Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest
THE SUMMARY OF THE BOOK READS:
A YA novel about searching for answers, love, and your eccentric grandma in all the wrong places.
Following in the footsteps of her überfamous grandma, eighteen-year-old Evie Jones is poised to be Hollywood’s next big star. That is until a close friend’s betrayal leads to her being blacklisted . . .
Fortunately, Evie knows just the thing to save her floundering career: a public appearance with America’s most beloved actress—her grandma Gigi, aka the Evelyn Conaway. The only problem? Gigi is a recluse who’s been out of the limelight for almost twenty years. Days before Evie plans to present her grandma with an honorary award in front of Hollywood’s elite, Gigi does the unthinkable: she disappears.
With time running out and her comeback on the line, Evie reluctantly enlists the help of the last person to see Gigi before she vanished: Milo Williams, a cute musician Evie isn’t sure she can trust. As Evie and Milo conduct a wild manhunt across New York City, romance and adventure abound while Evie makes some surprising discoveries about her grandma—and herself.
This is my second book by Kristina Forest, and let me tell you — I am officially her fan after this book. I loved her first book, I Wanna Be Where You Are, but her second, Now That I’ve Found You feels like it cements her as the writer to follow for wholesome, feel-good, YA romance.
In, Now That I’ve Found You, Evie is a young woman who is born into a family of talented people. Her grandmother, Evelyn Conaway, is nothing short of a legend in the acting world and her parents are revered and respected creators of documentaries. She’s a legacy of sorts and is talented in her own right.
She gets her “big break” shortly after her senior showcase, but as things tend to do, a series of events leads to that blowing up in her face. However, her saving grace is her legend of a grandmother — if she can get her to attend an awards ceremony, her career may be saved. The problem?
Evie’s grandmother hasn’t made a public appearance in years.
So, Evie does the only thing she can — she hops on a plane and heads to New York City to solicit her help in person. Shortly after that though, Evelyn goes missing and it sends Evie into a panic. So, armed with a wig, a few iconic outfits borrowed from her grandmother’s closet, and a couple invitations accepted on her grandmother’s behalf, she sets out to find her.
But as Evelyn eludes her, she finds more than what she was searching for.
I absolutely loved every character in this book — Milo, Evelyn, Evie, Simone — all of them. Some of them more than others, but they were all well thought out and complex.
I loved the plot as well. There’s a sense of adventure as Evie runs around NYC with Milo finding out more about her grandmother and coming to terms with what’s happened in her life. At every turn of the page, you can see more of who Milo is and see Evie growing into a more mature person.
It’s not easy going from being doted on to feeling like an outsider, but all things considered, I feel like Evie handled it well considering the type of place and background she comes from. And I lived for all the moments she was shell-shocked and reminded that the world did not revolve around her and her family.
My favorite part was the ending — it’s exactly what I wanted. I couldn’t have asked for more to be honest.
Overall, I loved this book. I think Kristina Forest has a talent for capturing and depicting the heart pounding, butterflies-in-your-stomach, cotton candied feeling of being young and in love while finding yourself and realizing the world is much bigger than what you ever thought it was.
This book is the perfect weekend read. If you love soft books about young black romance genuine feelings and a few stolen kisses and moments, then this is the book for you.
There are few authors that I whole-heartedly support everything they write. L. Penelope is one. Kristina Forest is now the other.
But, that’s my two cents on this book — spend it how you like!
Until next time, may your days be lovely and your books interesting.