes, there was wit, sass and snark, but there was also pain, loss, and deep emotional hurt. I found myself laughing along with Finley as she verbally sparred with Beckett (considering he had met his match there), and on the flip side, reaching for the Kleenex when Finley succumbed to her lowest point and realized that God had been right by her side all along. She had just filled her life with so much noise that she couldn't hear God's voice. That was my "aha" moment right there because I have done that very thing more times than I can count. Like Finley, I think that if I can just do this one task, or wrap up this one commitment, or help this one person, I'll have accomplished something really great. It becomes all-consuming, and I lose sight of the things that are eternally important.
Leave it to a novel to bring my focus back where it needs to be. Thanks for that, Jenny. :o) Thanks for using all those editors and going through all those rough drafts (as you mentioned in your acknowledgments) to get this story just right.
DebbieTexasAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This book is so inspirationalDecember 12, 2012DebbieTexasAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is so inspirational!! I loved this book.... The plot line behind it was incredible. I would recommend this book to anyone... I got so many verses from it.
KayyOttawa, ONAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Meet the Christian Sarah DessenSeptember 10, 2012KayyOttawa, ONAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was more than I would've ever expected from a Christian author-I've read many Christian teen books that seemed too preachy and which lacked a solid story and this one completely changed my outlook on Christian YA books. It was witty and romantic all while having a deep-rooted story to back it up. As a Sarah Dessen fan, I was delighted to find an author that could write a strong coming of age story while appropriately incorporating a great message of hope and faith with amazingly believable characters that could relate to anyone. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to both Sarah Dessen fans as well as Young Adults looking for a book that has just the right amount of realism, romance, wit, as well as an encouraging message.