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- Print Length: 304 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 13, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QCR3YKS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,039 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book surprised me at least 3 times in the most startling different ways. I was nostalgic, wishing I could go back to my high school years and relive them and possibly differently (I have never wanted to go back, never, this book made me wish I could). I teared up, I was angry and I was flat out SHOCKED. All from a YA book that focused on the senior year of 5 high school friends and the evolution and growth of one strong and fierce Laila. She isn't a damsel, she isn't weak. She has her moments, she is human but she was also just so strong. She had the support of her friends who wanted to protect her but at the same time she needed no protection.
I didn't want to put the book down, finding out what would happen next in the story of Laila and the boys. The focus is high school and what comes next for them all, but with that the focus is on Laila and her growth into other relationships and coming to terms with news that alters her view on the world and her family.
I am being vague because so much that was wonderful in this book was discovering everything as it happened. This isn't a drama, angst filled book. There is turmoil, there is high school drama but it is just more there as a reality and not something that is bolstered up to make the story more, it just is.
I will say when I finished, I had to collect my thoughts for over 2 days because I was so mad and sad at TK but it was funny because I was mad and sad in the best way possible and honestly I never knew that was a possibility.
I am going to be bold here and say, I think this is one of TK Rapp's best books to date for me.
My favorite of her "barmy" was Haden (because Nate, duh), with Braxton as a close second. I just feel like I knew more about these two than Cole and Joey... but I'm super intrigued by Cole's choice for college, and what kind of man he'll become.
I will say... I wish there had been just an eensy bit more 'romance' between Laila and her beau... don't get me wrong, he was sweet and romantic, but there was no hint of - ahem- desires in this book (with four teenage boys as central characters). And I have no doubt it's intentional and will be perfect for its audience. I'm just saying I (selfish me) wanted a little passion. To please my romantic sensibilities, though, there were a ton of sweet kisses on cheeks, foreheads and on the top of her head... and a few on the lips that made Laila weak in the knees. I adored her boyfriend.
What I really like is that I finally have a go-to book that I can recommend when someone asks if I know of a book their daughter could read, or if a reader wants something that's not all heaving bosoms and throbbing members. Absolutely this is that book. They could and should read Finding Laila. It's sweet and thoughtful, and what girl doesn't want four guys who are always there for her, if needed? Not that Laila's needy, she's not. If anything, the boys are overprotective, and that's nice. Laila is strong-willed and independent and she can hang with the boys without giving up any part of who she is. I like that about her.
Finding Laila was a nice introduction to author TK Rapp. I'll definitely read more! 4.5 stars
Laila is a smart high school girl that doesn’t give a crap what others think of her. She has a foot-in-the-mouth complex—she speaks first, thinks later, which gets her into trouble. She’s a classy chick who’s lucky to have her boys who will stick up for her. Each guy is different, but they all matter to her, and because of them she is hated and envied by the other girls in school. Yes, she can have a good, solid relationship with the boys without it being romantic.
The truth is: could one guy feel more for Laila than friendship? Haden is a sweet, quiet, and talented artist. He’s always been one of Laila’s best friends.
Favorite Haden quote: “You’re smart and strong. I see everything you’ve put up with and you never let it get to you. You’re comfortable being you. You cuss like a sailor, eat like a guy, and have the looks of a model. From the time we were kids, you were always the coolest chick I knew and I couldn’t help but fall in love with you.” (49) WOW, sweet!
Overall this is a good YA story. It’s about a high school girl finding out who she really is with her male posse. It goes to show you that things don’t stay the same and “some changes are necessary.” Her 18th birthday was the best; the guys really went all out for her.
But what will happen with Laila and Haden after graduation?
Towards the end, story kind of tapered off, becoming less and less interesting.