[eARC Review] Where You'll Find Me by Erin FletcherTuesday, January 07, 2014
Where You'll Find Me is a very intriguing story because I had no idea what to expect going in, and I will say this book took me by surprise. I did not expect the issues that came up in this book; teenage drinking, depression and the idea of euthanasia and if it is every okay.
Title: Where You'll Find Me
Author: Erin Fletcher
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: ebook, 211 pages
Release Date: January 7th 2014
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Source: eARC received from Publisher in exchange for honest review
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When Hanley Helton discovers a boy living in her garage, she knows she should kick him out. But Nate is too charming to be dangerous. He just needs a place to get away, which Hanley understands. Her own escape methods (vodka, black hair dye, and pretending the past didn't happen) are more traditional, but who is she to judge?
Nate doesn't tell her why he's in her garage, and she doesn't tell him what she's running from. Soon, Hanley's trading her late-night escapades for all-night conversations and stolen kisses. But when Nate's recognized as the missing teen from the news, Hanley isn't sure which is worse: that she's harboring a fugitive, or that she's in love with one.
Hanley was a great narrator for this story because she is such a complicated character. She has much hatred inside of her, and as readers, we do not understand where that hatred comes from until later in the book. So we are told to trust her narrative, even though she drinks too much for a teenager, has attitude coming out the ass, and has so much trust issues. But even with all of that, you cannot help but love her and that is why I think I liked this book so much. As a reader you have to connect with characters, even if you cannot relate to them completely. And that is what happened here. I trusted Haney even though everything in her character told me not to.
When Hanley finds a boy hiding in her garage everything changes. She starts to feel things that have been hidden for years and it is his doing. he is the one that brings out the person Hanley used to be, and I loved that about this story. These two character, Hanley and Nate bring out each other, and it is only once they fall for each other that everything that has been hidden comes to the surface, and neither of them will be the same.
This is a coming of age story that will break your heart into pieces at times. Both Hanley ad Nate have some serious issues, but this book does not dwell on the negative. It shows how much we need companionship and friendship without questions, without judgment. And I loved that about this book. It felt real, and genuine and a must read for all YA contemporary fans.