Book Review: Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest

Publication Date: August 25th 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. Read More.

My Thoughts and Feelings … ⭐⭐⭐

Do you ever read several underwhelming books in a row and start to think you’re the problem? Because this is my third 3 star read of the month and I think I’m to blame. 

Now That I’ve Found You is a book I’ve had on my radar since before it’s release. I love any and all stories that centre around Hollywood or being famous in some way or another and so I was very interested in this book.

We follow Evie, an up and coming film star and the granddaughter of an acting legend called Evelyn Conaway. When Evie is caught up in a scandal, of sorts, and fired from her next project she seeks out the help of her grandmother to get back in the good-graces of the public. However when her grandmother ups and disappears, just days before Evie is meant to present her with a Life Time Achievement Award, she must team up with Milo, a cute musician and friend of her grandmothers.

So the big “scandal” Evie gets into at the beginning of this book (and by beginning I mean the first couple of chapters so it’s not really a spoiler) is that she gets drunk with her supposed best friend and imitates a famous directors British accent. The video of her doing this is leaked, she goes viral, the director fires her and she’s ostracized from Hollywood.

While reading this chain of events my first thought was “all this over drunkenly faking a British accent?” but then I remembered that Meghan Markle is being bullied by literal news outlets simply because she’s pregnant. We live in a day and age where a lot of peoples lives are played out for essentially the whole world to see and scrutinize and I thought this plot line did a good job at reflecting that.

My main issue with this book is Evie herself. I thought she came off as really rude, kind of spoilt and that made it hard for me to get behind her. I really tried to see where she was coming from and understand why she was acting like this but she really frustrated me with how she treated other people, mainly Milo and to a certain extent her grandmother. This initial dislike of Evie also made me not really like the romance.

I did really like the side characters. Evies grandmother is a legend. I too would like to disappear for a few days and run away from my problems. I have no choice but to stan. Milo was the sweetest throughout the whole book and I really liked all of his bandmates too.

To be honest I think I would have liked this book more had Milo and Evie’s stories been switched around. By that I mean if Milo was the main focus of the story with his band and his friendship with Evelyn Conoway with Evie showing up being the more secondary aspect.

Overall I liked this book. I was quick and easy to read but I did feel slightly let down simply because of how much I’d hyped it up to myself. I would definitely still recommend it though!

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