Jill MacSweeney just wishes everything could go back to normal. But ever since her dad died, she’s been isolating herself from her boyfriend, her best friends—everyone who wants to support her. And when her mom decides to adopt a baby, it feels like she’s somehow trying to replace a lost family member with a new one.
Mandy Kalinowski understands what it’s like to grow up unwanted—to be raised by a mother who never intended to have a child. So when Mandy becomes pregnant, one thing she’s sure of is that she wants a better life for her baby. It’s harder to be sure of herself. Will she ever find someone to care for her, too?
As their worlds change around them, Jill and Mandy must learn to both let go and hold on, and that nothing is as easy—or as difficult—as it seems.
This is my first Zarr book, and one of the only few with a premise that caught my attention. I'm not disappointed at all, I might even read the rest of the author's books :)
The author has expertly woven a world - real, complex, with equally real and layered characters. It took time for me to warm up to Jill and Mandy, but their story was one I was willing to stick to and finish till the end. I love their bonding, how they each had flaws but how they overcame their personal troubles, wounded but finally free. I was a bit surprised when Jill finally sympathized with Mandy, but overall I like the pacing and the alternating point of view.
My favorite characters are Ravi and Robin - both strong, unique characters. Perhaps the topic is ordinary, but the characters are so strong and realistically portrayed that it makes the reading experience so worthwhile.
So, much love for this book. I kept thinking of it at work and couldn't be at peace till I finally finished it. 4 out of 5 stars.