Summary: Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong…
Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She’s having the time of her life . . . or that’s what she keeps telling herself.
It’s a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you’re afraid you won’t like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey’s loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey’s mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.
Review: I’ve seen this story before. The girl who seems to have it all but so lost with all the privileges she has. So she left and went to a journey where she’ll find herself. Her real home. And sometimes between those places she will find love. Yes, this is not new. The story is dime a dozen but then again cliché when it is done right could be enjoyable.
This is like the movie Chasing Liberty. She wanted freedom and he met this awesome guy who took her to places and let her experienced things. But it turned out the guy isn’t exactly who he was. And was in fact related to the people who she tried to stay away from. Jackson and Kelsey have the same drama only it twisted up a bit. Unlike the movie’s herione, Kelsey was really hard to like. I don’t get her backstory. I didn’t like how she responded to the things that were happening to her. She acted so immaturely when all she wanted was to desperately break away from all of it. But the problem was she didn’t even try to help herself. I think most of the time she was self-centered and acting like a spoiled brat. That is why I liked that Jackson wasn’t showing his interest when they first met. She was very hard to understand and to relate. I just didn’t get him the way I understand Bliss and Cade.
In concept I do know what Kelsey is going through. She’s lost (and that’s why the title is Finding It) and the hardest person to find is yourself. I read and watched stories of self-discovery and some even led me to tears. Kelsey just didn’t try hard enough for me. I didn’t see her earnest to look, to grow and to find or to be found. I think she did grow up an inch but that wasn’t enough to see her in a different light. So up until the end she and I were still strangers.
But on the bright side, I liked Jackson. Sans the obvious gorgeousness, I liked how he dealt with his life. I know why he tried to conceal his real identity and why he doesn’t’ want to open up yet. He’s too good for Kelsey if I may so. I tried so hard to emotionally understand her but I failed miserably. The only time that I feel something from her is when she found out the truth. But I can’t blame Jackson though with his decision but I do feel the betrayal he inflicted on her. She bared her soul and he wasn’t ready to show who he real was and what his connection to her family.
But like in all good stories, things have come in full circle. They reconcile and now they both find each other’s home. Isn’t that sweet? So I guess I did like it after all. I wasn’t blown away and I did have a hard time with the heroine but I was entertained. And that particularly what matters to me.
I received an Advance Copy from William Morrow Paperbacks via Edelweiss. Thank you.
Preview Quote: “Then you find new home, a new place that makes you happy. It’s not a once-in-a-lifetime deal, Kelsey. People find new places, new dreams, new people all the time. Home should feel effortless, like gravity.” — Jackson (from Uncorrected Digital Galley)