by Lauren K. McKellar
Moody, atmospheric, and just a little bit punk, Finding Home takes contemporary YA to a new level of grit...
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.
Publisher: Harlequin Australia
Publication date: October 1, 2013
This novel tackles some tough subjects, such as drug abuse, the loss of a parent, sexual assault, and more, all through the eyes of a teenage girl trying to start over in her Aunt's house, while her famous father is on tour. Amy manages to begin pulling herself out of her depression with the help of some misfit friends, and finds herself falling for a boy in her music class, the only place she feels she really fits in. When Amy regresses back to her self-destructive behaviour, she's certain that she'll never return to the happy girl she once was.
I applaud this author for tackling some really tough subjects in such an unflinching way. There's no holding back of emotions, or tiptoeing around serious issues such as drug abuse. As the book progresses, we learn about what happened to Amy's mom through a series of flashbacks. As Amy relives her childhood in her memories, she begins to see things through the lens of greater experience, questioning what she once believed to be true about her parents. She begins to question whether her anger and hatred toward her dad are justified after all.
The one issue that bugged me a little in this book was Amy's naiveté when it came to the boy she has a crush on. Her neediness is understandable in light of her past and abandonment issues, but sometimes I felt as though her willful blindness was a bit of a stretch. Otherwise I found this book to be a good read.
Kat's Rating: Worth a Look
Despite the mature subject matter, the story itself isn't overly graphic in any area. The author does touch upon serious issues, but they are not described in detail just for the shock value. This is a story about finding yourself, finding forgiveness, and finding a place to call home.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & the publisher in return for an honest review.