Book Review: Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest

Now That I’ve Found You

Author: Kristina Forest

Narrator: Shayna Small

Publication Date: 25 August 2020

Genre: YA Contemporary

Length: 8 hours 21 minutes

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

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.

When Evie first enters the scene, I had definitely had mixed feelings toward her. I understood her hurt from the betrayal that she suffered, but her presumptive attitude towards Milo, the teenage guy who actually makes time for Evie’s lonely grandmother, Gigi, was frustrating to say the least.

However, following Gigi’s mysterious disappearance, I really enjoyed the growth of Evie’s character, which Milo was largely responsible for since he just wanted to be an unassuming friend.

I loved the storyline surrounding Milo and his bandmates. It is very much a found family situation since each of the guys is struggling with their own identity and acceptance from their perspective families.

I wish I had a grandmother like Gigi. Her love for her granddaughter is monumental. And the tricks that she has up her sleeve in under to get Evie to understand herself is pure genius.

So, if you’re looking for a heartfelt story that will leave your heart bursting at the seams by the end and is packed with adventure then Now That I’ve Found You is the book for you.

Thank you to Macmillan Audio for providing an advanced listening copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

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