Where You'll Find MeWhen 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?
by Erin Fletcher
Published January 7, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
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.
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My Thoughts: Hanley Helton likes to party, a lot, sneaking out at night often to do just that. She uses alcohol to escape, trying to forget the past as if it never happened. Everything changes one night when she stumbles upon this guy in her garage when she is sneaking away for one of her escapades, hiding in her garage. Garage guy turns out to be Nate. He seems nice enough, but it's still weird that he's in her garage. The two forge a friendship that turns into a lot more. Nate has his own issues he is hiding from, and harbors his own dark secret.
Nate is a really great guy and I grew to really like him. I felt so bad for him and his story is really heartbreaking. Hanley's character is a wreck and she has chosen to camouflage her pain with her snark, alcohol, and other extracurricular activities. I felt that she did a lot of growing in the book.
Grief is one of the main themes in Where You'll Find Me. The author addressed more than I expected in regard social issues that are prevalent today. Though the whole garage concept may not seem realistic to ,some, but I enjoyed the plot and the direction the author took the story, and found it to be very interesting, though sad at times. Though Where You'll Find Me deals with some difficult and unpleasant issues, it also has its cute moments to. The novel is 211 pages, so it's not that long. Erin Fletcher has done a great job with her debut novel.