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Girl, Missing

Book Review: Girl, Missing My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐ ⭐ " Lauren has always known she was adopted but when a little research turns up the possibility that she was snatched from an American family as a baby, suddenly Lauren's life seems like a sham. How can she find her biological parents? And are her adoptive parents really responsible for kidnapping her?" ~ From Goodreads ~ I enjoyed reading the simple language in this one. It really is a simple, yet twisted tale. It is written from the point of view of a teenager.  In search of her real identity, the adopted child unlocks a serious kidnapping and adoption agency fraud case.  It is mostly an emotional tale. But the emotions aren't overwhelming like I thought they would be. I guess it's because a teenager cannot fathom the pain of losing a 3-year-old child and living without knowing what happened to her.  The progression of the story is done well and the characters are likable. I have given it a 5-star rating because it
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Unfinished: A Memoir

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Nine Perfect Strangers

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The Goldfinch

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The Midnight Library

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The Other Wife

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