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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (969 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dana Reinhardt Narrator: Mandy Siegfried Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN:
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Simone has always felt different, though her life seems pretty normal. Her mom's a lawyer for the ACLU, so she's grown up spending her Saturdays outside the food co-op, gathering signatures for worthy causes. Her dad's a political cartoonist who does most of the work around the house. Her little brother is a jock who seems to know how to do everything just right. Her best friend has a new boyfriend, and Simone has a crush on a really smart and funny guy who spends all his time with another girl.

But what really makes Simone different is that she doesn't resemble anyone in her family. She's adopted. She's always known it, and she's happy with her family just as it is, thank you. Then one day, Rivka calls, and Simone learns who her mother was, a 16-year-old, just like Simone. Who is Rivka? What does she want? Why is she calling now, after all these years? The answers lead Simone to deeper feelings of anguish and love than she has ever known and prompt her to question everything she has taken for granted about faith, life, the afterlife, and what it means to be a daughter.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/11/2014

    " I liked this book because it had a good moral deep inside it, with a cute story added into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ari | 2/4/2014

    " I LOVED THIS SOO A LOT MUCH. (yes that's grammatical.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cookie Lopez | 2/3/2014

    " Learned a lot of interesting facts about the Jewish faith when reading this book...enjoyed that aspect. Plus the story and all that jazz. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julz | 1/31/2014

    " I would have given this book 4 stars, but it ended too abruptly. Just when the characters and relationships started to get interesting, it was over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/25/2014

    " Female teens will like this. A 16year old is contacted by birth mother (has always known she was adopted) and she has to reevaluate who she is and what is important to her. This is written well, and the characters are fully developed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ms. Foley | 1/25/2014

    " If you liked "North of Beautiful"..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 1/22/2014

    " I appreciated the quirky and positive adult role models in this book. Often books that approach serious topics like this one does paint adults as villains. Overall, a very good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty Tomlinson | 1/21/2014

    " Moving tale of an adopted teen who ciscovers her birth mother and then discovers that her birth mother is dying. Interesting and gts into Jewish culture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 danielle | 1/20/2014

    " Again, slightly cliched story (16 year old meets her biological mother), but the voice is witty, sharp, and fresh. A good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophie T. | 1/20/2014

    " This is an amazing book. READ IT "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon Skinner | 1/17/2014

    " Good story. Good voice, although the main character got a little angsty, but no more than can be expected with a teen-aged protagonist, I suppose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rizzo♥ | 1/6/2014

    " L found a better perspective of being adopted from this bok. My mother was adopted and she never felt deprived of anything but this book lets us know that curiosity didn't kill the cat, it mearly placed it in an uncomfortable spot and the rest was up to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 12/17/2013

    " Simone must come to terms with her birth mother, whom she's just met, dying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosanne | 12/8/2013

    " This is a fantastic book, contemporary YA with a simple yet unique storyline. Thoughtful and touching, great characters. Addresses a lot of important issues without being preachy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ♥{Miranda!®}♥ | 11/21/2013

    " This book was really, really good. I loved how Dana Reinhardt wrote it. I was really inside of Simone's head and some of her thoughts were really funny. Some of it was really predictable and others were like wow! Reinhardt was very discriptive. Yeah, really good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sasha | 11/11/2013

    " This book is fucking amazing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Flora | 4/20/2013

    " Wonderfully developed character who adeptly copes with modern challenges of adolescence and gracefully handles major discoveries in her life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jdoody | 3/8/2013

    " about adoption - so I loved the topic - very well done - interesting discussion of belief and non belief of God, religion, etc "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/29/2012

    " Interesting and fun book. Thoughtful. Sometimes heart wrenching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 8/20/2012

    " I am constantly searching for good preteen and teen books. This one seemed to nicely sum up being an angsty teen without too much drama. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melody | 6/8/2012

    " I loved the book with all my heart. The CD is nearly as good. Whichever way you prefer, I recommend this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 sandra :D | 5/13/2012

    " Dana Reinhardt is amazing :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kayla | 5/3/2012

    " I love reading books for younger kids...what can I say? Sometime they're more interesting than adult books! Try it sometime!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ~Hanna Mays!!! :) | 3/30/2012

    " This girl is looking for the meaning of a family. She doesn't know who her birth mother is or her history,and really doesn't know what religion she is{her,not her mother}.But then two different phone calls changed it all for Simone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beck | 8/13/2011

    " started off slow but it gets better towards the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosie | 6/26/2011

    " An adoption novel that revolves around identity, religion, and the meaning of family. An overall great book that is educational about the Jewish religion and has a relatable female lead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clay | 5/30/2011

    " I'm a Dana Reinhardt fan, and this is a favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ms. Foley | 4/19/2011

    " If you liked "North of Beautiful"..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosanne | 4/10/2011

    " This is a fantastic book, contemporary YA with a simple yet unique storyline. Thoughtful and touching, great characters. Addresses a lot of important issues without being preachy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LauraW | 3/21/2011

    " I really liked this book, probably because it mirrors some of my ambivalence about religion. There were times when the story felt a little bit didactic, but it was still very moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alita | 3/14/2011

    " made me cry... not just cry, but bawl the whole last chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/1/2011

    " fabulous book! You must read it!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheryl | 2/9/2011

    " Again, fantastic book. Smart, lovable teenager with loving parents and family. She is presented with a problem and the reader goes along with her as she learns how to make a choice. We watch her grow up like a healthy teenager should with love and support. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mahathi | 2/7/2011

    " loved it. so simple and intricate in making sure every character was used and not wasted. addressed so much in one book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindy | 1/22/2011

    " Pretty good at delivering all the right messages for teens with a pretty good story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 1/19/2011

    " Sweet, tame story about adopted teenager who meets her birth mom. . . would recommend to teen girls who don't want the usual drama in YA lit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vivian | 12/23/2010

    " loved it (: its really sweet and sad, but most of all really touching <3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cookie | 11/28/2010

    " Learned a lot of interesting facts about the Jewish faith when reading this book...enjoyed that aspect. Plus the story and all that jazz. "

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