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Invisible Threads by [Dalton, Annie, Dalton, Maria]
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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up-Naomi, 16, became pregnant after her first sexual experience. Her story is told in alternating chapters with those of Carrie-Anne, the daughter she gave away, who, at 16, decides to find her birth mother. As a child, Naomi walks a fine line around her erratic single mother who expresses adoration of her one moment and verbally abuses her the next, blaming the girl for all her troubles. When free-spirited Lily and her two daughters enter their lives, Naomi glimpses what a healthier, more stable home life could be like and eventually moves in with Lily for the duration of her pregnancy. Carrie-Anne is adopted by a married couple who are also out of balance, and neither parent is equipped to deal with a rebellious teenager. Carrie-Anne reacts to their emotional detachment by fantasizing that her birth mother would love and appreciate her, and sets out to contact Naomi. Set in England, Invisible Threads is full of British slang and flavor and features characters who have no qualms about using profanity liberally. At times, the depiction of teenagers' hopelessness in the face of family dysfunction and social pressure to enter uncomfortable romantic and sexual relationships is dishearteningly vivid. However, in this intriguing study of two young women of succeeding generations, the major characters are sympathetically developed and multidimensional, and both Naomi and Carrie-Anne are able to see beyond their immediate circumstances and reach out to key adults for help.-Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS
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Gr. 8-11. Carrie Ann is determined to find her birth mother, Naomi, regardless of the pain it causes her family. With the support of best friends Gemma, Carl, and Matt, she heads for Naomi's hometown. Authors Annie Dalton and her adopted daughter, Maria, tell the story in alternating chapters alternately narrated by Carrie Ann and Naomi. Carrie Ann's sections relay far-flung emotions: an insatiable need to find her birth mother and a quantifiable love of her adoptive one; her idealized image of Naomi and the reality of her contentious relationship with the mother who raised her; and the fear of finding Naomi while possibly losing her adoptive mom. Naomi's chapters reveal the circumstances of Carrie Ann's birth: the alcohol-induced liaison with Carrie Ann's father, her surprise pregnancy, the loving preparation she makes for Carrie Ann's arrival, and her decision to give her daughter to adoptive parents. It's a sad yet validating story, one with all-too-human, authentically drawn teenagers and adults. A welcome, unusual view of teen motherhood. Frances Bradburn
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Product Details

  • File Size: 353 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (December 18, 2007)
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2007
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000XUAD18
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,951,307 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
It was ok, had a good plot line, and when it was telling the story it did a good job, but as it switched between viewpoints, you aren't reading about the same person for more than about 2 pages, which makes it confusing to read, and lacks depth for me. Also, the event of them meeting, which Carrie-Anne's PoV builds up to throughout the whole book... Never actually happens. The other major event it builds up to from Naomi's PoV, Carrie-Anne's birth... Doesn't happen either. It's quite disappointing, as the second half basically leaves you waiting and wondering about something which never happens
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Format: Paperback
Invisible Threads, by Annie and Maria Dalton, is the story of a mother and daughter dealing with all the trials and tribulations that they went through when they were 16. Carrie-Anne is having trouble at home trying to get along with her adopted parents, and trying to find her place in the world. She thinks that if she has a chance to find her biological mother, she could get a better sense of who she is and where she's from. Meanwhile, Naomi, Carrie-Anne's biological mother, tells us the story of when she was 15. She lived with her unsteady mother, trying to keep a grasp on reality, trying to be a normal teenager, but always having to comfort her mother after her mother had a sort of mental breakdown. After Naomi's mother found an on again-off again boyfriend, Naomi decided that she shouldn't have to be her mother's babysitter. She chose to go have some fun at a party with some of her friends, and did something she knew she shouldn't have done. So Invisible Threads takes us on through their separate journeys, reminding not only Carrie-Anne and Naomi, but also the reader that even if we may not want to acknowledge it (as in Naomi's case), we are all connected by invisible threads that make up our family tree and our history.

This was a very good book. It really took you through all the controversy and all of the emotions that Carrie-Anne and Naomi went through at specific moments in the book. I thought that Invisible Threads very well written, and anyone who's ever been seeking answers to who they are and where they came from, should read it. I recommend, though, to be about 13 or 14 before reading this book.

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