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Review: Finny

August 3, 2010

Delphine Short, or Finny, as she likes to be called, is “a tough, rascally kid, with a plucky assurance, hair as red as a ripe tomato, a spray of freckles across her nose and cheeks like she’s been splashed with mud.”  Finny’s mother is a shallow woman who is worried about appearances and her father is a lawyer who is obsessed with “great men.”  Finny’s older brother Sylvan is an agreeable young man who seems to fit in with their parents better than Finny does.  One evening when things get to be a little too much for her, Finny “runs away,” and meets Earl, a curious young man who doesn’t live too far from her.

Meeting Earl turns out to be a momentous occasion in Finny’s life.  When Finny’s mother finds out that she’s kissed Earl, Finny is sent away to a boarding school.  Earl, as well as the friends she makes at boarding school, help Finny navigate through life.

It’s hard to write much about Finny by Justin Kramon without giving away too much of the story, and it’s a story that’s best revealed a little at a time.  Some points of the book felt a little rambling to me, but at the end, I realized it was all part of the journey.  The characters are great, even when you don’t like them, and the story line is entertaining and amusing.  It almost felt like a modern twist on old fashioned story-telling to me.  I was satisfied as I closed Finny for the last time, and my affection for the book has grown the more I’ve thought about it.  Justin Kramon is definitely an author to watch for.  Check out his playlist on Largehearted Boy.

Review copy provided by the author.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

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  1. August 3, 2010 6:07 am

    I like that trailer – it is clever. This book is certainly all the rage here recently, and makes me want to jump on the bandwagon.

  2. August 3, 2010 7:39 am

    I wonder if the trailer doesn’t give too much away. I liked it and added to your review makes me want to look for the book. Thanks for reviewing it. I’d seen the title around but really had no idea what it was about.

  3. August 3, 2010 8:22 am

    I really liked this one and I think Justin Kramon is an author to watch. I loved how fresh and original FINNY was.

  4. August 3, 2010 8:23 am

    I’m thrilled to hear that this book is good. I have it here for review, and have been eager to read it, given its plot idea, and bright yellow cover! 🙂

  5. August 3, 2010 8:26 am

    This sounds adorabale and utterly charming. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

  6. August 3, 2010 8:52 am

    I am hosting this book on a book tour later this month and am looking forward to it. I have read a few other positive reviews and coupled with yours, I am thinking that I would probably really like this one.

  7. August 3, 2010 9:16 am

    I definitely hope to get to this book soon. Thanks for the review!

  8. August 3, 2010 9:16 am

    I just saw my first review for this yesterday. Sounds cute!

  9. August 3, 2010 9:23 am

    I’m glad that you liked this one Kathy as I have it to review within the next month. I like the idea of “old fashioned story-telling”.

  10. August 3, 2010 10:20 am

    I keep seeing this around, and I must admit the differences in the reviews, the different pieces of the plot mentioned, have me interested.

  11. August 3, 2010 10:31 am

    The trailer is fun and the book sounds great. Thanks for the terrific review.

  12. August 3, 2010 10:51 am

    I can’t even look at this book because of Finn. We used to call him Finny. So sad. *sniffle*

  13. August 3, 2010 11:01 am

    Kathy, thanks so much for this review. I really appreciate your taking the time to read the book and talk about it.

    Sandy, so glad you enjoyed the trailer. A new production company called Hello King actually made it for me, and I was really happy with what they did. I’m glad people are liking it so much.

    Mary, thanks so much for your comments and interest. If you pick the book up, I hope you enjoy it.

    Julie, great to hear from you again, and thanks so much for your support of FINNY.

    Aths, really nice to hear from you also, and I’ll look forward to your review. Thank you for picking up the book.

    Constance Reader, thanks for your note and I look forward to hearing what you think of the book.

    zibilee, I’m very excited to have the tour stop at your blog. Thanks so much.

    Swapna, it was great to meet you at the very hectic BEA reception (and get to talk a little bit). I really hope you enjoy the book.

    Tricia, thanks so much for the note.

    Jo-Jo, it’ll be great to hear what you think of the book. What Kathy said about bringing a modern perspective to old-fashioned story-telling was really my hope for the book.

    Trisha, thank you so much for your interest. If you end up reading it, I’ll look forward to hearing your thoughts.

    Thanks so much, Marie.

    If anyone wants to reach me, I’d love to hear from you, and you can get in touch through my website, Thanks again so much to everyone for all these nice comments and for keeping up this wonderful community.

    All best,

  14. August 3, 2010 11:09 am

    I’m glad that you enjoyed this one and it absolutely sounds like a story that I could find myself reading! 😀

  15. August 3, 2010 12:35 pm

    Finny is a book I might now know about if I didn’t read book blogs. The description doesn’t necessarily enchant me, but the reviews I’ve read of it certainly do. I look forward to this one!

  16. August 3, 2010 12:51 pm

    This one is going with me to BlogHer this week and being read on my 2 hour Amtrak ride to New York. Cannot wait to dive into this one!

  17. August 3, 2010 1:03 pm

    Wow, this sounds like a goodie! Thanks for turning me on to a ‘new to me’ book!

  18. August 3, 2010 1:47 pm

    This is coming up in my pile and it sounds so fantastic! I can’t wait to get to it. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  19. August 3, 2010 2:21 pm

    Staci, I’m so glad it looks like one you might be interested in.

    Carrie, I couldn’t agree more about what you said about blogs. I’m so incredibly grateful to the blogging community for all the support they’ve shown my book. It’s such an important way for readers to hear about a book like mine, and the reviews that Kathy and others have written have meant so much to me. The book just went into a second printing, and I owe so much to the blogging community for their role in that.

    Melissa, I hope Finny is a great train companion for you.

    Amused, thanks so much for your interest.

    Heather, I also really appreciate what you said.

    All best to everyone,

  20. August 3, 2010 3:12 pm

    My mind is elsewhere today. I came by earlier. Read the review and looked at video. Enjoyed so much. There is a lot on my mind today. Please excuse me. Finney, it is an odd girl’s name. I love the name. Would love the story.

  21. August 3, 2010 5:48 pm

    Sounds like a very interesting novel.

  22. August 3, 2010 7:09 pm

    Wow! I could see this becoming an animated movie. 🙂

  23. August 3, 2010 9:28 pm

    Kathy, you already know how much I loved this book so I’ll spare you the details of my gushing. 🙂 But I want to tell you that I love how you said it felt like a modern twist on a fairy tale, because I so agree. The story felt so timeless to me, it just had this magical quality that I can’t quite put my finger on.

  24. August 3, 2010 9:34 pm

    Tea, thank you so much for taking the time for my book in such a busy day. I’m delighted to hear that you like Finny’s name. That’s the first thing reader’s see about a character, and I hope it captures some of the whimsy and defiance in her personality.

    Kris, thanks for your interest!

    Suko, your idea about the animated movie sounds very fun. It was such a pleasure to work with David Ostow, the artist who did the FINNY drawings, and see all the ideas he came up with from my descriptions.

    Thanks for everyone’s nice comments!

  25. August 3, 2010 9:49 pm

    I must live in the dark ages; this is all new to me.

  26. August 3, 2010 10:10 pm

    “It almost felt like a modern twist on old fashioned story-telling to me.”

    I felt the same way about the book. I really liked it, but haven’t quite been able to figure out how to review it just yet.

  27. August 3, 2010 10:20 pm

    I hadn’t heard of this book before now. Looks like fun. Great review, Kathy!

  28. August 3, 2010 11:28 pm

    I love books that linger on your mind after you’ve finished reading them!

  29. August 4, 2010 3:10 am

    I love his playlist! And that makes me want to read the book all the more 😛

  30. August 4, 2010 8:50 am

    sounds like an interesting story.

  31. August 4, 2010 9:20 am

    Wow – getting sent to a boarding school for kissing. If every parent did that, I guess there would be no one left in the public schools!

  32. stacybuckeye permalink
    August 4, 2010 9:26 am

    I love the description of Finny! Makes me think I’d love her.

  33. August 4, 2010 11:19 am

    This is another one of those books I keep seeing all over the blogosphere, but I had no idea what it was about! Sounds very interesting.

  34. August 4, 2010 12:12 pm

    I love the first line that describes Finny. I can see her in my head and she seems real to me. Now I have to meet her for myself. Thanks Kathy for the recommendation.

  35. August 4, 2010 12:51 pm

    You make this book sound very interesting and now I want to know more about Finny.

  36. August 4, 2010 1:18 pm

    I actually never watch book trailers. The story sounds good though, although I’m not sure why a simple kiss would lead to boarding school.

  37. August 4, 2010 2:31 pm

    This is the first i’ve heard of Finny, but I loved your review, and the trailer was fantastic (even though I too am afraid it gives too much away). It’s on my list!

  38. August 4, 2010 8:01 pm

    Hi Kathy, it’s a book that I definitely would like to read. Thanks for reviewing. I wouldn’t have known about it if I hadn’t read your review. Thanks again!

  39. August 4, 2010 8:12 pm

    When Earl showed up in the story all I could think of was Owen Meany. I was a little scared for awhile, as I didn’t care for Owen Meany.

  40. lab1990 permalink
    August 5, 2010 12:13 pm

    Nice review. This sounds like an interesting read. And I love book playlists…must go look at that.

  41. August 5, 2010 7:30 pm

    I haven’t heard of this author before but the story you described does have a bit of an old-fashioned feel to it. Interesting!

  42. August 5, 2010 8:56 pm

    Kathy, glad you got a taste of life up here in the Baltimore area — even if it was fictional. If you’d like to read more about the author, here’s a story that we ran in the Sun recently.,0,5191253.story

  43. August 7, 2010 7:11 am

    I love that trailer and couldn’t resist using it when I featured Justin as a PA author. He is a nice guy too! Can’t wait to read it.

  44. August 26, 2010 3:51 pm

    I didn’t read your review when you first posted because I avoid them when I know I already want to read it. This is a TERRIFIC review! This book would be a good discussion book, don’t you think? Like, your comment about Finny’s mom being shallow – I guess I would agree but that word didn’t come to me when I read it. But, you’re right. Sad, too. I also like how you said you were ‘satisfied’ when you finished the book and I agree with that, too. 🙂

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