Other People's Children
Carli is a pregnant teenager from a blue-collar town nearby, with dreams of going to c ...more
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It’s magnificent MASTERPIECE! It made me think so hard ! It made me cry! It made me pissed off! It made my heart pound too fast! It made me ache!
I adored all those multiple voices and I enjoyed to read their different narrations! Interestingly you can’t take sides at this book because all of the characters are right from their own perspective. Sometimes truth can be subjective and m ...more
Gail and Jon Durbin are a married couple who desperately want a child. They’ve suffered multiple miscarriages and have been sending out their adoption book to no success. Finally, 18 year old Carli picks them to adopt her baby. Carli has a terrible home life, with an abusive mother a ...more
BY R.J. HOFFMANN
Gail and Jon live a comfortable, well off life together except for the fact that they both want children and Gail has had three miscarriages and so they decide to adopt a newborn baby. Gail has a habit of writing lists of everything which will be part of this couple's undoing. They have the nursery room all decorated and Gail has been meeting with Paige who is handling their adoption. Paige is ethical and doesn't choose sides.
Carli is used to meeting with G ...more
Other People's Children is about what makes a family, the decisions we make to protect our families, and what it truly means to be a good mother. Gail and Jon, after suffering several miscarriages, begin the adoption process. Carli, a pregnant teenager, chooses them to be her child's parents. Carli's mother, Marla, however, has a different plan for her grandchild. The story mainly follows the three mothers as they navigate the adoption process an ...more
This book did a great job of showing desperation and want. I felt for all of the characters (well almost all of them) and could see both sides of this problem and wanted Gail and Jon ...more
Gail and Jon desperately want to raise a family but have been unable to carry a baby to term. Carli is a pregnant teenager who knows she is not ready to raise a child on her own.
The story follows the lives of Gail, Jon, Carli and Paige, the adoption agency representative. It shows the complexities of doi ...more
Gail and her husband are desperate to have a child. Gail has had a number of miscarriages and each one is more painful than the last ( I can relate). They decide to adopt and finally find a "mother" who will choose them to raise her baby.
This book gave a lot of insight to not just the parents adopting but also the Mother who is giving up her child. It also deals with what happens afterwards. It is an emotional book ...more
When feelings change and relationships are tested after the baby arrives, the book takes an unexpected turn I didn’t see coming. I especially love how this book ends! While I enjoye ...more
Gail and Jon, a middle class couple with successful careers, have suffered the dashed hopes of parenthood through three miscarriages. Jon carries a significant amount of emotional baggage due to his parents’ abandonment which leaves him terrified of his own inadequacies to be a good father. Gail also has iss ...more
The story starts off more or less straightforwardly, with Gail and Jon, a married couple who have struggled to conceive a child, finally getting matched with an expectant 18-year-old named Carli to adopt her baby. But then, after taking the baby home with them, Carli's mother Marla insists that Carli take the baby back, and so to avoid getting kicked out of the house by her deadbeat mother, Carli reclaims the child. But Gail and Jon ...more
This title had several themes that resonated with me - motherhood, fertility, parenting, adoption. Reading the back stories of the characters made my heart ache ...more
Jon and Gail Durbin have successful careers and a ...more
The sadness a couple feels when they are unable to have a child of their own is portrayed in this story. Gail has had a number of miscarriages and she and her husband, Jon, are devastated. They decide to go the route of adoption, and when their qualifications are accepted by a teenage girl, Carli, it sets in motion a series of events that bring consequences that probably were somewhat evident.
As we learn more of Cali, we find her living with her foul mouthed mother, Marla, who certainly ...more
RJ Hoffman writes a captivating story about the lengths that people are willing to g ...more
I thought the topic was interesting and ran at a good pace, and I felt that I could really connec ...more
Wow! What a powerful story this is! It is told from both sides of the most difficult decision a young mother could be faced with making. When Gail and Jon decide to adopt a baby they meet a pregnant teenage girl who is trying to find the best parents she can for her soon-to-be child. Carli’s life is one of d ...more
Jon and Gail have been dreaming of starting their family for years. After multiple miscarriages and several failed adoptions they finally get their chance until the birth mom decides to reclaim her baby.
Other People’s Children had a strong hold on my heart strings. I felt the emotions that Jon and Gail were feeling every step of the way and unlike the social worker, Paige, I began to hold out hope for the Durbins. I took sides... but then everything changed. The last 50% did not mesh with the e ...more
TW for this book: miscarriage, infertility
Whew! I was immediately intrigued by the plot of this book, and it does not disappoint. This book focuses on the Durbins, a couple who can't conceive a child, and Carli, the teenage mother who lets the Durbins adopt her baby. But then Carli changes her mind, and the Durbins are faced with an impossible choice. Should they return the baby that they ...more