"Looking for an edge-of-your-seat suspense yarn? You won't find a more absorbing story than Getting It Right...In it we get to know half sisters Kara and Alex, who meet for the first time as adults. Over two weeks in March, the siblings deal with both their own and common issues and drama in ways that entertain and enlighten."
--Essence, One of Summer's Best Books
Getting It Right is the story of Kara and Alex, half-sisters who have never met—one the product of an abusive foster-care setting, the other of dysfunctional privilege. Haunted by crippling memories, Kara falls for the wrong men, tries to help her foster-care siblings suffering from PTSD, and longs for the father and half-sister she only knows from a photograph. Alex, meanwhile, struggles to keep her younger sisters out of trouble, her mother sane, and her marketing business afloat.
Now Alex has a new responsibility: from his hospital bed, her father tasks her with finding Kara, the mixed-race child he abandoned. Alex is stunned to learn of Kara's existence but reluctantly agrees.
To make things more complicated, Kara loves a married man whom the FBI is pursuing for insider trading. When Alex eventually finds her half-sister, she becomes embroiled in Kara's dangers, which threaten to drag them both down. If Kara doesn't help the FBI, she could face prosecution and possible incarceration, and if Alex can't persuade Kara to meet their father, she will let him down during the final days of his life.
Set in Harlem, the Bronx, and the wealthy community of Bedford, New York, during two weeks in March, Getting It Right explores grit and resilience, evolving definitions of race and family, and the ultimate power of redemption and forgiveness.
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I finished reading “Getting It Right” last week, and I loved it. It was just what I needed at the time: engrossing, not too long, a compelling read that I snatched up every chance I had. I love the way the short chapters went back and forth between the sisters, and then came together when they did. The fact that the whole thing takes place over just a few weeks would make for a great movie too! Karen Osborne took some difficult subject matter and conveyed it in a relatable and respectful way.
Each day is a new chance to get it right no matter how we’ve been hurt or how we have hurt. This rich and raw story takes us on that journey in subtle and profound ways. I laughed. I cried And I hoped that this novel would not come to an end.
This was the best book I've read in awhile! It was captivating and I had a hard time putting it down. It is well written, the plot flows nicely, and I found myself truly invested in the characters. This is an excellent book from a first time published writer. Please, please consider a sequel! I would love to know what happens to the characters in the future. I recommend this book highly!
Osborne’s beautifully evocative debut novel is as mature as its young main characters prove to be in the end. Half-sisters Kara and Alex are the protagonists into whose parallel lives we are transported in alternating chapters. Each is a finely drawn portrait, with her own suffering and joy. Osborne deftly moves among many spheres and delivers a genre-busting story that reads like a mystery, an urban adventure, and a family drama. We see that “getting it right” is not a destination, but a series of choices that each person makes, when presented with the circumstances of life. The harms portrayed, some from commission, some from omission and some unwitting, run in parallel with moments of love, support and understanding. The plot is multi-layered but never confusing. Readers will experience something of substance that remains in their minds long after the book ends.