I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
on September 29th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Source: the author
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Willie has always lived an unconventional life. Surrounded by the sensual, ethereal images of her artist-mother, she fantasizes about the half-wolf, half-human, but all-gorgeous face that stares out at her from her mother’s wall, and drinks in her mother’s stories of past lovers and adventures. She shares her home with a man who calls himself “uncle” (who stalks her through the house, naked). Her closest friends are a band of misfits who’ve forged their own way in life-including Xavier, who has carved his name in her soul- and her heart is torn between him and a college professor, a fellow artist who wants more than a student-teacher relationship.
Willie stands on the brink of womanhood poised to follow in her mother’s footsteps, with a gleaming future as an artist looming before her, and a maturity beyond her years that has enabled her to be the protector and caretaker of others, a mender of wounds. But as a devastating illness rips her mother from her life, Willie is left bereft of a home and of a sense of self. Guided only by her instincts, Willie wanders from her Professor’s arms to the home that Xavier shares with his live-in girlfriend Nicole (who insists that they can “share”). Her path becomes a search for peace, for family, for a love that’s real, and for her place in this world.
Finding What Is chronicles the journey that we all must take-to find ourselves, to reconcile our past, and to get back to that place we once called home.
This book proved me wrong. I read a lot of books, and I’m a pretty good judge of what I’m going to like. Within the first chapter, I had decided it was going to be an interesting read, but that it wasn’t going to rock my world. I made a snap decision on how I was going to rate the book. How could I have predicted how much the book would evolve?! Soon enough, I found that I was completely enthralled by this story. It pulled me up and out of myself.
The book is fairly long, but that’s because it’s not just one full story, but two (metaphorically). Two halves; before and after. Willie is a beautiful woman in the first half, but in the second half, she comes into her own. She matures and evolves, and I’m sure I fell in love with her twice.
The best part about the book was that the author didn’t shy away from dialogue. It connected me with the characters in a way that inner monologue can never achieve. There are, however, long lengths of drawn out descriptions between the dialogue. There were times that it was gorgeous and lyrical. Other times though, I felt like it drew my attention away from the plot. I never lingered far though! I was haunted by the characters even when I was away from the book.
This is not a happy story. It has its moments of bliss, but overall, it’s heavy on the reality. This is what makes it all the more relatable. It’s far too easy to put yourself in Willie’s shoes, to feel her grief, lust and passion. Despite its serious plot, it was absolutely perfect. The ending wraps up just enough of the loose threads, while still leaving it open to the imagination. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. This book will be lingering in my mind for years to come. A great book club read! It’s unfortunate that I don’t know who the author is, so I can’t read any more of his/her books!!
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Tabitha is a pen name. Her creator is a certified bookworm, thanks to the countless fairy tales, Bible stories, and nursery rhymes she was read as a child, and the Gothic, Romantic, and Contemporary novels she enjoys today. She has earned a B.A. in English and a M.A. in Teaching, and currently teaches high school English.
On Writing, Tabitha says, “I strive to write the type of stories that I enjoy reading. Ones that question those blurred lines between love and lust, between good and evil. Ones that make us question human nature while simultaneously seeing the beauty in it as well.”
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