There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones is none of these things. Ms. Jones has written a thoughtful and though-provoking novel from a Christian POV that doesn't talk down to the reader or preach at the reader. Also very different from other Christian YA books, this book actually counts Catholics as Christians! (Please note my sarcasm here--- I think most people know that Catholics are Christians, it's just that a lot of Christian fiction is written from a very right-wing Protestant angle, and Roman and Orthodox Catholics are looked down upon in those circles much of time, so it was a true delight to see that no Christian denominations were trashed during the writing of this book!)There isn't a lot of really fabulous Christian fiction out there for teens. So much Christian YA is preachy or full of political agenda, or just down-right poorly written.
Finley Sinclair is on a journey, a journey to Ireland to walk in the steps of her older brother who lost his life in a terrorist attack, a journey back to God, a journey to a more mature faith and a journey to true love. The roads are long and painful man, painful. Along the way she meets a vampire. Not a real vampire, but a bad-boy Hollywood actor who plays one in the movies. Finley can't fall for him, right? He is a player and she has a lot going on and a fling with a heartbreaker can't get in the way.
The book deals with big and traditional teen topics such a love, eating disorders, and bullying, but it isn't cheesy, or formulaic. At first I really didn't like Finley at all, but she grew on me, as she grew.
I will be buying this one for the library, for sure.
What's Going On Here?
There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.