Thursday, March 10, 2016

Book Review: Somewhere Out There

Title Somewhere Out There
Author Amy Hatvany
Release Date March 1, 2016

What happens when two sisters who were torn apart when their young mother abandoned them—and grew up in tragically different circumstances—reunite thirty-five years later to find her? For readers who love Jodi Picoult, acclaimed author Amy Hatvany fearlessly explores complex family issues in her gripping, provocative new novel.

Natalie Clark knew never to ask her sensitive adoptive mother questions about her past. She doesn’t even know her birth mother’s name—only that the young woman signed parental rights over to the state when Natalie was a baby. Now Natalie’s own daughter must complete a family tree project for school, and Natalie is determined to unearth the truth about her roots.

Brooke Walker doesn’t have a family. At least, that’s what she tells herself after being separated from her mother and her little sister at age four. Having grown up in a state facility and countless foster homes, Brooke survives the only way she knows how, by relying on herself. So when she discovers she’s pregnant, Brooke faces a heart-wrenching decision: give up her baby or raise the child completely on her own. Scared and confused, she feels lost until a surprise encounter gives her hope for the future.

How do our early experiences—the subtle and the traumatic—define us as adults? How do we build relationships when we’ve been deprived of real connection? Critically acclaimed author Amy Hatvany considers controversial and complicated questions about childhood through the lens of her finely crafted characters in this astute novel about mending wounds by diving into the truth of what first tore us apart.

The main thing I want to say about Somewhere Out There may be spoiler-y (honestly, I'm not sure if it is or not, so better safe than sorry), so other than that I'll be brief.

This was a wonderful book that I found incredibly hard to put down. I loved the multiple POVs and felt that each of the women had a truly unique voice. The writing was superb and full of emotion. I certainly recommend this book.

I appreciated the ending to Somewhere Out There. While I enjoy "everything is rainbows and sunshine" endings just as much as the next person, I also really love the endings that aren't so perfect. It's not that I don't think this book doesn't have a happy ending (it absolutely does in its very own way), it's not the gloriously happy reunion that a person may wish for. The ending truly felt authentic for the story and the characters. The alternative wouldn't have felt as realistic and would have been disappointing for me.


5 out 5 stars

* This book was received from Atria Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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