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What happens when two sisters who were torn apart when their young mother abandoned them—and grew up in tragically different circumstances—reunite thirty five years later to find her? For readers who love Jodi Picoult acclaimed author Amy Hatvany fearlessly explores complex family issues in her gripping provocative new novelNatalie Clark knew never to ask her sensitive adoptive mother uestions about her past She doesn’t even know her birth mother’s name—only that the young woman signed parental rights over to the state when Natalie was a baby Now Natalie’s own daughter must complete a family tree project for school and Natalie is determined to unearth the truth about her rootsBrooke Walker doesn’t have a family At least that’s what she tells herself after being separated from her mother and her little sister at age four Having grown up in a state facility and countless foster homes Brooke survives the only way she knows how by relying on herself So when she discovers she’s pregnant Brooke faces a heart wrenching decision give up her baby or raise the child completely on her own Scared and confused she feels lost until a surprise encounter gives her hope for the futureHow do our early experiences—the subtle and the traumatic—define us as adults? How do we build relationships when we’ve been deprived of real connection? Critically acclaimed author Amy Hatvany considers controversial and complicated uestions about childhood through the lens of her finely crafted characters in this astute novel about mending wounds by diving into the truth of what first tore us apart


10 thoughts on “Somewhere Out There

  1. says:

    If I had to describe this book in one word it would be 'bland' With that being said it's not a bad book I actually really did enjoy it and would even recommend it to others if they expressed interest It's a fresh take on the closed adoption story and it's not like anything I've really ever read But my one complaint is that it easily could have been condensed to a short story The alternating perspectives added further insight and a glimpse into the characters that although linked possessed very differing personalities It was multi dimensional it was interestingit was just a bit blah Overall would I recommend this book to others? You know what? Probably It really was pretty good I just can't get over the fact that I was a couple of times tempted to just skim to the interesting parts I know I'm holding writers to a high standard of constant entertainment Sorry about that What did I think? I thought this was a good book but it was a bit drawn out for my taste The characters were well done and I have very little to complain about Who should read it? Is there an audience for adoption stories out there? If so those people Otherwise I say that if you read the description and are tempted give it a shot WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM


  2. says:

    25 Read through some of the reviews on here many fours and fives so I know this will ne an unpopular review with many Heck it's an unpopular review with myself I gave her first novel five stars was blown away Identified somewhat with the subject matter not seeing my real father since he was five Of course here the two sisters are separated not knowing their real mother nor father so it is of course much difficult By its very nature this calls for drama it is a dramatic subject There is however writing drama that that stays in line with the story and writing drama that spills over into the soap operish or reality show drama This one I felt strayed too much over the line into the second type The writing was fine the characters except for one I had problem with just didn't feel them I know many will love this type of book reality shows are very popular Just didn't do it for me and not really surprising since I don't like reality shows or soap operas Hard type of book to write Hard for me to read I skimmed uite a bit Still the subject matter is an important one If we can't define our past how can we live in the present and identify our future?


  3. says:

    Talented Amy Hatvany returns following 2014 Safe with Me landing on my Top Books of 2014 List with another complex emotional and riveting novel SOMEWHERE OUT THERE A gripping page turner “For a seed to achieve its greatest expression it must come completely undone The shell cracks its insides come out and everything changes To someone who doesn’t understand growth it would look like complete destruction” – Cynthia Occelli Amy’s sixth book is a powerful tale of a mother’s love—crossing generations from biological to adopted mother and the fallout two sisters separated at a young age One adopted; now a mother of two and her older sister never adopted and lost in the system; endless foster and group homes spending a lifetime waiting for her mother to return for her Jennifer is a desperate mother Her girls Brook four years old and Natalie only six months by two different fathers They have no place to go She is out of friends family and favors She does not have enough gas to keep driving Every cell of her body is telling her to get out and run Pretend the last five years never happened But she can’t She has the girls If not she would be free She had fought so hard to keep them Her own mother who wanted her to have an abortion No she would be a good mother Then Brooke’s father gone No education No money for daycare to work No family A car serving as home for the last three plus years Begging on the streets A hungry baby A four year old who deserves better She had to leave them in the car while the baby slept for a few minutes so she could slip inside the market to get a few thingsand take a few in order to keep her babies from starving Survival The unthinkable She gets caught Her fourth count of petty theft What about her girls? Jennifer would have to do time She loves them desperately but she cannot do this She cries for them Her heart is ripped apart How can she go on without her girls?Signing away her rights A battle of tug and war rages inside of her agonizing between what she wants and what she knows is right She had to think it wasn’t about her It was about her babies About giving them a good home the kind of life she could not provide She had done her best and it wasn’t good enough Maybe they would be better off without her Someone will adopt them and raise the two girls together Flashing back and forth we hear the voices of Jennifer Natalie and Brooke Now thirty five years later Natalie is now grown adopted a great education a former lawyer a nice home and married with two children of her own She now has her own catering business She knows she was adopted; however her adopted mom was very sensitive so she curbed the urge to find her biological mother She had no clue she had a sister Until now Her older sister Brooke was not so fortunate Your heart goes out to her She had a difficult time in foster care and group homes Separated from her baby sister and a mother who deserted her Now she is single hardworking a job waiting tables and dating a married man She has lived keeping her emotions at a distance Does not allow anyone to get close Torn with a decision of her own she does not want history to repeat itselfWhen Natalie’s children start talking about family trees she decides it is time to find her biological mother Why did her mother leave her? Then she discovers she has a sister She has to find her sister However old wounds go deep Lives cannot go back to the same There are unrealistic expectations Sometimes love is not outward Sacrifices have to be made for others Sometimes we have to break and crack in order for the light to get in Can the notes and the letters provide the girls an explanation—giving them the truth as imperfect ugly and unfair as it could be? Sometimes this is all there is A way to forgive yourself and let go of the past What a poignant story SOMEWHERE OUT THERE is an ideal choice for book clubs and further discussions Similar to Jodi Picoult Hatvany is never afraid to tackle controversial issues and delve deep into human lives relationships tough decisions and family Thought provoking; does our childhood experiences define us as adults? Hatvany's character development is superb Hoping we will see of these three—the characters are too good to say good bye A special thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review JDCMustReadBooks


  4. says:

    Original review can be found at I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Thank youI have read uite a few books by Amy Hatvany but it's been a while and I forgot I forgot how much I loved her writing and I forgot how her stories make me feel Then I read Somewhere Out There and I remembered why she is a favourite author of mine She always leaves me emotional and satisfiedSomewhere Out There tells the story of a broken family that was separated by time and circumstances Jennifer found herself in trouble with the law and unable to care for her two daughters four and six months and did the only thing she could think of that would give them a good life She gave up her rights so that they could be raised by people that could give them what she couldn't The only thing that kept her going was knowing that they had each other Little did she know that the girls would be separated with one getting adopted and the other spending years in the system Told from Jennifer Brooke and Natalie's perspective the reader learns about the years after that fateful night and the impact it had on all of themI'm not sure what I can say that will do this book justice It was absolutely beautiful The story flowed seamlessly and I couldn't put it down Hatvany has a way of penning characters that makes you love them and care about what happens to them That was certainly the case with Jennifer Brooke and Natalie This was a family drama that I won't soon forget There was so much emotion and depth that I found myself with a lump in my throat on than one occasion It was a story of heartbreak and loss but also a story of love healing and forgivenessI loved every minute of it


  5. says:

    Jennifer Walker was a young and struggling single mother barely able to feed her four year old daughter Brooke and her 6 month old baby Natalie They are even living in their car and the desperation of those circumstances catapult Jennifer down a risky path leading to incarceration and the loss of her two children Sadly Natalie was adopted but Brooke spent her childhood in foster care tossed about from home to homeSomewhere Out There set in and around the Seattle area is a story that weaves the past and the present together into a web of family dysfunction showing us what happens when those familial bonds are broken Bits and pieces of information are revealed in sporadic increments bringing the story forward until finally the whole is completeJennifer narrates her tale in the first person voice of the past and we see her back when she first loses the girls and how those mistakes informed her life for many years Brooke and Natalie take us into portions of their past with their narratives bringing us into their present and watching as they finally learn what happened to their familyWill each of these lives reconnect? What hidden facts will come to light? Will it be too late for them to find a sense of family?I love this writer’s style which kept me turning pages wondering what would happen next Not really a mystery so much as a collection of secret facts that eventually came to light bringing this reader a sense of satisfactionand even closure The characters were flawed struggling to find their way and I felt a great sense of empathy for them This is a story that reminds each of us how fragile family bonds can be and what happens when connections are severed at an early age Having spent years working with parents and children separated from one another I could not help but feel sad at the impact of these huge losses not just to the families but to society But I also felt hopefulas sometimes the past can be healed 5 stars


  6. says:

    Obviously Amy Hatvany has a passion for writing women’s contemporary fiction that explores controversial issues of family life and she does it in such a timely manner that almost everyone can relate whether it’s themselves someone in the family or someone they know She has a natural talent for exploring these subjects not to mention a background in sociologyAmy’s newest novel delves into the heartbreaking story of a destitute mother Jennifer and her two little girls Brooke and Natalie They live in their car because mom has had some bad breaks The girls are hungry and Jennifer can think of no other way to feed them than to lock Brooke and Natalie in her car while she steals food from a convenience store This is not the first time she’s done this so when she is caught the police charge her with theft and child endangerment On her way to prison Jennifer has such a binding love for her girls she relinuishes rights to her children hoping they will have a better life than she can give them Their story continues with three points of view told by Jennifer Brooke and Natalie and what a tearful story it isAs always Amy Hatvany’s emotional novel will tug at your heartstrings and of course keep you turning pages to the very end I’m always on the lookout for another book by this talented author


  7. says:

    Amy Hatvany is well known as someone who is a master of the hard hitting family related drama and for the most part that continues in what is the author's sixth book The story revolves around Jennifer and her infant child and older sister Having been kicked out of home by her boyfriend Jennifer is at rock bottom trying the best to look after her daughters with no money and living out her car In a desperate bid to get food she chooses to try and steal from a store only to be caught and taken in by the policeWhat follows will see Jennifer life completely dissolve as she is sentenced to time in prison and reluctantly relinuishes Brooke and Natalie for adoption The two sisters will be separated early with the two of them molded by their upbringings Natalie who was raised in a loving home has a loving a family and a job she loves while the elder Brooke who was in and out of homes ends up single and pregnant and working a dead end job Natalie has known about being adopted but is shocked when she discovers she has an older sisterWith the only blood relatives in her life being her kids Natalie vows to locate her mother to discover the truth about why she abandoned her children and find Brooke The uestion being after so many years being would Jennifer who has rebuilt her life be able to handle having her past failures thrust back into the present and would Brooke who was hit the hardest by the past want to reconnect What follows is an emotional rollercoaster with tears revelations and home truths as the three in their own honest ways deal with the past and their futuresWith a narrative centering on closed adoption you always know that this will be a story that both pulls at the heartstrings and pulls no punches with what is something many women face on a daily basis Jennifer and her girls are shaped by their futures and not surprisingly are very different personality wise and finely observed characters My only complaints being that Havatny is steering dangerously close with her writing to formalistic overtures This is very much the case with the ending wich although commendable for not resorting to cliche seemed uite similar to a previous book Secondly due to the book's length I found myself skimming through paragraphs Something I hate to doing Other than that Somewhere Out There is a uniue take on a taboo subject that is well worth a read for anyone who is not afraid of blunt and to the point dramas


  8. says:

    45 but I rounded up I usually don't rate books like this so high but I could not put this book down It's the story of a young mother Jennifer with two young children who she cannot care for She gets into trouble with the law and gives up her parental rights to her daughters Fast forward to the two daughters Brooke and Natalie now grown and how their lives have turned out Each chapter is devoted to each character in turn You really get to know each character and get to care about them flaws and all My only ding about the characters is that Natalie the younger daughter is a little too perfectThe writing is good but not great but fine for the genre of women's fiction The story moves along at a great pace hitting all the right notes and pulling on your heartstrings The author gives you a look inside the world of foster care and how hard It can be to place an older child Having worked in the system years ago I could relate to some of the difficulties that the social worker had with Brooke Another ding on the book is the ending which seemed a bit abrupt I would have liked to know what happened after even a year later An epilogue would have been a nice touch Darn this author for making me care about these charactersA definite recommend


  9. says:

    Jennifer is a teenaged Mom scared alone and living in her car with her daughters Brooke is 4 years old and Natalie just a baby when Jennifer is arrested and gives up her parental rights The chapters alternate from each of the three as the years go on sharing the stories of their lives Amy Hatvany is one of my favorite authors I've read all of her books and liked them


  10. says:

    A thoughtful look at a woman searching for the truth about her birth mother and the heartbreaking choices faced by the woman who gave her up for adoption Cannot wait for Hatvany's new book