Saturday, November 27, 2010

Finding You by Kristen Kehoe Review

Published : April 30th 2010 by FriesenPress
Paperback, 176 pages

Sloan Sawyer's family began to dissolve the day her father died. Fifteen then, Sloan had turned to her mother for comfort, and had been turned away. Now, at eighteen, a senior in high school, Sloan is alone and playing the role of guardian for her fifteen-year-old younger sister, who appears to be set on ruining her own life. Along with trying to save her sister from her destructive decisions,, Sloan is working day and night to get into a prestigious art program, while working out twice a day to try and clinch a state title in swimming-the same state title that her mother had won when she had been Sloan's age. When an incident at school brings her into contact with the new kid, who also happens to be the principal's son, Sloan finds herself beginning one more relationship that she isn't sure she knows how to handle.

The only thing I can compare this book to is to a tree. Unmoving and just...there.

The title of this story, Finding You, already gives away the moral of the story and so as any reader would hope from a book description such as this, it's disappointing in the end to find the read to be nothing but dim characters living their typical, all too heard of lives.

However I was interested to see how the story would play out did after reading the first few pages but too quickly did the story seem to fade into nothingness. Sloan, who is meant to portray a mature eighteen year old with overwhelming responsibilities, turns out to have a messy personality instead...she has the thirteen year old complaints and the occasional eighteen year old ignorance...which for me doesn't mix well. Grady, whose the son of the principle where he and Sloan go to school, is a classic boy mixed in with a bland story. I did liked him more than Sloan but at the same time felt pity for him and his love life. I expected the romance to be a bit more original than it was but it came out as an attempt rather than the actual thing.

Something that bothered be the most though was change of point of views chapter after chapter. I felt like there should have been the names on the beginning of each chapter depending on who was telling the story...Sloan or Grady. Basically this book had a lot of cliches and not enough pizazz.


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