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Just Finn

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The phrase "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step" is extremely relevant to this story.

I will be completely honest, I did not fully read the synopsis for Just Finn before I decided to read it. I got to the sentence that reads: "His life began when he was eighteen years old," and was convinced it was a "Curious Case of Benjamin Button." It was a bit of a surprise when I began reading and realized: it was so much better.


Just Finn tells the story of Finnegan MacManus, who up until his eighteenth birthday had experienced a very difficult life. On his birthday he just so happens to eat at a diner and just so happens to meet someone who is immediately enamored with Finn. With the help and support of his new friend, Finn begins getting the help he needed and his life changes forever.


Just Finn is a beautiful story about finding yourself, adaptation, and personal growth. The entire book is about Finn and his personal growth over the span of three to four years, and it is a wonderful thing to be able to witness his story in the book. Every hardship, every obstacle, and every roadblock Finn faces he is able to overcome. From a dysfunctional home where he was treated very poorly to running away and becoming homeless, Finn is able to rise higher and higher than he ever thought possible.


One of the things that struck me the most about Finn's journey was when he figured out he was not in fact a "moron" as he had been told he was all his life, but was actually extremely brilliant. That realization was so wonderful to be able to see play out. I was rooting for Finn the entire time I was reading, and the entire time I was reading I just kept thinking "Yeah! Go Finn! I know you can do it!"


I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys great character growth. Whether you know someone who may be on the Autism Spectrum, or if you are on the spectrum, or even if you are not, I'd recommend reading this book.

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About the author

Paz Ellis has been writing since childhood. She is the author of Plantains and the Seven Plagues: a memoir, which is available in English and Spanish. Paz was born and raised in New Jersey. She is a photographer, a history buff, and an avid reader. view profile

Published on August 27, 2020

40000 words

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Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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