Book Review: Finding Home by Lauren K. McKellar

18362703Title: Finding Home
Author: Lauren K. McKellar
Published on: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Contemporary | Young Adult

When Amy’s mum dies, the last thing she expects is to be kicked off her dad’s music tour all the way to her Aunt Lou in a depressing hole of a seaside town. But it’s okay — Amy learned how to cope with the best, and soon finds a hard-drinking, party-loving crowd to help ease the pain.

The only solace is her music class, but even there she can’t seem to keep it together, sabotaging her grade and her one chance at a meaningful relationship. It takes a hard truth from her only friend before Amy realises that she has to come to terms with her past, before she destroys her future.

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Finding Home tackles some really tough subjects such as alcohol abuse and sexual assault. This book was okay but I really had a problem with the main character.

Let’s discuss.

Amy, the main character, annoyed me. She’s very naive, selfish, self-destructive and she doesn’t listen. First of all, I have no problem with characters who drinks but this girl, she knows no boundaries. I get it that she’s grieving a lot for her mother and also for her father, for abandoning her for the sake of his career but that’s not the right way to cope and handle things. If life has been rough on you then beat it, don’t let it get on you. Don’t let a problem ruin your life, there are hundred ways to solve the fuck of it. There’s this part of the book that I almost wanted to ditch it because Amy let herself drown to alcohol  because the whole school already knows her secret, that her father is famous singer. WTF. Seriously. Also, her character came really desperate for Luke’s attention. Even though Luke already has a girlfriend. I don’t know if I should feel bad for what happened to her and Luke. She wanted it, there she goes, she loss her virginity to some asshole. The only character I liked in this book is Lily, Amy’s friend. She brought some sense into Amy’s thick head. Nick, the other love interest, he’s likable but I do wish I got to know him more. For me, his exposure felt short. Although, I’m glad that he’s not a total asshole like Luke.

I was definitely sure that I’d give this book a one or two rating star.

HOWEVER..

When Amy finally came to her senses. It was really touching. She finally accepted the truth about her mother’s death and  she fixed her relationship with her father and aunt and also to those around her, like Nick and Lily.

Amy’s character development is awe-inspiring. I’m happy for her, I’m happy that she truly found her home with the people she loves.

Finding Home is about self-discovery and acceptance. All in all, it was a good, decent read.

*I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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What about you? What are your thoughts about this book? Leave a comment! xo

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One thought on “Book Review: Finding Home by Lauren K. McKellar

  1. I felt the same way about this book – Amy was so naive, especially with the date rape situation, and I really felt like it could have been handled better. But her development towards the end was what made me give it a three star as well. I think if the book had been a bit longer, I would have liked it more because there could have been a bigger focus on the problems in the book.

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