When her mom is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Jayce searches for her estranged father, hoping he can fix everything.
Jayce Loewen has had to take on a lot of responsibility over the years. Her single mom works two jobs and long hours, leaving Jayce in charge of her four-year-old sister most of the time. When her mom is diagnosed with cancer, Jayce decides to track down her long-absent father in the hope that he will be able to make everything okay again.
Looking for her dad was one thing, but when she actually finds him, Jayce is in for a real shock. When everything in her life seems to be going wrong, Jayce has to figure out who her family really is, and how to live with the possibility of losing the person she loves most.
I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
“True courage is looking in the face of adversity and deciding that you’ll stand firm.”
The synopsis of this book is extremely detailed and basically gives us the whole idea of what goes on in If This Is Home. Jayce looks after her sister Ellie everyday and most of the time it’s as if their mom isn’t around because she may not be physically absent but she definitely isn’t there. At first this bothered me because why was her mom so tired all the time? Why wasn’t she doing anything to get better because it’s not Jayce’s job as a sixteen year old to be taking care of the family if a parent is around.
As the story wound on I started feeling sorry for their family because clearly they’d been through some tough times. It wasn’t like they had anyone close to them that they could call to help out so naturally when Jayce’s mom was diagnosed with cancer, she’d go search for her dad thinking that family was family, whether you wanted them or not.
I went through this book so fast that I actually had to sit down for a moment and think to remember what I’d read. There’s nothing forgettable about this book but the pages were flying by and it was like a song playing that you really enjoy but you realise you never heard any of the lyrics so you have to listen to it again.
I loved most of the characters in this book. Jayce thought and acted a lot older than a sixteen year old but I think since she was practically pushed into parenthood, raising her sister and taking care of her mom, she had think more responsibly. There were one or two characters who I felt were just fillers but they didn’t play too big a part so I didn’t mind it.
This was quite a heartbreaking story but I think the message here was about how the ones who you think would accept you without thought could easily be the ones who’d cast you out. And the ones who you want no business with are the ones who’d fight for you to make things right.
I’m glad I decided to request this book. I’d definitely recommend this story and look forward to reading more by this author.
Read: 11 January 2017
Publication Date: 28 January 2017
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Kristine Scarrow