This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence. Finding Home by Lauren Baker, Bonnie Dee
Publisher: self-published
Publication Date: January 2, 2006
Genres: Abusive past, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 316
Format: kindle book
Source: purchased

Purchase/Pre-order: Amazon

Her family, her friends and her conscience all say it s wrong to fall for the hustler she rescued from the streets. How come it feels so right?

When Megan first meets Mouth, a homeless teenage hustler, on the streets of L.A., he's the perfect subject for the street life expose she hopes will help her break into journalism. She doesn't expect to be drawn into his life and become his friend or to take him in after he¡s been beaten and robbed by thugs.

As they learn to live together, a powerful attraction flourishes between Megan and the young man. Although he s street smart, tough and mature, he s also a youth in transition. When they finally give in to the sexual heat between them, Megan fears she's taking advantage of her position as his mentor.

Their relationship challenges every aspect of her life. Megan must make difficult choices between the conflicting demands of her friends and family, her career and love.

Warning:Explicit sex, reference to underage sex, graphic language, violence.

I’ve been drawn to this book for a while, but it was pulled at one point, but re-released recently. As soon as I saw it on Amazon I snatched it up and starting reading right away. However, a week later I finished it and I’m not sure how I want to rate it. Parts of it were good, and other parts…not so much. I will probably go with a 2.5-3 rating.

I went into this story being quite uncomfortable with a good bit of the storyline (the age of the hero), but with so many reviews, my interest was piqued and I wanted to see for myself. I also went in to the story hoping that since this story takes place over a certain amount of time, that the hero is indeed of age by the end. Nope. He was 17 and it was inappropriate and WRONG.

It started off with us meeting Megan. She is so totally and unbelievably immature, clueless and mostly foolish. I might have laughed out loud at her, she was so confident in her reporting skills, yet would not listen to any critique. However, I also get that a part of growing up and becoming mature is realizing that you aren’t as invincible and smart as you think when you are 23.

If there had been a chemistry and they finally admitted attraction but said they had to wait until “Mouth” was a legal adult, now that kind of “taboo” I could deal with. But this was flat out wrong and Megan seemed in denial that should could be arrested and go to jail. She told everyone. I was waiting for the police to arrive at her door every single time I turned the page.

I was floored by how candid Mouth was. Floored. I was also so very upset for him. My heart was breaking because no one, especially a child should ever have to go through that. It was interesting though, because he was mature. So mature that I feel like he wasn’t written properly. I just didn’t buy it. He was written like a 30 year old man, but then given the label of 17 year old boy. Honestly, it didn’t match up. Yes, a harsh critique, but it didn’t work.

However, after I finished I realized maybe I should appreciate the book for other things. Maybe the point was that I should not have liked Megan. She was cringe-worthy, immature and selfish. It showed how an adult could prey on an underage teenager and try and convince themselves it was OK. Maybe I was supposed to read it to get a glimpse of what kind of individual would do that.

Rec it? I don’t know, probably not. It was easy to put the book down and I don’t like that it seemed to say statutory rape is OK –  because it certainly isn’t. EVER.

Book Rating Breakdown
Brooding level of the hero

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