From a young girl Lara Reid has always felt different. Kids tease her at school and people look at her and her parents very strangely when they are out in public. Why you ask – well Lara learns on her eighth birthday that she is adopted. Lara was born in Nigeria and her parents are white – she slowly begins to understand just why she so often feels out of place. Being Lara by Lola Jaye is an emotionally moving story of a girl who grows into a woman who is searching for her identity – for who she really is. It’s a wonderful story that will tug on your heart for sure!
Lara’s life spirals out of control on her thirtieth birthday. It’s dark, she’s blowing the candles on her cake, and when the lights come on and she looks up she sees a strange woman who is staring back at her. The woman is a stranger and yet Lara feels a connection to her; like somehow she’s known her for her whole life. The woman yells out Omolara and all of a sudden Lara can’t breath. When the woman tells her that she is her mother Lara knows that she has to leave right away. As she is driving and later at home her thoughts are jumbled and she is so confused. All the years that Lara had wished her birth mother would show up and she didn’t – why now? Why now when Lara doesn’t need her to anymore? Or does she?
Since learning she was adopted Lara has always struggled with not feeling good enough or worthy enough. She has always had trouble with friendships except for her best friend Sandi and as for relationships with men those always seem to go bad before they get anywhere because Lara can’t stop feeling like the men are going to leave her anyway so she’ll put a stop to the relationship before they can. To ease her anxieties, from a young girl Lara begins to show obsessive tendencies of tapping and counting. Now she has a wonderful man, Tyler, in her life but already she feels he is tiring of her and she feels herself pulling away before it’s too late and she gets hurt.
At first Lara refuses to see her birth mother Yomi but Yomi doesn’t give up so easily and the next time she shows up she brings Gran who Lara can’t help but love. Slowly things begin to thaw between mother and daughter as Lara learns more about why her mother gave her up. Lara also learns about her family, her people, and culture and she realizes that she has the best of two worlds. She has parents who love her and that she loves and also a family in Nigeria that love her and all she has to do is open her heart to it.
This is a great story that had me smiling and even teary eyed. It is a realistic portrayal of adoption and its far reaching consequences on those involved. It realistically shows how someone who realizes her family isn’t quite what is perceived as normal learns to deal with that and hopefully find a way to move on with their lives being comfortable in who they are. I enjoyed the characters in the book and I really liked the author’s straight forward writing style. Being Lara is ultimately about hope, love, and accepting people for who they are. I loved it!
I read Being Lara by Lola Jaye for her book tour with TLC Book Tours. Be sure to check out the other tour stops to see what others think about the book. You can learn more about Lola on her website or blog and she can be found on Facebook and Twitter as well. Your own copy of Being Lara can be purchased here in the US and here in Canada.
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Source: Review copy provided by TLC Book Tours and William Morrow. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are solely my own.