I Chronicles 29:11 "Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all."

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Book Review: Finding Me by Kathryn Cushman

I thought the plot of this book was intriguing. A man, tired of his life the way it is, runs away (faking his death in the process) and becomes someone else- taking his one year old daughter with him.

I found Kelli to be a wishy-washy lead character. It seems she let everyone tell her what to do, and couldn't make any kind of decision without weighing how it would make everyone else feel. I wish she had been determined to do something because she wanted to- not because of how others would respond.

Beth- oh Beth! Does she have some sort of mental illness that prevents her from understanding that her pushiness is not endearing? Everyone around her treats her like it is a cute personality trait, and no one is blunt enough to walk away or tell her to stop it already. She was a very annoying character, and I found myself skimming every scene she was in.

Kenmore and Shane- Liked them both. The father/son dynamic was nice, and Shane obviously cares about his dad. I did think it was sad that Kenmore felt he had to hide his plans from his son, instead of talking about the future together.

Kelli's journey- Throughout the book Kelli goes from extreme to extreme. I think I would like her if I met her in real life, but as a character in a book, she was not compelling. I wanted her to find out the truth about her past, but I wanted to slap a lot of people along the way.

For someone who is almost broke, she makes a lot of driving trips back and forth from California to Tennessee!

Also, the ending just didn't sit right to me as realistic. While I think it was nice that Kelli didn't want to do what her dad did and leave a commitment (the restaurant in California with friends), she was also putting off her own true desire for happiness. She could have been a long-distance investor and just not involved in the day-to-day running of things. I can't believe that after finding her true family that she wouldn't rush to be with them- especially since everything was laid out so nicely for her. I thought her suggestions to Kenmore about the future of the shop were kind of contrived, and felt like she was still trying to just make amends for her father's past actions.

This was an ok read. I wouldn't recommend it with high praise, but I didn't hate it.

I received a copy free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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