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, Young Adult Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Family, Romance, Teen, Fiction, Drama

Reviews In Search Of Us

  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
    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...
  • 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...
  • Sam Kozbial
    Rating: 4.5 StarsThat was so tragic and beautiful. I swear, my heart is overflowing right now. Full review to follow. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Trisha
    I was engaged and enjoying it, until 50 pages from the end, when I slammed by such emotion.Gah!! I could barely read the words (for tears). Such injustice and futility.Really beautiful.
  • Mariana
    Que bonito libro!
  • Sumaya Musse
    😭Review to come!
  • Rebecca Barber
    I loved In Search Of Us because its unusual take on perspective. Having a split narrative between Angie and her mother, Marilyn, meant that it had a depth her parental perspective that is often lacking in YA novels. It made the novel that much more heartbreaking, to be able to see where Marilyn’s protectiveness stems from and at the same time why Angie feels so lost and unimportant.I also found it really refreshing to see a teenage YA character...
  • Carin
    Angie never met her father. He died before she was born. Sure, life would have been hard with him too, as her parents were still teens when they got pregnant, and her father was black and her mother is white, but still, she'd give anything to have known him. Her mother won't even talk about him—she gets too upset when he comes up.When Marilyn met James, she and her mother were crashing at her uncle's crappy LA apartment, as her mother's dreams ...
  • Ellesse
    Seventeen year old Marilyn and her mother must move out of their home, with nowhere else to go they move in with Marilyn’s Uncle Woody. After moving in Marilyn makes a connection with a boy her age from downstairs, James. Together they go on adventures, explore LA and planning their future together by studying at the local library, each trying to ensure they get into college. Marilyn snaps them as they go, documenting the world around them, wha...
  • Andreína
    Me cuesta creer lo mucho que disfruté esta historia, y al mismo tiempo, lo mucho que me dolió.Ava nos cuenta sobre Marilyn y Angie, madre e hija. Angie tiene 17 años y no tiene idea de quien era su papá. Sólo sabe que se llamaba James y que murió en un accidente de tráfico y eso no le parece suficiente, así que decide investigar por su cuenta la historia que Marilyn no le quiere contar.Me encantó como vemos los puntos de vista de Marilyn...
  • Nicolás Briozzo
    Celebro con ganas la vuelta de Ava Dellaira. Su primera novela, "Cartas de amor a los muertos", me resultó muy conmovedora, de una profunda humanidad, algo que me gusta ver en este género de libros, que más que género es un target, y se engloblan en la categoría de "jóvenes adultos".Es inevitable la comparación con su obra debut. Son varios los puntos en común: la familia, la vida y la muerte, la ansiedad adolescente por el futuro, la pé...
  • Beth Rochester (_bookishbee_)
    Thank you Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest and fair review. I absolutely loved this book, which is definitely not something I was anticipating given that I avoided reading the majority of the synopsis. I absolutely loved the characters and the development through the novel - particularly the development of the two main characters as they came together. The developments of the story and th characters made it an intriguing read and I...
  • Marion Dodson
    I loved this book! It tells the stories of mother and daughter, Marilyn and Angie, at age 17. The parallel story is a great way to tell this story as 17 year old Angie starts to really question her identity. Marilyn's history is clouded in sadness and whenever Angie asks about her father, the only information she is given is that he died in a car accident before she was born. When Angie finds an old photograph of her parents she is desperate for ...
  • Christine Badenhop
    I picked out In Search of Us because of its cover—I loved the variety of dots. I requested it and began reading it a few days later. As I read I became attached to the two narrators, a mother and daughter, Marilyn and Angie. Reading their story of love and loss was engaging and overall enjoyable for me. There were a few moments in the book I found uncomfortable, but overall I thought the story telling was well done. My biggest critique of the b...
  • Jenn
    I received this as an ARC from the publisher for an honest review.Marilyn and her daughter Angie are both 17 years old when defining moments in their life occur. We get to see them both go through their journeys in alternating sections told from each of their point of views. I VERY much enjoyed the layering and the parallels we see through both mother and daughter. This was a quick, but emotional read for me and I highly recommend it. It's YA, bu...
  • Mrs.Heather Lassley
    I cannot believe how blown away I was by this book. Everything about it was exceptional. Marilyn and Angie are each 17 years old and trying to figure out who they are. Marilyn is just biding her time until she can go to college. She and her mom are forced to move in with her uncle, and they are not well received. As they are moving in, she Marilyn meets James and it is almost love at first sight. But not every one agrees. Angie has been told her ...
  • Annie Hayes
    I got this book through the Goodreads giveaway by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers. It was a beautiful story told between a mother and daughter, both when they are seventeen. Marilyn’s story is a love story about how she fell in love with James and Angie’s is her quest to find her uncle and truth about her father. The character development of both main characters as the book goes on is wonderful and many elements covered in this s...