“She’s alive on this day, in this world full of violence and unthinkable horror, cruelty and kindness, wonder and so much love.”
-Ava Dellaira, In Search of Us
Hi everyone! A few months ago I was sent a copy of In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira, thanks to Hot Key Books, and I thought it was just beautifully written.
Here’s the blurb:
Because the missing pieces always matter . . .
Marilyn is in search of freedom. She grew up as a child actor, her mother’s meal ticket out of mediocrity. But it’s been a long time since she booked a job, and she and her mother have no choice but to move in with her volatile uncle.
Marilyn is counting down the days until she can escape to college, and the promise of her own future. That is, until she falls in love with James, the boy downstairs, who shows her that her life is worth living in the present. At 17, Marilyn is about to learn that everything can change in an instant.
Angie is in search of answers. She is mixed race and has never met her father, but she knows she looks and thinks a lot like him. Though Angie grew up with her devoted mother, Marilyn, she’s always felt the absence of the man she never knew.
But after discovering that her mother has been lying to her, Angie sets off on a road trip to Los Angeles, in search of an unknown uncle – and maybe even her dad. At 17, she hopes to finally find out the truth about where she came from so she can discover who she truly is.
Told in two perspectives, Marilyn’s in the late 90s, and Angie’s today, IN SEARCH OF US is a sweeping inter-generational story about mothers and daughters, love and loss, holding on and letting go.
Told in two timelines – Angie’s – who is mixed race – and Marylin’s – her white mother – we follow both of their stories up to their present day life. Exploring their identities and first loves, this is a book that will both break your heart and fill it with fresh hope anew.
Sweet and sad and romantic, this is a story that deals with many hard-hitting themes, like grief and racism and how your story matters.
I loved the mother – daughter point of views and how they entwined to gradually reveal the truth of their story to the reader – along with how Angie and Marilyn could only construct their story together.
At times gut-wrenching, but always important, this YA contemporary was beautiful and stays with you.
I recommend this one to those of you that like your contemporaries with depth and heart.
Has anyone else read this one? Thoughts?
Which books are on your TBRs for this summer?