Now That I’ve Found You is a great story about finding your own self worth. We can get so caught up in what role we are supposed to be playing, that we lose sight of who we are. Caught up in friendships that we cannot see clearly. Now That I’ve Found You is a character driven story about forgiveness and self-acceptance.
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.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
I read Now That I’ve Found You in a day. It has that undeniable combination of flawed but endearing characters, an intriguing mystery in the background, and characters who are on their own journeys. I loved that both Evie and Milo felt so utterly relatable in the ways you can get caught up in something and how driven they both are. We can let our goals stop us from seeing the people around us. And, in a nutshell, that is the essence of Now That I’ve Found You. This conflict between desire and ambition, friendship and forgiveness, that is reflected in so many characters in the book.
Now That I’ve Found You balances this sense of character exploration with an intriguing, and time sensitive, mystery. What Forest does fantastically is to use the mystery and intrigue to speak volumes about the characters. What ends up happening is a story full of characters that you love as they travel around the city finding pieces of themselves. The relationships in our life can betray us, hurt us deeply, and make us wary of trusting again. Now That I’ve Found You asks us what we will do to accomplish our dreams, what compromises we will make, and who we will sacrifice – even if that’s ourselves.