BOOK REVIEW: Finding Jo
by Frances Ive
ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):
At breaking point Jo deserts her demanding family and possessive boyfriend, making an uncharacteristic escape in a bid for freedom and self-knowledge. In the calm and peace of the Himalayas she looks back on her own motives and why she cannot express her feelings to those close to her. Her new found equilibrium is deeply disturbed when a family visitor turns up in Jasanghari, bringing new revelations.Finding Jo focuses on relationships between families, lovers and friends, and the resentment and long-held grievances that threaten to destroy them. Jo’s quest for a deeper purpose in life acts as a catalyst to her family, indicating that willingness to change and grow enables people to find happiness.
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I liked the idea of this book when I first started it. 30-something Jo is feeling stuck in a bad relationship and surrounded by family members who are unhappy and toxic. She leaves them all behind and jets off to India without telling anyone where she’s going. She sets out on a journey of self discovery and healing.
I’ve never read Eat, Pray, Love, but I’ve seen the movie and was thinking this book would be similar.
Honestly, I expected this book to be a little deeper. Instead, it felt a bit like a teenage love drama—I kind of like this guy, now I like this guy…this guy likes me but there’s another woman involved.
In the end, everything all came together and it was an enjoyable story; I just would have liked a little more soul searching and character depth and less silly love drama.
[Note to the author: I also strongly suggest getting a professionally designed cover for this book. I know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but the reality is that most people do. And for those of us that do, this cover is not very appealing.]