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When You Never Said Goodbye: An Adoptee's Search for Her Birth Mother: A Novel in Poems and Journal Entries

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A student at NYU in Greenwich Village, Liz McLane is pursuing her dream of becoming a poet and, at the same time, determined to find her birth mother, no matter what the results may be. Through her journals, Liz records her struggle to navigate adoption bureaucracy and laws.  In spare and poignant poems, she confides her fears and her prayers.  Could her birth mother be th ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 21st 2017 by Persea (first published February 21st 2017)
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Hilary
Aug 24, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

The book is written in a combination of journal entries, scrawled notes and poems. (I was a little apprehensive about that last, but they are scattered throughout and written in a variety of styles rather than dominating.) Although disjointed, it worked for me, really showing me Lizzie's mindset with the focus that only a young person has. As she muses on her mother's imagined traits, infusing her with all the good things, she builds a picture in her mind of the woman who gave her up. A
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Sandy Brehl
Highly readable and likely an important conclusion for those who read the earlier two books. references to previous storylines were subtle and helpful to me, since I had not read them. I can see this being of very strong interest to anyone struggling with identity issues related to adoption.
Melissa
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars - I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I didn't realize that this story is the 3rd one in a trilogy so I didn't have the backstory on Lizzie as other readers may have had. I don't think you need to read the first two to follow along with Lizzie's search to find her birth mother during her first year of college. Lizzie is a poet and tells the story of her search using poetic verse and rhythm. There were parts where I felt like pieces of the story were mi ...more
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Disclaimer: A free copy of this book was received through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lizzie McLane is living her dream studying poetry at NYU, but a shadow hangs over her. She was born in Manhatten but she's never known her birth mother. Lizzie tells records her story through poems and journals: her search for her first mother, her new friends at NYU, her struggle with her father’s death, her relationship issues and her meeting with the strangely f
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Jessica
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I was given a free ARC of this book from Netgalley and the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

I was originally very excited about this book because adoption novels always interest me and it had a different layout being told via poems and journal entries. In the end I was disappointed; at some points I even wanted to stop reading the novel.

The jumping from poem and journal entries was often confusing and just did not flow well at all. I often found myself going back and re-re
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Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Stunningly, beautiful book. Review to come.
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Honestly, I feel like I would have liked this more had it been written differently. It was hard for me to stay interested. I couldn't connect with the character or with what she was going through. I liked the premise though, the process of trying to find her birth mother. Maybe others can relate because of that. Otherwise, it was okay.
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