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Published by HarperCollins on October 3rd 2017
Genres: Adoption, Family, Pregnancy, Siblings, Social Themes, Young Adult Fiction
A contemporary novel about three adopted siblings who find each other at just the right moment.
Being the middle child has its ups and downs.
But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including—
Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs.
And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After seventeen years in the foster care system, he’s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can’t hurt anyone but him.
Oh this book you guys!!
I love Robyn Benway… she just has a way of writing that digs into your heart and squeezes all the emotion and feels out. I turned the final page of this book and I just didn’t know what to think or feel or say.
It was just a beautiful story of love and friendship and family and finding the people you need at just the right time in your life.
Grace, Maya, and Joaquin are biological brother and sisters who suddenly are a part of each others lives. They each have had very different upbringings … Grace and Maya having been adopted and Joaquin having spent his life in the system. They all have an idea of who their bio mom was and assumptions of why she gave them up, but none of them could have guessed at the truth.
The way their stories merge and blend was just gorgeously written and the way these three siblings, all dealing with their own struggles, learn that they can depend on each other without judgement was just beautifully written.
Families are not perfect and Benway shows that despite that there can be things about them that are perfect.
Once again, Benway has written a complex story filled with layered characters, each on their own journey but each gradually finding that having each other makes that journey easier and more bearable.
If you haven’t yet read a Robin Benway book, I can’t urge you enough to do so! This one is definitely on my favorites shelf for good reason!