Where You'll Find Me by Erin Fletcher
Genre: Romance, Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication: January 7, 2014
My Rating: 4.25 Stars
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.
I received an eARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and this, in no way, would affect my review. Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the copy!
When I first started reading the synopsis of this book, I was already intrigued and drawn in. The very idea of the book interested me so much that I just had to request it, and upon being approved, I immediately delved into the novel. This is my first read for the year 2014, and I'm glad I picked this, because it made me start my year great!
Hanley is a girl who uses alcohol and parties to escape her demons. Nate is doing the same, just in another way. He literally escaped his home, and one day, Hanley found him living in her garage. The connection they feel for one another is strong, and soon, talking to Nate is Hanley's new escape. They don't tell each other their demons, but someway somehow, they understand each other. These two couldn't be more perfect for each other!
I really liked reading Where You'll Find Me, and I really liked both the characters too! I felt like they're easily relatable, and I get what they are saying. I get wanting to escape, I get wanting to show the world that you're fine, and I get wanting to put the blame on someone else. This book isn't merely about romance, but also about the realities of life, and that made me like this book a whole lot better.
The pacing was a bit off for me, because I think that the "secret" was told in a bit of a rushed way, and not gradually from the middle of the book. It was all compressed at the end part of the novel. But that's easy to ignore, and other than that, I thought the book was amazing and worth giving a try. I fully recommend it to anyone looking for a book with equal parts drama, romance and realities of life.
"Crying hurts, but not crying hurts even worse."
"I think sometimes it's easier to pretend to be okay than it is to admit weakness."
"It's easier to point fingers than to feel pain. Even when you're pointing fingers at yourself."
Labels: 4 Stars, ARC Review, Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult