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Grief brought high school senior Finley Sinclair to Ireland. Love will lead her home.
Eighteen-year-old Finley Sinclair is witty, tough, talented, and driven. With an upcoming interview at the Manhattan music conservatory, she just needs to finish composing her audition piece. But her creativity disappeared with the death of her older brother, Will.
She decides to take a break and study abroad, following Will’s travel journal to Ireland. Her brother felt closest to God there, and she hopes to find peace about his death. Meanwhile, Beckett Rush—teen heartthrob and Hollywood bad boy—is flying to Ireland to finish filming his latest vampire movie. On the flight, he bumps into Finley—the one girl who seems immune to his charm. Undeterred, Beckett convinces Finley to strike an unconventional bargain.
As Finley deals with the loss of her brother, the pressures of school, and her impending audition, she wonders if an unlikely romance is blossoming between her and Beckett. Then she experiences something that radically changes her perspective on life. Has everything she’s been looking for been with her all along?
Don’t miss Finding You—the movie based on There You’ll Find Me—released in 2021Contemporary Young Adult romanceStand-alone novelBook length: 78,000 wordsIncludes discussion questions for book clubs
Finley Sinclair is many things: an heiress, an accomplished musician, a reformed wild child, and a grieving sister. In an attempt to feel close to both God and her brother, who was killed in a terrorist bombing, Finley becomes an exchange student in the same Irish village her brother visited several years earlier. Finley becomes fast friends with her host family and strikes up an uneasy relationship with a Robert Pattinson like movie star who is in Ireland filming his latest vampire flick. While this has all the makings of an earnest YA Christian romance novel, Jones (A Charmed Life series) throws readers a curve by very gradually revealing that Finley has an eating disorder. While this novel has some similarities to Laurie Halse Anderson's Wintergirls another YA novel about an anorexic teenager Jones's decision to leave Finley's "issues" unnamed until the very last pages of the novel is troubling. Finley has problems, but her life is also glamorous. The novel strikes dissonant tones, unsuccessfully combining sprightly teen romance with life-or-death topics. From the very beginning, Finley is counting calories and denying herself food, but no one takes note until the final third of the novel. And even then, the eating disorder is described as "the beginning of anorexia" brought on by grief and stress. For young readers, the mixed messages this novel sends about a very serious condition may be problematic. Ages 14 up.