There You’ll Find Me
Author: Jenny B Jones
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Published: October 4, 2011
Rating: 4 Birds
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?
My take: Take a minimal twist on an old storyline and you come up with a pretty good read!
Finley is this girl who’s incredibly lost (okay, what teen isn’t really) but she just keeps going…trying to figure out ways to be closer to God. She’s also trying, in a sense, to be closer to her brother who passed on. Finley is courageous in a sense, because she goes off to this foreign land where really, her only knowledge is that of the fact her brother went there first…and she just has to learn what’s holding her back from performing a perfect audition piece.
Writer’s block is honestly one of the things that seems to be holding her back, but her fears are another. What if things aren’t perfect in the way that her brother would like. What if there’s someone…or something that can help in the least expected way?
I liked that Jenny used Beckett not as a “here’s the heart-throb and we’re going to make him be all awesome and soft at all times” – he had his own problems too! I found it almost endearing. Beckett has to get over a hump of telling his own dad…”no”. That’s probably one of the hardest words to say to a parent.
We also learn that as a project, Finley has to “take care” of a grandmother – and I think that’s where she finds her biggest strength in learning more about herself, and her path.
Really, if I were to say everything I loved or didn’t love about this book, I’d be writing a novel in and of itself…so let’s leave it with – expect the unexpected in this book!
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