When I Found You Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of thirty-three published books. Her bestselling 1999 novel, Pay It Forward, adapted into a major Warner Bros. motion picture, made the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults list and was translated into more than two dozen languages for distribution in more than thirty countries. Her novels Becoming Chloe and Jumpstart the World were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List; Jumpstart the World was also a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards and won Rainbow Awards in two categories. The Language of Hoofbeats won a Rainbow Award. More than fifty of her short stories have been published in many journals, including the Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and the Sun, and in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts, as well as the bestselling anthology Dog Is My Co-Pilot. Her short fiction received honorable mention in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, a second-place win for the Tobias Wolff Award, and nominations for Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have also been cited in Best American Short Stories.
Hyde is the founder and former president of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker, she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with Bill Clinton. An avid equestrian, photographer, and traveler, she lives in California.
- File size : 675 KB
- Publication date : April 23, 2013
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 410 pages
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 161109979X
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (April 23, 2013)
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00ANAE6PM
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,785 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In this novel, the child is an abandoned hours-old baby found in the woods one morning by a duck hunter’s dog. The man takes the baby home to his childless wife, and wants to keep him, but family comes forward and claims the infant. The man, Nathan McCann, who found the baby, asks only that when the boy is older and has questions, they bring him back to meet him.
Nathan makes a habit of giving the boy a gift each year on his birthday, but stays out of his life until the day the boy (named Nathan after his rescuer) and his grandmother show up at the adult Nathan’s front door. The grandmother informs Nathan that little Nathan, now an unruly teen, is too much for her to handle and she is washing her hands of him.
Nathan opens his home and heart to the emotionally troubled boy, but young Nathan’s choice of actions has devastating consequences that threaten his chance at a happy home.
I almost put down the book fairly early because of young Nathan’s main interest: a sport that my father loved and I hate, and still manage to find no redeeming qualities in. I persisted, though, and ran into a quote in the book which made me glad I had stuck with it: “You can’t tell someone to pursue their dream only if it’s a good match for your own. “
It reminded me of why I read in the first place: to go places I’ve never been, live lives I will never live, experience love, exhilaration, heartbreak, and the totality of human existence through the filter of another lens.
So I stopped begrudging young Nathan his choice of dream, and started hoping he would achieve it.
The book touches on several themes. On the ways in which familial love does not have to involve shared genetics. In the values of perseverance and honesty. In realizing that there are multiple ways to fulfill one’s dreams.
I saw shades of Atticus Finch in Nathan McCann: “I have always felt,” Nathan said, “that the truth is simply the truth. And perhaps does not exist for us to bend and revise. Or even filter to suit the feelings of those we love and want to protect.”
Truth is, I’m glad I read this book. 4 out of 5 stars.
This was a very nice and almost touching story. But it was not a good book. The dialog felt a little forced and I never felt connected to the characters. Even at the end, without giving any spoilers, I didn’t feel even a little sadness – which for me is very rare (I’m way too emotional when I’m emerged in a book). It felt way too long, and I was hoping for an ending far before it actually ended (and it’s not a long book, just dragged to the point of feeling that way). I was honestly fairly bored through the whole thing and kept waiting for some sort of climax or twist or breathtaking moment that never came.
I have no idea how I am the only one who felt this way. All the other reviewers seemed to really really enjoy this novel. But I am not one of them. There’s a possibility that part of that was due to the terrible narrator on the Audible version, but even taking that annoyance out, the story was not gripping or even a little remarkable. I feel let down. And a tiny bit miffed that I wasted such precious time that could have been spent on an actually decent book.