Sunday, 22 April 2018

Review - In Search Of Us by Ava Dellaira

Title: In Search Of Us
Author: Ava Dellaira
Pages: 403
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Release Date: 6th March 2018

Blurb from Goodreads: 

The author of the beloved Love Letters to the Dead returns with a parallel story of a mother and daughter each at age seventeen. Marilyn's tale recounts the summer she fell in love and set out on her own path. Angie's story is about her search for her unknown father.

This sweeping multi-generational love story introduces readers to mother-and-daughter pair Marilyn and Angie. To seventeen-year-old Angie, who is mixed-race, Marilyn is her hardworking, devoted white single mother. But Marilyn was once young, too. When Marilyn was seventeen, she fell in love with Angie's father, James, who was African-American. But Angie's never met him, and Marilyn has always told her he died before she was born. When Angie discovers evidence of an uncle she's never met she starts to wonder: What if her dad is still alive, too? So she sets off on a journey to find him, hitching a ride to LA from her home in New Mexico with her ex-boyfriend, Sam. Along the way, she uncovers some hard truths about herself, her mother, and what truly happened to her father.


My Review:
*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hot Key Books*

In Search Of Us follows two generations of a family - Marilyn and her daughter Angie.
Angie grows up without a father, but in Marilyn's chapters, we follow her as she meets and falls in love with James (Angie's father).
In Angie's parts of the story, she discovers that her uncle may be alive. Having been told by Marilyn that he is dead, Angie begins to wonder if her father could possibly still be alive too.
Why does Marilyn become a single parent?
What lengths will Angie go to in order to discover the truth?

I was hoping to enjoy In Search Of Us, but I don't think I expected it to hit me as hard as it did.
I liked both Marilyn and Angie as protagonists. I felt sorry for both of them, and also found them to be believable and relatable characters.
Marilyn and James were so sweet together. It was heartbreaking knowing that something was going to happen to stop them being together.
I enjoyed the plot and the alternate points of view. It was interesting to read about a mother and daughter.
I could understand why Angie wanted to find out about her father.
The writing style was easy to follow and towards the end of the book I flew through the pages, both intrigued and scared to find out James's fate.

Overall this was an enjoyable read that I would recommend.