Rambling about books

Book review: In Search Of Us, by Ava Dellaira

Book cover from Goodreads

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️☆

Title: In Search Of Us

Author: Ava Dellaira

Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Young Adult

Goodreads link

What do I think?

After continuously reading historical fiction for the past few months, I am back to reading a young adult fiction. To be frank, I was not that keen about reading this book, and I can’t even remember why this was on my TBR list. The last book from Ava Dellaira that I read was Love Letters to the Dead, and unfortunately I did not quite enjoy the book; I hate a lot of trouble in liking the characters. That being said, I was not holding my breath for this one.

And indeed, it was a struggle to enjoy this book for the first few pages. There was something in the way Marilyn led the story that does not sit right with me; it was like waiting for something bad to happen because there were always an air of bad omen in the way Marilyn led her story. It did not get easier when Angie led her story, it was a typical spoilt teenage girl who thinks she had the world figure out. If it weren’t for my curiosity about what secret that Marilyn kept from Angie, I might have given up on the book altogether.

Thankfully, my patience was rewarded, because as the story progresses, so does Marilyn as a character. You can see her character growth from a clueless teenage girl without any spirit into this spirited girl who wants something big in her life. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for Angie; where you see that Marilyn progresses as character, Angie sort of stuck to how she was when the story first started. As for the big kept secret? It was heartbreaking, and I so wished it didn’t happen the way it happened.

All in all, I quite enjoy the book, the character’s progresses and it was definitely much more enjoyable than Love Letters to the Dead. My one problem was the fact that after the big kept secret was then revealed, I felt that the author rushed the book to its ending. Everything felt so rushed because the one thing that would keep the reader tethered to the story is no longer present, therefore I felt that the author just wanted to end the story for fear that the reader might not find the story interesting anymore.

What’s the story about?

Taken from Goodreads

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.

The funny thing about beauty, is that in no way does its presence negate the truth of suffering, of injustice, of pain, but it does stand stalwart in its own right, as its own truth.

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