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Finding You

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  210 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Taken from home and family, all they have is each other.

Isla is kidnapped from a train platform in broad daylight, and thrust into a nightmare when she is sold to a sadistic aristocrat. Locked in a dungeon with a dozen other girls, Isla's only comfort is a locket and the memory of the boy she loves. But as days pass and more girls disappear, she realizes that help is not c
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by Swoon Reads
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Lydia Albano Maybe in the future! I have whole lives left for each character in my head, and would love to explore them someday with a continuation from someone el…moreMaybe in the future! I have whole lives left for each character in my head, and would love to explore them someday with a continuation from someone else's point of view!(less)

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Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
*I read Finding You for free online at SwoonReads*

** 4.5 stars **
“You want to go on an expedition into the unknown?” Now it’s his turn to tease, affecting astonishment. “Isla Powe, asking for an adventure? I don’t believe it.”

I need to sit on this for a couple of days...
But what I will say is that while this book deals with a darker subject matter there is great character growth and development. I'm really curious to know how Swoon Reads plans on marketing and categorizing this book. This w
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to get sappy with ya'll for a minute about this book. I read it about five years ago when Lydia and I were both on Figment and fell in love with the characters and Lydia's writing. We became friends through Figment, and have been keeping in contact since. Then, one day, Finding You gets chosen by Swoon Reads to be published. I think to myself, "maybe I should be on Swoon Reads, too!" Long story short, Finding You and Lydia are pretty much the reason The Big F is being published.

Now to
Lynda Dickson
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 16+
Shelves: young-adult
Isla and Tam are two young people torn apart by circumstance. When Tam leaves to join the army, he gives Isla a heart locket to which he has the matching key. Isla is kidnapped while seeing him off at the train station and ends up in a dungeon, along with several other young girls. During her incarceration and the distressing events that ensue, Isla maintains her sanity by her unwavering faith that Tam will come to her rescue. The heart locket is her symbol of this hope and, when it is taken fro ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow was this book AMAZING!

(I had a whole lengthy review, which unfortunately got deleted, so sadly this one won't be as long. I LOVED THIS BOOK THOUGH).

This book exceeded my expectations, by a lot. The characters are all vivid, and distinct (considering how many there are, that's amazing in of itself), the plot moved quickly, and didn't drag once (again, considering where it takes place for a good chunk of the book, also amazing), and the romance was done so perfectly, I'm still swooning a bit o
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
AHHHHH y y y would they do that?!? What happens next?!?! Ack
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a chilling YA debut novel! When young Isla is kidnapped from the train platform as she is attempting to say goodbye to her army-bound boyfriend, she has no idea what is in store for her. As a hostage with 3o other girls, she realizes they have been taken by a sadistic madman and have been sold into sex-slavery. At times brutal and disturbing, it is also a novel filled with hope as Isla realizes she must take matters into her own hands if she desires freedom from this hell. And while sev ...more
Sydney L
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewers
Right when you read the blurb, you think, “I. Want. To. Read. This. Book.” Set in a fictional land in a different time, Finding You is surprisingly similar to nowaday events. Young girls being kidnapped right off the streets? Doesn’t that pop on the news at least once per week?

The main character, Isla, actually seems rather realistic. She isn’t competent enough to save herself, so she waits for her boyfriend to come. The story continues as Isla starts to develop herself as a person. In the end,
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-debut
I've been dying to read Lydia Albano's Finding You ever since I first heard about it. The premise sounded fascinating, and the cover is stunning.

The result? Finding You is an incredibly strong debut.

Daring, adventurous, poignant, Finding You is the story of one girl's fight to free herself and others from one nefarious man's strong grasp.

Trust me when I say it's incredibly easy to get caught up in Isla's journey. You feel her pain - her utter & complete despair - but you also feel her hope an
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Could not put this book down! It's amazing to see a YA book address a serious topic with such amazing storytelling. I was taken right into this fictional world.

It's amazing the intricacy Lydia includes in the details - along with the main storyline she weaves in stories about the rise of the dictatorship. You would miss it if you don't pay attention.

Catherine Tinker
wow i loved this and also need at least a week to process all my feelings
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Completely shocked at how much I LOVED this book. Went out of my comfort zone, as it was one of my goals for reading this year. I wanted to read more books that I’d typically not pick up. I do feel like it had elements of some of the books I do generally enjoy. However, it was set in a more historic time period rather than a futuristic one. I enjoyed the amount of strong female characters throughout the book. Isla was very strongly built, I have to say she is on my top ten list of favorite chara ...more
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Finding You is set in a world similar, yet different, to our own, with a possible historical/steampunk type setting. Isla and Tam have been best friends for years, yet Isla can't help but hope for more. Those hopes are dashed when Tam announces that he is signing on to the army, as it means his family will have food for the coming winter. She goes to the station to say goodbye to him, and is literally snatched off the streets. Horror and degradation follow, with her constantly hoping that Tam wi ...more
Kelly Young
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend Finding You by Lydia Albano!

I found this novel riveting; the stakes are high and never waver, and the plot kept me guessing until the very end.

This book deals with a really heavy subject matter (sex trafficking) and Albano tells the story thoughtfully and honestly, giving voice to a story that is not often told.

I also think Albano is a master of characterization! The main character, Isla, felt real to me the entire way through, and very relatable. She has a complex and nuan
Cassie Rose
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Finding You was an experience that could make you cry but also leave you feeling empowered. About a girl kidnapped and forced into a sordid world of sex trafficking and murders, Finding You is a book with a message. Not only does it reveal and talk about a dark world that still exists in the world, but it also teaches girls that they can find their own kind of strength. I think that is perhaps one of my favorite things about Finding You, which is that the heroine Isla must find her strength. She ...more
Prerna Pickett
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finding You was an incredibly powerful and beautifully written story. I found my pulse quickening during most of it because of the intensity of the situation. I admired the hell out of Isla for keeping it together (mostly) while enduring some truly horrific experiences. Though this novel is considered historical, human trafficking is a very modern crisis. Still. And it needs to stop. We need to do something about it now, not later. Lydia did a remarkable job of being sensitive to the issue, whil ...more
Vicky Skinner
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: swoonsquad
This book is probably not what you think it is, but that might be the best part about it. It's equally a sweet romance and an intense, dark journey. I loved every minute of it. But we shouldn't forget that not every girl who's taken gets a happy ending like Isla. ONLY 1% OF PEOPLE SOLD INTO TRAFFICKING ARE EVER SAVED. This book is a reminder of the horrors that exist in the world, but also the hope. ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Whew, this book is intense! At the start of the book, we see Isla saying goodbye to her best friend Tam, the boy she loves, as he enters the army. At the train station, she is kidnapped from her hometown and sold. This is just the beginning of her nightmare. At first she keeps thinking that Tam is going to save her. After a few days, she realizes that she needs to save herself. I was glad when she decided to find a way to save herself. I didn't want her to sit around and wait for someone else to ...more
Katie Davey
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
At the beginning, it was a little slow, but then it takes off. This story was filled with twists and turns to where you never want to put it down for you want to find out what happens next.
Katy Upperman
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
1. Incredible character arcs. Protagonist Isla begins the book a naive and admittedly weak girl. By the story’s end, she’s retained her compassion and her huge heart, but she’s otherwise unrecognizable — in the most impressive way.
2. Relevant subject matter. Finding You is an intense (possibly triggering) read about human trafficking. Though it’s set in a vaguely dystopian world void of most modern technology, its issues and themes are timely and very important.
3. Girl friendships. There’s a swe
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finding You by Lydia Albano is a wonderful YA book. The book introduces us to two characters Isla, the main character and Tam, her best friend. As the first pages unfold, the realization that the book is about a time of war, perhaps in the past or in another world. The atmosphere of grit and dismal add an interesting tone to the novel. Tam leaves for war and Isla goes to say goodby at the train station, only to be kidnapped. While Isla’s life was not easy, she was safe and love. Her new reality ...more
Kelly Lacey
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
So the genre description for Finding You is Young Adult. I have some issues with this as I think the book is too violent and tackles some very upsetting topics and for a less mature young adult, it could cause great distress. So I think it should have some sort of pre-emptive message at the beginning of it.

As I started the book it shocked me with its raw and realistic descriptions of totally heinous events. I almost never continued to read but then I thought how shocked I was when I read The Hun
Shin Kuroi
Jun 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Renae McKenzie
I tried my hardest to like Finding You, but I just couldn't do it. I only managed to make it about 20% of the way through before I couldn't take it anymore.

There were no connections with the characters. There were people dying and/or being sexually assaulted, and while this is terrible, I was never given a reason as to why I should care about this - especially considering that it meant that the MC was spared from these things.

Isla is all gung-ho to break out and escape her captors, which is what
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Finding You by Lydia Albano is one of those books that is kind of hard to categorize into a genre but it kept me interested from beginning to end. Read my full review here ...more
Lisa-Books Smiles
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review to come soon....
Rose Elliott
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So. Perfect. Full review will be up on the blog soon.
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, it's such a good book! I wish it was longer...

I got this book for free at a reader's convention in Atlanta last year and I'm really happy I found it
Emma Wilson
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-reads
one word: empowering
Elena Love
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Finding You was a book that intrigued me from the moment I read its synopsis. It sounded quite dark and mysterious, something that you don't come across often in YA literature. It really peaked my interest and I decided to give it a fair chance. I went into with some expectations, which means that I had hopes of it being at least as great as the synopsis made it out to be.

Don't get me wrong, t
Chrissie Morrison
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Isla was only trying to say goodbye to Tam. She just wanted to see him one more time before he went off to join the army.  But, while she was calling out to Tam on that crowded platform, she was kidnapped.  After being trafficked out of the city from which she was stolen, she and the other girls who had been taken were stripped, cleaned, and given new clothing.  Uncertain of if and when she would ever see Tam again, Isla made every effort to hide and protect the locket he had given her and stuff ...more
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Lydia Albano is a (self-proclaimed) Bunburyist living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she promotes Oxford commas, spends her money on musical theater, and demands the Myers-Briggs letters of everyone she meets. Her debut novel, FINDING YOU (SwoonReads/Macmillan) was released in September, 2017.

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