- File Size: 1826 KB
- Print Length: 184 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Triton Books (an imprint of Riptide Publishing) (October 7, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 7, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0768ZQTY1
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,712 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'll admit, I had no idea what to expect from this book. Garrett Leigh writing young adult? Why did I even doubt? Wow, this was a really powerful story. I loved it...a lot.
Okay, so the book starts with Leo's incredibly tragic experience as he tries to shield his six year old sister from his abusive father right before he kills their mother...in front of them. Neither Leo or Lily has been left unscathed, but at 15, Leo is definitely not in a good place. He doesn't trust anyone. For so many years, it's just been him protecting himself and his sister.
Then there's Charlie. Charlie was adopted into this foster family at the age of two. He understands the rules and how things work in this household. He slowly guides Leo in settling in, but not even Charlie can keep everything smooth as Leo needs it.
It was a great book. From page one the story was completely engaging...much more than I usually find young adult stories. I wanted to cheer each tiny victory for Leo, even when the next pages I cringed because he's so young and so damaged and making so many mistakes. I wanted to take him into my arms and protect him from this world that should have protected him to begin with.
I loved this book and most definitely recommend it for both young adult and adult readers alike! It was a fantastic story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Very highly recommended.
At the young age of fifteen, Leo Hendry has seen and suffered more than people two and three times his age. Abused for much of his life, Leo then watches as his father brutally murders his mother, and tries to burn the house down ... with he and his young sister still inside. Leo has no one besides his baby sister, Lila, and the two are placed in foster home after foster home until they wind up with the Poulton family. Distrustful and angry, Leo isn't prepared for them, especially not their son, Charlie. He has no idea how to live in a house where he doesn't have to watch over his shoulder every moment or be afraid to go to sleep at night. He's Lila's fierce protector, especially since Lila is deaf, and it takes him some time to get used to not having to be so vigilant. The more he's surrounded by the love and peace of the Poulton family, the more unsettled he gets ... except when he's with Charlie.
Charlie de Sousa, adopted by Reg and Kate, is used to children coming into and out of their home for as long as can remember. What he can't remember is ever feeling a connection to anyone the way he does with Leo. Sure Leo is prickly and sometimes downright mean, but Charlie being the sensitive boy he is, can see through all of Leo's walls. He's drawn to Leo in a way that confuses him, but it also gives him purpose and a sense of rightness he can't ignore. Neither can he resist going to Leo anytime Leo's nightmares become too much for his young soul to take.
As you'd expect with the subject matter, there is a sense of melancholy and heaviness to the book, but this is offset by the beautiful, fragile relationship between Leo and Charlie. These two boys need one another so desperately that you can't help but want to hold them close and protect them from all the world's hurts. In true YA fashion, Finding Home is more about the emotional connection and intimacy than anything physical, and here, it really fits the theme and atmosphere of the book. Finding Home is about the journey to find peace and safety and ultimately love. I loved the entire family dynamics in the Poulton home. Reg and Kate are amazing people and Fliss and Andy rounded out the family nicely. I loved how Lila's deafness was shown as just a part of who she is, not as a hindrance of any kind. And the growth of both Charlie and especially Leo was so achingly lovely.
I'm so impressed by Finding Home and I surely hope this is not the last YA offering Garrett Leigh gives us readers. I'm a HUGE YA fan, these are the books that speak so much to my heart. Be sure to check this book out guys, it's excellent and everything you've come to expect from a super talented author.
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