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Finding Home

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  382 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
How do you find a home when your heart is in ashes?

With their mum dead and their father on remand for her murder, Leo Hendry and his little sister, Lila, have nothing in the world but each other. Broken and burned, they’re thrust into the foster care system. Leo shields Lila from the fake families and forced affection, until the Poulton household is the only place left t
ebook, 200 pages
Published October 9th 2017 by Triton Books (an imprint of Riptide Publishing)
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☆ Todd
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although the subject matter of this latest book by Garrett Leigh wasn't always an easy read, I thoroughly enjoyed this YA story.

This isn't your typical "good boy falls for bad boy" tale, as I'd sort of assumed from the blurb. Here, a good boy falls for another good boy, who has just been dealt a very shite hand in life, which has made him angry and distrustful, and understandably so.

But no matter how hard Leo tries to be angry and distant with his new foster brother, Charlie, there's no way he
J *deep in the heart of Texas*
Solid 4 Star read. I just can't seem to pass a Garrett Leigh book up, even one that is YA.

Once again, I found myself engrossed in the story and the characters.

While this is a story-line I feel like I've read before, I was still invested. I still enjoyed it.

The main characters are both 15, so there's no sex to be found here. But there were plenty of feels. There was plenty of chemistry.

The undertones were a bit morose I suppose. Even sad at times. It's never easy to read about a child (childr
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hurt-comfort, mm
Quite angsty, but not as depressing as I feared.

Leo is 15 when his abusive father kills his mother and sets the house on fire with him and his 6 year old sister in it. They barely survive, but since their mother is dead and their father in jail, they end up in foster care.

Leo is not happy with his new foster family. They’re just too perfect. He doesn’t want anyone to get close to him or his sister, Lila. But Charlie, the 15 year old adopted son, is not so bad. He appears to be the only one who c
Elsa Bravante
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
La autora explica al final del libro que lo escribe para su hija adolescente. Y efectivamente, es un YA real, con adolescentes confusos, sin sexo explícito, relaciones familiares, de amistad, todo con el toque siempre angst de la autora, aunque en esta ocasión y a pesar de que trata temas muy duros, la atmósfera es menos melancólica y con más toques de esperanza que otros libros escritos por ella.
Yo soy profesora de Instituto, los libros YA me despiertan muchísima ternura y este es un buen ejemp
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it

Finding Home holds one of the most welcoming, warm, supportive families I’ve ever come across in print. I loved this gang! Reg, Kate, Andy, Fliss, Charlie, Lila, and Leo formed and found something so special in this world---love no matter what. They were there for each other no matter what.

I’m sorry I don’t have it in me right now to write a full review, but I couldn’t leave this page blank. Maybe when I come back for a re-read I can write more. Just know that I struggled with finishing my reads
This one was hard to read.

This is YA. The MCs are 15 y.o. They are foster brothers.There are no sex scenes. (Thank goodness).

This is not a romance novel. The boys do fall for each other. But that's almost a subplot, certainly not the focus of the story. I'm not even sure what genre this is. Fiction? General YA? I don't know.

The plot revolves around siblings who suffered horribly at the hands of their father. The focus is on the older boy, the foster family that gives him and his sister a helping
***ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***





This was completely, amazingly beautiful to me. Yes, this has what I have heard of as the typical Garrett Leigh angst - boy howdy is there ever angst in this, be prepared for that - even though I've only read one other book by Garret Leigh before - which I also loved - but this was a beautiful, beautiful book.

Leo goes through something horrific at the start of the book - after already endur
So Garrett Leigh does YA...and very well too, with a fabulous cover!! Don't expect any sex in this one [unusual I know for Garrett 😏], but come on, we're talking about two 15 year olds, one of whom was particularly traumatised and suffering from as yet undiagnosed PTSD.

Leo and his little sister Lilah had had a frightening childhood, culminating in an horrific incident which I won't go into here, but is obviously possible in RL. I certainly don't envy the police, paramedics and social workers in
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such a powerful story!

It had its own fair share of angst and sadness, but at the same time it was so hopeful... Emotions just flooded all over.

I really loved getting to know these characters- both MCs and the secondary ones- and the family dynamic was one of pure love that was deeply appreciated to balance the heavy topics the story dealt with.

I loved this so much.
Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
*An ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

”You’re family, Leo. Whatever happens, we’ll take care of you.”

This was such a precious little story. The moment I saw that it was about a makeshift family and the foster system, I was hopelessly sold. Then I was under 5% in and found out BSL (British Sign Language) was involved, and I lost all hope of putting this down. I read it in a single sitting. (I’m earning a certificate in American Sign Language, so the Deaf community
Fifteen-year-old Charlie de Sousa really lucked out with his adoptive parents Kate and Reg Poulton. Charlie has been with them since he was two, and his adopted sister Fliss along with Kate's biological son Andy (living in his own apartment) make for a happy family that hashes through all major decisions together. Leo and Lila have survived an unimaginable family tragedy and are in the foster care system when Kate and Reg and their family agree to give them a safe place to heal.

This YA story is
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, 2017
4.5 stars This title is loaded with heavy emotions and a heavy subject. Beautiful heartfelt story. Heavy content written in a bearable way. It was somewhat endearing.

A foster family with three kids, Andy, Fliss and Charlie, are gathered together to discuss an important matter. Kate and Reg, the parents, want to take care of two kids Leo and his little sister Lila, who are both in the foster system and heavy traumatized.

Like the blurb said: Broken and burned! ....Leo, fifteen years old, is Lila's
Mónica BQ
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
I appreciated how this does work as a YA. But the story is not much remarkable and at times veered into too much into angst-porn. Which just no. But it was a quick read in what’s been a long tedious day.

One final thing I do want to comment on, is how little Riptide is doing for their YA imprint, Triton, to reach their supposed target audience. I’ve only ever seen this book being reviewed, talked about and promoted in the usual adult romance outlets. I now follow way more YA forums than I do adul
Rafa Brewster
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Finding Home was quintessential Garrett Leigh, only in YA form. I have to admit that I wasn't super keen on reading this at first just because I don't read YA, but after the rave reviews, I completely buckled - and I'm so, so glad I did. The story packed an emotional punch, which is no surprise considering who the author is, but I was pleasantly surprised that the book being YA didn't take away from the romance at all. The connection between Charlie and Leo was immediate and intense, and I loved ...more
This is an amazing story that left me an emotional wreck! I have read most of Garrett Keith's work and each time I think there is no way the next book will top the previous, each time I am wrong. This story is one I will never forget. 5 stars -

Full RTC
It's time for some teenage angst!
There are some books you just know will knock you sideways emotionally. Between the blurb and the author, I expected Finding Home would be one of those, and I wasn’t wrong. Finding Home is a Young Adult, hurt/comfort romance in which two foster brothers meet, find strength in each other, and fall in love. If you are a fan of books that leave their mark on your heart, this is definitely worth the read.

This standalone leads with a powerful prologue in which the author introduces Leo to the reader
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm, ya, bgirls, ebook

Review by The Blogger Girls.

It’s not very often that I pick up a YA book, but with Garrett Leigh at the wheel, I just had to give this one a spin. I was not disappointed. This is a story about foster kids, so of course it is going to be a bit sad, but it is well worth it to see them get a second chance and the love and family they deserved.

Leo and his little sister, Lila, have been dealing with a hideous father their whole life. Abuse and miserableness are nothing new to them where family life i
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
5 Stars

This wasn’t an easy subject matter to read about. The things that Leo and his younger sister, Lila went through were horrifying. Their father should be castrated, one ball at a time, then sew them back on and start the process all over again. Okay, enough about evil.

Although hearing what Leo and Lila went through wasn’t easy, this was still a feel good, heartwarming YA novel. I loved both Charlie and Leo and am so happy they came into one another’s lives. I loved that Charlie was there f
Ivan Shy
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: heartbraking, m-m, ya-na
This was a really sad but somehow really powerful story. It was panful to watch a fifteen year old boy who was dealing with grief from losing his mother, worried about looking after his little sister and PTSD from the horrible event that caused it all. But after all I’m happy about it because everyone does get their HEA.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
История о доверии, семье и любви, причем любви не в романтическом смысле.
Взаимоотношения подростков мне были меньше интересны, чем конфликт приемного сына и родителей.
You would think by now I would know to have plenty of tissues on hand when I pick up the latest book by Garrett Leigh but no, here I have Finding Home in and not a tissue in sight. Leo and Lila. Rip my heart out! So sad what has happened to them. Leo is so brave but so filled with pain. It’s so easy to see how he is hurting on the outside, but inside, his fear and pain are more than he can handle. A bit nerdy and creative, Charlie is just one of those characters you instantly like. He’s ready to ...more
An ARC was provided by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this story. It was sweet and also hard to read at times because Leo suffered so much and so has his sister Lila, who is deaf.

Leo's dad killed their mother and then set the house on fire. Leo suffers from PTSD and has nightmares and sensory problems. Charlie helps Leo cope, and they form a very quick bond. I was shocked at how quickly they formed an attachment to each other. But Charlie is a sensi
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Guau me dejó sorprendida este libro porque desde hace tiempo dejaron de gustarme las historias de adolescentes y/o estudiantes, y esta me encantó. Fue un drama fluido que aún con la tragedia que trataba, fue ligero, o al menos para mí lo fue, no cayó en exageraciones, cursilerías o desdicha tras desdicha.
También es de las pocas historias que podría ser apta para cualquiera por su poco, quizás hasta nulo, contenido sexual, hecho que se agradece en este genero que en su mayoría está inundado de s
it's all on me, i swear. i expect too high. i thought this book would hurt me so good since the blurb made my heart break a little and i'm in the mood with some comfort-healing theme. but, nope, i didnt feels any hurt-omg-i-cant-breath-because-it-was-so-sad kind of thing, it's just an average hurt. i didnt even shade a tear! and considering that i'm a cry baby it's really weird for me. yes, Charlie and Leo are so cute together and the kisses they share with each other were hot. 2.5 stars rounded ...more
Jun 13, 2017 marked it as to-read
Thank you The roguish Elf for gifting me this!!! I can't wait to read it! ❤❤❤ ...more
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-romance, ya
3.5 stars
I would definitely recommend this book and I look forward to, hopefully, more YA from Garrett Leigh in the future.

Check out the full review on my blog!
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Garret Leigh never fails to find new ways to break my heart -in a good way- with her characters. Finding Home is my latest read from Leigh and I must say that Leo Hendry, is a character that will haunt me whenever I think of Leigh’s books. This story was more than the young adult romance I naively presumed it would be when I snagged it. To be honest, I thought this would be a cute opposites attract squeaky clean-cut kid falling for the rebel bad boy type of story but this was leaps and bounds
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