Now That I've Found You

Original Title:Now That I've Found You
Published Date:25th Aug 2020
Publisher:Roaring Brook Press
ISBN:9781250295026
Edition Language:English
Format:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 Pages
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About Kristina Forest
Kristina Forest is the author of I Wanna Be Where You Are and Now That I've Found You. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Writing for Children at The New School. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with two huge bookshelves.

Now That I've Found You Overview

A YA novel about searching for answers, love, and your eccentric grandma in all the wrong places.

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.

Now That I've Found You Reviews

  • Rep: Black mc, Black cast, side character in a f/f relationship, gay side character The story and setting were lovely but the the execution and characterization were a bit lacking. The book was very easy to read, would recommend.
  • kritstina forest’s second book did not disappoint🥳 this was such a fast read and i really loved our main character evie even through her questionable decision making. i loved the cute appearance from chloe and eli from “I Wanna Be Where You Are” which i believe more ya contemporary authors should do.
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  • This is Kristina Forest's second novel, and... like, sophomore slump, WHO?Main character Evie is a promising young actress, and everything seems to be going her way at our story's opening-- and then she makes one. Tiny. Mistake.She loses the big part. She loses the endorsement deal. She freaks out, cuts off all her hair, and hides inside all summer.But it's fine. An appearance with her grandmother-- you know, Evelyn Conaway, Old Hollywood Glitterati-- at a big awards show and a part in the remake of the film that made her grandmother famous is going to fix everything. And then Evelyn disappears.It's up to Evie to find her. Good thing Evie's grandmother's just recently befriended a super cute struggling young musician (whose band's music video just recently went viral, nbd) who might be able to help.I absolutely adored this book. It's truly, genuinely, comfortingly sweet to the last drop-- romantic and heartfelt.
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  • One day I will write my reviews as soon as I finish the book...today is not that day. LMAO. This was really cute! And it was definitely the romance/contemporary book that I needed in my life!Now That I've Found You by Kristina Forest is such a well-written, fast-paced, and cute YA contemporary. I don't know if I knew exactly what to expect before reading this book, but I do know that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It focuses on a young girl by the name of Evie as she attempts to salvage her Hollywood acting career after she is betrayed by a best friend. She reconnects with her grandmother, a past star actress, in hopes of revitalizing her career. Instead, Evie learns so much about the people around her, herself, and the true meaning of self-worth. I think that one of the best elements of this book is its exploration of themes. Forest spends a great portion of this book illustrating the importance of self-worth vs. validation and I lived for every single moment. As humans it's easy to forget how important it is to value ourselves before seeking validation from those around us. It's something Evie struggles with greatly; however, I loved that Forest pushed her as a character up until the very end of the book to understand that she had to find confidence within herself. Confidence within herself was going to be the most important in bouncing back from her Hollywood "scandal." I also enjoyed that Forest explored other forms of relationships in this book outside of the romance. Don't get me wrong. Milo and Evie had so much chemistry and I rooted for them the entire way; however, I love that we were able to see the importance of other relationships like familial relationships and friendships. The exhibition of familial relationships was probably the most beautiful part of the book for me. I loved, I mean absolutely loved, the relationship between Evie and her grandmother. I thought that it was beautiful. I'm always reminded of how important grandparents are even in relation to my own life as a mother. I know that I have a good relationship with my daughter; however, I know that she's going to value the relationship that she will have with grandmother. There are going to be times when she's going to feel better going to her grandmother to talk about certain things and I love that. This is the exact relationship that is seen in this book. Gigi was the perfect surrogate parent for Evie especially since her parents were always so absent. Was everything between the two of them perfect? No, absolutely not. However, over the course of the novel the reader gets to see their relationship grow. There are two major things that I struggled with in this book. While I liked watching Evie develop as a character it was relatively difficult to connect with her when she was being so mean to other characters. I think that it was the authors intention to show how she went from being selfish to recognizing the needs of others; however, I just couldn't connect with her in the way that I wanted. And that definitely is of no fault on the authors part, but it just didn't work for me. I also wished that we were provided more context on Evie's parents. They are absent prior to the beginning of the book, during the book, and then they make a random appearance at the end. There was an apology that was exchanged between Evie and her parents; however, I wanted more of an explanation as to why they were so absent. It just felt glazed over which wasn't good considering that her parents contributed a lot to her loneliness. Overall, I thought that this was a good contemporary. I really enjoyed it. I can see a lot of people picking this book up and finishing it in one sitting. If you're looking for a cute and fun YA contemporary I would definitely recommend checking this out.
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  • This book was freaking ADORBZZZZZ :PThis was a cute YA book perfect for high schoolers. A little corny for me but it had a beautiful story, interesting characters and a realistic teen love story. I loved the dynamic between Gigi (Evie's grandmother) and Evie. I'm not going to lie, I did not care for Evie's character at first. She reminded me of a stuck up teenager and her attitude towards life and people irritated me, lol. Throughout the novel, we see Evie grow within her career, family, relationships and self. The character development was perfect for her. I was rooting for Milo all along, he is literally the perfect boyfriend (other than mine :P). There isn't any cursing, violence, sex or drugs (maybe a bit of alcohol) in this book and it's refreshing. I can definitely add this to our Summer Teen Reading List for 2021. 4/5 stars.
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  • **Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Hear Our Voices Book Tours and Roaring Brook Press for this free copy. Now That I’ve Found You is the perfect summer read! An adventure throughout New York City, a kind and cool romantic lead, fashion, movies, and a band. The novel is fun without sacrificing important discussions about self worth, friendships, and family. Now for the characters! I loved all of them honestly. I felt for Evie and her friendship breakup, we’ve all been there and it truly sucks. I didn’t always agree with her choices, but I could see where they stemmed from and why she chose those courses of action. Milo was probably my favorite out of the two. What can I say? I just love reading about boys who are kind. He was so cool; he’s in a band and writes songs, and has great friends. I think Evie and Milo complimented each other very well and it was great to see their relationship develop.At it’s core Now That I’ve Found You is a great story about finding yourself and knowing your self-worth. A cute and adventure filled Rom-Com with the best eccentric grandma. I had a lot of fun reading this novel and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!
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  • I have received an advanced copy as a part of book tour, all opinions expressed are my own.When I saw that this is an own voices book by a POC author that has POC characters I was totally sold, and the synopsis sounded very promising and I am happy to say that it certainly did not disappoint. The story is heartfelt, lite and refreshing. After a media mishap, Evie-a budding actress with a super popular grandmother that is considered as a movie legend decides to lay low and in order to save her collapsing movie career, she needs her grandmother's backup.However, it is not as simple as it appears to be because of her reluctant grandmother who isn't willing to dig up her past.It is your traditional contemporary that is well written with a plot that carries a lot of intrigue and as well slightly grazing the racial prejudice and injustice with a breezy undertone. I enjoyed how the author developed Evie's character all through, the way the MC self-reflects and realizes how important it is to do what she "wants" to do rather than what is "expected" of her is quite well written.The romance is very swoon worthy and emits maturity rather than being cliched. Although the ending could have been better, I enjoyed the book overall.
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  • I really enjoyed this story. It's a heart-felt romance which light and easy chemistry and just enough adventure to keep you intrigued without the drama being too forced. Plus both teens are Black and it's a plus because we so rarely see Black kids in YA who aren't dealing with trauma of some sort. I was lucky enough to receive an arc from the author herself.After an incident leaves budding star Evie blacklisted and broken she decides the 50th anniversary of her famed grandmother's most popular film is the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself and get some positive press.Too bad for Evie her grandmother has since backed away from Hollywood and settled into her life in New York alongside her sometimes roommate a young musician named Milo. And after incessant pushing her grandmother does what she does best when things get heavy and drops off the grid.Evie and Milo must now venture around New York pasting together clues to try and track her down.Evie has never even seen much of New York so this is all a new experience for her as she steps outside of her comfort zone and embraces being open to friendship.See full review below.https://womenofcolorreadtoo.blogspot....
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  • I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Evie Jones was on top, poised to follow in the footsteps of her famous grandmother, Evelyn Conaway--better known to Evie as Gigi. Then a betrayal from her supposed best friend leads to Evie being blacklisted in Hollywood and her life in shambles. There's only one way to fix it: being the one to present Gigi a Lifetime Achievement Award at a major ceremony--and get her to give her blessing for a remake of her most famous film, with Evie taking Gigi's role. And then, hours after Evie arrives in the city, Gigi disappears...With only days left till the ceremony and Evie in an unfamiliar city, she finds herself reliant on Milo, a teenage musician and her grandmother's sometimes-roommate, to track Gigi down. Will they be able to find Gigi in time for the ceremony? And what else will Evie discover along the way? It is certainly an adventure of a lifetime!"Now That I've Found You" is a phenomenal sophomore novel from Forest, and Evie is a remarkable protagonist. She's a slightly burnt cinnamon roll, jaded and protective of herself, but slowly starts to heal from her betrayal and come into her own and become herself again. As she should! She's not just Evelyn Conaway's granddaughter--she's Evie Jones! She's going to do remarkable things on her own! (It's amazing the things you learn about yourself when you have to run around New York City to find your missing eccentric grandma who hasn't really left her house in years...) And Milo is just so sweet, working so hard and a great guy. He really cares about Gigi, and Evie too. Adorable. Simply adorable.Don't look too hard, "Now That I've Found You" is right where it needs to be: on a shelf near you!(Also, I squealed at the Chloe and Eli cameo! Glad to see they're doing great!)
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  • Everything was going Evie's way until she was betrayed. Then her life sort of imploded. In an effort to repair her image, she fled to her grandmother, a famous and well loved actress, to seek help fixing the damage done. • Pro: Kristina Forest writes these heartfelt stories that fill me with joy. I took a peek back at my review for I Wanna Be Where You Are, and found a quote which describes me reading this book as well.If you think the person on the cover of this book looks happy and full of joy, you should have seen me, when I was reading this book. My eyes were smiling, my heart was warm, and I was definitely sporting a perm-grin, because this was such a sweet, charming, and heartwarming story.• Pro: Evie's support system was filled with some fantastic people. Though she originally held them at arm's length due to her recent experience, she grew to trust them. Among her supporters was Milo's band. I fell in love with the band not only because they were interesting and quirky, but because they welcomed Evie with open arms. This group had that "family" feel and along with her grandmother and agent, provided her something important that had been missing in her life - a place to belong. • Pro: Gigi, Evie's grandmother was something really special. Getting to know her and her history was fantastic, and I am always happy to see multiple generations in a story. I especially have a soft spot for grandparents, so I had no problem fully embracing Gigi. • Pro: The search for Gigi added a fun element to the story. I had a fabulous time traipsing through the boroughs with Milo and Evie as they searched for her!• Pro: Milo gets his own section, because he was outstanding. I loved everything about him. The friendship he shared with Gigi was very sweet, and he was so kind, generous, giving, and heck, he was swoony. I found him to be the perfect match for Evie and was happy he was there when she really needed someone on her side. • Pro: *Applause, Applause* Can we talk about that ending? Absolute perfection for me. I couldn't have ask for me. Overall: I found this book to be a gift! Once I started reading it, I couldn't stop. And when I got to that ending! Let's just say my squeals of glee were heard by many. Just like with her debut, Forest crafted a wonderful and heartwarming story filled with friends, family, and feels that left me walking on sunshine. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • AHHH STAY TUNED FOR MY REVIEW ON THE HEAR OUR VOICES BOOK TOUR!!EDIT 8/17/2020: See my full post on my blog Sometimes Leelynn ReadsDisclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Hear Our Voices Book Tours and Roaring Brook Press for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.Okay first of all. This book was one of the best contemporary novels that I’ve read in a while, and it made me remember why I like to sometimes take a break from the fantasy/sci-fi universe. This also made me super jealous that I didn’t live in NYC, or at least have a family member that I could visit that lived in NYC so that I didn’t have to deal with the traffic that I remember, but could also feel like I was living my Gossip Girl dreams.Second of all, I’m still mad at the fact that Simone never got what she deserved for what she did to Evie. I’m still hella mad about that, and I don’t know what that says about me as a person, but I felt terrible for Evie. I mean, it’s not a spoiler as much since it’s in the synopsis, but I’m not saying what Simone DID to Evie. But still, when you read it and you see what she did, I think you would be pretty pissed for Evie too.Even if you *think* that you aren’t a huge contemporary fan, I would say that this one is one that you would want to read. It was so cute, so fun to read, emotional and well-rounded. It didn’t feel “typical” which I don’t even know what would be a typical contemporary but whatever, but I absolutely enjoyed my experience with this novel.
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  • Now That I’ve Found You is an adorable and heartfelt story about trust, friendship, family and fame. It immediately felt like a mix of The Sun is Also a Star and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, both of which I absolutely loved!This book takes place mainly in New York City and follows two teens, Evie and Milo. They travel all over the city trying to find Evie’s mega-famous superstar actress grandmother, Gigi, whose life and romances have been the topics of many tabloids before she escaped the limelight years ago after an incident at an award show ceremony. Evie and Milo are tasked with finding Gigi before she is scheduled to accept a major lifetime achievement award at the very same ceremony that was her last public appearance. The fast-moving plot with the inclusion of lots of fun mini-adventures made for a really quick and entertaining read! Having been all over the city myself, it was an extra bonus to explore neighborhoods that I’ve been to before through this book. The multi-media aspect added a great layer to the book and made the fame and celebrity portion seem really realistic. With the addition of website articles and home movie clips, the whole setting was brought to life and the reader was able to gain a lot of background information. The main character, Evie, does a lot of growing and learning throughout the book. She starts off feeling like she has to make everyone around her happy and allows the opinions of others to change her perspective entirely. By the end of the novel, she learns that what others think isn’t all that important as long as you’re happy with the life you’re living. The focal point of the book was definitely Evie’s relationship with her grandma. Evie wishes to follow Gigi’s footsteps and become a famous actress as well, but she’s currently trying to bounce back from being blacklisted in Los Angeles. While they didn’t always see eye to eye, you could tell that they really cared for each other. Even though the majority of the book is about Evie trying to redeem her career and find Gigi, her romance with Milo was a really cute part of the story. It’s not exactly hate-to-love but Evie is definitely skeptical of Milo’s intentions in the beginning. They end up becoming good friends and it was so nice getting to see that turn into something more. Now That I’ve Found You was a highly enjoyable read with engaging characters and a plot that will take you all over New York City without having to leave the comfort of your couch
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  • I really loved this! I honestly had forgotten what this was about and didn't read the synopsis again before I started it. This has some of my favorite things and I thought I would like it, but it definitely superseded my expectations. Really enjoyed the characters and their growth! The twists and turns kept me invested and always wanting to continue reading.
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  • Kristina Forest is absolutely an auto buy author now. This was just so all around so great, and I'm so excited to read whatever it is she writes next.I generally don't care about stories where people are in bands, but Milo and the rest of Doves Have Pride were just so wonderful. Also loved that little cameo Kristina Forest is absolutely an auto buy author now. This was just so all around so great, and I'm so excited to read whatever it is she writes next.I generally don't care about stories where people are in bands, but Milo and the rest of Doves Have Pride were just so wonderful. Also loved that little cameo <3 ...more
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  • What a spectacular YA romance. I usually find text messages and other add ins incredibly clunky but this book was smooth as butter and integrated texting and social media seamlessly. It brings up compelling themes of hyper self awareness, living up to familial legacies, and forging your own path. I read it over two days, completely immersed into the world.*I received an eARC copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Roaring Brook Press for the opportunity to read and review in advance of publication.
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  • This was so much fun! I love YA where grandparents play a role, and Evie's grandmother Gigi is spectacular. The whole book gave me Evelyn Hugo vibes in the best way, given Gigi's past as a Hollywood starlet. Highly recommend!
  • (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I read Now That I've Found You in a day. It has that undeniable combination of flawed but endearing characters, an intriguing mystery in the background, and characters who are on their own journeys. I loved that both Evie and Milo felt so utterly relatable in the ways you can get caught up in something and how driven they both are. We can let our goals stop us from seeing the people around us. And, in a nutshell, that is the essence of Now That I've Found You. This conflict between desire and ambition, friendship and forgiveness, that is reflected in so many characters in the book.full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...
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  • Diversity: Full cast of POC characters.Kristina Forest is going on my to-buy-authors list. I loved her debut so, very much and Now That I've Found You was such an entertaining follow-up. I loved the characters, endearing and adorable, really enjoyed the romantic tension, the chase around New York, the Hollywood scandal and everything. A book you want to devour and that will leave you smiling. I loved this. A million thanks to MacMillan INTL for sending me an e-ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influence my thoughts and rating.My Blog - Drizzle & Hurricane Books - Twitter - Bookstagram - Bloglovin'
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  • 4.5 stars!This was soooo cute!! I think I've found a new auto-buy author because I am just in love with the way Kristina Forest writes! Her books are such cute, fun, easy reads and exactly what I need for a mood lift. Also, I love this cover! Honestly I just love everything about this book, I can't think of a single thing I didn't like about this book. Maybe that I finished it and can't be with these characters any longer but that's my fault for reading through this so fast haha. But seriously, I really wouldn't mind another book or outtakes about these characters! I want to know more about Evie and her family (especially her grandmother and James!) and I want to know how Milo and his music turn out(and his friend group!) and how Evie and Milo handle their relationship with their careers...I just want to know everything! The author really created this great cast of characters that were all fleshed out and I just want to know more about their lives. I'm forever grateful that I won a giveaway of this book! I thank the gods of luck every day!
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  • This was a fun bookAt first, Evie got on my nerves lolBut she grew on me