Caroline Sands has never been particularly good at making friends. And her parents’ divorce and the move to Arizona three years ago didn’t help. Being the new girl is hard enough without being socially awkward too. So out of desperation and a desire to please her worried mother, Caroline invented a whole life for herself—using characters from Felicity, an old show she discovered online and fell in love with.
But now it’s time for Caroline to go off to college and she wants nothing more than to leave her old “life” behind and build something real. However, when her mother discovers the truth about her manufactured friends, she gives Caroline an ultimatum: Prove in this first semester that she can make friends of the nonfictional variety and thrive in a new environment. Otherwise, it’s back to living at home—and a lot of therapy.
Armed with nothing more than her resolve and a Felicity-inspired plan, Caroline accepts the challenge. But she soon realizes that the real world is rarely as simple as television makes it out to be. And to find a place where she truly belongs, Caroline may have to abandon her script and take the risk of being herself.
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Hello, fellow readers! I’m back with another review, this one being on Finding Felicity by Stacey Kade. Now when I first heard about this book, I thought that it sounded a lot like Fangirl and was pretty excited to read it. While I did enjoy the ending, I wasn’t what I was anticipating.
One of the things that I did like about it was Caroline’s character development, especially at the end of the novel. When I started this story, I was kind of apprehensive of her. I wanted to root for Caroline – I really did – but then I would hear more of her “plan” and would think to myself,”Noooooooooooo…. don’t do that…” As the story went on, however, Caroline turned things around near the end of the novel, which made her more endearing to me. Honestly, I understand why her mother and psychiatrist were apprehensive about Caroline leaving for college. At the same time though, I’m glad she went to college and through those obstacles because I think that was the only way she was going to learn more about herself. Another thing I liked was that there was more involvement from other characters that were well-rounded by the end of the novel.
However, this character development happens mostly at the end of the novel, mainly because of the novel’s pacing and length. The novel itself ends maybe a month or two after she starts college, making me wish it at least ended with the semester. Maybe more development would have been noticeable. Plus, it set a slow pace for me in the first two thirds of the novel; I was just waiting for that epiphany moment to happen. But that’s just me. If you don’t mind slower pacing, I think you’d like this book.
Well, that’s all I have to say about Finding Felicity. While it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, I’m glad I got to read another college YA novel, and cannot wait to read more! For anyone who is interested, Finding Felicity comes out today!
Thanks for reading, everyone!
I received this copy from Simon & Schuster Canada in exchange for an honest review.