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User Review  - mcelhra - LibraryThing

Being Lara is the story of Lara Reid, who was adopted from Nigeria at age 3 by a white couple. Growing up she always felt different. Her birth mother shows up unexpectedly to her thirtieth birthday ... Read full review

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A story that kept me turning pages from beginning to end. A little girl suddenly realizes that she is different from everyone else, her parents don't look like her and neither does the rest of her family. Lara has a hard time finding out the reality of her situation and upon entering her 30th year she is finally finding out the real truth.
Jumping from past and present and between different characters, the reader gets the whole picture for this book - through the eyes of Lara, her adopted mother and her birth mother. The reader finds out the history that leads each woman to where they are now in the present grappling with forming a new family unit. I thought this was a fresh approach to the world of adoption. We find out how she came to live at an orphanage and then what led her to London with her adopted parents.
I would recommend this to readers of all genres. This story was a new take that I think most readers would enjoy. It was a great read to find out how a young girl feels when she knows that her family isn't the norm.
 

Review: Being Lara: A Novel

User Review  - Beth Skeeter - Goodreads

Loved the perspective from an adult adoptee. Lola Jaye is very astute in writing about unnamed thoughts and feelings. Eye-opening Read full review

Review: Being Lara: A Novel

User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

I absolutely love the depth of the story told in this book. It's so wonderful to see Lara finally come to grips with her past and who she is. Definitely a tear jerker ! Read full review

Review: Being Lara: A Novel

User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

I picked up this book initially because the girl on the cover reminded me of a character from a TV show I enjoy, and because of the girl's name and the author's name. This was a really good story of a ... Read full review

Review: Being Lara: A Novel

User Review  - Beverly - Goodreads

• I did like how the author showed that the discrimination/racism was not only skin color but class status. I think it was interesting to see how this type of discrimination plays out in an English ... Read full review

Review: Being Lara: A Novel

User Review  - Amy - Goodreads

A book about the struggles of a woman who was adopted as a little girl. Her struggles include dealing with her new mother, who she is, and where she is from. Read full review

Review: Being Lara: A Novel

User Review  - McGuffy Morris - Goodreads

Lara is eight years old when she discovers that she is adopted. She has always felt out of place, however. She always struggled with issues of somehow being different, looking different, and is used ... Read full review

Review: Being Lara: A Novel

User Review  - Scott Downing - Goodreads

“Being Laura” is an intriguing roller coaster of highs and lows that follow a little girl out of place in Great Britain, to a woman fully comfortable in both Kenya and the UK Lola Jayne's new novel ... Read full review

Review: Being Lara: A Novel

User Review  - Mara - Goodreads

This was an enjoyable read even if all of the piece's of Lara's life got wrapped up in a neat bow at the end. The characters and thoughts/feelings birth family, adoptive family, and Lara herself were ... Read full review


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