Publisher: Dundurn
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Jayce Loewen has had to take on a lot of responsibility over the years. Her single mom works two jobs and long hours, leaving Jayce in charge of her four-year-old sister most of the time. When her mom is diagnosed with cancer, Jayce decides to track down her long-absent father in the hope that he will be able to make everything okay again.

Looking for her dad was one thing, but when she actually finds him, Jayce is in for a real shock. When everything in her life seems to be going wrong, Jayce has to figure out who her family really is, and how to live with the possibility of losing the person she loves most.


If This is Home is a beautiful story about family, forgiveness, and personal strength in times of hardship.

If This is Home follows a young girl, Jayce, taking on more responsibilities than she should because of her ailing mother and absentee father. The reader follows Jayce as she tries to come to terms with potentially losing her only parent, discovering the truth about her parents’ past, and learning to forgive those who may not deserve it.

What I liked most about this novel was the writing style. It isn’t overly poetic or dense. It’s laid back and relishes in its understanding of the type of novel it is, so I was able to connect with the main character immediately.

I also really enjoyed the lack of romance. In similar novels, authors mistakenly always add a romance plot line for the main character. This takes away from the main point of a story about family and healing. Scarrow excluded a romance by exchanging it for a platonic friendship. This made the story immensely enjoyable and is easily one of the main reasons I rated the novel four stars.

The only issue I had with the novel is the slightly unrealistic ending. There’s a part at the end that made me role my eyes, but it was the only logical conclusion for that plot line. I think Scarrow wrote herself into a corner and took the only way out despite its unrealistic nature.


Overall, If This is Home is a beautiful story about healing and forgiveness. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a young adult contemporary that deals with tougher subjects without a ridiculous romance thrown in.

**I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.