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Book Review: In Search Of Us by Ava Dellaria

*I am reviewing this book which I was gifted for free by Hot Key Books in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. *

In Search Of Us
Title: In Search Of Us 
Author: Ava Dellaira 
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Source: Sent by the publisher
Rating: 4/5 stars

Book Summary:

Angie considers herself unremarkable. She likes history and science, running hard, grilled cheese with burned edges. But today, everything will change.

A photo in an old box, in a drawer. Of her teenage mother with a boy she's never seen before - and yet Angie instantly knows it's her father. The father who died before she was born. But Angie begins to understand that there are things she has not been told. Things that Angie now need to know, more than anything.

And so she sets off in search of her father's story. Her mother's story. And her own story. Because she comes to realise, the missing pieces always matter.

Book Review:

Like a lot of people I had heard of Ava Dellaira because of Love Letters To The Dead, but when I got an opportunity to review her second book I was really excited although I haven't really heard that many people talk about it. Overall, In Search Of Us is an entertaining and heartfelt read that deserves to be read by everyone.

I don't really know what I was expecting when I picked up the good really. Even though I had had it on my TBR for a while, it was really the audiobook that made me pick it up and it was a great choice because the audiobook was amazing. I think that it was this low expectation that made me really love this book because I really did not know what to expect. 

I think the thing that I loved about the book is that it actually cares about the parents. We get to see the sacrifices of Angie's Mum in the book which was equally engrossing as Angie's story herself. Also as someone who does not really love teenage pregnancy in books, I liked how it was dealt with her.

I think that as a teenager Angie can also often put her needs first and forgot that her mum had been through some of the same struggles that she had too which are equally valid. I think that this development of both characters made the book so engaging and entertaining and I cared so much about all the characters. I think more for myself, it made me think about my own mum and all the things that happened to her when she grew up and the things that she dealt with. 

I think that the way that the two narratives were put together were just expertly done and I can't stop thinking about this book although it has been a really long time since I read it. I just want to post the review to hopefully inspire other people to read the book and give it a chance. I can't wait to read more books by Ava Dellaira in the future because she is a great writer.

The Verdict:

In Search Of Us is a great and unique YA story chronically two generations of a family. Whether you read YA constantly or want to try something new, In Search Of Us is perfect for everyone. 

Have you read In Search Of Us? Do you want to? Let me know in the comments below. 


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