Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Book Review and Giveaway: Finny by Justin Kramon

Finny: A Novel 
Finny by Justin Kramon
Publisher:  Random House
Publish Date: July 13, 2010
Trade Paperback, 384 pages

My Review:
Why I read this: I was offered this book through TLC Tours and when I read the description I knew I wanted to read it and be a part of the tour.

How is the novel driven: Character - the character of Finny is front and center in this book with secondary roles of Earl, and her friend Judith.

My thoughts: I was captured in the first few pages and transported to Finny's world, which was much like any other teenager's world when the book beigns.  But what captivated me so was Finny herself and her way of saying what she was feeling and almost trying to get into trouble without really trying.  Finny couldn't seem to censor herself nor did she want to.  I found this endearing in a strange way.  As the novel continues and I continued to learn more about Finny through her life, I liked her even more.  She is strong and confident at times and unsure at times.  She reads like a person you would really know.

The pacing of the novel is perfect.  No time in her life is really dwelt on in too much detail - it's like a giant overview, but an overview that is well-done so you get to know Finny and the others in her life without being bogged down by the trivial.  Mr. Kramon has a delightful writing style that seems to understand the reader and give the reader exactly what they want (or at least this reader).

I loved Finny, the character and the book and would highly recommend it to people that read just about any genre.  It's a fast enjoyable read and Finny, the character won't leave your mind any time soon I promise.

My Rating:  4.75/5.0

For more information about the book and the author, see my tour post here.

Giveaway:  Since my bookshelves are overflowing, I'm going to give my gently read copy of Finny away.  Open to US/Canada only.  Leave all entries in one post please for this one.  To enter all you have to do is comment and leave your email addy.  For extra entries follow me (GFC Friend, RSS, email subscription, Goodreads friend, Like My Reading Room on Facebook, Twitter (@cfulcher)), you can also tweet 1 entry per day.  For 10 extra entries tell me why you want to read this book. Giveaway ends 9/21.


Autumn said...

Sounds like a great read! I follow you on GFC, Twitter and Goodreads and Like your FB page.

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Audrey said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! I follow you via GFC.

Heather J. @ TLC Books said...

I'm so glad that you enjoyed the book so much! Justin recently attended my book club's discussion of FINNY - it was a great experience. :)

Thanks for being a part of the tour!

Pamela Keener said...

I'd love to win your gently read book. Thanks for the review.
I am a follower of your blog via GFC
I follow your blog via Google Reader.
Love & Hugs,

Anonymous said...

Thanks for reviewing and passing the book along!



Justin Kramon said...

Crystal, thank you so much for this lovely review. I really appreciate what you said.

Heather, I really enjoyed visiting your club and can't wait to see you at Balt. Book Fest.

Autumn, Audrey,Pamela, and bunkercomplex, good luck on winning the book and I hope you enjoy it!

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel...i've read many positive reviews...including yours :)

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Cathy W said...

Sounds like a good read.
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Carol M said...

I like character driven stories and you made this one sound really good! I'd love to read it!
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Benita said...

Sounds great!

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Thanks for the possibility.


Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great book. I would love to read it.

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Laura Christine said...

I follow your twitter and your blog. :)

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Anonymous said...

I am following your through Google Friend Connect.

I subscribe via the Google Reader RSS Feed.

I subscribe via email.

I like Reading Room on Facebook.

I follow Reading Room on Twitter - @lemonslippers

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/lemonslippers/status/25139813614

I would love to read the book simply because I LOVE the name of the main character. The name alone makes the whole book sound wonderfully intriguing.


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