It's always been a loaded word for Maude. And when she is given a senior photography assignment—to create a portfolio that shows the meaning of family—she doesn't quite know where to begin. But she knows one thing: without the story of her birth mother, who died when Maude was born, her project will be incomplete.
So Maude decides to visit her best friend, Treena, at college in Tallahassee, Florida, where Maude's birth mother once lived. But when Maude arrives, she quickly discovers that Treena has changed. With a new boyfriend and a packed social calendar, Treena doesn't seem to have time for Maude—or helping Maude in her search.
Enter Bennett, a cute guy who lives in Treena's dorm. He understands Maude's need to find her mother. And as Bennett helps Maude in her search, she starts to find that her mother's past doesn't have to define her own future.
Lauren Gibaldi has crafted a beautiful and timely coming-of-age story that poses the question: Is who we are determined at birth, or can we change as we grow?
Yeah! Another fantastic book by Lauren Gibaldi! It's another contemporary, dealing with the relationships of families and friends, and yeah, it was just so darned enjoyable! I loved seeing Maude and her friends look for information on her birth mother!
A big part of this book was her birth mother search. She knew her name, and where she died, but she didn't have really any personal details, of what made up her mother's personality. Another part of this book was discovering who she was, what she wanted to do, what relationships meant what to her.
I really enjoyed her photography, it was the whole starting point of this book, the project on family. And how Maude documented her journey with the photos, that was really great! It's not something that I understand, my mind doesn't work that way, but it was really awesome to read!
It wasn't a perfect ending, but life never is. Life is messy, and people have their emotions and their pasts. But it was better then where it started, with Maude with a more solid foundation into who she was, and some really strong relationships!
Loved this book, and yeah, it was just so enjoyable and great!
Author: Lauren Gibaldi
Read: March 21st, 2016
Reason Why: Sounded good, and I enjoyed her other book! And it's a SAC 2016 Book, Sophomore Challenge Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Expected Publication: June 14th 2016