Well, today is my last day of hosting Finding Favor, and I thought I would close things of with my review of the book. If you haven’t seen the plot synopsis, it follows a young woman named Favor Miller and the tough choice she needs to make: does she give up her friendship with Ethan Brown, which she wants to be something more, or risk his father sabotaging her future?
Favor, who’s been living with the Browns since her father’s death eight years before, has had it rough in the Brown house. The daughter, Madison, torments her constantly and the parents show little interest in making her feel like one of the family. Her only allies in the house are the youngest son (Ethan), their housekeeper (Brenda), and the gardener (Mr. Rushworth). Favor can’t wait to go away to college, but Mr. Brown may keep her from getting there if she refuses to sign a contract stating she’d have nothing to do with Ethan.
Long gets right to the point, opening the story with Mr. Brown’s unveiling of the contract. Favor doesn’t know how to react to it, and doesn’t want Ethan to know because she doesn’t want to hurt his relationship with his father.
I have to say that there were a couple of parts in this story that bothered me. I didn’t like how Ethan behaved through some of the book, and Madison was a horrible person who made me wish I could pull her out of the book and smack some sense into her. I also felt a certain scene could’ve been cut, as it seemed to just exist to make Favor really miserable one last time before the story concluded.
Overall, though, I came to really like Favor and her relationship with Ethan. I also loved the fact that, even in the middle of the Brown dysfunction, Favor managed to form a strong family bond with Mr. Rushmore and Brenda. They were wonderful characters who provided a much-needed sense of security for Favor as she struggled to deal with being part of a family who doesn’t really want her or treat her as such. I also really enjoyed Favor’s interactions with Tom, the Brown’s oldest.
Bottom line? I thought this book was an entertaining read with several stories in one. It was a study of a dysfunctional family struggling to keep up appearances, a story of a young woman rising above the crap hand she was dealt to come into her own, and a love story. As it all begins to tie together, I couldn’t help but root for Favor.
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About Finding Favor
In the eight years since seventeen-year-old Favor Miller’s father died, she’s had to endure her reluctant, self-righteous guardians the Browns. Every day for eight years, they’ve reminded her that she doesn’t fit in, that she’s not one of them. Every day for eight years, she’s eagerly awaited the day when she’ll finally be free to live her life her way.
On the eve of high school graduation, Mr. Brown ambushes Favor with the offer of college funding and a to-die-for summer internship–with the one stipulation that she must discontinue her friendship with his son, Ethan.
Accustomed as she is to sharing everything with her best friend, this is one secret Favor must keep in order to protect Ethan. The distraction of his new girlfriend, her growing friendship with his older brother, and her need to understand her family history, add in further complications.
As Favor debates signing the contract, she must decide if she’s willing to give up her best friend in order to pursue her dreams. Will she have to stay in the place she’s so desperately wanted to escape in order to make the right decision and get what she really needs?
About Lana Long
As a devoted fan of young adult novels herself, Lana Long is thrilled to be gracing the YA world with her first novel, Finding Favor. Many years of daydreaming and several writing classes and workshops have contributed to the development of Finding Favor as well as to her inevitable future books. Through her experiences at Lighthouse Writers in Denver, the Big Sur Writing Workshop in California, and the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference, she has learned an amazing amount about writing novels.
Although writing serves as a relaxing process, Lana is also grounded by her family, by her work as a church treasurer, and by volunteering at her kids’ elementary school.
She hopes that her books provide readers with the same entertainment she herself finds in YA novels. If you enjoy a good coming-of-age story featuring enthralling characters, check out Finding Favor and read more of Lana’s thoughts at www.lanalongbooks.com.