Book Review: Finding Me By Kathryn Cushman


What would you do if you learned your life was a lie? 

All her life, Kelli Huddleston has been told the story of a fire–a fire that killed her mother and two siblings when she was an infant. After her father’s death though, she uncovers evidence of a different story, including clippings about a boat accident that killed a young father and his infant daughter. And Kelli quietly realizes the story of her life has been a fiction.

How far would you go to discover the truth?

Armed with only a few pictures of what she thinks might be her family, Kelli crosses the country to Tennessee, determined to uncover the truth about what happened over twenty years ago in a small southern town. When the trip threatens to open doors to the past better left shut, and her plans for the future are jeopardized, Kelli is faced with an agonizing choice that will change her life forever.

 General Thoughts:

 I’m sort of at a loss for words with this story. Not in a bad way though. To me, this story read like a movie—like a drama with a bit of mystery to it. I found the main character Kelli likable and one who I wanted to root for. After her father’s death and the unfortunate incident she faced, I wanted things to work out for her. From reading the beginning of the story and being introduced to Dave—Kelli’s father, the author creates some mystery around his life, although it was obvious what he was going to do. What wasn’t so obvious was why Dave did what he did and what was to become of Kelli when she revealed the truth.

I really have no real negatives about this story. I would say that it was a low key read, meaning that it had no major drama. It was what I would say a quiet and calm story, about Kelli traveling to a small town to get to know people she thought were long gone with a lot of reflection. But that is not to say that it is a slow or boring story. I found it to be a fast read. Just when I thought the story was getting started, it was reaching the end. I can say that I would read more stories from this author again.


 I would recommend this to anyone who likes stories with relatable characters and problems. Also who likes stories with not a lot of action, but that focuses on the character navigating through their lives with a bit of mystery.


4.5 out of 5 stars. Overall the story was good and easy to read. It didn’t have so much drama, but that didn’t stop me from moving on to the next chapter. 

***This book was given to me by Bethany House for an honest review.***


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