Finding What Is is sad but eye-opening story that’ll stick with you once you finish.
What I loved about this book was that Tabitha Vohn took the typical ‘student-teacher infatuation’ and ‘girl loves best friend’ and put a spin to the story. Something that keeps the reader completely interested in what is going on.
Willie and Professor Shane’s relationship is a slow burn… but eventually turns into something more. He teaches her creative writing class and, as they begin to learn more about each other, discover how they both have an appreciation for paintings and art. They’re drawn together and know it’s forbidden (which makes it all the more sweeter) but despite her attraction to him, Willie feels like she can’t trust him.
She also has another man in her life, Xavier. They both still have strong feelings for each other. When tragedy strikes Willie and she’s left without her mother, Xavier allows her to come live with him… and his girlfriend.
It’s a unique story with depth and captivating plot.
Final rating: ★★★★/★★★★★
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Publication date: September 29, 2013
Book description: Willie has always lived an unconventional life. Surrounded by the sensual, ethereal images of her artist-mother, she fantasizes about the half-wolf, half-human, but all-gorgeous face that stares out at her from her mother’s wall, and drinks in her mother’s stories of past lovers and adventures. She shares her home with a man who calls himself “uncle” (who stalks her through the house, naked). Her closest friends are a band of misfits who’ve forged their own way in life-including Xavier, who has carved his name in her soul- and her heart is torn between him and a college professor, a fellow artist who wants more than a student-teacher relationship.
Willie stands on the brink of womanhood poised to follow in her mother’s footsteps, with a gleaming future as an artist looming before her, and a maturity beyond her years that has enabled her to be the protector and caretaker of others, a mender of wounds. But as a devastating illness rips her mother from her life, Willie is left bereft of a home and of a sense of self. Guided only by her instincts, Willie wanders from her Professor’s arms to the home that Xavier shares with his live-in girlfriend Nicole (who insists that they can “share”). Her path becomes a search for peace, for family, for a love that’s real, and for her place in this world.
Finding What Is chronicles the journey that we all must take-to find ourselves, to reconcile our past, and to get back to that place we once called home.
About the author: Tabitha is a pen name. Her creator is a certified bookworm, thanks to the countless fairy tales, Bible stories, and nursery rhymes she was read as a child, and the Gothic, Romantic, and Contemporary novels she enjoys today. She has earned a B.A. in English and a M.A. in Teaching, and currently teaches high school English.
On Writing, Tabitha says, “I strive to write the type of stories that I enjoy reading. Ones that question those blurred lines between love and lust, between good and evil. Ones that make us question human nature while simultaneously seeing the beauty in it as well.”