ARC Review | Finding Home by Garrett Leigh

Finding Home by Garrett Leigh
Young Adult
Publication Date | October 9th, 2017
ARC from Netgalley

 

Book Blurb:

How do you find a home when your heart is in ashes? 

With their mum dead and their father on remand for her murder, Leo Hendry and his little sister, Lila, have nothing in the world but each other. Broken and burned, they’re thrust into the foster care system. Leo shields Lila from the fake families and forced affection, until the Poulton household is the only place left to go.

Charlie de Sousa is used to other kids passing through the Poulton home, but there’s never been anyone like his new foster brother. Leo’s physical injuries are plain to see, but it’s the pain in his eyes that draws Charlie in the most.

Day by day, they grow closer, but the darkness inside Leo consumes him. He rejects his foster parents, and when Charlie gets into trouble, Leo’s attempt to protect him turns violent. When Leo loses control, no one can reach him—except Charlie. He desperately needs a family—a home—and only Charlie can show him the way.

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As much as I wanted to love Garrett Leigh’s latest release, Finding Home, it fell short for me. There’s no denying this author is a wonderful writer, so there were some good parts. But overall, I thought this plot was way too ambitious for such a short book. I thought the series of events that brought Leo and Lila to the Poulton household were in the too recent past for Leo to really start to recover mentally or even to have a major character shift in the story, and it really did make it hard to see where this could go.

Charlie and Leo did have chemistry, but for some reason, I was never able to buy the depth of their feelings for each other. The biggest problem for this book, in my opinion, was the time jumps. I was reading along, and there was one part where one of the characters was thinking about the months or weeks that had passed, and I was so shocked. Very little had happened, and there had been no written progression of Leo and Charlie’s relationship. It felt like there was no meat on the bones here. We were given the structure of the story, but nothing was filled in. As for the highs of this story, I loved how protective Leo was of his sister. It only made sense to me that while he’d always had to protect her at home that would intensify once they were thrown into the unknown. I also liked the portrayal of the foster parents in this book. Yes, there are terrible people out there who take children in for the wrong reasons, but there are good people out there who are kind and caring and really want to provide a good home, and I feel they are often overlooked. I love that this author highlighted that.

While Finding Home was not quite what I was hoping it would be, Garrett Leigh is one of my favorite authors, and I can’t wait to read more from her.

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10 thoughts on “ARC Review | Finding Home by Garrett Leigh

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  1. I’m sorry this one fell short. It’s even more disappointing when it’s a book from a favorite author…a book with so much potential. I sometimes wonder if it’s authors or editors who cut so much from a story that the reader is left wanting. It seems like in this case a little more length could have provided the “meat” you were missing. Anyway, great review and I’ll check out Leigh myself sometime. 🙂

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  2. I love her writing, too, Angie. Usually her ambitious tasks in deeply emotional, broken characters works out, but I agree that this sort of thing does have to progress steadily and be shown to do so to really work particularly if there is a romance element.

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  3. Sorry this one wasn’t as good as you had expected. I do like the fact that their foster parents were one of the good ones. It seems like any time a foster parent situation is brought up in a book, it’s always a horrible experience.

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