{Blog Tour} Review + Giveaway: Finding Home by Lauren K. McKellar

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Finding Home
Title: Finding Home
Author: Lauren K. McKellar
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Date of Publication: October 1, 2013

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 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 hard-drinking, party-loving 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.

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My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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.

About Lauren K. McKellar

Lauren McKellar is a writer and editor of fact and fiction. She has worked in publishing for more than eight years, editing a national magazine named PETS, which is cute, fluffy and fun, as well as editing manuscripts that range from sweet romance to raunchy thrillers. Lauren loves to write for the Young and New Adult markets, and her debut novel, Finding Home, is a YA Contemporary. She is a member of the YA Rebels (vlog) and the Aussie Owned and Read blogging team. In her free time, Lauren enjoys long walks on the beach with her two super-cute dogs and her partner-in-crime/fiancé.



  1. Thank you Dianne for your review!!! It's great! I didn't know you drink, well I drink but not so much coz I'm so shy my face turns red. =))

    Thank you for joining the tour :D

  2. I think the cover of this book looks really great! I love its faded look and it really intrigues me to find out more about the story and its characters


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