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SOLVED: Children's/YA > SOLVED. YA adopted girl road trips Southern U.S. to talk to birth mother and heal. Spoilers ahead. [s]

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Tadgh | 28 comments General details:

YA realistic fiction (not exactly romance, definitely not mystery)
Read prior to 2012, around 2008 (2007-2010?), contemporary
Set throughout the South, starting in small-town Bethlehem in the Bible Belt, ending in the Carolinas
Hard cover sleeve design was girl standing in a fogged mirror with the title and author written into the fog, with it textured as such.


Adopted high school girl with PTSD has memories of "before," with somewhat frequent mentions of what her childhood was like with her birth mother and siblings. A guy she ends up dating offers to drive her across the South to her birth mother to talk about the past.

Spoilers? (super obvious ones are flagged hidden):

It's fairly readily apparent her mother killed her other siblings (this could be considered a crime book I guess). (view spoiler)
(view spoiler) I believe this has something to do with the title?
When they find her birth mother in the Carolinas, (view spoiler)
A lot of her "before" memories are of just her and her mother and her siblings in their house out in the middle of nowhere. Their house has a well and is near a patch of mud with crawdads in it.

Other details that might help find this book:

The main girl is under 5 foot, and her boyfriend is 6 foot or over.
They have a date before the road trip in a furniture store. There's some analogy I can't fully remember regarding the difference in used/own furniture versus new.
On their road trip, around the longer part detailing a motel stay and a pizza dinner, he teaches her how to drive a manual car, even though she can't fully touch the pedals.
She talks about a house on the side of the highway looking not unlike the house she grew up in so maybe her mother's house wasn't well-kept.
I remember the ending is in the Carolinas for the long talks regarding "Spanish moss" and shell-paved roads being "slicker than bird turds," although I don't remember which Carolina.

I remember a lot of detail regarding this book and it's driving me up the wall. I used to own it, no longer have access to it, and nothing I search has turned up any results.

Andria (airdna) | 2502 comments Mod
Breathe My Name by R.A. Nelson?

Tadgh | 28 comments YES. Thank you so much, this is exactly it!

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Rainbowheart | 21139 comments Breathe My Name for the trackable link.

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