Monday, October 10, 2011

"there you'll find me" by jenny b. jones

In the two years since her brother Will's death, Finley Sinclair has been reeling. When she gets accepted into a study abroad program in Ireland—the same program Will participated in—Finley hopes to use Will's journal to find peace. On the flight to Ireland, she meets teen heartthrob Beckett Rush. After dismissing him as a wild playboy—just the kind of guy she doesn't need—Finley discovers that Beckett is staying at her host family's bed-and-breakfast while he films his latest movie. Though she'd rather avoid him, he can help her find all the places in her brother's journal—and maybe in the process of connecting with her brother, she'll also connect with God.

There You'll Find Me is a great teen novel that you don't need to be a teen to enjoy. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Finley is the little sister of Alex Sinclair, whose story author Jenny B. Jones told in Save the Date (a book I absolutely loved). Though this book stands alone, I gasped in surprised delight when I made the connection between the books. While There You'll Find Me is about finding love and finding God, it's also about bullying and eating disorders—two themes prevalent in today's high schools. Jones handled both with aplomb, especially the eating disorder thread. I'm sure many girls will be able to see at least a fraction of themselves—or their friends—in Finley, and I hope that reading about her journey will cause them to recognize when they need help.

There You'll Find Me is a solid, entertaining read, and I give it 4-1/2 stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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