Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Review - Finding Katie

The very wealthy and very sheltered Preston Meadows lives his life protected from even the hint of harm. His world is safe and secure until someone kidnaps his sister, Katie. Against his parents’ wishes, Preston sets out on his own to find her. Preston works hard to blend in with the “regular” people roaming the streets of Dallas – but the real world is zany, insane, full of danger and ruthless criminals. Preston soon begins to learn more about himself and finds he has a knack for foiling certain crimes. In his adventures, during his search for his sister, he makes friends with some of the strangest people he could ever imagine. Along the way, Preston falls in love, comes face-to-face with a self-described Drug Lord, and discovers a side of himself he never knew existed, especially after the Drug Lord kidnaps his girlfriend.

My Review:

I wasnt entirely sure what type of book I was going to be reading when I started.  It sounded like a mystery with humor element from what I had read before.  And it definitely had the humor element, and a touch of mystery.  But really it was about Preston and what its like for him to live in his sheltered family life and how he really grows and learns what is important and what life in about while on a search for his missing sister.

Preston is an incredibly smart man who still lives in his parent basement and works for his father helping him to make millions.   The closest person to him is his sister Katie who goes missing one day while trying to help someone out in a dangerous part of town.  Preston is not able to stand back while the police and private investigators try to find Katie and insists on looking for her himself.  This is a huge step outside of his comfort zone and he is not at all prepared to face life and survive in the real world.  Luckily he does have his fathers credit card, this does help him adjust into a different lifestyle even though he cant admit he is the one purchasing the items he buys to help out his new found acquaintances.  Throughout the book you really get to see Preston grow and find out who he is and it makes you glad that his sister went missing, because without it he never would have become the person he is meant to be. 

While I did like the story there were a couple flaws.  One is that the story is about finding Katie.  But its really finding Preston.  Katie goes missing at the beginning.  But it seems like once Preston leaves home he concentrates more on the new people he meets and finding Katie becomes more of a background quest.  He doesnt forget it, it just seems like he doesnt make it such a priority.  The other things that I noticed is that while the writing is good and the story flows great.  It could use another pass by a good editor, then it would be a much better work.  

I would read another book by this writer.  His main characters were well developed and you could really see the progression.  And the story flowed smoothly which made it much easier and more pleasant to read.

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