REVIEW: If you are like me and love the idea of reading someone’s diary from the past, then The Diary if Anne Monroe by Heidi Andrews is the book for you. It was an easy but, thoughtful read. I happily went along for the ride and enjoyed the adventure.
This book is told from two points of view. One is the 13 year old Margaret who is adopted. The other is through the diary. At first I felt the writing was not professional and needed some editing. I’ve thought about it and decided it was genius. It is told by a 13 year old and the voice changes as she grows to adulthood. The diary takes place in a shorter time span and is told by a 17 to 18 year old. The author told this story to perfection.
I got caught up in the story of the two young women. For me, I was drawn in right from the beginning. I’ve always loved books set around a diary. It gives me a chance to peek into someone’s private thoughts. I would never read someone’s diary that was living. Thats just not right and I guess I like the permission a book gives me. I can have all the fun without the guilt.
This book is interesting in the points it brings up about adoption and how all the parties involved can feel at different times in their lives. It was fun, heartbreaking and realistic. It certainly gave me something to think about. I would highly recommend this lovely book.
I received a copy of this book from the author. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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SYNOPSIS: Margaret, a thirteen-year-old girl who has always felt out of place among her family, moves into her biological mother’s childhood home in the summer of 1952 in Alexandria, Virginia. Shortly after moving in, she discovers a diary under a floorboard in her bedroom, and after reading it, she learns that it belonged to her birth mother, and against her parents’ wishes, she goes looking for her. Margaret’s search leads her to her angry grandmother who has forgotten about her daughter and speaks ill of her, so Margaret decides to put off her search until after she graduates high school. Over the next few years, life for the Sorenson family is a normal one, and just when the Sorenson’s think Margaret has forgotten about her birth mother, she takes off once again right after graduation with her boyfriend Tom to New York, a city much bigger than where she came from—not knowing what to expect or if she will find her mother, Margaret pushes forward, not letting anyone or anything get in the way of her finding her mother and getting the answers to the questions she has had since she was a child.