In Search Of Us by Ava Dellaira

In Search Of Us

The author of the beloved Love Letters to the Dead returns with a parallel story of a mother and daughter each at age seventeen. Marilyn's tale recounts the summer she fell in love and set out on her own path. Angie's story is about her search for her unknown father.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 hardworkin...

Details In Search Of Us

TitleIn Search Of Us
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Reviews In Search Of Us

  • kat ♡
    Actual rating = 3.5 stars :)This was my first book by Dellaria and I actually quite enjoyed it, when I went into it I wasn't sure what to expect but I really liked it, the writing was really good, I found I struggled to put it down at times because it just flowed so well. My favourite thing about this whole book that it was set in two different times, one chapter would be about Marilyn as a teenager falling in love with James and the other chapte...
  • Banny Carstairs
    RESEÑA EN ESPAÑOLActual Rate 3.5Ava's (author of Love Letters to the Dead) new book was released in México and other Latin-America countries first. It'll be out in the USA (and the rest of the world, I guess) next month and you should definitely read it then.In Search Of Us is Angie's story, she's an African-American seventeen-year-old girl who grew up without a father. Her mother, a white woman, has never been able to tell her much about him...
  • Thamy
    I wasn't ready for something so beautiful.Told in two timelines, we follow Marilyn's romance with her neighbor, who is a black boy, while she struggles to follow her mother's dream and bear with her uncle's addiction to gambling. And we also follow her daughter's search for her father eighteen years later, having been lied to a whole life Angie comes across an article on her uncle, who was supposedly dead. Now she has a chance to travel all the w...
  • Kate (beautifulbookland)
    I must admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Love Letters to the Dead - I read it while I was in hospital, and I literally can’t remember a thing about it aside from the fact that I struggled to finish it. But now I’m thinking I might try it again, because In Search of Us is one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking books I’ve ever read. It made my heart soar and then drop and then break, and I am going to shove it in everyone’s faces be...
  • Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
    I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group/Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. I fell in love with Dellaira’s writing from the first time I read Love Letters to the Dead, and I’ve read it several times since. I was so excited to get a copy of her new book!Angie has never known her father. Raised by a single mother, Marilyn, who would do anything for her, she still feels as though an import...
  • Meli
    Qué libro más nostálgico y autentico. Hermoso.
  • Samantha - WLABB
    Rating: 4.5 StarsI had wanted to read this book for many reasons. One, I really enjoyed Love Letters to the Dead. Two, I love multigenerational stories. Three, coming of age tales always work for me. Four, I never pass up a good romance. I am not quite sure what I was expecting from this book, but it delivered a total feelsplosion and was so beautifully tragic, I am kind of choked up right now just thinking about it.•Pro: I wasn't sure at first...
    I dove right into this one without recalling exactly what it was about, but I certainly couldn’t make myself stop turning the pages every time I picked it up. There was something compelling about this story, about Angie’s present day experiences and Marilyn’s moments more than a decade before, and I ended up really getting into it overall. The writing style took a little acclimatization, and it’s a heavy book, and I would have certainly l...
  • Mimi
    Actual rating 3.5I admit, I wasn't the biggest fan of Dellaira's previous work Love Letters to the Dead - the idea was stellar, the execution meh. Thankfully, this wasn't the case with In Search of Us.This is a tale of a multigenerational conflict, told in a compelling dual POV - one is Angie, an African-American teen, the other Marylin, a white woman and Angie's mother. The story jumps back and forth between Marilyn in her teens as she falls in ...
  • alice (arctic books)
    I really enjoyed this one! IN SEARCH OF US was my first Dellaira book so I was a bit unsure of what to expect buuuuut I was pretty pleased with this novel in spite of the few reservations I had. Things I liked:- the writing was super poetic and lovely and easy to follow. It was somewhat enchanting so I couldn't stop reading. - I enjoyed the parallel timelines between Angie and Marilyn. It was pretty easy to follow, and I really enjoyed reading ab...
  • Carla Dente
    4,5Me gustó muchísimo, incluso más que Cartas de amor a los muertos (libro que tampoco llegué a amar). Los personajes son increíbles y el cambio de perspectiva entre Marilyn y Angie está muy bien hecho (debo admitir que me interesaba mucho más la vida de Marilyn cuando era joven que lo que contaba Angie, pero esto no quiere decir que su perspectiva me aburriera)Ampliaré más en un próximo Wrap up, pero sepan que es un libro sumamente rec...
  • Nina (JustAddAWord)
    This was emotional and heavy and so, so good. IN SEARCH OF US follows Marilyn and Angie, mother and daughter, at seventeen years of age. And let me just say, right off the bat, that multigenerational stories are my absolute favorite. Marilyn’s story is set in the ninetees and Angie’s in modern time, and one of the many things I noticed and loved is that the time periods are described with their own unique characteristics (ie, pink panther ice...
  • Aleri
    Me costo mucho entrar en la historia, el hecho de que cambiarían tan rápido de narrador fue muy confuso para mí y quizás hasta la página 150 todo empezó a cobrar sentido. Tengo que decir que me encanta la frase en la que se inspiro Ava para hacer esta historia y como le dio un nuevo giro, así como el transfondo sobre la historia del papá de Angie, me parece que a diferencia de "Cartas de amor a los muertos" este libro lo supera con creces...
  • Sam Los Libros Son Mi Mundo
    Reseña próximamente.
  • Samantha Lewis
    i would recommend this book 100% i loved every minute from start to finish. There was so much going on , I loved the way the story was two different perspectives the mother when she was 17 and then her daughter when she was 17. It was beautifully written. I loved all the characters within the story each one had there own personality. I felt when reading the story that i was there and that the author painted a picture when telling the story it was...
  •  Caty
    La storia parla di due ragazze: Angie che ha diciassette anni ed è alla ricerca di risposte sul suo passato e Marylin, sua madre, che a soli diciassette anni ha incontrato il suo grande amore. Due vite, due racconti in parallelo che mostrano due generazioni unite e divise al tempo stesso. La storia è unica e profondamente emozionante, mi sono ritrovata in lacrime a girare le pagine mentre si alternavano passato e presente.Ava Dellaira fa un inc...
  • Annie
    Reseña completa--- de Libros--- de esas personas que no disfruto nada de nada el anterior libro de la autora (Cartas de Amor a los Muertos), al momento me gustó pero despúes mientras más lo pensaba me daba cuenta que menos me había gustado. Así que leer Quienes Solíamos ser no era mi prioridad pero me lleve una grata sorpresa cuando comencé a hojear el libro y me quede enganchada a la h...
  • Nicole
    I finally finished this book after it took me so long to read. But in a way, I'm glad I pushed through it. Full RTCEDIT!Actual Rating: 3.75/5 If you guys are looking to read a fluffy, lighthearted book, then this is not the one for you. And that’s because this book truly broke my heart. I actually had to put the book down for a while because it was quite the heavy read and I wasn’t in the mood for something so heartbreaking. Eventually, I kne...
  • Zoë Grace
    I was so eager to read this book following Ava Dellaira’s other release, Love Letter’s to The Dead.’ I fell so in love with Love Letters so I had high expectations. And unfortunately they were not met. This story was so jumpy and confusing for me. I got the basic plot points like it was following a mother and daughter both at age Seventeen. But it got confusing in my head whilst reading. I forgot who’s POV I was on and it was just ahh. PO...
  • Kayla
    I got sent this book in exchange for a honest review, all my opinions are my own and thank you so much to the publishers for sending me this book!Not a book for me.The book was okay and quite fast paced but I wasn't attached to the characters or the plot of the book and that really upset me cause I really wanted to love it!
  • TheSnowBook
    4.5No tuve la oportunidad de leer a la autora antes, así que este libro fue mi primera impresión de ella.Definitivamente creo que Ava tiene algo especial para demostrar sentimientos.Me gustó muchísimo la forma amena que tiene la autora de narrar la cotidianidad y los pensamientos de los personajes.Es una historia entretenida, por mi parte me hizo querer llegar hasta el final para saber los porqué de las decisiones tomadas por las protagonist...
  • Silvi Cerro
    Quienes solíamos ser es uno de esos libros que encantan, que logran robarnos un pedacito de corazón y muchas lágrimas.Una excelente historia sobre amor y racismo, que realmente merece una oportunidad.
  • Anastasia Gammon
    In Search of Us tells two parallel stories, of a mother and daughter, and of love and trauma that span generations. The first story follows Angie, a seventeen-year-old, mixed-race girl who has always believed that her father, James, died before she was born. Until she finds out that her mother, Marilyn, lied about James's brother also being dead. With the news that Angie's uncle is still alive and living in LA, Angie doesn't know if she can belie...
  • Laura
    While I have never been to Albequeque for more than a few hours, passing through, on my way back East, I did grow up and spend a quarter of a century in Los Angeles, so the places that are discussed in this book, I am familiar with. Granted, I lived there in the 1960-1980s, and the action, in this book, takes place in the 1990s-2016’s or so, but some things do not change, while others do. Back when I was a child, the freeways had names. You wou...
  • Lin
    Dos historias en tiempos diferentes, dos personas descubriéndose así mismas, una búsqueda, mil heridas, una muerte, una mentira. El pasado y el presente chocan entre sí destruyendo toda defensa de nuestras protagonistas y las del lector.---Este libro nos intercala entre dos historias:La de Angie, una adolescente de 17 años que ha vivido siempre con el peso de la ausencia de su padre, quien, según su mamá, que no es capaz de hablar del tema...
  • Samantha Shaw
    When a book starts by tossing out disconnected puzzle pieces that make up the inevitable end, it is a challenge to keep reading. The energy, plot arc, and tension have to be powerful enough to keep the rapt attention of the reader because though we know what happens, the author must make us need to know how it happens.“In Search Of Us” by Ava Dellaira (also the author of “Love Letters to the Dead”) is a book about family. For Angie, a sev...
  • Grace
    I was super excited to read an advanced copy of this book. It was a wonderful story told in alternating sections between Marilyn in the 1990's, and Angie, whose sections take place in modern times. In the 1990's, Marilyn is counting down the days until she can escape to college away from her mom's pressure to become a celebrity actress and model. She doesn't know how much her life will change when she meets James, the boy who lives downstairs fro...
  • Emma
    Grade: CAn ARC was provided by Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: I didn't love Ava Dellaira's debut, Love Letters to the Dead, but I wanted to give her sophomore novel a chance. However, I feel pretty much the same way about In Search Of Us that I did LLttD.Marilyn's and Angie's stories were vaguely interesting, but I didn't feel like I truly knew Angie. Her story seemed so dependent on her mother's, and ...