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How It Feels to Be Adopted

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19 boys and girls, from age 8 - 16 and from every social background, confide their feelings about this crucial fact.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 12th 1988 by Knopf (first published 1982)
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Kaitlin
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nice mini-memoirs from children who have been adopted. This is rather dated (look at the pictures), which is a disadvantage in that adoption custom and law have changed, and technology available to children has as well. Searching for a birthparent is not only likely easier than it was in the 80s, but it is also often unnecessary, as open adoption has become more commonplace, and being adopted is no longer something to be hidden (though there are still plenty of negative stereotypes).

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Jean Minton
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I appreciated How It Feels to be Adopted for its uniqueness. Very few books exist that tell the story of adoptees from their perspective and this is the only one that I’ve seen that solicits adoptees’ opinions as children rather than as adults looking back on their experience. This book provides readers with insight into the feelings, questions, and thoughts of 19 adopted children, ranging in age from eight to sixteen.
Since it was first published in 1982, families have grown in their openness
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Marsha
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
This was a book I had from back in high school - decided to read to maybe get an idea of where AK is coming from - really old book, somewhat outdated, published in 1982 - probably made me more anxious than comfortable
Christen
Nov 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Interesting to read. I had never previously thought about how it would feel to be adopted. This is a very short book, mostly helpful probably to teens who were adopted, and who feel alone in their feelings.
Denise
Apr 06, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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