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.
So this is a contemporary book, dealing with issues like family, death, and teenage pregnancy, and those themes. And with the dual perspectives of Jill and Mandy, well, we got a more complete story, and I just really enjoyed that!
So you have to know that Jill's mom went on to adopt Mandy's baby, or else, why would they be in the same story? And yeah, again, both perspectives, I loved seeing both sides, a girl who didn't want a sister, a girl who though she couldn't take care of her child. Because these girls were about the same age.
This is also a book on how to deal with grief, all kinds of the stuff. From Jill, with her dad, and Mandy, with her upbringing, not being wanted, and then making a choice because of that, to give up her baby, yeah.
I think it was a really great resolution to the ending, and how things were, that was a really great ending! The characters had a lot of things that they had to deal with, and when they came out of it, they were in better places!
I enjoyed this book a lot, it was really great to read!
Author: Sara Zarr
Read: October 28th, 2012
Reason Why: Sounded like a great book, and people seemed to enjoy it!
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: October 18th 2011