Finding Me by Kathryn Cushman


About the Book:

What would you do if you learned your life was a lie?

All her life, Kelli Huddleston has been told the story of a fire–a fire that killed her mother and two siblings when she was an infant. After her father’s death though, she uncovers evidence of a different story, including clippings about a boat accident that killed a young father and his infant daughter. And Kelli quietly realizes the story of her life has been a fiction.
How far would you go to discover the truth?

Armed with only a few pictures of what she thinks might be her family, Kelli crosses the country to Tennessee, determined to uncover the truth about what happened over twenty years ago in a small southern town. When the trip threatens to open doors to the past better left shut, and her plans for the future are jeopardized, Kelli is faced with an agonizing choice that will change her life forever.

My Review:

The premise of this book is one that is slightly overdone, but with a twist. Kelli discovers all she thought of her life was a lie, only after her father and step mother are dead.

I was left with a few questions myself throughout the book, and was slightly frustrated as I read of her decisions, but in the end, realized that real people often make those same choices. A family who believed she was dead all her life, but she decides to keep the secret to protect them. I would give this book 4 stars because it was not only well written, but it grabbed my attention right away. It didn’t give away everything at once, but gave it out in snippets.

While discovering who Kelli was, you also learn of who her father was as well. The romance is pretty much nonexistent in this book, making it a women’s fiction book, rather than contemporary romance. It would be appropriate for older teens, although adultery is mentioned as well as a scene where teenage boys are inappropriately attracted to her step mother. So, use wisdom!


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