Finding It: A Novel

Paperback | October 15, 2013

byCora Carmack

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Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong . . .

Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She's having the time of her life . . . or that's what she keeps telling herself.

It's a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you're afraid you won't like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey's loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey's mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.

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Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong . . . Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She's having the time of her life . . . or that's what she keeps telling herself. ...

Cora Carmack is a twentysomething New York Times bestselling author who likes to write about twentysomething characters. Raised in a small Texas town, she now lives in New York City and spends her time writing, traveling, and marathoning various television shows on Netflix.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:October 15, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062273280

ISBN - 13:9780062273284

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great #plumreview Not as good as the first two but amazing #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from All angst and self-destruction Kelsey should be having the time of her life roaming from picturesque town to scenic village in Europe, but the light in her eyes has been dimmed for years. When an incredibly hot and enigmatic American challenges her to find her true adventurous spirit, she strays off course and away from bad habits — right into his arms. But she can’t truly escape her self-destructive chains without facing her parents and her past, and when the truth of the present is discovered, their adventure feels less like fate and more like manipulation. The Verdict: When I read the first book in the series, Losing It, I was convinced I’d found romance novel gold. It was entertaining and heartwarming and often hilarious in a way few authors can pull off. So of course I wanted to continue with the series. However, Faking It, the second book in the series, didn’t quite achieve the same kind of magic, though I did enjoy it. Unfortunately, Finding It fell quite a bit lower for me. On the one hand, these are three very different stories about three very different characters, and I suppose it’s good that they each felt original and separate rather than recycled. However, the humor I loved so much in the first book was nowhere to be found in Finding It. Sure, Kelsey and Hunt joked around occasionally, but for the most part, it was all angst and self-destruction. An abuse incident in Kelsey’s past, compounded by her parents’ non-reaction has pretty much obliterated her self-respect, and she moves from bed to bed, not really even seeking companionship, as she makes her way through Europe. She has little sense of self-preservation as well, and were it not for Hunt, she most likely would have been taken advantage of on at least a couple of occasions. Hunt was one part mystery and one part complete hotness, but he, too, had some darkness leftover from his past. He’s a good guy who tries to help Kelsey find a better path simply by challenging her and refusing to play her games, but he’s in over his head when he falls for her. And then when the truth comes out, it all goes to hell for a while, requiring quite a bit more angst and self-reflection to get back to some bit of happiness. I can’t say the writing was bad or the story was awful, but I guess it just wasn’t what I was expecting, and in that sense it was a disappointment. Perhaps if I had known what I was getting into, I would have chosen to read the book at a different time, when I wasn’t looking for the same lighthearted fun I found at the beginning of the series. Whatever the case, the traipsing across Europe, the parties, the angst… It just wasn’t the right story for me.
Date published: 2015-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read I can't say that this is THE book to look forward too, but it is a nice read. It is very similar to a movie that I watched a long time ago, but there the daughter was the president's daughter. Still, it is a cute story and the romance between the characters is adorable. This is a good book to start out with if you're are trying to explore a new genera
Date published: 2014-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After Now Finding It really stood out to me from the other books in the series. It was less funny and far more serious, mostly for including a number of (what I consider) very serious issues that really had to be worked on by Kelsey and Jackson. But I really appreciated that. I think this book is the one where we can really see that NA doesn't have to be light and fluffy - it can be a bit darker and still work. I would have liked to have seen the solutions to these issues worked out a little bit more because they felt too heavy for a convenient ending. You also get the bonus of hearing about some fantastic vacation spots that I desperately want to check out now! Paperback personally purchased.
Date published: 2014-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Losing It I thought I wasn't going to like the main character at first but as I got farther into the book I saw how the author was developing her. Good read.
Date published: 2013-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from She is great "Finding It" is the third and U think last book in the "Losing It" series and I am sad to see it go, I am a big fan of Cora Carmack's writing, she is so light and fun but can still have those hard moments without bringing the books down. In this story we follow Kelsey we met her in "Losing It" and she is traveling the world trying to find herself but it doesn't seem to be working, until she meets Hunt who's all mysterious and keeps showing up where she is, together they create their own adventure and fall in love/deal with hardships along the way. This book was really great and I cant' get over how much I love New Adult, overall this book was great and I can't wait until she writes more books.
Date published: 2013-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love Cora Carmack!! As I am a huge fan of Cora Carmack, this one is her best one yet! Finding It delivers this amazing story of Kelsey and Hunt. I loved how Kelsey was able to have this adventure in Europe as well as fall in love. Cora Carmack knows how to grab your attention with her male leads who know how make your heart feel fluttery.This is a companion to Losing It, and Faking It which is great since I loved those two books! New Adult has been another favorite genre of mine and Finding it did not disappoint me since I loved it!! Kelsey is very different from Bliss, (her best friend from Losing It) and are polar opposites since she is more outgoing, but Bliss has loosened up since we last saw her. Kelsey has been traveling in Europe, because she needs the space from her life. She explores many cities and countries that anyone would love to do. Until she meets Jackson Hunt. He is HOT, mysterious and can make you think about what to do next. As they set off on this adventure there are many secrets between them that can either pull them apart or bring them closer. I loved each of the scenes that these two were together in because they have this intense chemistry. I really liked Kelsey because she is so different than any other main characters Cora has introduced us to. She is a wild child, knows how to have fun at a party. Kelsey really hides behind closed doors. You can really sympathize with what has happened to her. She was normal and ya she has baggage, who is not perfect. Kelsey is strong and has this charm to her that will make you like her more. Jackson (aka Hunt) is one amazing guy. He is ex-military, he takes care of Kelsey even though she does not know her. He also joins in Kelsey's European trip which was adorable since they have this connection. Jackson has to be in the top 10 of NA males leads in my book! I do wish that he did have more a POV since some of those scenes need him!! Finding it addresses many issues than the other two. At times it was light, then get to a really heavy scenes. I loved reading about their excursions in Prague and Rome which was really cool since it made me actually want to imagine being there. Cora knows how to open your eyes to what more there is in the world. After reading it, I was happy and full of joy with the ending. Their journey was beautiful and incredible. If you are a fan of Cora Carmack or any New Adult novel I recommend you pick up her books right away since you will definitely swoon over these characters. Now I cannot wait for Jackson's novella! Thank YOU Cora Carmack for these amazing reads, glad to be part of this journey with you with your amazing books!
Date published: 2013-10-21

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