When I rate a novel I typically look at others books I have read in the same genre and apply a number based on how the current offering measures up. So, when I give There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones a four out of five, I am basing that on other Christian fiction written for the teenage audience. While this book is certainly not the best I have ever read, it is a wonderful story that stands heads above the rest of chick-lit.
There You'll Find Me centers around high school senior Finley Sinclair, who decides to study abroad in Ireland after the tragic death of her older brother Will. Finley is trying to finish composing her audition piece for the New York Conservatory of Music and hopes that the change of scenery will inspire her. Her brother had previously studied abroad in the sleepy town of Abbeyglen, so Finley decides to retrace his steps in order to find the inspiration, peace and closure she so desperately needs. But not everything goes according to plan, and when Finley forms an unexpected friendship with a local movie star she begins to realize that the real reason she is in Ireland is to escape her hurtful past. Through a series of difficult relationships, Finely discovers the strength of her faith in an unfailing God.
I very much enjoyed Jenny Jones' writing style, especially her quick-wit and sarcastic humor. Although Jenny Jones tackles difficult topics such as death, eating disorders and bullying, the novel was a light and easy read. The characters were funny, the setting beautiful, and I often wished I was right there with Finley, experiencing everything that Ireland has to offer. In particular, Beckett the local movie star was written with such a fun and charming personality, I found myself wanting to go see one of his movies - and he is not even real! The spiritual side of the story was not heavy handed, but I found myself encouraged by the scriptures used and the truths Finley discovered on her journey.
If you're in the mood for a witty teenage romance with great depth of character and fantastic story lines, There You'll Find Me definitely fits the bill. I truly enjoyed every minute that I was immersed in this novel and hope there are more stories to come about Finley's adventures.
Disclosure of Material: I received this book free from the publisher via Book Sneeze. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.