Finding Home

[PDF] ✈ Finding Home By Lauren K. McKellar – Moody, atmospheric, and just a little bit punk, Finding Home takes contemporary YA to a new level of grit

When Amy’s mum dies, the last thing she expects is to be kicked off her dad’s mus Moody, atmospheric, and just a little bit punk, Finding Home takes contemporary YA to a new level of gritWhen Amy’s mum dies, the last thing she expects is to be kicked off her dad’s music tour all the way to her Aunt Lou in a depressing hole of a seaside town But it’s okay — Amy learned how to cope with the best, and soon finds a harddrinking, partyloving crowd to help ease the pain The only solace is her music class, but even there she can’t seem to keep it together, sabotaging her grade and her one chance at a meaningful relationship It takes a hard truth from her only friend before Amy realises that she has to come to terms with her past, before she destroys her future.Finding Home

Lauren K McKellar is a writer of contemporary romance reads that make you feel This hybridpublished USA Today bestselling author loves writing books with stunning local settings, heartthrob heroes, and leading ladies who overcome great hardships in their livesIn addition to writing, Lauren loves to read, and you can often find her up at all hours of the night with a glass of wine, some choco.

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  • ebook
  • 156 pages
  • Finding Home
  • Lauren K. McKellar
  • English
  • 27 November 2019
  • 9780857990914

10 thoughts on “Finding Home

  1. says:

    NOTE: I received an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    It's tough reviewing one of those novels, the ones that barely keep your interest, isn't it? Well, that's exactly what I'm going through right now, as I'm trying to figure out what to write that would justify the existence of Finding Home.

    Harsh. I know. But in my opinion, it's the truth.

    I had a hard time going forward with this one. Why? It was unrealistic, to say the least. It was a compilation of oxymorons that just didn't click together.

    I read somewhere that Finding Home had a real teen voice. I think it's got nothing of the sort. Unless a teen voice means naivete to the point of not being able to see the obvious, innocence to the point of stupidity, and having your own mother offer a complete stranger (an old one too) to kiss you on your sixteenth birthday without a single complaint from you. If that's what a teen voice entails, then please I'd rather not read any teen books again.

    Lucky for me, that's not the case.

    To say that I was disgusted by the events in this novel, is to put it mildly. Here's why.

    The POV heroine, Amy comes from a broken family. Her dad's a famous pop star, her mom died from too much drinking, and she's suddenly moving to live with her aunt. Everything's new to her - life outside a tour bus included. So far so good.

    Except, said 'mother' - and I'm putting her in quotes because who in their right mind would make their child drink liquor even before 16 - has wrecked Amy's view of the world. As a result, Amy has no idea how to behave around her peers. She doesn't know how to recognize the cliche player from the nice guy. She doesn't know how to keep her panties on. And she doesn't know how on earth to stay away from her aunt's liquor cabinet.

    We're talking a 17 year old girl here. Traveling constantly with musicians. Who have groupies. You know what I mean? How on earth is she supposed to be so naive after all she's seen? And she's seventeen too! I understand she's inexperienced (read a virgin) but does that have to make her act like a stupid girl who hasn't heard/read/seen a single thing about sex? I'm simply not buying it. Not unless she's Amish, which she obviously isn't since the events take place in Australia.

    Gosh, Amy disappointed me so much! In her attempt to escape the cliche, she fell into a bigger cliche, with a lot more drama and a whole lot more complications.

    Now, don't get me wrong. I understand how the author wanted to address the problems of drinking and having sex before being ready for it. But for some reason the most I got from it was a lesson for parents. Because honestly? If that 'mother' had acted the way a MOTHER ought to, Amy wouldn't have gone through all those incredibly nonspecial things that happened to her.

    So I guess the wisdom here is... parents educate your children!

  2. says:

    4.5 stars

    *Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me read the ARC.

    I read this book in a handful of hours and loved it despite contemporary romance not being my usual cup of tea.

    Books dealing with music are an instant draw for me, but they also raise my expectations. A pet peeve of mine is reading books about music and finding them riddled with theoretical errors, proof that the author doesn't really know much about music. Finding Home is absolutely musical-error free and that impressed me. As for the story, how refreshing to read a story set down-under.

    Amy is a girl I could relate to even though I didn't always like her. At times I wanted to slap some sense into her, sometimes I wanted to commiserate with her and give her a hug. She felt real, believable, a hurting teen who doesn't know how to deal with her emotions and ends up making some very bad choices. Of course, that's all part of growing up and learning from mistakes, which Amy does in spades.

    I was a little concerned about the love interest at first and that his good looks and smooth talk would let him get away with being a jerk. Without being too spoilery, suffice it to say, Amy learns to handle him without the story becoming melodramatic or unrealistic. I really appreciated that part of the story and respect the author for dealing with a variety of issues in the way that she did without spiraling into cliche or well-worn plot devices.

    I strongly recommend this book to readers who enjoy coming-of-age stories that portray realistic characters in tough situations.

  3. says:

    This book follows a very common formula. New girl in town falls for hot 'jock', ignores other love interest, does stupid stuff, drama, sex, hurt, betrayal, finally realises that she was stupid, happy ending.

    If you have read one New/Young Adult school-aged story, you've read them all. And I say New/Young because while this book has been tagged as YA, I think a lot of the themes are a little older, especially since the protagonist it on the verge of being 18. Young adult tends to have slightly younger protagonists and not deal with sex and more adult themes.

    The difference Finding Home has, is the realistic way the reader is immersed in the livelihoods of everyone living in Cherrybrook. Even some of the people we didn't want to know about.

    I didn't agree with everything our protagonist did or said, and the twists were blatantly obvious, but I was still emotionally invested in the outcome. So, Lauren did something right!

    I must also comment on Nick. I liked that he wasn't the traditional 'good-looking' guy. I liked that he had depth of character, that he got tongue-tied and nervous, that he shared real experiences with Amy.

    The book also includes some pretty obvious ulterior themes. The risks associated with drinking to excess, underage drinking and unprotected sex were high on the list. It was almost to the point of being too much, but each time it'd fall short of that point.

    Ultimately I enjoyed this book despite its faults.

  4. says:

    Before reading
    Just got this from Netgalley, and I'm so happy!
    Aren't you excited when you get to read something written by a debut author? Well, I am! And I'm madly curious about this one.

    After reading
    There are YA books that are actually written with young adults in mind, and this is one of those. That's not to say that it lacks depth or is not mature enough, but that it clearly has an educational mission, and some messages to deliver.

    Amy, the MC, is a teenager troubled by what she perceives as parental inadequacy. In typical teenagey fashion, she reacts by putting blame where it doesn't belong, being spiteful with her family, and making rash (and incredibly stupid) decisions.
    Amy has a lot of growing-up to do. And, gradually, she does it.

    She responsibly handles the consequences of unprotected sex (and that's quite an underhanded to-do list). She gains awareness of the problem of alcohol abuse (first by recognizing it in others, then in herself). She learns to deal with all the emotional turmoil of her relationships.
    You won't believe how much this character can mature in so few pages.

    I would definitely recommend this to most young readers out there.

  5. says:

    *Also posted at Oops! I Read A Book Again*

    Thank you to Milly of Home of a Book Lover, Escape Publishing and NetGalley for the review copy. This in no way affected my views of the novel. There will be minor spoilers as it wouldn't be much of a review if I can't discuss the themes in this book.

    So, I will admit this: I love to drink. Yes, drink as in drink alcohol. I don't think I'm an alcoholic because I don't rely on alcohol. I'm a social drinker. A heavy social drinker at that. I'm known to have a very high alcohol tolerance among my friends. I can outdrink my largest and beefiest guy friends any day. And I'm still usually the most sober. So what's the point of me sharing this? It's because this novel made me look deeper into myself and rethink if I'm truly not an alcoholic or if I'm showing signs of becoming one. (Am I so paranoid? Haha!) This is my first YA novel that realistically tackled drinking as a problem. And no, it didn't tackle drinking indirectly like those novels with alcoholic parents. No, in FINDING HOME, we have a heroine, who is in high school and has a drinking problem. Fresh? I definitely think so.

    Moreover, FINDING HOME tackled such a common problem that isn't dealt with usually in a realistic fashion. Not only did it tackle Amy's drinking problem, it also dealt with her relationship with her famous popstar dad, her feelings of abandonment and that she's unwanted and her blaming his father. It also touched upon her grief due to the death of her alcoholic mother. (My dad also loves to drink but isn't an alcoholic so you might see why I became so paranoid while reading this. Hee.) And while it might sound angsty, it wasn't over the top. That's it. FINDING HOME have the right amount and balance of angst, teenage rebellion, teenage foolishness, family matters and of course, romance.

    Let's now get to the yummy stuff - the teenage foolishness and the romance. Haha! Right from the get go, I just wanna shake Amy and tell her not to make the mistake of going for the wrong guy. But of course, our heroine must fail in order to learn as we almost always do in real life. So we see her pine and give it up for the loser guy when the ~most definitely better~ guy sits there jealous, confused and OH SO HOT. Why? I really have a thing for guys in a band with tattoos. WHO DOESN'T? And I like my guys lanky than beefy. Soooo, enough of my preferences. Amy gets her heart broken and even shoos away the right guy when all he's ever done is help her, talk to her and not ID her when she ordered a drink. And yes, right guy is older by a year!! Still, even though I was pretty much cringing for Amy because I know payback's a bitch, I appreciated everything the author made her went through because in the end, that's what made her grow. And more than anything, I love it when characters grown. Screw romance, I live for character growth and epiphanies and whatnots.

    The resolution at the end was given to the readers nicely. Amy had her share of mistakes and shortcomings but in the end, she worked herself out of the hole she put herself into and changed. But it was not a drastic and unbelievable change aka she stopped drinking at all. She now watches herself and is striving to have a healthy relationship with her father and her aunt. She once closed off on her dad and it was so heartwarming to see her finally realize that her dad has been working his ass off to be her dad even though he's busy touring. I love the resolution to her familial problems. And of course, that she ended up with the right guy. Seriously. Nick is another example that tattooed guys are not necessarily tough and bad.

    FINDING HOME hits all the right spots and drives the point home with its realistic telling of a girl's drinking problem and her journey out of it. A sweet contemporary YA novel with a dash of wrong choices and sweet moments and ultimately, ending up with the right guy even though he seemed wrong at the start. A mind-opening yet cute read you should try.

  6. says:

    Warning: Possible Spoilers…
    I’m pretty torn on this one, really hard to say what rating it deserves for several reasons. On one hand, I read it in 5 hours, straight through and liked the main character Amy, for the most part, her best friend Lily and the mysterious Nick. But…for some reason, there were parts of this book I found really unlikeable. That being said, I did enjoy it overall and it was a quick fast read that wasn’t the usually teenage angst story but did portray many elements that make up these sort of novels as of late.

    Amy’s trying to cope with losing her mother, being carted off by her rock star father to her aunt’s house in some forgettable small town named Cherrybrook. Not the way Amy envisioned her life at all. Dealing with issues of drinking, sex and betrayal, she certainly makes a fine mess of her life. I found her extremely naïve, probably because she’d been homeschooled for most of her high school career. I really didn’t like Luke and Coral from the start and became highly suspicious of Luke’s motivations with Amy almost immediately. This book takes place in a country where drinking is legal at 18 so some of these problems seem like a non-issue to the main character and some adults for most of the book.

    The parental units in this story were the definition of a FAIL. They practically gave the teens in the story a pass to do what they wanted, when they wanted, with whatever means possible. It was disheartening to see one of the parents blatantly allow teens to drink, have sex and have house parties without an inkling of responsibility of an adult in sight. I especially was confused because this parent seemed concerned with Amy when she spoke with her one morning and apparently was lucid too, but her actions later on painted her out as a very irresponsible person who didn’t care what happened to herself or her daughter. In fact, almost all of the parents featured were afraid to intervene on any of these teens lives and were very lenient. I found that very hard to believe.

    The characters I liked a lot were Nick and Lily, though I believe neither got enough attention and were discarded frequently by Amy when they were truly the only ones who gave a care in the world for her. This was frustrating for me and had me kind of wanting to shake some sense into Amy. Nick was a gentlemen, though labeled easily by Amy as someone she could do without and too similar to her Rock Star father, who always put his family second to his music. Lily seemed to have a good head on her shoulders, but she didn’t seem to like Amy all that much for most of the book, even though they were labeled as good friends. Amy obviously was a terrible judge in character, frequently seen throughout the story.

    Overall an easy, fast read that does kind of suck you in as Amy trudges through tragedy, denial, a broken heart and finally gains her wits back (thank goodness). Though a difficult tale to swallow, it was highly entertaining.

    I received this ARC from the Publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.

  7. says:

    Finding Home is a beautiful story of surviving loss, family relationships and first love. Amy is a real teen facing real teen issues; struggling to ‘find her home’. Her journey is one any teen or ex-teen can really relate to. To deal with her mother’s death and her father’s distractions, she finds solace in the bottle. That is until her rock star Dad decides it’s a problem and ships her off to live with her Aunt.

    Amy is one of those characters who really jump off the page. McKellar weaves the underlying issues — acceptance, love, peer pressure, alcohol abuse – through the story in a way that takes the reader along for the ride with Amy. Finding Home is so full of emotion that when I read it, I was captivated by the story and I almost forgot everything else.

    A great debut book from an up and coming Aussie author.

  8. says:

    This isn't a horrible book. The language is good and the writing and insight are great. However, Amy was just too dumb for me. I stopped actually reading a little after the halfway mark because of her dumbness. I can't think of another word to describe it but she was far too gullible and trusting, especially for someone who has never been in a high school before. I skimmed through the rest of the book to the end and while she learned some important things, I just could not handle her reactions. I was really hoping for something better because the premise is a great and relatable but instead we get a main character who is too socially inept for the average person.

  9. says:

    I devoured this in a day. I don't usually read contemporary but Finding Home sucked me in. Amy's experiences with teenage parties and high school life were so authentic, despite her pop star father. She sometimes acts like a brat, but although I wanted to shake her at times, I never felt her actions were unrealistic. And after she hits rock bottom she comes out the other side, a better person who has learned from her experience and does the right thing.

    Love it!

  10. says:

    I'm gonna have to call this one a DNF for me. I couldn't, just couldn't, feel anything for the MC. And whenever I thought she'd make a smarter choice, she went and did the opposite.

    Too bad, I wanted to like this one!

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