Thursday, March 15, 2012

Book Review: Being Lara

Being Lara by Lola Jaye explores three women who are all entangled in a singular journey: the adoption of a young girl who was born in Nigeria and is raised in London for thirty year before being faced with her birth mother and all that comes with such a meeting.

If you are the type of reader who believes in the "show me, don't tell me" rule of writing, this might not be the book you loudly exclaim to be your new favorite, but once you get used to the direct nature of the writing that does not cloud anything in mystery, you get to peek into the lives of three women who struggle with countless different issues related to decisions made by both mothers, and share in the heartaches and joys associated with adoption. It's hard for some people to understand there is more involved than "the kid got a better life, so why are people conflicted about it?" but there really is, and this confusion is well developed in this novel.

If you'd like to see what other readers on the tour had to say about Being Lara, click HERE for the full schedule. You can also check out Lola's blog or website.


  1. Adoption, though it can be wonderful, is never a simple thing. I'd love to read about it from Lara's perspective - I don't think I've read a book quite like it before.

    Thanks for being on the tour!

    1. Yes, having known many people who were adopted, I know the struggles. Definitely a different and interesting read!


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