Finding You by Kresten Kehoe
176 Pages (Paperback)
April 30, 2012
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.
This novel follows the life of Sloan Sawyer during her senior year of high school. After her father's death, nothing has been the same. Even worse than the grief felt from this horrible event is the fact that Sloan, by her mother's standards, is an adult and does not need the aid of a mother to get by. So Sloan is left to not only fend for herself, but to take care of her out-of-control younger sister while competitively swimming and applying to a summer art program in Paris. So, needless to say (yet I'll say it anyway), her hands are more than full.
Then Grady comes along. Grady is the good-looking, nice new kid - who just happens to be the principal's son. When a romance starts to bud between the two, it becomes evident that Grady is just as broken as Sloan.
There were somethings I liked about this books, and somethings I didn't. For one, I really liked how each chapter switched point of views. It went between Sloan and Grady, never breaking the pattern. I thought it was refreshing to see the scenes from a different angle, well that and I liked Grady so much more than anyone else. One of the not so great aspects of this novel was the pacing. The beginning was intriguing and I was interested in where Grady and Sloan's relationship would go. However, it quickly became very slow. Luckily, it picked up towards the end and I found myself immersed in the story.
I also found myself enjoying the swimming scenes more than I would have expected. Kristen Kehoe was able to radiate Sloan's feelings very well during these scenes and I started to get it. It was one of those things where you understand Sloan in the way that you get why she is feeling this way, yet you don't really get how she is feeling. I found that Sloan is like on of those little pill like things that grow in water - put the girl in a pool and feelings fly off the pages and into the reader's body (that sounds like a really lame analogy, but it's true).
If you like realistic, contemporary fiction (especially if you're into art or swimming), this book is worth a shot. However, if you're into sci-fi/action/fantasy or other fast paced books, I'd say simply pick up another novel. That is not because this one is bad, per se, but I don't think that type of reader would enjoy it. I have alot of respect for authors, especially self published, and I don't like when people trash books because they weren't right for them. (Sorry to rant, I just felt the need to justify my recommendation).
Overall, I found this book enjoyable. Some parts were slow, but I liked most of the parts that weren't. Plus, there were lots of Twilight jokes (Pro- Twilight jokes, so sorry Twilight haters), which I found amusing. It was evident in certain scenes that Ms. Kehoe knew make the reader feel what she wanted them to feel. I found myself tearing up at some parts and laughing at others.