I am delighted to join the review tour for Finding Frances by Kelly Vincent today! My thanks to Marianne & Judy at Goddess Fish Promotions for my stop and the review copy!
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About the Book
Retta Brooks thinks her life is on track after convincing her overprotective mom to stop home-schooling her and allow her go to Buckley High. She comes home from a night out with friends to find that her whole world has changed, and she has extremely hard decisions to make. Not to mention finding the answers to questions some people would rather she not know. Is she strong enough for what lies ahead?
Read an Excerpt…
I observed the room while I ate. There seemed to be a lot more talking than actual eating. And kids were moving around all over the place, table to table, chatting with different people.
Then I watched the cowboy from Media Studies— Jack—walking purposefully toward me. Was he going to talk to me?
“Hi,” he said when he stood before me.
“Why don’t you come sit with us?”
My face warmed. Did he think I was pitiful for sitting all by myself? And did I want to sit with him and his friends? What if they were all country like him?
He laughed. “Don’t worry, everybody’s nice.”
Now I was embarrassed by my overly long silence. “Okay, that sounds cool.” Then I added, “Thanks.”
“We’re over in the east corner, by the fire exit.”
I stood up—the chair screeched again—and picked up my tray. We snaked around tables to get to the corner table. He sat down, and the only open chair was next to him, so I set the tray down and squeezed in between him and a girl with long, blonde hair. A different one from the girl in English. There were lots of blonde girls here. I faked a brave face just as Jack said, “Hey, guys, this is Retta.”
Kelly Vincent’s Finding Frances is a wonderfully insightful and intriguing coming-of-age story about a girl searching for her family’s history.
As the story opens, Retta Brooks is being home-schooled by her apparently obsessive and possessive mum, Jenny. Retta has managed to persuade her mum to send her to the local Comprehensive – Buckley High School. Although language geek Retta has not mixed with others, be they either children of a similar age or adults, nevertheless, she manages to find herself a few friends on her first day. What follows is a fascinating and exciting tale as the reader gets a glimpse into the life of a girl being allowed to grow-up surrounded by both friends and foes. But there is one massive problem – Jenny. Retta’s mum hasn’t always been totally honest with her, so Retta dives headlong into her mother’s past, desperate to seek the truth about her mum and consequently, herself. But what will those discoveries reveal, and to what end?
With its fair dolloping of typical teenage angst including; anxieties relating to acceptance; fitting-in; first love; and friendships, to name only a few, Kelly Vincent’s Finding Frances was a great read. The author’s characterisation was spot-on, regardless of whether the particular individual curried favour with me or not, as all had their relevant parts to play. Apart from Retta, who was clever, surprisingly outgoing and respectful, I also liked Jack for his perseverance and good-nature. I took rather a dislike to Retta’s Aunt Samantha virtually from her first emergence, as she appeared mistrustful and secretive, and I couldn’t quite shake off that feeling.
The plot was evenly paced – quick enough and easy to follow, but never allowing for boredom or tedium to take root, holding my interest perfectly. Kelly Vincent’s writing was elegant and mature, not always seen in the YA genre. The ending was unexpected though fulfilling, and it befitted the story.
Overall, Finding Frances is a delightful novel and I recommend it with confidence, so please don’t miss out!
I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Goddess Fish Promotions at my request and this review is my own unbiased opinion.
Brianne’s Book Reviews Rating | Five Stars
About The Author
Kelly Vincent wrangles data weekdays and spends the rest of her time playing with words. She grew up in Oklahoma but has moved around quite a bit, with Glasgow, Scotland being her favorite stop. She now lives near Seattle with three cats who definitely help her write her stories. She’s also working toward the Red Earth Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at Oklahoma City University.
Kelly Vincent will be awarding a $40 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.
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Don’t forget the other stops on the tour!
March 9: Andi’s Young Adult Books
March 9: Enchanting Reviews
March 16: Lost in a Book After a Day of Social Work
March 16: The Avid Reader
March 23: Fabulous and Brunette
March 23: Brianne’s Book Reviews
March 30: Harlie’s Books
March 30: Phoebe’s Rainbow World
Until Next Time,