ARC REVIEW: Finding Her Way Back by Heather Van Fleet
TITLE: Finding Her Way Back
AUTHOR: Heather Van Fleet
PUBLICATION: October 7th 2014 by Swoon Romance (TODAY!!!)
GENRE: YA > Contemporary | Romance
SOURCE: a-arc via tour host
RATING: 3 ★★★1/2
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Meet Callie, a chubby-sexy nineteen-year-old girl who fears high heels, commitments, and has a love/hate relationship with her running shoes. Nine months of college down the drain and all she has to show for it is her freshman thirty.
But alas, life has other crap plans for her–one that includes a strict regiment of “do this and do that” from her she-devil sister, all while trying to avoid the unavoidable. The unavoidable being Ky: the ex-best friend-turned-sex god who lives across the street.
Meet Ky; a nineteen-year-old wanna be country music singer and a boy-turned-man who still wears a proverbial skateboard around his neck from wasted high school days. When Callie returns home, he realizes that she’s exactly the muse he’s been missing all this time.
Now, if only she can stop running long enough to find out where their love could lead. FINDING HER WAY BACK is a new adult novel about finding love while learning how to love yourself. For all the chubby-sexy girls who tend to feel invisible, this one’s for you!
I picked up Findig Her Way Back intending to read just a chapter or two in between other tasks, and ended up reading late into the night. I had to. Callie is such a well developed character and the secondary characters surrounding her were fabulous as well. The pacing was spot on.
Callie is overweight, having problems with school and has troubles with her family. Especially her sister. Well, Callie is a refreshing character. It’s nice to finally read a female character with a chubby physique AND LOVING HERSELF.
“No. I wouldn’t let her bring me down. Nobody could. I was a damn force- someone you definitely didn’t want to mess with.”
In New Adult genre, that’s kind of rare. We all read that oh why do i hate myself heroines so that’s why Callie is such an admirable character. She’s not only kick-ass but also caring. Oh man, you have no idea how I want to slap and choke her sister to death. I wouldn’t say that Callie didn’t have thoughts like that, she did some stupid stuff that she regretted too. And that’s why she’s well developed. She’s flawed and character development was very much present.
Anna really got through me, and not in a good way. I’ve never wanted to puncha and slap a character so bad. And yeah, that is good writing and evidence of an excellent character but I just can’t take her.
Ky is Callie’s best friend from before who also has his own demons to face. If this isn’t an alpha male, I don’t know what is. Ky’s a typical NA guy but he’s so much more. The layers that is coating his characters keeps surprising me until the book ended. He’s a mix of douchebag and a gentleman. And I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t swoon because.. yeah, I DID.
“I will endure every aspect you let me, Callie”
Heather Van Fleet’s writing is engaging and gripping. She made a book that is rich in unique details with enjoyable dialogue, three dimensional characters, and has an excellent mixture of light and sweet aspects, as well as dark and scary moments. I enjoyed watching the characters grow, letting their fears end and looking for people to help them endure in their troubles. This book really made it’s way inside my heart.
Midwestern native Heather Van Fleet lives in a small town on the Iowa/Illinois border. She’s a wife to her hubby–and high school sweet heart–Chris, as well as a mom to her three little girls, Kelsey, Emma and Bella. When she’s not obsessing over her fictional book characters, cooking dinner, or running around chasing her crazy kiddos, you can usually find her with her head stuck in her Kindle, sucking down White Chocolate Mochas like they’re water.