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Family Family

By Laurie Frankel
Family Family by Laurie Frankel digital book - Fable

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​“Not all stories of adoption are stories of pain and regret. Not even most of them. Why don’t we ever get that movie?”

India Allwood grew up wanting to be an actor. Armed with a stack of index cards (for research/line memorization/make-shift confetti), she goes from awkward sixteen-year-old to Broadway ingenue to TV superhero.

Her new movie is a prestige picture about adoption, but its spin is the same old tired story of tragedy. India is an adoptive mom in real life though. She wants everyone to know there’s more to her family than pain and regret. So she does something you should never do — she tells a journalist the truth: it’s a bad movie.

Soon she’s at the center of a media storm, battling accusations from the press and the paparazzi, from protesters on the right and advocates on the left. Her twin ten-year-olds know they need help – and who better to call than family? But that’s where it gets really messy because India’s not just an adoptive mother…

The one thing she knows for sure is what makes a family isn’t blood. And it isn’t love. No matter how they’re formed, the truth about family is this: it's complicated.

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3.5
“Fun, interesting, a good discussion of adoption in book form with some really cool characters. Thanks for the arc”
“Thank you to NetGalley and Henry Holt & Company for the advanced copy of Family Family in exchange for my honest review. I rated this book 2.5/5 stars. The premise of this book was intriguing and had me reflecting on both society and my own biases when it comes to adoption. However, I think the plot and the writing could have been done more effectively. I don't think the second pregnancy and adoption was at all necessary to the story. It felt more like a disingenuous "aha, gotcha!" from author to reader than an essential addition for depth of story. The writing was too repetitive and really bothered me as the story progressed. I could have excused this as intentionally cringe because the story was focusing on the perspective of children and adolescents most of the time, but the next sentence would have some sophisticated vocabulary which resulted in the whole prose sounding pretentious yet immature and too try-hard. Additionally, the time jumps worked better in the beginning, but towards the end of the book I think they messed up the pacing a bit. As far as characters, the kids were cute. India did read as more mature in her older years and more angsty and naïve in her younger years, so that was done well. I think Robbie's internal conflict was written well. I struggled with Davis and his complete lack of support and empathy for India. He was so self absorbed in his own misery that he couldn't just suck it up and support her through the most physically and emotionally painful experience a woman could go through? He made her go through it on her own while landing his dream job? Disgusting. I can understand being pissed off at her and her utter lack of responsibility that put them in that situation. That being said, men who don't want to get pregnant can take half the responsibility and insist on using a secondary form of birth control rather than putting the entire responsibility on their partner. And they can certainly reflect on that and support their partners through the trauma of birth rather than letting them do it on their own. I think it would have been powerful for India to tell Davis that and to tell him how utterly cruel and selfish it was for him to be absent and let her do it all on her own, not to mention placing the blame entirely on her shoulders and judging her moral character for "letting" it happen.”

About Laurie Frankel

Laurie Frankel is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of novels such as The Atlas of Love, Goodbye for Now, and the Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine Book Pick This Is How It Always Is. Frankel lives in Seattle with her husband, daughter, and border collie. She makes good soup.

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