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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Somewhere Out There by Amy Hatvany
Published by Washington Square Press on March 1, 2016
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary Women, Family Life, Literary
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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? 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.
Somewhere Out There is a book about serious family issues with some heart. Adoption is a book topic I have seen and read quite a lot in the last few years. I think because it is such an emotional issue it lends itself well to crafting drama. Told from three perspectives, Somewhere Out There is the story of what happens when lives are divided. Brooke and Natalie are given up for adoption by their young mother; Natalie is immediately adopted, but Brooke’s life takes a different path. Reconnected as adults they both must work through the addition of a sister and the knowledge that they were split up. A tale of family in different forms Somewhere Out There attempts to help define it.
Amy Hatvany created an interesting tale with Somewhere Out There; a family drama that spanned multiple generations and affected many lives. The writing was great, Hatvany was able to switch between multiple narrators without losing focus. The plot was not super original but had some very distinctive moments and the world was nicely fleshed out. There was a lot of emotion in Somewhere Out There, but at times it seemed forced. The characters were fine, but other than Natalie, I found the rest selfish and couldn’t really connect with them. Brooke was angry and hurt to the point of pushing everyone away and the parents were all more concerned with their feeling’s above anyone else’s.
Somewhere Out There was a nice read with some great emotion. However it just didn’t grab me. I still enjoyed reading it and I really enjoyed the chapters from Natalie’s perspective. I just didn’t connect with the other two narrators. I did like Hatvany’s writing and will read another of her books when I have a chance to.
Favorite lines – Maybe that decision, however heart-wrenching, was meant to be made. To shift the course of my life and put me right here, exactly where I belonged.
Biggest cliché – We never told you to protect you.
Have you read Somewhere Out There, or added it to your TBR?
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge