I enjoy southern literature and I love Jenna Lamia, the narrator. Looking For Me was a sweet story but the lack of drama left me wanting more. I kept waiting for something to happen when I finally realized it was just going to be a story about a girl who moves to Charleston and opens her own antique store. The storyline regarding the search for her brother was extremely limited. I just felt it was very slow and without much depth.
I would have made Teddy a little more complex and given the story a little more depth.
I love Jenna Lamia. She is the perfect narrator and was perfect for this book.
I've read many books that jump back and forth between past and present but this book was very uneven. It didn't need to be strictly chronological because there's no fun in that, but past events introduced later in the book should have been earlier because they explained the characters' motivations. Instead, the characters, such as Teddi's mom and brother, seem to be randomly overreacting. I really found the "explanation" for Josh's actions unrealistic and unbelievable. He was very tiresome.
Also, Teddi clearly knows her own mind at a young age and the only issue in her life is her brother. Other than that, there is no drama, which is fine but an odd character for a book titled "Looking for Me." I guess there is a denouement but it's definitely less of a bang, more of a whimper.
Jenna Lamia is an incredible narrator and she creates a unique voice for each character. Truly a pleasure to listen to her.
Jenna Lamia's narration made this book bearable.
I truly loved Beth Hoffman's first book and felt it was a very well done story, so I'm disappointed by her latest book. But I hope she keeps writing.
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
This is a perfect example of a book that's so perfectly narrated it's hard to separate the book from the narration. It's a wonderful story - though not particularly deep. Death, life, ambition, destiny and love are all treated with classic southern sweetness and kid gloves.
There are some similarities to "The Goldfinch" that are interesting. The books were written at the same time so any kind of similarity is entirely coincidental I'm sure. I don't write spoilers in my reviews so I won't say more. What I will say is that in both this book and her first one "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt" the author makes it clear what a difference love and kindness can make in a life.
I zipped through this book and immediately listened to the first one. The author, her characters and Jenna Lamia are just made for each other. Both books are good listens. Not deep, not profound -- but lovely.
Ever since listening to The Help, i have looked for other books read by Jenna Lamia, and she is equally wonderful reading Looking for Me. This story is very engaging and i liked it almost as much as Saving CeeCee Honeycut. I felt the storyline, as it relates to the brother, was a bit farfetched -- which is why i gave the story itself 4 stars. Otherwise a great read...funny, sad, very moving and well written.
I like historical, southern books - southern accents, antiques - The Ole' West, Ghost Towns, Victorian Era, Southern Humor!!
This book was not a typical read that I could predict. There were twist and turns that held my interest. I found myself antsy to get in my car waiting to hear the next few chapters on my way to work!
Teddi was a real character, down home, loving, smart, courageous, and determined to say the least. She had a great family, yet they had their issues - minor ones, but issues none the less.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the South, the East Coast, the accents, antiques, and old history.
I am not from the East Coast, but these are kind of books I search for the most.
Loved it! Beth Hoffman wrote Cee Cee Honeycutt and I thoroughly enjoyed that book as well!
After listening to Jenna Lamia's narration, I can't imagine why anyone would want to read this book rather than listen to it. Lamia steals the show and brings each character to life with brilliance and sincerity. Her voice is remarkably versatile, and even the male voices are believable. I cannot praise her performance enough.
The story itself is a bit slow and somewhat anti-climactic, but to be perfectly honest, with Lamia's narration you don't feel it - I started listening to this on a rainy Sunday and stayed home the entire day listening until it ended.
The worst part about experiencing such an amazing performance is finding a follow-up book. It seems like everything else will feel somewhat disappointing.
In case I haven't gotten the point through, this book is awesome. Highly recommended!
...and refinishing or restoring them that I knew before which was probably the most interesting part of the book. Seriously, I really enjoyed those parts--any of the parts of the book that had to do with the main character's store was good.
Other parts: totally unbelievable. The whole brother thing was ridiculous. And I was I don't know how many hours in when it occurred to me that maybe the main character was a 40-yr-old virgin? I don't read romance so I wasn't looking for that, but leaving out even a mention of a boyfriend (or girlfriend) in her life EVER? Not long after that, however, she gets a boyfriend.
I like the author's first novel but I struggled to finish this one.
I loved Looking for Cecee Honeycutt and absolutely adore this narrator. So, I decided to give this book a try. I found myself bored and daydreaming through it. I love the authors style of writing though, just, this story was a little flat for me.
This wasn't a horrible book, but it was frankly boring. The only plot twists could be seen for miles away, the ending was anti-climatic, the characters weren't really endearing, the descriptions were pretty flat. I love books with Southern characters in Southern settings I can immerse myself in, and I was hoping this would be similar but it wasn't. I never got a real feel for Kentucky or Charleston, and I was irritated that I knew what was going to happen before it did all throughout the book (and I'm not one to usual do that, I'm typically oblivious, it was just so obvious and cliche most of the time). I wouldn't recommend this book. The narrator was average - she stayed in character and each character had a unique voice, but I didn't get why she used certain accents for certain characters - sometimes it didn't make sense.
Really wanted this to be good... But it felt like 3 different novels . 42 chapters ??
I lost interest and finished it, but was unsatified