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In Every Way

3.34  ·  Rating Details ·  150 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Chapel Hill college student Maria finds herself in a difficult and familiar predicament—unexpectedly pregnant at nineteen. Still reeling from the fresh discovery of her mother’s diagnosis with cancer, Maria’s decision to give her daughter up for adoption is one that seems to be in everyone’s best interest, especially when it comes to light that the child’s father hasn’t ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by Counterpoint (first published February 1st 2015)
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Feb 10, 2015 Kristine rated it did not like it
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I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

I am not going to sugar coat this one because I can't. It was not a good book and I really disliked it. Numerous times I thought about giving up on it but it is not in my nature to do that. I wish I had because it didn't improve.

What did I hate so much about the book? That's an easy question to answer. I hated Mar
Feb 26, 2015 Brian rated it really liked it
In this novel, Maria is pregnant and decides to give up her baby for adoption. She's not ready to take care of a baby and wants to give her child a good home. Her mother is dying of cancer, and her boyfriend is a bit of a jerk. Maria picks a couple that she finds to be wonderful, the scholarly Philip, and the beautiful Nina who live in Beaufort, a town Maria has always loved. Maria decides to go with her ailing mother on a roadtrip to this town where she runs into Philip, who has her daughter ...more
Cindy S
Apr 11, 2015 Cindy S rated it really liked it
When Maria was 19 years old, she met Jack on a friend's front porch, and three months later she was taking a pregnancy test. She had been trying to avoid her ex-boyfriend by skipping her life-drawing class at the University of North Carolina, where her mother was an English Professor & Scholar. Her high school teachers had suggested Yale because she excelled in art and had private lessons since she was in 4th grade, but UNC offered discounts for faculty family members. And then there was her ...more
Jan 31, 2015 Joan rated it it was ok
Nineteen-year-old Maria finds herself enmeshed in difficult circumstances: her mother has been diagnosed with stage four breast cancer and while Maria is trying to deal with that she discovers that she is unexpectedly pregnant. She makes the decision to give up her child [a girl she names Bonacieux] for adoption, choosing a couple she recognizes from Beaufort, the town where she and her mother have spent their summers. Later, when she and her mother just happen to be in Beaufort for an extended ...more
Jaclyn Day
Apr 13, 2015 Jaclyn Day rated it really liked it
This book is beautiful and sad. Maria, a 19-year-old student discovers she is pregnant and after much contemplation, decides to give the child up for adoption. Prior to this, Maria and her mother spent a lot of time on the Carolina coast each summer. Now, in the midst of a tumultuous time–Maria having recently given up the child and her mother suffering from cancer–they decide to return to the coastal town they love. Maria has secrets though: she knew the adoptive parents she chose for her ...more
Mar 06, 2015 shadyKD rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a movie in the works? In Every Way YES

Wonderful story. The plot moved quickly, but with ample time to develop the characters. I loved the honesty of Maria's feelings. I had anticipated a sad story, but felt uplifted when it was over.
Feb 21, 2015 Cas rated it it was amazing
A quick read. Loved it.
Dec 05, 2016 Karen rated it it was ok
Like a Lifetime movie...only worse
Susan Becraft
Too contrived

Many facets of this book were too fantastical for me. Maria, a nineteen-year-old young woman, has a child out of wedlock. Because the baby's father is less than reliable, she decides to give the child up for adoption. During Maria's pregnancy, her mother is in end-stage breast cancer and barely alive.

The adoptive parents live in Beaufort, and when Maria's mother wants one last visit with her college roommate who lives there, Maria cannot get her suitcase packed quickly enough. (Mari
Mar 30, 2015 Michelle rated it liked it
If a woman read this book in a bad mood, she'd finish it and think, "That's why men shouldn't write female protagonists." The details are correct. Her breasts leak upon being reunited with the daughter she gave up for adoption. But her movements feel hollow. The writing is forensic. It tells you what is happening and how the characters are feeling, but it doesn't feel authentic. But, on the other hand, I appreciated that it's a story about a woman giving her child up for adoption--"women's ...more
May 11, 2015 Tracy rated it really liked it
Reasonably well written book with an interesting plot. Young girls gives a baby up for adoption and in scanning the prospective parents, sees a man she recognizes from her summer vacation town and chooses him and his wife. On summer vacation, she gets a job babysitting. Disaster ensues.

Adoption issues abound as well as issues with her mother's terminal illness. I thought the book was reasonably compelling if the plot appeals, but not a must-read.
Aug 06, 2015 Laila rated it liked it
This book was very interesting. It was so wrong IN EVERY WAY, so that you are cringing as the main character makes her bad choices, one after another, and yet you keep reading. It definitely showed how everyone is flawed and yet how you can absolutely still love them in spite of that.
Jul 23, 2015 Val rated it did not like it
I only finished this book because I kept thinking, "It's got to get better than this." But it didn't. I really wanted to dope-slap Maria and tell her, all of these problems are due to your incredibly stupid and selfish decisions. Why did I waste my time on this book? Please don't waste yours.
Rebecca Turner
Jan 25, 2016 Rebecca Turner rated it really liked it
It's hard to review a book by your friend, but I will say that it kept me up late two nights in a row and made me feel lots of feelings.
Mar 21, 2015 Rita rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book - a quick read. I chose this book because of the adoption story, which sounded so interesting. Maria is pregnant and her mother is dying of cancer. Lots of emotion.
Jun 22, 2015 Barby rated it liked it
I liked it. decent beach read. the main character is difficult to like but it suits the purpose of the story.
May 04, 2015 Jill rated it liked it
As a quick beach read, not bad. I liked the beginning much more than rest of the book, which gets too overwrought.
Meredith Mccarroll
Apr 09, 2015 Meredith Mccarroll rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and heartbreaking, but it a way that affirms the mistakes we make and the mess that is life.
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Nic Brown is the author of the novels In Every Way, Doubles, and the story collection Floodmarkers, which was selected as an Editor's Choice by The New York Times Book Review. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Harvard Review, Glimmer Train, and Epoch, among many other publications. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Columbia University, he was the 2012-13 John and Renee ...more
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