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4.58  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  11 reviews
The story takes place in the late sixties. Hilly Grunier has been in love with Danny Boyd since she was a kid telling scary stories on summer nights at the fire hydrant while Danny pulled close on his bike. But when Danny is thirteen, their friendship ends when he and his brother Sukey have a vicious fight over Hilly. Years pass, and Hilly carries a secret and growing love ...more
Kindle Edition, 364 pages
Published March 28th 2015 by Diane Munier
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Ava {aka JBee} ☕
Diane Munier's writing and style is just gorgeous.

Her stories connect.

The characters make you feel down to your marrow.

You are pulled to your childhood while Diane has you crying and laughing while she fillets your heart....only fill it with a cadence of words youll remember for days and sew you up forever changed.

Not enough good things to say. Full review to come.
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
To be honest I had low expectations for Finding My Thunder , especially since this genere isn't my thing. Boy was I surprised when I started reading it! It hooked me almost right away, I couldn't put it down. ...more
Claire Stibbe
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Diane Munier has cleverly managed to memorialize the late 1960’s in this powerful story of a young girl. Nearly a junior in high school, Hilly Grunier has a voice of her own. Unique, tough, and fiercely independent, she is the most compelling of her kind. We feel sorry for her and we root for her, and we question if she will make it through this dark time. There is some humor in her circumstances - smelling like iron and looking filthy in her baggy shirt. It all seems so desperate but there is a ...more
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Can't stop thinking about this book.

So meaningful, poignant and true. This story is alive.

I think what I find most admirable is the honesty in these pages. How the author holds nothing back.

What I took away from this story is that there are people in this world that think they have it all... money, cars, family, the good life. But most of us don't have all the faith, strength, integrity, character, wisdom, happiness and fulfillment that sixteen year old Hillary Grunier does.

There is something
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"This was my heart. Hate could squeeze me, choke me, pierce me…but it could not choke the love from me…it would not. Love had to win."

[Munier, Diane (2015-03-28). Finding My Thunder (Kindle Locations 3053-3054). Kindle Edition.]

This is the battle cry of Hilly Grunier, narrator and heroine of Diane Munier's sophomore novel, Finding My Thunder. As we meet Hilly, dangerous secrets swirl around her, accusations lurking in every hello and how-de-do. But Hilly doesn't fear small-town scandal or the sp
Sandra Stiles
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Hilly Grunier plods along in life with an alcoholic, abusive father who doesn't really seem to know she exists, and with a mother who is mentally ill. She is and has been in love with Danny Boyd for years. Danny is good for Hilly. With him she learns to be stronger than what she thought she was. She learns her family's secrets and decides to let them make her into a better person. The author did a wonderful job of creating the time period and the characters. You feel ...more
Pam (LoveMeSomeAngst)
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I connected with this story in many ways.

Hilly Grunier is a survivor and a fighter. She's compassionate, forgiving, and when she loves, she loves with everything she has. She grew up in a time of great change, with a mother who was too ill to take care of her and a father who didn't want to. This is the story of Hilly and Danny, the boy she has always loved. So much of Hilly's life, from the family secrets to the way of life she lived in a small southern town, mirrors my own mother's life.
A.R. Rivera
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hilly is my hero!!!

I didn't think it was possible to love Muniers writing any more than I did, but then I read Finding My Thunder. Hilly is a great big loving ball of wonderful! And Danny isn't so bad either.
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Eric and awesome! You will love some characters,and you will hate some.A great original story.Brought up so many emotions.I wish it were available in paperback!
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Though Hilly and Danny have grown up near each other, they seem to have drifted apart. One watches the other from a distance. Decisions by people far away and war bring them together in an unusual way.
I love the way Diane writes. Her characters come alive and reek with life. Her scenes are dramatic, dialog is so outstanding. Her pacing and plotting makes her stories so unforgettable.
If you like romance, if you like a true-to-life story, then you are in for an outstanding treat in this book.
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Living comfortably in the heart of America with the people I love. I live an extroverted life, but I'm a genuine introvert. An urban kid, I spent much of my youth running in various neighborhood establishments. There I met many colorful characters and I learned to love them and be fascinated by them. My love of story comes from them. I learned to sit on a bar stool or a kitchen chair or in a pew a ...more

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“We didn’t talk about anything. We didn’t need to. He knew I was in the shit…I knew he was drifting toward a war. I let the million knocks on the door of my mind go still and my guilt for feeling comfort with Danny, not take hold. I was with him and for just a few hours I would pretend it was real because that’s how it felt…real.” 1 likes
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