Now That I’ve Found You – Published 2020
“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.” – Goodreads
I read this for a buddy read after finishing I Wanna Be Where You Are by the same author. Both are low-stress, cute, YA reads that I definitely recommend.
This is well-written, fast-paced and exactly the lighthearted book I needed after some heavier ones recently. I’ve now read a few books with teens involved in the entertainment industry, and I find them to be really interesting. Something about that life I’ll never have that it’s kind of addicting.
Evie has been wronged by her best friend, ostracized from the media and her fans, and as a result is very angry. While it can be hard to connect with her because of this, it’s definitely understandable why she is so resentful and hostile, hesitant to let others in.
This has a full cast of POC characters, which is so important, especially in YA lit. The storyline and dialogue is pretty good, and the premise is great. Was I blown away? No. Was it cute and fun to read? Yes.
I look forward to discussing this one with our buddy group!