FINNY by Justin Kramon [Review]
Here’s a first for me—I think Finny by Justin Kramon is the first book I’ve picked up solely on the basis of the book trailer. The trailer, which you can check out below, is very well done and totally captures what the book is all about, but I’ll describe it anyway. It’s a coming of age story about Delphine “Finny” Short, a spirited fourteen year old girl who likes to push people’s buttons just to see if they’ll push back. Her straight-laced family has old-fashioned expectations of how a young lady should behave and are perplexed by Finny. When she meets a neighbor her age, Earl, and his father, she is instantly taken with them because, with all their eccentricities, they are very different from her uptight family. Finny and Earl begin what will be a lifetime friendship that spans high school, college, and beyond.
Just because Finny is about a teenage girl, don’t mistake it for a Young Adult novel. The story follows Finny from her teen years until she’s in her late thirties, and it’s definitely an adult book. The thing I liked most about Finny was watching her go through the ups and downs of life. I was totally engrossed in the stories about her family, friends, and love life.
During the course of the book, Finny meets lots of interesting people—from a germaphobe to a narcoleptic to a school administrator with a sycophantic assistant—it seems like everyone in the novel has some sort of weird little personality quirk. Sometimes he takes it too far and they seem more like caricatures, but these offbeat characters add something special to the book.
So check out the book trailer and see if you become as captivated by Finny as I did.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks | Pages: 384 | Source: Purchased | Buy on Amazon
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