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Review: In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira

This sweeping multi-generational love story introduces readers to mother-and-daughter pair Marilyn and Angie. To seventeen-year-old Angie, who is mixed-race, Marilyn is her hardworking, devoted white single mother. But Marilyn was once young, too. When Marilyn was seventeen, she fell in love with Angie’s father, James, who was African-American. But Angie’s never met him, and Marilyn has always told her he died before she was born. When Angie discovers evidence of an uncle she’s never met she starts to wonder: What if her dad is still alive, too? So she sets off on a journey to find him, hitching a ride to LA from her home in New Mexico with her ex-boyfriend, Sam. Along the way, she uncovers some hard truths about herself, her mother, and what truly happened to her father

The story follows two points of view, a mother and daughter, Marilyn and Angie. In the present-day Angie wants to know about her father, having died before she was born,  her mother gets upset every time Angie mentions him and doesn’t know anything about him. After finding out she has an Uncle Angie is determined to find out more about her father.

In the flashbacks, Marilyn is a girl of seventeen, it follows her story of being somewhat abused by her mother and her meeting James, Angie’s father. Marilyn is forced to attend auditions, her mother basically pushes her dream of being a star on to Marilyn and since they have little money, Marilyn goes along with it.


The writing style makes the story quick and easy to read, it wasn’t super gripping but I still wanted to read on to know what happens. Toward the end I flew through it, I just had to know what happened to James.

I did prefer the flashbacks chapters from Marilyn’s perspective, mainly because I really needed to know what really went down with James. Marilyn and James were so cute together, knowing he dies really made me want to know what happened.
I loved how the stories intertwined and there were parallels between Angie and Marilyn’s stories.

Both Marilyn and Angie’s characters were really realistic and relatable, I didn’t expect their stories to hit me as hard as they did. I found it to be quite a powerful and emotional story about family, love and loss.

Overall it was a really good story and I recommend it, if you’re looking for a cute but tragic story this would be a good pick!

Rating: 3.75 Stars
* Thank you to Hot Key Books for sending me this in exchange for an honest review!


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