ARC Review: Relative Strangers by Paula Garner

Relative Strangers by Paula Garner

Published April 10, 2018 by Candlewick Press

Genres YA, Contemporary

Pages 368

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Eighteen-year-old Jules has always wished for a close-knit family. She never knew her father, and her ex-addict mother has always seemed more interested in artistic endeavors than in bonding with her only daughter. Jules’s life and future look as flat and unchanging as her small Illinois town. Then a simple quest to find a baby picture for the senior yearbook leads to an earth-shattering discovery: for most of the first two years of her life, Jules lived in foster care. Reeling from feelings of betrayal and with only the flimsiest of clues, Jules sets out to learn the truth about her past. What she finds is a wonderful family who loved her as their own and hoped to adopt her — including a now-adult foster brother who is overjoyed to see his sister again. But as her feelings for him spiral into a devastating, catastrophic crush — and the divide between Jules and her mother widens — Jules finds herself on the brink of losing everything.

This was a very interesting story about family and relationships. Our main characters Jules, I found to be a pretty relatable character, between her insecurities and her loves for food. Besides family and relationships, this book also touches on a numbers of other subjects such as love, loss and self-discovery. This is definitely a unique story and a plot line that I had not previously encountered. Jules certainly goes through a wide range of emotions through this book as she learns about her past and the gets to know the people who were a part of it.

If you are a fan of contemporary, family based YA stories, definitely add this book to your TBR.

Thank you to Candlewick Press for sending me an ARC of this book.

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