Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Publication Date: 14 Oct 2011
Series or Standalone: Standalone
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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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?
There you’ll find me is a book about loss and searching for God. Actually, it’s not only about that, it’s about many different things; it touches up on the topics of love, friendship, bullying, family, depression, anorexia, redemption etc. This could be considered both a positive and negative thing. Negative because, well, how much can you cover of each topic if you’re going to mention all? You’re bound to make a mistake or overlook something important. However, there didn’t seem to be such a problem in There You’ll find me, or at least, none that I noticed. Although, to be perfectly honest, I would prefer less topics because I sometimes felt like I was in information overload mode.
There were other instances in the book when I would enter overload mode. I found the book was full of people offering Finely a piece of guidance or wisdom, not that that is necessarily a bad thing, but it sometimes felt too much.
As for Finley, there were times when I really disliked her and that is because she could turn into a total bitch when and if she wanted and hurt others with what she said. Also, she tended to see what she wanted to see, not what was really happening. There were so many times she would get mad at poor Beckett (not that he was always right) for something that was obviously not his fault and she would doubt the obvious, that he cared. There were times when I wanted to shout to her: “He’s chasing after you every opportunity he gets, he does everything for you and he sticks up for you… why are you so stuck in your ways and blind to the fact that he actually cares for you?”
Also, if you’re looking for something original this is not a book for you because it deals with a story that has been told many times before. I can’t really say it was an exact copy of other books dealing with love between an everyday girl and a celebrity, but there’s only so much you can do with that concept.
A couple of things I really, really liked about this book were the cover, I think it’s what drew me to it and made me pay attention to it in the first place, and the fact that the story begins with a kite and also ends with a kite. I love when stories begin and end with the same image or a similar situation.
Challenge(s): 2012 eBook Challenge
Source: ARC Review Copy from NetGalley