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Any Other Family

Before I give my review, I want to start by giving a small blurb about what this book is about…

Three sets of parents find themselves intertwined in a unique situation after adopting four biological siblings. Making a promise to their biological mother to keep the children as connected as possible, they continue to raise them as siblings, but in separate households. In the center of the family, the adoptive mother struggles to find herself and make tough decisions.

My initial thoughts throughout this book (much like some of the characters) was that the biological mother, Brianna, was selfish to continue getting pregnant knowing she would find other people to take care of her children. While I believe it was responsible of her to know she wasn’t capable of taking care of them, the obvious solution was to stop having babies.

But everything is easier said than done. As the book continues, you see the internal battle that Brianna faces as a young 20 year-old trying to figure out life. You see how much joy her decisions have brought to these families who wouldn’t have children without her and while I disliked her at the start, she really came around by the end.

I thought the book was beautifully written and we as the reader are able to see the family dynamics from almost every character which I loved. The tension of not only trying to find balance and routine as a new parent, but also fit these essentially strangers into your life and not quite know how to describe them is stressful and the book really dives into the problems that come with it.

When I finished this book, I couldn’t stop thinking about how important family is. They come in all shapes and sizes and as annoying as they can be, it reminded me not to take for granted the people in my life that stay by my side without hesitation. I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for an uplifting and unique family story.

Special shoutout to NetGalley for allowing me to read this before it was published, I really enjoyed this one!

Book Rating: 5/5

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