Review: Relative Strangers by Paula Garner

Posted May 22, 2018 by Laura Mauro in Book Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Relative Strangers by Paula GarnerRelative Strangers by Paula Garner
Published by Candlewick Press on April 10, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Why is there a gap in Jules’s baby album? A wry and poignant coming-of-age novel about finding the truth in lies, salvaging hope in heartbreak, and making peace with missing pieces.

Eighteen-year-old Jules has always wished for a close-knit family. She never knew her father, and her ex-addict mother has always seemed more interested in artistic endeavors than in bonding with her only daughter. Jules’s life and future look as flat and unchanging as her small Illinois town. Then a simple quest to find a baby picture for the senior yearbook leads to an earth-shattering discovery: for most of the first two years of her life, Jules lived in foster care. Reeling from feelings of betrayal and with only the flimsiest of clues, Jules sets out to learn the truth about her past. What she finds is a wonderful family who loved her as their own and hoped to adopt her — including a now-adult foster brother who is overjoyed to see his sister again. But as her feelings for him spiral into a devastating, catastrophic crush — and the divide between Jules and her mother widens — Jules finds herself on the brink of losing everything.


This book was beyond amaazing. If you enjoy t.v shows like the fosters. This book must be on your TBR. I loved jules as a lead character and loved the whole story from start to end. I loved how this book handled the relationship between her and Luke and really became emotional invested. Even the sometimes predictable nature of the book was made unique by the how the story was told. I loved the growth of the characters in the books so much changed in this short novel. I love the cast of characters and you  felt immediacy connected to them all. I would def rec. this book for upper teens to sex and language used. It was super fast pace read! I def need to check out more by this author it made me laugh and cry and that is hard to do in a novel! I really rec. this book if you are looking for emotional but solid cont. novel!

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