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The author of the beloved Love Letters to the Dead returns with a parallel story of a mother and daughter each at age seventeen. Marilyn's tale recounts the summer she fell in love and set out on her own path. Angie's story is about her search for her unknown father. This sweeping multi-generational love story introduces readers to mother-and-daughter pair Marilyn and Angie The author of the beloved Love Letters to the Dead returns with a parallel story of a mother and daughter each at age seventeen. Marilyn's tale recounts the summer she fell in love and set out on her own path. Angie's story is about her search for her unknown father. This sweeping multi-generational love story introduces readers to mother-and-daughter pair Marilyn and Angie. To seventeen-year-old Angie, who is mixed-race, Marilyn is her hardworking, devoted white single mother. But Marilyn was once young, too. When Marilyn was seventeen, she fell in love with Angie's father, James, who was African-American. But Angie's never met him, and Marilyn has always told her he died before she was born. When Angie discovers evidence of an uncle she's never met she starts to wonder: What if her dad is still alive, too? So she sets off on a journey to find him, hitching a ride to LA from her home in New Mexico with her ex-boyfriend, Sam. Along the way, she uncovers some hard truths about herself, her mother, and what truly happened to her father.


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The author of the beloved Love Letters to the Dead returns with a parallel story of a mother and daughter each at age seventeen. Marilyn's tale recounts the summer she fell in love and set out on her own path. Angie's story is about her search for her unknown father. This sweeping multi-generational love story introduces readers to mother-and-daughter pair Marilyn and Angie The author of the beloved Love Letters to the Dead returns with a parallel story of a mother and daughter each at age seventeen. Marilyn's tale recounts the summer she fell in love and set out on her own path. Angie's story is about her search for her unknown father. This sweeping multi-generational love story introduces readers to mother-and-daughter pair Marilyn and Angie. To seventeen-year-old Angie, who is mixed-race, Marilyn is her hardworking, devoted white single mother. But Marilyn was once young, too. When Marilyn was seventeen, she fell in love with Angie's father, James, who was African-American. But Angie's never met him, and Marilyn has always told her he died before she was born. When Angie discovers evidence of an uncle she's never met she starts to wonder: What if her dad is still alive, too? So she sets off on a journey to find him, hitching a ride to LA from her home in New Mexico with her ex-boyfriend, Sam. Along the way, she uncovers some hard truths about herself, her mother, and what truly happened to her father.

30 review for In Search Of Us

  1. 5 out of 5

    Warda

    Oh gosh, this story was incredibly and beautifully written. So, the book is about Marylin and Angie who is mixed race. A mother and her daughter. Set in two different time frames, it follows both of their stories, intertwining beautifully, to tell the story of how they came to where they are now. I don't want to get too detailed about the synopsis, so I'll leave it at that. The tone of the story was just sad, full of melancholy and hope and the attachment got deeper as I read on. The type of feeli Oh gosh, this story was incredibly and beautifully written. So, the book is about Marylin and Angie who is mixed race. A mother and her daughter. Set in two different time frames, it follows both of their stories, intertwining beautifully, to tell the story of how they came to where they are now. I don't want to get too detailed about the synopsis, so I'll leave it at that. The tone of the story was just sad, full of melancholy and hope and the attachment got deeper as I read on. The type of feeling that is left within the inner parts of your heart when you finish reading a wonderful story and that you recount in your mind. I highly recommend it if you love a story about family, identity, first love, grief and following your dreams.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    This was so SO good! A cleverly woven tale told in two timelines about two sets of mothers and daughters. Angie is biracial and has grown up with her white mother, having never met her father (who her mother claims is dead.) While their relationship is loving, her mother is very secretive, and Angie has always felt a need to know about her past. She has an on again off again relationship with Sam, which is one of my favorite parts of the book. The author is really good at writing flawed, interes This was so SO good! A cleverly woven tale told in two timelines about two sets of mothers and daughters. Angie is biracial and has grown up with her white mother, having never met her father (who her mother claims is dead.) While their relationship is loving, her mother is very secretive, and Angie has always felt a need to know about her past. She has an on again off again relationship with Sam, which is one of my favorite parts of the book. The author is really good at writing flawed, interesting relationships that feel authentic. In the other timeline, we have Marilyn (Angie’s mother) and James (her father) back when they were Angie’s age, and it’s interesting to watch them slowly inching towards what we know will happen (Angie) while not knowing precisely what their ultimate fates will be. And again, this book is all about mother/daughter relationships, and Marilyn’s relationship with her mother is really what draws the two timelines together. This had great narrative voice and kept me engaged all the way through. Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[ sexual abuse of a young child, assault, murder, domestic abuse (hide spoiler)] Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Banny

    RESEÑA EN ESPAÑOL Actual Rate 3.5 Ava's (author of Love Letters to the Dead) new book was released in México and other Latin-America countries first. It'll be out in the USA (and the rest of the world, I guess) next month and you should definitely read it then. In Search Of Us is Angie's story, she's an African-American seventeen-year-old girl who grew up without a father. Her mother, a white woman, has never been able to tell her much about him without crying. When Angie finds out a picture of he RESEÑA EN ESPAÑOL Actual Rate 3.5 Ava's (author of Love Letters to the Dead) new book was released in México and other Latin-America countries first. It'll be out in the USA (and the rest of the world, I guess) next month and you should definitely read it then. In Search Of Us is Angie's story, she's an African-American seventeen-year-old girl who grew up without a father. Her mother, a white woman, has never been able to tell her much about him without crying. When Angie finds out a picture of her parents as teenagers, she starts to wonder more about her father. Then she finds out she has an uncle that lives in L.A. Thinking that, since she gets no answers from her mother, she might get them from him she sets off to pay a visit. On the other side, we learn about Marilyn, Angie's mother, about her life as a teenager, how she met James and fell in love with him. I loved the change of perspective, each girl was going through her own pursuit. Marilyn seeking a better future while Angie looking for her roots. This novel is a reminder of the importance of knowing our history in order to know, not only who we are, but also where we're going.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Olivia-Savannah Roach

    This was quite a lovely, gentle read with an emotional punch to it too. I had some highs and lows with this one, but overall I liked it! I was a bit unsure of the changing perspectives. I didn’t like the immediate change we had at the beginning because I didn’t care about Angie enough yet… but at the same time I completely understood why the author did it that way as well. I liked that we got to see Marilyn, the mother, as a teenager while also seeing Angie as a teen. We got to see their similari This was quite a lovely, gentle read with an emotional punch to it too. I had some highs and lows with this one, but overall I liked it! I was a bit unsure of the changing perspectives. I didn’t like the immediate change we had at the beginning because I didn’t care about Angie enough yet… but at the same time I completely understood why the author did it that way as well. I liked that we got to see Marilyn, the mother, as a teenager while also seeing Angie as a teen. We got to see their similarities, but it also gave us insight into Marilyn as we get to see her as a mother through Angie’s timeline. It really gave us a lot of insight into Marilyn that her daughter didn’t have, and I liked that focus on motherhood and adults in relation to their children. I loved all the music references in the book because finally, I was getting references to some of my favourite songs. Also, some songs I know from my own parents listening and loving them too. It made me feel so integrated into the story. I also started reading Joan Didion’s books because she is quoted and mentioned in this book – and she is a recent favourite nonfiction author of mine. So this book certainly had some lasting influence on me! I really liked Marilyn’s character, actually. I related a lot to her longing and ambition that she feels as a teenager. I loved that even when she didn’t have the equipment she needed to fulfil her dream, she would still train herself as if she did. Framing photos with her fingers, looking for good angles – she was doing everything she could to prepare for her dream with whatever she had available to her. You’ve got to admire that kind of drive. I also felt her point of view was very relaxing and easy-going to read. It was nice. From Angie’s perspective, I saw something new I’d not really seen in too many YA books at the time. I don’t think parents need to be happy all the time – they should be able to express all the emotions they have. But it was the first time I could see that a child wanted their parent to be happy and would sacrifice some things for that happen. I know this from real life of course, but it was my first time reading about it. I was a bit frustrated at the lack of a chronological timeline. I don’t usually mind stories that jump around a bit, but it was a lot to keep track of when we already had two timelines going on in two different perspectives. It wasn’t too difficult to follow but I wished things had been a bit more straightforward. The ending was… not what I expected. It delved into some themes of race that I didn’t expect it to head into. It was an emotional and important ending. But before it got there, I found the book to have just been an okay one. I was mostly reading because the book gave me a calming feel. I think if there was anything more I wanted from the book it would be for Angie’s perspective to have had the same impact that Marilyn’s did. I also felt like Sam was such a loyal and calming character… and that he deserved someone else. I couldn’t ship that couple! All in all, a nice read. I would definitely try more by Ava Dellaria in the future… This review and others can originally be found on Olivia's Catastrophe: https://oliviascatastrophe.com/2020/0...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alice (Married To Books)

    I won a copy of In Search Of Us via the website Readers First! This was such an emotional novel, I can't even begin to sit down to type this review up and process my thoughts because my mind is a freaking mess. But what I will say is the plotline and characters were very well-developed, the settings of California and New Mexico were interesting to witness. There are two POVs: Marilyn and her daughter Angie. Angie is a seventeen year old who never knew her father, he died before she was born. With I won a copy of In Search Of Us via the website Readers First! This was such an emotional novel, I can't even begin to sit down to type this review up and process my thoughts because my mind is a freaking mess. But what I will say is the plotline and characters were very well-developed, the settings of California and New Mexico were interesting to witness. There are two POVs: Marilyn and her daughter Angie. Angie is a seventeen year old who never knew her father, he died before she was born. With so many unanswered questions however, she sets out with her friend/ex-boyfriend Sam on a road trip to Los Angeles to find the answers to the unanswered questions. Angie's POV is set in the present day but Marilyn's POV is from the past when she was only seventeen. I really enjoyed the dual POV, seeing both sides of the story come to life. I adore road trip novels, so many songs and bands were mentioned (shout-out to those of you who like Christine and the Queens!) that made me feel nostalgic about past road trips I've been on. It was an emotional read of soul-searching, love in the past and present and discovering family history. My copy does contain a warning for strong language which I appreciated by being in the know in advance. The pacing was a little slow at times, the beginning wasn't the easiest to get into. But once I got past the first 100 pages, it was absolutely fine. Utterly heartbreaking, In Search Of Us will break your heart but immediately fix it again. This one will be a book I'd be happy to re-read in the future!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Whispering Stories

    Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com In Search of Us is the story of Marilyn and Angie told from two points of view and two different timelines. We first meet seventeen-year-old Angie as she sets out on a road trip to Los Angeles after she discovers that her mum has been lying to her for years about her father. We then go back in time to when her mum Marilyn was herself just seventeen. Marilyn lives with her mum and her uncle in Hollywood. Her mum tells people that her daughter is a star nea Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com In Search of Us is the story of Marilyn and Angie told from two points of view and two different timelines. We first meet seventeen-year-old Angie as she sets out on a road trip to Los Angeles after she discovers that her mum has been lying to her for years about her father. We then go back in time to when her mum Marilyn was herself just seventeen. Marilyn lives with her mum and her uncle in Hollywood. Her mum tells people that her daughter is a star nearing her big break and that is why they have moved from the suburbs, not quite the truth. The truth is that they have little money and not enough for rent and so they move in with Marilyn’s uncle. Marilyn had indeed been a small star as she made money from being in commercials but when the work dries up her mum wants her to become a model. Marilyn just wants to go to college to study art history and has an eye for photography. She also has a thing for her new neighbour James. The different points of view come at random times. They are not alternative chapters but more like 6/7 chapters between each POV. You get to meet both women as young seventeen-year-old women and then see how Marilyn’s life turned out via her daughter Angie’s sections. The book was really easy to read. It had a natural flow to it and I found myself becoming involved in both women’s lives, although, I felt more of a connection to Marilyn, that is more likely because I grew up in the same era as her, although different countries, so the references to music, food, even her Walkman we all things from my past too. This is a story about two women trying to find themselves in very different ways, although they both dreamed of getting away from their mothers. I liked the way the women were given their own unique personalities and how they both spoke their minds. I did feel sorry for Angie discovering the truth about her father rather than hearing it from her mother. I also found myself wanting to wrap my arms around her as she struggled with her identity as a mixed-race young woman and never knowing her father. The book is beautifully written and is certainly emotional in places as it does tug at your heart-strings. It slowly shows the world through the eyes of two realistic and likeable characters. In Search of Us is a contemporary fiction, so there aren’t any big shocks, twists or turns but what you do get it a thoughtful, engaging story. The ending completed the story perfectly too.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kate (beautifulbookland)

    I must admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Love Letters to the Dead - I read it while I was in hospital, and I literally can’t remember a thing about it aside from the fact that I struggled to finish it. But now I’m thinking I might try it again, because In Search of Us is one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking books I’ve ever read. It made my heart soar and then drop and then break, and I am going to shove it in everyone’s faces because I love it so much. This story is set in two different t I must admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Love Letters to the Dead - I read it while I was in hospital, and I literally can’t remember a thing about it aside from the fact that I struggled to finish it. But now I’m thinking I might try it again, because In Search of Us is one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking books I’ve ever read. It made my heart soar and then drop and then break, and I am going to shove it in everyone’s faces because I love it so much. This story is set in two different time frames; Angie in present day, and Marilyn, her mam when she was seventeen and met Angie’s father, James. We follow Angie as she hunts for information about the father she never knew, and we also get the story from Marilyn as she falls in love with James. Do you ever read about a couple and they just make your heart burst? Because that was me with Marilyn and James; their love was sweet and beautiful and pure, and I adored them. I was legit scared towards the end of the book because I just wanted them to have their happy ending so badly. Theirs is a story I will hold in my heart and my thoughts for a long time. Angie, however, I struggled with. She was so wrapped up in her grief and in her problems that she often came off as selfish - running away from her mother, leaving her on her own, without telling her anything? If I did that, my mam would literally kick my arse. My life wouldn’t have been worth living. One thing that did really stick out for me in relation to Angie was the fact that, as a mixed race child, was often believed to have been someone else’s daughter, not Marilyn’s, who was white. I literally cannot imagine how difficult that would be for a child, and it made my heart hurt. Ava’s writing blew me away; it’s so vivid and enchanting. There were times where I swore I could smell hot dogs and the sea and sand. The descriptions were so beautiful, it made me want to pack up and move to LA to experience them all for myself. Another thing I really loved was how little things played a part in both stories. I loved the little parallels between Angie and James, and I loved how Angie would see something, like a black swing dress, and then we would get to see the history behind it and when Marilyn would wear it. I loved all of this book, and now I can’t stop thinking about it. I would recommend In Search of Us to everyone - I will most certainly treasure it. *thanks to Readers First for providing a review copy*

  8. 5 out of 5

    Thamy

    I wasn't ready for something so beautiful. Told in two timelines, we follow Marilyn's romance with her neighbor, who is a black boy, while she struggles to follow her mother's dream and bear with her uncle's addiction to gambling. And we also follow her daughter's search for her father eighteen years later, having been lied to a whole life Angie comes across an article on her uncle, who was supposedly dead. Now she has a chance to travel all the way to LA, even if she has to beg her ex-boyfriend I wasn't ready for something so beautiful. Told in two timelines, we follow Marilyn's romance with her neighbor, who is a black boy, while she struggles to follow her mother's dream and bear with her uncle's addiction to gambling. And we also follow her daughter's search for her father eighteen years later, having been lied to a whole life Angie comes across an article on her uncle, who was supposedly dead. Now she has a chance to travel all the way to LA, even if she has to beg her ex-boyfriend Sam for a hike. There is a number of books that explore social themes very directly, this isn't one. And yet, the issues are so present it stings. I was very fond of how subtly Dellaira introduced it all. The relationship issues between Marilyn's mother and her grandmother, then between Marilyn herself and her mother, and finally between Marilyn and Angie, as each generation tries to be better than the preceding but fails in other parts for overcompensating. It's beautiful! When I thought it would end there, the underlying problem of prejudice on Angie's paternal family side emerged. Unfortunately, that wasn't as beautiful. This book doesn't ask you to think about it, it shows the characters' reality and its consequences; it made me feels anxious at times; at others, very bitter. Both main characters had their own way of thinking and reacting, everyone was very round and well developed. I'm not fond of drama YA's, I like have fun with them, swooning over my book boyfriends. And yet, this was so well written, it was a pleasure. Also, it had the right doses of drama, in no moment I felt the author overdid it. On the contrary, the story just kept going like life, with no time to digest. It's a great book for a book club! And it'll also appeal to older crowds, not only for the quality of the narrative but also for the flashbacks. Having been a teenager in the 90's myself, I felt like going back in time whenever the narrator changed to Marilyn. So why not give it five stars? It is kind of a personal system and it's inevitable to compare. This was good but it wasn't the best, if you get what I mean. Additionally, it just stood out for quality. When you think of the plot, girl searching for a father she's never met, there isn't much new there. But this just means it wasn't stellar, it's still a solid four-star read. I can't think of someone not to recommend this book. Honest review based on an ARC provided by Netgalley. Many thanks to the publisher for this opportunity.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ingstje

    4.5 stars This is just one of those books that really fill your heart and makes you sad and smile and it’s all happening at the same time you know. There’s a mystery and a love story at the base of this novel. They’ll meet in the proverbially perfect and heart-shattering middle. The novel switches between Angie wanting to know more about her father and trying to find out if he’s dead or alive, and how it all started with her father and Marilyn, Angie’s mother. I loved seeing the romance between Ma 4.5 stars This is just one of those books that really fill your heart and makes you sad and smile and it’s all happening at the same time you know. There’s a mystery and a love story at the base of this novel. They’ll meet in the proverbially perfect and heart-shattering middle. The novel switches between Angie wanting to know more about her father and trying to find out if he’s dead or alive, and how it all started with her father and Marilyn, Angie’s mother. I loved seeing the romance between Marilyn and James develop and how she was welcomed into his warm family. You know that they’re not together any more and Marilyn still can’t think of him without tearing up so I was prepared for something terrible to happen but when I came to that part of the novel the impact was still bigger than I anticipated. I knew it was coming, couldn’t avoid it try as I might, and still was quite in shock. Both plotlines, Angie’s search in the present and Marilyn’s encounter with James, at the same age but 17 years earlier, were very engrossing and it was actually fun and engrossing to read this dual timeline. Angie might have started out alone in her desire for answers but as the story progressed and the connection between Marilyn and James became bigger, we both ended up longing to know and even I hoped he was still alive. But even if 16 year-old Angie had all my sympathy and understanding and I adored Dellaira’s skilled writing that made her turn to her favorite songs whenever she felt the need in time of worries and trouble, I loved her mother Marilyn in her younger version most of all. She’s such a good person and the attraction and romance with James was nothing other than perfect. They have such a sweet connection, I was already dreading the moment it would end. They seemed so right for each other so I couldn’t wrap my head around it, until I actually read the words. In Search Of Us was such a lovely novel with beautiful people (the only exception being Uncle Woody who grudgingly shares his house with Marilyn and her mother), lots of cool 90’s music references and a whole lot of love. This novel is going to steal your heart, just like it did mine :-).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    This is Ava Dellaira's second novel and it did not disappoint. It was not at all what I was expecting but was pleasantly surprised at the racial injustice message worked into the storyline...very pertinent to today's atmosphere. I found this novel very comforting at times. It was an easy read for hot summer days. 🙂

  11. 4 out of 5

    Charley Cook

    In Search Of is the parallel love story, told by a mother and daughter when they are aged just seventeen. Marilyn is new in Los Angeles, pushed into the spotlight by her fame hungry mother but still living in the poverty of hopefulness. Angie feels suffocated by her mothers grief, torn apart by her mothers protective gaze and her need to know her fathers roots. As you flip between the views of Marilyn and Angie you begin to see not only correlations but cause and consequence of actions years befo In Search Of is the parallel love story, told by a mother and daughter when they are aged just seventeen. Marilyn is new in Los Angeles, pushed into the spotlight by her fame hungry mother but still living in the poverty of hopefulness. Angie feels suffocated by her mothers grief, torn apart by her mothers protective gaze and her need to know her fathers roots. As you flip between the views of Marilyn and Angie you begin to see not only correlations but cause and consequence of actions years before. It explores the way parents directly affect their childrens lives and how they will in turn raise their children. Angies racial heritage is discussed in the book as she is raised by a white single mother but is mixed race. The sections where she talks about strangers making assumptions about her and her not having a feeling of belonging are heartbeaking. In Marilyns sections her interracial relationship is spoken about especially in regards to her Uncle who openly dislikes James, her boyfriend, for no other reason than his skin colour. The mystery surrounding Angies fathers death makes this much more gripping than you usual contemporary Young Adult book. It had me gripped until the very end.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)

    I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group/Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. I fell in love with Dellaira’s writing from the first time I read Love Letters to the Dead, and I’ve read it several times since. I was so excited to get a copy of her new book! Angie has never known her father. Raised by a single mother, Marilyn, who would do anything for her, she still feels as though an important part of herself is missing. Her dad was African Amer I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group/Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. I fell in love with Dellaira’s writing from the first time I read Love Letters to the Dead, and I’ve read it several times since. I was so excited to get a copy of her new book! Angie has never known her father. Raised by a single mother, Marilyn, who would do anything for her, she still feels as though an important part of herself is missing. Her dad was African American, her mother white, and there are things about growing up as a mixed-race child that Marilyn could never understand. Teenaged Marilyn dreamed only of getting out from under her mother’s oppressive illusion of making her a famous actress and going away to college. She wasn’t planning to meet James and fall in love, and she was never planning to raise their child without him. When Angie discovers that Marilyn may have been lying about her father’s death, she travels to L.A. with a friend in the hopes of finding him–and herself. This book is really well done. The chapters alternate between Angie in the present, searching for her family in L.A., and Marilyn in the past when she met and fell in love with James. While the chapter lengths vary (a lot), it doesn’t seem to throw off the pacing, and I enjoyed the subtle crossover between the past and present–little things that Angie and James have in common, pieces of him that Marilyn passed along to her without her ever knowing. The novel really emphasizes how important personal history is. Angie’s big question is: if we don’t know our pasts and our parents’ pasts, can we ever really know ourselves? Dellaira’s writing is as solid and beautiful as it was in Love Letters to the Dead, and I’m still in love with her style. I highlighted so many things as I was reading; it’s such a quotable book. I did have a small problem with the present tense. The entire novel, even Marilyn’s sections which are technically in the past, is written in present except for when the characters are reflecting on something, and the transitions are awkward. This is usually the kind of thing I stop noticing as I get further into a novel, but I didn’t. More than once, it jarred me right out of the story. I really enjoyed Angie’s search for her history and the tension set up by being a mixed race child with a white mother, and those continual microagressions about how they can’t be related because they don’t look alike are especially poignant. Angie and Marilyn’s relationship is also really well done, and it’s nice to see a functional mother/daughter relationship that still has its problems (and works through them). Angie’s love interest is so bland though. There’s nothing wrong with Sam, but I was bored every minute of page time they spent together and had no interest in their little dramas. I think this is why I found Marilyn’s sections so much more compelling than Angie’s. By comparison, Marilyn and James’s romance is the breath-stealing one in the book. Marilyn’s circumstances with her mother and her racist, alcoholic uncle are so much more dire, and James the far more interesting and well-developed character. While Marilyn gets Angie out of everything, it’s painful to know that their love story doesn’t work out. We don’t know quite why or how it doesn’t–whether James died in a car accident like she said, whether he’s still alive somewhere, or whether something else entirely happened–but we know that James isn’t there for Angie’s life. It’s an unexpectedly heavy novel, but it handles its issues with sensitivity and a deft hand. I would definitely re-read and recommend. I review regularly at brightbeautifulthings.tumblr.com.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    Actual rating 3.5 I admit, I wasn't the biggest fan of Dellaira's previous work Love Letters to the Dead - the idea was stellar, the execution meh. Thankfully, this wasn't the case with In Search of Us. This is a tale of a multigenerational conflict, told in a compelling dual POV - one is Angie, an African-American teen, the other Marylin, a white woman and Angie's mother. The story jumps back and forth between Marilyn in her teens as she falls in love with Angie's father James, and Angie living i Actual rating 3.5 I admit, I wasn't the biggest fan of Dellaira's previous work Love Letters to the Dead - the idea was stellar, the execution meh. Thankfully, this wasn't the case with In Search of Us. This is a tale of a multigenerational conflict, told in a compelling dual POV - one is Angie, an African-American teen, the other Marylin, a white woman and Angie's mother. The story jumps back and forth between Marilyn in her teens as she falls in love with Angie's father James, and Angie living in the present, having been raised without a dad. The "mystery part" a.k.a. finding out what happened to Angie's father was somehow my least favorite part of the book. While I did want to know what happened to him, I just didn't entirely comprehend why her mother lied about the events that took place in her youth. For me, the strong parts in this book were the relationships - James and Justin's brotherhood, James' family in general, the budding romance between Marylin and James. There is also Angie's relationship with her ex-boyfriend Sam that somehow both intrigued and irked me. While at times I completely understood why she treated him the way she did, other times it felt just like the conflicts were staged to add more tension to a story that didn't need it. Still, I kept reading on. Something in this story that I can't quite make out kept drawing me in. Perhaps it was the fact that some parts hit too close to home - Marylin doesn't want to be what her mother wants for her, but she does it regardless, Angie wants to know more about her family but needs to hide it from her mother to not make her cry. The mother-daughter relationships in this book are complicated ones and they were also the most fascinating part of this book. YA rarely focuses on fleshed-out, complex mother-daughter relationships and it was like a breath of fresh air in this comtemporary. All in all, a compelling, at times heart-wrenching read that I'd recommend to anyone looking for complex familial relationships. *thank you to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an e-arc in exchange for an honest review*

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jasprit

    4.5 stars I went into In Search of Us not really knowing much about the book, I’d seen Sam give the book a five star rating and that’s all I needed to give this book a go. To be honest I really did struggle with the beginning of the book, the chapters alternate with perspectives from Angie in the present and her mum Marilyn in the past. And I found myself more interested in following Angie’s perspective, I wanted to follow her story and longing in discovering the truth in what happened with her f 4.5 stars I went into In Search of Us not really knowing much about the book, I’d seen Sam give the book a five star rating and that’s all I needed to give this book a go. To be honest I really did struggle with the beginning of the book, the chapters alternate with perspectives from Angie in the present and her mum Marilyn in the past. And I found myself more interested in following Angie’s perspective, I wanted to follow her story and longing in discovering the truth in what happened with her father. But as the story progressed, I began to understand the importance of getting Marilyn’s story from the past, it played such an integral part to how far Marilyn had come and the person Angie had become today. Dellaira gave us such a beautiful story with In Search of Us, I enjoyed going on this incredible journey with Angie to discover the truth about her father, the risks she took to get there and the fear that she had to deal with when she found out the truth. Angie was a character who I immensely liked, yes, she made mistakes along the way when she just had one focus in mind, but what 17-year-old would travel to LA to try and find her uncle, with only titbits of information? Yes, she was going behind her mum’s wishes, but I could understand her sense of longing and answers that she needed after she had first discovered the photo of her parents. I kind of had a feeling about how things would end up for Angie when she got to LA, but nothing could have prepared me for her story. It was heartfelt and raw, and left such a lasting impression with me. In Search of Us was just a beautifully written story, I couldn’t praise Dellaira enough in giving us such a wonderful story. The overlap in stories from Marilyn and Angie was done majestically, with Dellaira constantly keeping us on our toes with us not knowing what could be around the corner. In Search of Us was really a gem of a read, one that I will be constantly thinking and talking about in the upcoming weeks.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Samantha (WLABB)

    Rating: 4.5 Stars I had wanted to read this book for many reasons. One, I really enjoyed Love Letters to the Dead. Two, I love multigenerational stories. Three, coming of age tales always work for me. Four, I never pass up a good romance. I am not quite sure what I was expecting from this book, but it delivered a total feelsplosion and was so beautifully tragic, I am kind of choked up right now just thinking about it. •Pro: I wasn't sure at first, but I grew to love the alternating timeline. Contr Rating: 4.5 Stars I had wanted to read this book for many reasons. One, I really enjoyed Love Letters to the Dead. Two, I love multigenerational stories. Three, coming of age tales always work for me. Four, I never pass up a good romance. I am not quite sure what I was expecting from this book, but it delivered a total feelsplosion and was so beautifully tragic, I am kind of choked up right now just thinking about it. •Pro: I wasn't sure at first, but I grew to love the alternating timeline. Contrasting Angie and her mom at the same age was quite fascinating. •Pro: The romance between Marilyn and James was so swoony and gooey. I just couldn't get enough of them. They had these aspirations and were working together to try and make their dreams come true. •Pro: James' family was really special. They experienced a lot of heartbreak, but they worked hard to fill those cracks with love. They were extraordinary people, who opened their home and hearts to Marilyn, and gave her the affection she was yearning for. •Pro: Marilyn's grief ran so deep, and she carried it around with her for so many years. I ached for her, and was so happy that Angie went on this quest to find the girl in the picture. •Pro: Sam was sort of broody, but he blew me away with his honesty and deep adoration for Angie. I totally understood his need for self-preservation, but also admired his willingness to support Angie after the way things went down. •Con: I would have liked to have a gotten a little more resolution as it pertained to Angie. The ending was sweet, and I felt really good about where we left Marilyn, but I still had quite a few questions about Angie. •Pro: The story is peppered with a great songs and all these amazing book quotes. I found myself wistfully revising the 90s, while pondering all these thoughts Dellaira shared with me. •Pro: Dellaira really made us wait to get the truth about Angie's dad. I kept concocting things in my mind. I had two theories, and it looked like my second one could be right, but then the truth was so much more devastating. •Pro: I have so many emotions. My heart actually hurts for what was lost, but I am comforted by the way things eventually played out. When his eyes met hers and she "snapped" her picture, it was her own version of love at first sight. Overall: This was a an utterly exquisite experience for me. This book was fraught with emotion and meaning and so many wonderful characters to love. It tugged on my heartstrings, and made me weep, but it also made me smile. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    3.5 stars. I dove right into this one without recalling exactly what it was about, but I certainly couldn’t make myself stop turning the pages every time I picked it up. There was something compelling about this story, about Angie’s present day experiences and Marilyn’s moments more than a decade before, and I ended up really getting into it overall. The writing style took a little acclimatization, and it’s a heavy book, and I would have certainly liked to see more of both characters interacting 3.5 stars. I dove right into this one without recalling exactly what it was about, but I certainly couldn’t make myself stop turning the pages every time I picked it up. There was something compelling about this story, about Angie’s present day experiences and Marilyn’s moments more than a decade before, and I ended up really getting into it overall. The writing style took a little acclimatization, and it’s a heavy book, and I would have certainly liked to see more of both characters interacting with each other. But it was a solid read overall.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Myrna

    The book got off to a slow start but eventually it had me hooked. The last few chapters pulled my heartstrings.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Femke (booksfemme)

    3.5 stars It's midnight. I'm ugly sobbing. In Search of Us is the kind of book that creeps up on you. I had a hard time connecting to two main characters (Angie & Marilyn) in the beginning, but only in the end did I realize that I had started to care for them somewhere along the way. All the other characters basically shot straight through to my heart, which is also the reason for the ugly sobbing. So as I said I struggled with the MCs in the beginning and I also had to get used to Ava Dellaira's 3.5 stars It's midnight. I'm ugly sobbing. In Search of Us is the kind of book that creeps up on you. I had a hard time connecting to two main characters (Angie & Marilyn) in the beginning, but only in the end did I realize that I had started to care for them somewhere along the way. All the other characters basically shot straight through to my heart, which is also the reason for the ugly sobbing. So as I said I struggled with the MCs in the beginning and I also had to get used to Ava Dellaira's writing style. It wasn't really until the last 150 pages that it clicked for me. That's mainly why I didn't give it more stars. It might also be because I read the Dutch edition, and the prose might have sometimes gotten lost in translation. Nevertheless, it's a beautiful story that is both modern and old school. Perfect summer read, I'd say.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    This was such a beautiful story - loved the two timelines, the characters and the story overall Full review coming soon! :) This was such a beautiful story - loved the two timelines, the characters and the story overall <3 Full review coming soon! :)

  20. 5 out of 5

    catherine ♡

    *Thank you to the publisher for a free copy in exchange for an honest review!* Actual Rating: 4 YES I CRIED. Now that we have that out of the way... In Search Of Us was a poignant intergenerational story following two characters. There's Marilyn, living in LA in the late 1990s and counting down the days until she can escape to college; she feels trapped in the world her mother has built for her, a world of acting and modeling jobs that barely earn enough to feed two people. But then she runs into *Thank you to the publisher for a free copy in exchange for an honest review!* Actual Rating: 4 YES I CRIED. Now that we have that out of the way... In Search Of Us was a poignant intergenerational story following two characters. There's Marilyn, living in LA in the late 1990s and counting down the days until she can escape to college; she feels trapped in the world her mother has built for her, a world of acting and modeling jobs that barely earn enough to feed two people. But then she runs into James, the boy downstairs, and suddenly her escape is right there. Years later, there's Angie, and being biracial is hard especially when you've never met your father. And her mother, Marilyn has always been almost enough - until Angie finds out that her father didn't in a car crash and her brother wasn't in that car that night. So Angie seeks out, back to Los Angeles, to find who she is and why her mother kept the truth from her. I loved this. To be honest, I wasn't the biggest fan of Love Letters to the Dead, but I enjoyed the writing style, and I actually went into this book not even knowing it was by the same author. This time, the author maintained the same great writing style, but the plot and characters and everything were also right on the money. For me, Marilyn and James were my favorite plotline. And while I do enjoy the story of a character searching for their family history, Angie's storyline was just okay for me, and I felt like they were just a little less engaging and heartwarming. Still though, I loved it for the anecdotes about being biracial, and several of those scenes shook me to my very core. One thing that I loved about this book is that race was such a big thing - but it wasn't everything. Each character had their own aspirations, fears, and personality traits that made them so immersive and real, that played around with the chemistry they had with one another, and sometimes you forgot race at all and then had to be reminded that it was not something that should be forgotten. Overall, though, I'd definitely recommend this to any readers of realistic contemporary fiction, especially those who enjoyed Between the World and Me or this author's previous book, Love Letters to the Dead. And whether or not you see the ending coming, won't make it hurt any less.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tala

    This was emotional and heavy and so, so good. IN SEARCH OF US follows Marilyn and Angie, mother and daughter, at seventeen years of age. And let me just say, right off the bat, that multigenerational stories are my absolute favorite. Marilyn’s story is set in the ninetees and Angie’s in modern time, and one of the many things I noticed and loved is that the time periods are described with their own unique characteristics (ie, pink panther ice cream). This is what I want from stories such as thes This was emotional and heavy and so, so good. IN SEARCH OF US follows Marilyn and Angie, mother and daughter, at seventeen years of age. And let me just say, right off the bat, that multigenerational stories are my absolute favorite. Marilyn’s story is set in the ninetees and Angie’s in modern time, and one of the many things I noticed and loved is that the time periods are described with their own unique characteristics (ie, pink panther ice cream). This is what I want from stories such as these: the opportunity to flip between one period to another and feel transported back and forth. Marilyn and Angie are truly interesting leads. They are each developer equally in strength, to a point where I honestly did not find myself favoring one POV over the other (which is rare for me!). Their voices are distinct and so are their personalities, so that even if the chapters weren’t labeled and if the text was out of context, I’d easily be able to tell which POV was which. #MasterWriterAlert Ava Dellaira’s writing is truly lovely. There were many passages I couldn’t help but take note of and mark because they’re just ... beautiful. Marilyn is a photographer, and I found Dellaira’s description of the photos and the sunsets and the beaches art in and of itself. My only objection, though, is the irregularity of the pacing, particularly in the first third or so of the book. The timelines within timelines keep switching, giving an opportunity for background info to be shared. But this felt like an excuse to infodump. The plotlines intertwined insanely to a point where i had to flip back and make sure what part of Angie/Marilyn’s story was what. The tenses change within transitions, but that made it no easier to tell what was happening. Chapter breaks might help? But I don’t know. This was only an issue in the very beginning, though, before the convoluted plot finally straightened. All in all? I loved loved loved this one. Yes, this is my first Ava Dellaira book, but I enjoy her style, so I’ll be checking out LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD, too. If you like multigenerational (!!!) stories and emotional plotlines, this one is definitely for you. Thank you, FSG, for the ARC!

  22. 5 out of 5

    alice (arctic books)

    I really enjoyed this one! IN SEARCH OF US was my first Dellaira book so I was a bit unsure of what to expect buuuuut I was pretty pleased with this novel in spite of the few reservations I had. Things I liked: - the writing was super poetic and lovely and easy to follow. It was somewhat enchanting so I couldn't stop reading. - I enjoyed the parallel timelines between Angie and Marilyn. It was pretty easy to follow, and I really enjoyed reading about each girl's struggles. A few reservations: - Al I really enjoyed this one! IN SEARCH OF US was my first Dellaira book so I was a bit unsure of what to expect buuuuut I was pretty pleased with this novel in spite of the few reservations I had. Things I liked: - the writing was super poetic and lovely and easy to follow. It was somewhat enchanting so I couldn't stop reading. - I enjoyed the parallel timelines between Angie and Marilyn. It was pretty easy to follow, and I really enjoyed reading about each girl's struggles. A few reservations: - Although we got to see what each of them faced when they were seventeen, I still felt like there was SUCH a lack of connection between Angie and Marilyn overall. I felt like their mother-daughter bond was so strange because for most of the novel, besides the ending, they literally do not interact at all. - Additionally, I wasn't a huge fan of Angie. She gets her ex-boyfriend, who's still in love with her, mind you, to drive her to LA. She's pretty much super cold towards Sam but at the very end of the novel, she tells him she loves him again and they get back together. To me, it felt very out of the blue. Overall, I did like the parallel timelines, which I think, really set this book apart. However, there were a few aspects here and there that annoyed me. If you enjoy contemporary, romance, road trip adventures, and figuring out family history, be sure to check this one out. Thank you to Macmillan for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Star Rating: 3.5 Stars Well that was better than I expected. The story is beautifully written. However, it starts out rather slow, but the middle really delivers. And I wasn't totally satisfied with the ending. I thought it wrapped up a little to nicely.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marta :}

    You can find my review on my blog as well here “The funny thing about beauty, James writes, is that in no way does its presence negate the truth of suffering, of injustice, of pain, but it does stand stalwart in its own right, as its own truth.” Ava Dellaira did it again for me and I might have to call her one of my favorites authors now because I thought there was no way she could make me this sad after I’ve read Love Letters to the Dead. I knew what to expect. I was coming in prepared, but som You can find my review on my blog as well here “The funny thing about beauty, James writes, is that in no way does its presence negate the truth of suffering, of injustice, of pain, but it does stand stalwart in its own right, as its own truth.” Ava Dellaira did it again for me and I might have to call her one of my favorites authors now because I thought there was no way she could make me this sad after I’ve read Love Letters to the Dead. I knew what to expect. I was coming in prepared, but somehow she still managed to break my heart. HOW? Just how? Trigger warnings : violence, drug use, mentions of sexual assault. This book is gorgeous inside and out, it’s amazing and the subject is incredible. I loved how it switches perspectives from Angie and her mother, Marilyn, their stories are obviously intertwined and you get to see them in their own journeys of self-discovery at 17-18 years old when they are both trying to know themselves better and understand what they truly need. I have to say that I enjoyed Marilyn’s story a little bit more and her personality as well. While I could understand Angie’s reason for being selfish, I thought she mistreated Sam a great deal and their love story ended up being kind of meh to me. It wasn’t realistic in the end and I felt like they might have been better off as friends. But that wasn’t a big part of the book, so moving on. Angie goes on a road trip with Sam to discover what happened with her father, how he ended up dead or if he’s still alive considering her mother lied to her about her uncle being dead as well (while he’s pretty much alive in Los Angeles). While we see Angie visiting Los Angeles for the first time and experiencing things that she never could before because Marilyn had always been rather protective of her, we also get to see Marilyn’s part of the story. We see teenager!Marilyn moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting/modelling career, which is more her mother’s dream rather than hers, we see her struggling with being a good daughter and not disappointing her mother, but also fulfilling her dreams. The most central part of the story is Angie’s parents, James and Marilyn’s love story. Something that was vibrant and really touching. I enjoyed reading about them slowly falling in love with one another and I thought their romance was very well developed. I loved their dates, the way they shared mix-tapes and their interactions with Justin, James’ brother. They were so cute. Also, I want to mention that James and Justin are black and Angie is mix-raced. I loved how Dellaira included racism, but in a very subtle way. It’s not central, it’s just something she brushes upon. I really liked it, now I’m not black, so I can’t really talk about rep or anything like that. But to me, it didn’t seem offensive or anything like that. My only real complaint is that we didn’t see enough of Angie and Marilyn together, I would have loved to see more flashbacks because they are the main characters and we get to see their stories, but they are a bit disconnected one from another. I loved the writing, but that was kind of expected. I loved how passionate each character was, Dellaira creates very compelling characters that are very passionate about their hobbies. For example, in this one, Marilyn is very enthusiastic about photography and you can just feel her love for taking pictures, it’s very relatable. Also, Angie has this kind of strange interest of searching up how many people are currently living in our world, but I could feel her “if there are so many people alive right now, how can you matter when you’re such a little part of this world?” debate. I would really recommend this book to you if you’re looking for a contemporary that focuses on learning more about yourself, about your meaning in this world, on family and love and loss. I want to thank Hot Key Books for sending me this physical copy of In Search of Us, this hadn’t affected my review, nor my rating in any way.

  25. 4 out of 5

    may ☆彡

    I cried my heart out. Okay, so I know people say things like that all the time, (and granted, I do too), but I’m pretty sure my heart actually broke while reading this. My friends can vouch for me- I texted that I was crying and they facetimed me and the first thing they saw was my distraught expression with tears streaming down my face. So that happened. Really, though, this was one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. The mother-daughter bonds made me think of Gilmore Girls, except a l I cried my heart out. Okay, so I know people say things like that all the time, (and granted, I do too), but I’m pretty sure my heart actually broke while reading this. My friends can vouch for me- I texted that I was crying and they facetimed me and the first thing they saw was my distraught expression with tears streaming down my face. So that happened. Really, though, this was one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. The mother-daughter bonds made me think of Gilmore Girls, except a lot deeper and not as light and funny. I am so glad that my friend insisted I read this story because I don’t know where I would be without it. I even read it all in one sitting because I was so entranced in the plot. I don’t want to tell you why I was crying, because that would give away a lot, but I promise that it will shatter you. Okay so that was dramatic, but very, very true. It’s just so moving, but also horribly wrong and actually gives you a little bit of insight on police brutality, which I was not expecting. Please read this book. It is unlike any other that I have ever read. So many characters are struggling between what they want and what someone else wants. It’s just somehow relatable and sweet at the same time.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Y’all this book had SO MUCH potential. So much and for me it flopped because of Angie. There are some issues that will always be important to address and I feel like Angie’s character dulled my senses so much the first 80% that was just read to know what happened. Now Marilyn and James, this whole book could’ve been their story with way less inner dialogue from Angie. Half of the time I found myself skimming her parts because it was very bland. I really liked the book mainly for Marilyn and Jame Y’all this book had SO MUCH potential. So much and for me it flopped because of Angie. There are some issues that will always be important to address and I feel like Angie’s character dulled my senses so much the first 80% that was just read to know what happened. Now Marilyn and James, this whole book could’ve been their story with way less inner dialogue from Angie. Half of the time I found myself skimming her parts because it was very bland. I really liked the book mainly for Marilyn and James. I wanted them to win so bad. I just can’t get over how much I disliked Angie throughout the story, thus, 3 Stars. ***update*** I finally figured out how I feel about this book. It was watered down. So much potential to pack a huge punch.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Lewis

    i would recommend this book 100% i loved every minute from start to finish. There was so much going on , I loved the way the story was two different perspectives the mother when she was 17 and then her daughter when she was 17. It was beautifully written. I loved all the characters within the story each one had there own personality. I felt when reading the story that i was there and that the author painted a picture when telling the story it was so visual when i was reading the book i could see i would recommend this book 100% i loved every minute from start to finish. There was so much going on , I loved the way the story was two different perspectives the mother when she was 17 and then her daughter when she was 17. It was beautifully written. I loved all the characters within the story each one had there own personality. I felt when reading the story that i was there and that the author painted a picture when telling the story it was so visual when i was reading the book i could see everything feel and smell everything it was like so real .

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    There's no way I could describe how beautifully written this tragic love story is so I'm not even going to try. My recommendation is it's a MUST READ! I'm so glad I did.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Marie the Librarian

    This hit me right in the feels at the end. I was a crying mess. But it was so beautiful and heartbreaking and I loved it. I love the way Ava writes and I loved the characters.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kayleigh

    3.5 stars. “Seventeen years is too short to see on the cosmic timetable of our universe, of our planet, or even of our species. She doesn’t know how many years she’ll get, but right now, she’s here, among the living. Conscious and breathing. She’s alive on this day, in this world full of violence and unthinkable horror, cruelty and kindness, wonder and so much love.” In Search Of Us follows Marilyn and Angie, a mother daughter pair and their multigenerational love stories. To seventeen-year-old An 3.5 stars. “Seventeen years is too short to see on the cosmic timetable of our universe, of our planet, or even of our species. She doesn’t know how many years she’ll get, but right now, she’s here, among the living. Conscious and breathing. She’s alive on this day, in this world full of violence and unthinkable horror, cruelty and kindness, wonder and so much love.” In Search Of Us follows Marilyn and Angie, a mother daughter pair and their multigenerational love stories. To seventeen-year-old Angie, who is mixed-race, Marilyn is her hardworking, devoted white single mother. But Marilyn was once young, too. When Marilyn was seventeen, she fell in love with Angie’s father, James, who was African-American. But Angie’s never met him, and Marilyn has always told her he died before she was born. When Angie discovers evidence of an uncle she’s never met she starts to wonder: what if her dad is still alive, too? So, she sets off on a journey to find him, hitching a ride to LA from her home in New Mexico with her ex-boyfriend, Sam. Along the way, she uncovers some hard truths about herself, her mother, and what truly happened to her father (hi, yes, I used the Goodreads summary again because I didn’t want to give too much away, and I definitely did every time I tried to write my own). This book is going to be a hard one to review. I’m torn between 2.5 and 3.5 stars, which is a wide range, but I truly can’t decide how I feel about it. I did enjoy it, though, and thought Ava Dellaira’s writing was incredibly beautiful and easy to connect with. And that does say a lot, because when I read Love Letters to the Dead back in 2014, I really didn’t enjoy it or Dellaira’s writing. That being said, her writing has definitely matured over the years, and it was easily one of my favorite parts of this book. It was easy to follow and made getting through the story even easier. On top of that, I like how both Marilyn and Angie’s stories came together and paralleled each other, and it was done so well. However, with all of that being said, I really didn’t care for Angie, and considering she’s a main character, that did make this book a bit difficult to get through. I won’t go into spoilers, but she was very self-centered and the way she treated Sam was... shitty, in my opinion, and made me dislike her even more. This seems to be a trend with me and Dellaira’s books, because I didn’t like Laurel from Love Letters to the Dead, either. Marilyn was great, though, and I loved learning about her story. I liked Sam a lot, too, and definitely thought he deserved more. Overall, In Search Of Us wasn’t my favorite, but I did enjoy it. I thought Ava Dellaira’s writing improved quite a bit and easily connected with it. I didn’t like Angie, but I did like learning about Marilyn and Sam. I also thought the mother/daughter relationship was a bit odd, because I didn’t feel much of a real bond between them, but that could’ve just been me. That being said, I’m interested to see what Dellaira writes next, even if her books haven’t been a huge favorite of mine so far. CW ↠ Mentions of sexual assault, use of drugs, and violence. Representation ↠ Biracial main character (her father is black, her mother is white). Read for the Gilmore Girls Readathon (October 1-15): ↠ #2: Read a book involving a mother/daughter relationship (in honor of Lorelai and Rory).

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