Relative Strangers

Relative Strangers

by Paula Garner

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ISBN-13: 9780763694692
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 339,861
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Paula Garner spends most of her time writing, reading, or making good things to eat. Her debut YA novel, Phantom Limbs, was a 2017 Illinois Reads selection. She lives in the Chicago area with her family and a very bad cat.

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Relative Strangers 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
2.5 Stars I'm definitely in the minority here, but I really struggled with this book. A major issue for me was that I found the main character, Jules, so young sounding. I kept imagining her as a freshmen or sophomore in high school as oppose to a senior. I also had a hard time believing that having a gap in pictures would cause such a shock and crises. There are plenty of age gaps in my family photos and I've never once thought anything of it. However, plenty of other reviewers are completely in love with Relative Strangers so I'm chalking this up to a case of "it's not you, it's me."
JDanow More than 1 year ago
I received this book from NetGalley and Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review. Relative Strangers is an amazing coming of age tale that tackles all the feelings that come with trying to figure out who you are, where you fit in, and unrequited love. Garner tackles important topics like alcoholism, addiction, loss of a parent, sexuality, and abandonment issues. It is a big challenge to stuff that many topics and issues into one book and Garner does it with finesse and grace; and most importantly not leaving any loose ends. The whole story happens within the course of Jules’ senior year of high school. She discovers something about her past that her mother has kept a secret from her for her entire life. Through detective work, support from her friends, and Facebook, she finds the one person that might be can tell her everything that is missing from her history. Jules’ embarks on a quest to find herself, her past, and her way back to reconnecting emotionally with her mother. Not only does Paula Garner write such a wonderful story but she creates characters that suck you into the intricate weavings of the story. You feel like you’re one of the girls. I felt like Jules, Gab, and Leila were some of my closest friends. I laughed with them, cried with them, and I cheered for them. One thing I often find difficult when you have so many characters is how to make them grow as the book goes on. Garner did this without making it feel forced. Each of the characters grew in their own way as they took on the rights of passage set in their paths. Relative Strangers is a story that I think all people will be able to relate to in one way or another. I also think that it’s a great book for teens to read that teaches about appreciating and enjoying the relationships you have with the people around you. Garner kept the emotional twists coming, the pages turning, and the tears flowing well into the night. I highly recommend checking out this book if you’re into Contemporary Coming of Age stories.