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I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump of late, and so I resorted to the easy option – a predictable, simple YA romance story in one of the many forms they seem to be produced in. (Not that that is in any way a bad thing – everybody needs a little pick-me-up from time to time and these books are ideal). There You’ll Find Me most certainly did the job, and I am back with a vengence to finish the last few books of this year’s reading challenge. I don’t know whether it was Jones’ loveable characters, vivid landscapes or the heart-breaking backstory, but this quaint little tale was a joy to read.
I’m always quite intrigued when authors set their novels in countries that they haven’t lived in. Too often I find American authors setting a book in the UK yet using American terms, and vice versa. Jones, on the whole, managed to avoid this trap (although there were a couple of minor slips), but more importantly she conveyed a true passion for the landscapes and an intimate knowledge of the culture that gave the book an inherent realism. Few novels can boast the descriptive prowess that shone through in Jones’ presentation of the setting from start to finish.
There You’ll Find Me was certainly predictable and had the standard formula for the typical YA romance, but there was more to the novel than other authors present (and it was carried out to a great quality). Extracts and messages at the start of each chapter added another dimension to the storyline and provided a useful glimpse away from a first-person perspective – Jones’ integration of quotes from the script as well just added that extra something to the novel. I really did enjoy reading this, and shall keep it on hand for future reading slumps.
Recommended for fans of:
- The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
- No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss
- Hold Me Like A Breath by Tiffany Schmidt