When Hanley Helton discovers a boy living in her garage, she knows she should kick him out. But Nate is too charming to be dangerous. He just needs a place to get away, which Hanley understands. Her own escape methods (vodka, black hair dye, and pretending the past didn’t happen) are more traditional, but who is she to judge?
Nate doesn’t tell her why he’s in her garage, and she doesn’t tell him what she’s running from. Soon, Hanley’s trading her late-night escapades for all-night conversations and stolen kisses. But when Nate’s recognized as the missing teen from the news, Hanley isn’t sure which is worse: that she’s harboring a fugitive, or that she’s in love with one.
Design – Jessica Cantor Rating – 3/5
This is a nice cover for a contemporary novel . I really like the black and white photo, with just the touch of color on the title. And did you notice how there’s a boy and a girl on the cover but they’re not almost kissing? You know how I hate the almost kissing. Overall this is pretty nice and I like how they’re embracing.
Where You’ll Find Me starts out with a strange concept and manages to take it to a really unexpected place. Both Hanley and Nate feel like real people, even with their unique arrangement and sad backstories. This could have easily turned into a sappy romance with tons of physical contact. Instead, it explores a couple getting to know each other and trying to take care of each other. It was great reading this and watching the story unfold. I was always pleasantly surprised by the twists and turns.
- Nate – I think Nate is very sweet. Even though he is in an awful situation, Nate tries to take care of Hanley. He notices when she’s upset, helps her when she’s drunk, and does whatever he can to avoid complicating her life. Nate never asks Hanley for anything. When she discovers him in the garage, he offers to leave.
- Hanley – Hanley is, of course, a bit thrown when she finds Nate living in her garage. Her gut reaction is to tell this stranger to leave, but she soon has a change of heart because it’s below freezing outside. Despite knowing nothing about him, she seeks Nate out to invite him back. Hanley finds herself drawn to Nate and I can’t blame her for it. Nate seems to understand Hanley better than anyone she already knows.
- Hanley + Nate – Hanley and Nate’s interactions are the basis of the book, and the best part of the book. They are both trying to outrun their pasts, but in different ways. Hanley deals by drinking and partying while Nate dealt by literally running away. They each find themselves avoiding their own problems by trying to fix the other person’s problems. Nate doesn’t expect anything from Hanley and finds ways to cheer her up without expecting anything in return. When she asks him to leave her garage, he does it with no complaints. And Hanley, because she’s worried about Nate being cold, leaves the door unlocked in case Nate needs it. I really love how Hanley and Nate interact with each other and support each other.
- Nate’s parents – I really liked the twist, but I hated Nate’s parents. They lost a son to a horrible disease, which is awful – but they completely failed to look outside themselves and consider how Nate might be feeling. He just lost a brother! Instead, they jumped to conclusions and found a place to misdirect their grief and confusion. They didn’t stop to consider any other options but the one they decided was true. Did they even know Nate? He’s such a caring person, and it’s obvious that he was also in mourning.
- Hanley’s sad backstory – Yes, I get that Hanley’s past helps her to bond and empathize with Nate, but not everyone needs a mysterious tragic backstory. I think Nate’s was big enough by itself. Hanley and Nate could have formed a great relationship without that tragedy. She didn’t know his secret for most of the book anyway.
I’m kind of afraid he won’t be there too. No matter how hard I try, I can’t stop thinking about his eyes. His smile. The way he took care of me. His reaction to my school pictures. The way he noticed my change without knowing the story. – Loc. 440
“Nate?” I call as I put on my jacket.
There’s a long enough pause that my hopes start to fall, but then his familiar voice says, “Nah, it’s the other guy who lives in your garage.”
I grin. “Oh, good. I mean, that Nate guy was starting to bore me.”
“Hey,” he protests, standing and leaning against the Trans Am. – Hanley + Nate Loc. 973
Acquired: bought (ebook)