Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Finding It by Cora Carmack

Finding It

By Cora Carmack

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Published by: Harper Collins Publishers - August 15, 2013
Genres: NA Romance
Rating: 5 Stars

Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong . . .

Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She's having the time of her life . . . or that's what she keeps telling herself.

It's a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you're afraid you won't like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey's loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey's mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.

Cora Carmack is my new 2nd favorite new adult authoress! Losing It was wonderful despite some unevenness. Faking It was more even and intense. Finding It? A triumph! This blurb does NOT do the story justice, but I don't think there are any one set of words that could.

They say, "Write what you know," and I'm guessing from the depth of knowledge about the sensitive subject discussed and the grace with which it was presented, the author lived something similar to the underlying theme. So have I. Not only was I a theatre major, but I also had the misfortune to share in Kelsey's past in some ways. I also know what it's like to try to drown yourself in alcohol and sex to numb the pain. What's even stranger? I'm currently writing a new adult novel with the backdrop of theatre with a survivor of something similar to Kelsey. I was already writing it before I read this, "Write what you know," and all . . .

I found myself bookmarking many many sections of this book.

At the beginning, here is Kelsey's state of mind, one I know all too well: "Life was easier when you stopped caring, when you stopped expecting things to get better."

As things progress between Hunt and Kelsey, Hunt pulls out all the feels with this one: "I'm going to kiss you, princess. But not now, not when you're telling me to. Not when it's just something you want to check off a list. I'll kiss you when it counts." Swoon. And the kiss? PERFECT TIMING and so worth the wait!

I also marked down something on page 250 of 307 (kindle version) - something that is so true in my own life, but I won't go into that in this review. Just know that the author's candor and grasp of what shame feels like - dead on.

The entire series is remarkable with each book better than the one before it. If you haven't heard of Cora, zoom on over to Amazon and get acquainted with her!

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