What other explanation could there be? With her dark complexion and kinky hair, so unlike her fair-skinned parents, Lara knew she was different. At eight she finally learned the word "adopted." Twenty-two years later, a stranger arrives as she blows out the candles on her thirtieth birthday cake—a woman in a blue-and-black head tie who also claims the title "Lara’s mother."
Lara, always in control, now finds her life slipping free of the stranglehold she's had on it. Unexpected, dangerously unfamiliar emotions are turning Lara's life upside down, pulling her between Nigeria and London, forcing her to confront the truth about her past. But if she's brave enough to embrace the lives of her two mothers, she may discover once and for all what it truly means to be Lara.
Lola Jaye was born and raised in London, England, where she still makes her home; she has also lived briefly in Nigeria. By the Time You Read This—Lola's first U.S. novel—was published by HarperCollins in 2009. Her inspirational essay "Reaching for the Stars: How You Can Make Your Dreams Come True," in which she charted her journey from foster child to author, was released in 2009 as part of the U.K.'s wildly popular Quick Reads program.
At the age of three, Lara is adopted from Nigeria by a British pop star and her husband. At her thirtieth birthday party, her biological mother arrives wanting to have a... Read morePublished 14 months ago by E. S. Charpentier
This was a wonderful book! I couldn't put it down. Lola Jaye did a great job of telling this story from the point of view of Laura, her adopted mother, and her birth mother. Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by Jasmine Q. Jones
I really enjoyed this book. You could really relate to the characters. Well written. Recommend to all book lovers. Many topics for discussion in a book club.Published on January 9, 2013 by kylrobb from Canada
Lara Reid has grown to be an independent, successful, self-sufficient woman with a wonderful family and great friends as her support system. Read morePublished on October 31, 2012 by Foresight Literary Lounge
Lara was adopted at the young age of 3 by a mother who was a former pop star and a father who wanted nothing more then a baby of his own. Read morePublished on September 4, 2012 by Laura (The Reading Nook
"Dating back to the 1950s, it was not uncommon for Nigerian families to send their children to live with white families in England in a situation best described as private... Read morePublished on May 30, 2012 by L. R. Bobbitt
I'd give this book 3.5 stars if Amazon would let me.
Being Lara is the story of Lara Reid, who was adopted from Nigeria at age 3 by a white couple. Read more
Lara's story begins with her thirtieth birthday party, when she sees a woman who at her party whom she does not know. Read morePublished on March 31, 2012 by Jaime H.