Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest | Audiobook Review

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest | Audiobook ReviewNow That I've Found You by Kristina Forest
Narrator: Shayna Small
Length: 8 Hours 21 Minutes
Published by Roaring Brook Press on August 25, 2020
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Clean & Wholesome, Performing Arts
Pages: 320
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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ISBN: 9781250295033
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five-stars

"Through this pitch-perfect rom-com, Kristina Forest explores the legacy of family and what it means to be young and full of artistic passion. I was utterly charmed from start to finish." —Maurene Goo, author of Somewhere Only We Know
Now That I've Found You is 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.

Why Did I Listen To Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest?

Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest is a contemporary YA book that is not about Black trauma, so I wanted to read it. It’s important to talk up and promote books featuring Black joy, I’ve learned but also really truly believe. Of course, I went for audiobooks because you all know for me audio means I can get to it faster. Unfortunately, I had downloaded this book from Netgalley not knowing in just a short month I would end up not feeling well. But, now I am making up for lost time and trying to get to as many of these books that I missed as possible. Luckily Now That I’ve Found You came up on my library holds sooner rather than later.

What’s The Story Here?

Evie Jones is about to be one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. She has a big movie role in the works. There’s an ad campaign that she wants that she’s about to get. Everything is coming up Evie. Only, she is joking around with her best friend, when her friend records Evie and the video goes viral. It is perceived as Evie mocking. So, she loses the big movie, she loses the ad campaign, and clearly has been betrayed by her friend. Evie’s one chance to get things back on track lies with her grandma Gigi. You see, her grandma is one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars but she’s been out of the public eye for twenty years. If Evie can introduce her at this awards ceremony where Gigi will receive a lifetime achievement reward, then Evie can be back in the public eye for something positive and rebuild her career.

Only, it never is quite that easy. And so, Now That I’ve Found You revolves around what happens when Gigi up and disappears. The last person who saw her is Milo, a super cute musician around Evie’s age. As it turns out, Milo has been delivering groceries for Gigi and is temporarily staying with her. And now, Evie has to figure out if Milo is trustworthy as the two trek around New York City in search of Gigi.

How Did I Like Now That I’ve Found You?

This is my first book by Kristina Forest but won’t be my last. I love contemporary books and this met my contemporary needs. There’s an eccentric grandma. There’s going all over the big city. We have big mistakes made, but also the opportunity to fix them. I love a good redemption story. And can we talk about the sweet romance between Milo and Evie? It’s a joy to read about – even as Evie grows to slowly trust Milo. That’s not even to go into depth on Milo’s band and their leather pants song lol. I just loved this book so much. It absolutely brought joy to my time listening to it.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Now That I’ve Found You is narrated by Shayna Small. It’s 8 hours and 21 minutes long, so super short. This is my first time listening to Small’s narration, however I am hooked. Small is EXCELLENT. She makes Evie sound like a Hollywood ingenue, which let’s be real, she is. This was easy on the ears, well produced and an excellent use of my listening time.


five-stars
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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