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Title

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Publisher

HarperTeen

Publication Year

2018

ISBN

9780062393630

Pages

275 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

At sixteen Bridget is pregnant--and her boyfriend has dumped her for another girl. She's trying to envision a future for her baby. But as she sifts through the many paths and the many people who want to parent her child, she can't help but feel that there is no right decision. Fifteen years later: Ivy knows that she is now the same age Bridget was when she placed Ivy for adoption. She knows that Bridget was the one who named her. When Ivy goes in search of Bridget--of her own history--will the risks outweigh the benefits of knowing where she comes from and why her birth mother chose to walk away?

Grade Level

9-12

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Adoption; Gay/Lesbian; adoptive family; adoptive parents; adopted child; two adoptive mothers; birth parents; lesbian; same-sex marriage; two mothers; lesbian mothers

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Keywords

teenage pregnancy; open adoption; birth mother; children of teenage mothers; dating; mothers and daughters; decision making; adoptees; religious parents; love; road trips; letters

Diversity Impact

direct

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