Publishers Weekly Review
High school senior Jules has just learned that she lived with a foster family for 19 months as a baby-her mother was an alcoholic and couldn't care for Jules until she got sober. Feeling betrayed, Jules contacts her long-ago foster brother, Luke, against her mother's wishes. Luke, a piano prodigy now in college, has longed for this reunion for years, and when the two reconnect, Jules soaks up everything Luke can tell her about her past. Jules has long had an uneasy relationship with her two best friends, the time she's spending with Luke is straining things with her mother, and in a further complication, Jules is starting to fall for him, too. Garner (Phantom Limbs) weaves a complex story, with Jules gaining her foster family back only to risk losing them again: her former foster mother is dying of cancer. Garner sensitively explores the tensions that can arise between close friends, but she allows questions of what makes a family to remain the heart of Jules's story. Ages 14-up. Agent: John M. Cusick, Folio Literary Management. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Library Journal Review
Gr 9 Up-Eighteen-year-old Jules is on a hunt to find a baby picture for her senior yearbook. She thought that this would be simple, but soon finds herself having trouble locating any picture before she was three years old. She wouldn't put it past her ex-addict mother to not take pictures of her in her first few years of life, but she finds it bizarre and she is determined to know why. Digging in the uncharted territory that is her mother's closet, she finds something that would change her life forever; foster care papers, with her name on them. Jules, in a fog of questions, is adamant about finding answers to her past. She finds her foster brother on Facebook. Jules learns that she once had a loving mother, father, and brother. Feeling betrayed, she dreams of what could have been and sets out to get her questions answered. She meets her foster family and they are all she's ever dreamed of-but what she wasn't expecting is to develop feelings for her foster brother. These feelings eat away at her, and her decisions will affect everyone in her life. This is a fast-paced, captivating novel from beginning to end. Readers won't be able to put this book down. VERDICT A must-have for YA shelves.-Amanda LeMay, Neptune Township Public Library, NJ © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Eighteen-year-old Jules envies her best friends' close-knit families, since her own mother, a former addict, has never had time for her. When Jules needs a baby picture for her yearbook, she discovers that there are none because she was a foster care child until she was almost two. Shocked, Jules searches for the past that was kept from her. What she finds is a family who had wanted to adopt her and held her in their hearts since she left. Reunited with her big brother Luke, who provides answers to her questions, Jules begins a dangerous journey that creates a deepening chasm between her and her mother, while throwing herself headlong into an ill-advised crush. Garner's (Phantom Limbs, 2016) novel clearly illustrates the way one's world can turn inside out in a heartbeat, cautioning readers to be careful what they wish for. Changing friendships, the need for validation, and the desire to be whole will strike a chord with readers who feel a part of their lives is missing.--Fredriksen, Jeanne Copyright 2018 Booklist