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Somewhere Out There

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  3,454 ratings  ·  424 reviews
What happens when two sisters who were torn apart when their young mother abandoned them—and grew up in tragically different circumstances—reunite thirty-five years later to find her? For readers who love Jodi Picoult, acclaimed author Amy Hatvany fearlessly explores complex family issues in her gripping, provocative new novel.

Natalie Clark knew never to ask her sensitive
Paperback, 344 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Washington Square Press
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Megan Johnson
Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be 'bland.'

With that being said, it's not a bad book. I actually really did enjoy it and would even recommend it to others if they expressed interest. It's a fresh take on the "closed adoption" story, and it's not like anything I've really ever read.

But my one complaint is that it easily could have been condensed to a short story. The alternating perspectives added further insight and a glimpse into the characters that, although linked, poss
Diane S ☔
Dec 18, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 Read through some of the reviews on here, many fours and fives, so I know this will ne an unpopular review with many. Heck, it's an unpopular review with myself, I gave her first novel five stars, was blown away.

Identified somewhat with the subject matter, not seeing my real father since he was five. Of course, here the two sisters are separated, not knowing their real mother nor father, so it is of course much more difficult. By its very nature, this calls for drama, it is a dramatic subje
Judy Collins
Talented Amy Hatvany returns following (2014) Safe with Me landing on my Top Books of 2014 List with another complex, emotional, and riveting novel, SOMEWHERE OUT THERE. A gripping page-turner.

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” –Cynthia Occelli

Amy’s sixth book is a powerful tale of a mother’s love—
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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** I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

I have read quite a few books by Amy Hatvany but it's been a while and I forgot. I forgot how much I loved her writing and I forgot how her stories make me feel. Then I read Somewhere Out There and I remembered why she is a favourite author of mine. She always leaves me emotional and satisfied.

Somewhere Out T
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Walker was a young and struggling single mother, barely able to feed her four-year-old daughter Brooke and her 6 month old baby Natalie. They are even living in their car, and the desperation of those circumstances catapult Jennifer down a risky path, leading to incarceration and the loss of her two children. Sadly, Natalie was adopted, but Brooke spent her childhood in foster care, tossed about from home to home.

Somewhere Out There, set in and around the Seattle area, is a story that w
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Obviously, Amy Hatvany has a passion for writing women’s contemporary fiction that explores controversial issues of family life and she does it in such a timely manner that almost everyone can relate, whether it’s themselves, someone in the family or someone they know. She has a natural talent for exploring these subjects not to mention a background in sociology.

Amy’s newest novel delves into the heartbreaking story of a destitute mother, Jennifer, and her two little girls, Brooke and Natalie. T
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Amy Hatvany is well known as someone who is a master of the hard-hitting family related drama and for the most part, that continues in what is the author's sixth book. The story revolves around Jennifer and her infant child and older sister. Having been kicked out of home by her boyfriend, Jennifer is at rock bottom, trying the best to look after her daughters with no money and living out her car. In a desperate bid to get food she chooses to try and steal from a store only to be caught and take ...more
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommend
4.5 but I rounded up. I usually don't rate books like this so high, but I could not put this book down. It's the story of a young mother, Jennifer, with two young children who she cannot care for. She gets into trouble with the law and gives up her parental rights to her daughters. Fast forward to the two daughters, Brooke and Natalie, now grown, and how their lives have turned out. Each chapter is devoted to each character in turn. You really get to know each character and get to care about the ...more
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jennifer is a teenaged Mom, scared, alone and living in her car with her daughters. Brooke is 4 years old, and Natalie just a baby when Jennifer is arrested and gives up her parental rights.
The chapters alternate from each of the three as the years go on, sharing the stories of their lives.
Amy Hatvany is one of my favorite authors, I've read all of her books and liked them.
Pam Jenoff
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A thoughtful look at a woman searching for the truth about her birth mother and the heartbreaking choices faced by the woman who gave her up for adoption. Cannot wait for Hatvany's new book!
Suze Lavender
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer loves her two girls more than anything in the world. She's really young and she doesn't have a place to stay. They're living in her car most of the time and food is scarce. When one night things go very wrong she has to make the most difficult decision in her life, one that will have grave consequences.

Natalie has her own business. She's baking for a living and she loves what she does. She has a close relationship with her parents. She knows she's adopted, but her mother doesn't want to
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a very compelling book about a young mother who was faced with difficult circumstances and chose to give up her two daughters for adoption. The novel is told from three perspectives - both of the daughters and the mother. The oldest daughter was never adopted and grew up in the state facility and multiple foster homes while the baby girl was adopted into a loving family. It was a good read and one I didn't want to put down. (view spoiler) ...more
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. It hooked me right on the first page which is very unusual for me. I have read several other books by this author and haven't read one yet I didn't like. I hated to put this book down. I recommend this as a fast read, that will keep you turning pages, and involve several emotions. The ending left for a possible sequel, in my opinion.
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Amy Hatvany and after reading this, it won't be my last. The author has a real talent for writing believable characters who the reader cares about and understands and wants to see happy endings for. This was a fantastic book and once I started it, I couldn't put it down.

Jennifer is a young mother with two small daughters. They are living in her car and she doesn't have money to feed them or take care of them. After some bad decisions that end up with her in jail, she agr
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
This brilliant piece of domestic fiction explores adoption, nature/nurture, and mothers. A young mother (Jennifer) who by age 19 has two girls whom (she is almost forced to) give up for adoption. The reader learns of Jennifer’s life through chapters written in first person by Jennifer. Author Amy Hatvany does a fabulous job making Jennifer a sympathetic character, once you see her story. From the outside, the general public would think she’s a selfish train wreck. Jennifer does things beyond bel ...more
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Book Sparks for the opportunity to read and review my first book by Ms. Hatvany. This is a great, summer beach read. Two sisters given up for adoption when their young, unwed mother is sent to jail, go through half their life not knowing about each other. One was adopted into a settled home with a mom & dad and the other has a hard scrabble existence of foster care. They find each other, but struggle to reconnect and create a family bond. Both are not sure they want to know about th ...more
Andrea Dunlop
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A moving story about the complex relationships between a mother and her two daughter, and theirs with each other.
Mar 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written. Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Characters you loved and rooted for, despite their mistakes. The ending was a necessary one, even if it wasn't the typical storybook ending.
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Exquisite. Hatvany is a gorgeous storyteller.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: stand-alone, adult
While this was definitely better than the last book I read, it wasn't nearly as good as some of the other books I've read by Hatvany.

Somewhere Out There follows the story of Jennifer, who at 20 made the tough decision to relinquish her parental rights over her two daughters, as well as Brooke and Natalie, the two daughters who she gave up. The story was sweet and had me emotional at times, but the writing in this one was very bland and straight-forward. It really toned down the emotional scenes.
Camille Maio
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's been awhile since I've cried at a book, but this one pulled all the string! Five huge stars for SOMEWHERE OUT THERE. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
It gave me feel a lot of emotions....I can’t even imagine being in this position. Told in a great way..three woman...all connected.
Sheyla ✎
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Jennifer Walker had made so many mistakes even before she was twenty-one. She was pregnant by eighteen and her mother wanted nothing to do with her or her child. She did things she regretted and on the night she went to prison, she lost her two baby girls in a blink of an eye.

Natalie and Brooke grew up in different environments. Separated as children, Natalie was adopted while Brooke stayed in the foster care system and the state facility until she was eighteen.

Now both grown up in their la
Jennifer is a single mother. She lives in her car with her two daughters. Brooke is four, Natalie is six months old. Every day is a struggle but she does what she has to to be the best mom she can be. She has no money, no job and no one to help or support her. It becomes harder and harder to give the girls what they need, but Jennifer fiercely loves the girls and can't imagine a life without them.
When she is arrested she has to face the fact that they may be better off without her. Without no on
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Somewhere out there…Jennifer wanders where her daughters are.

Somewhere out there…Brooke wonders where her little sister is.

Somewhere out there…Natalie discovers she has a sister.

Amy Hatvany makes her characters so real that they seem like our friends – with all their strengths and their flaws. I have become a big fan of her writing style. Each of her books takes you on a journey into the heartaches and joys of her characters.

Brooke and Natalie – abandoned by their mother when they were very youn
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Good tender heart warming story well written..
Lis Carey
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Jennifer Walker is barely twenty, homeless, and trying to care for a four-year-old and a six-month old on her own when desperation and lack of money cause her to leave her two girls in her car while she tries to steal food from a convenience store.

She gets caught.

Facing a year in jail and no more prospects when she gets out than she has now, she very reluctantly signs away her parental rights. She assumes they'll be placed together, but of course babies are far more adoptable than four-year-olds
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Although the book started out on a heartbreaking note, it grabbed me and didn't let go. I enjoyed reading all the perspectives and seeing how the aftermath of one decision affected the lives of three women. I'm glad we got Jennifer's perspective, given that she is the mother of Brooke and Natalie. I liked her parts a lot and some of them reminded me of one of my favorite TV shows. Natalie and Brooke's stories were in contrast to one another, but balanced out the story well and were equally emoti ...more
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Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SOMEWHERE OUT THERE is a poignant story about a young mother named Jennifer who gives up her two daughters for adoption, and what becomes of them in the years following. Her girls, Brooke and Natalie, end up with very different childhoods, one trapped in the foster care system, and one adopted by loving parents. It's not until Natalie's daughter is assigned a "family tree" project at school that Natalie starts searching for her roots.

I always say that Amy Hatvany writes emotional stories, and t
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Amy Hatvany was born in Seattle, WA in 1972, the youngest of three children. She graduated from Western Washington University in 1994 with a degree in Sociology only to discover most sociologists are unemployed. Soon followed a variety of jobs – some of which she loved, like decorating wedding cakes; others which she merely tolerated, like receptionist. In 1998, Amy finally decided to sell her car ...more

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