Thoughts: The first thing that came to my mind when I picked this book up in the store was, “I like the song.” This is a book that I’ve heard very little about so when I saw it I went ahead and got it. Out of curiosity.
This story is set up as a duel narrative. Jill MacSweeney has just lost her father and she just wants things to be like they were before. That seems like a distant dream when Jill’s mom decides to adopt a baby. Through a website, Mandy Kalinowski finds the MacSweeneys and has agreed to give Jill’s mom her unborn baby.
To be completely honest, this book deals with coping with the death of a loved one and teen pregnancy- two topics that I believe are over used when it comes to stories. However, I was very surprised that this book was able to stand out.
The fact that the author made both story lines realistic was a relief. Zarr did a wonderful job weaving the two main characters lives into one. When it came to the side characters, I found myself liking them just as much. This is one of those books that you finish reading and you don’t know what to do upon finishing the last sentence. I sat there for a good 10 minutes just thinking about what I’d read. There is no doubt that this book is sad and deals with tough issues but it’s a powerful story no less.
This review is short, but short is sweet right? This is a book I won’t forget and can see myself reading again.
If you have read this book or are planing on reading it, please let me know in the comments.
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