Finding Her Way Back
Release Date: 10/07/14
Summary from Goodreads:
Meet Callie. She’s nineteen, quirky, and fears commitments. She also has a love/hate relationship with her tennis shoes.
Nine months of college, done and gone, and all Callie has to show for it is her freshman thirty. But alas, no worries, life has other crap plans for her now. Plans that include a set of nuptials from hell for her older, she–devil sister Anna. Struggling to rid her chubby–sexy vibe, Callie is put on a strict Anna regimen of ‘do this do that’ while attempting to avoid the unavoidable. The unavoidable being Ky Hampton: her once skinny–skater–boy turned sex–god, ex best friend from across the street.
Kylan feels as though he is a waste. A mechanic, country music singer with not a lyrics to his name. A boy with a proverbial skateboard still strung around his neck from high school. He’s lost, and he’d be the first to admit it. But the moment he spots Calla Lily––with a cemented penis in hand––the more he realizes that she’s exactly the muse he’s been missing.
But when the going gets tough, and the secrets of her past grow thicker, Callie has to figure out if her tennis shoes will be her escape this time around in life, or her demise instead.
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About the Author
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.
I'm not 100% sure how I feel about this book. Firstly, the blurb is a little misleading. It's pretty much true but it's not exactly how I would explain the story to someone who was looking to read it. The blurb seems more like a funny, light-hearted story with maybe some serious undertones when in reality it contains more serious and less funny.
Callie wasn't one of my favourite characters. Like with 90% (steadily increasing) female characters I read, Callie doesn't stand up for herself enough. From page one I couldn't understand why she just stood there and took her sister's bullying - and I don't use that word lightly. Anna is constantly poking and prodding and Callie's chubbiness and being an all-round mean girl. It makes no sense to me how someone could take that without some form of retaliation. Perhaps I'm just a confrontational person, I don't know. Then there's the running. . .don't get me started on the running.
Kylan, I liked for about 95% of the story. He's the ultimate boy next door. . .except he lives across the street. The boy who you've been friends with for years, the one who was kind of gawky and had a huge crush on you, he made you laugh and wiped your tears. You go away to college, then you come back to find this confident, hot man has taken his place. You know the one. His sweetness and devotion to Callie are only hindered by a few mistakes he made in my eyes. If it were me then I probably wouldn't have forgiven him but hey, she only noticed him when he became hot so yeah. . .
Story-wise, I liked their background and all their issues and how they were overcome etc. The fact that they made it through at all with minimal damage was pretty miraculous when I consider how things could have gone.
I realise that my review may come across negative but I did like the book to an extent. If it had more of the humour hinted at in the blurb and the beginning of the story I would have liked it a lot more.
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