Relative Strangers

Relative Strangers

Why is there a gap in Jules?s baby album? A wry and poignant coming-of-age novel about finding the truth in lies, salvaging hope in heartbreak, and making peace with missing pieces. Eighteen-year-old Jules has always wished for a close-knit family. She never knew her father, and her ex-addict mother has always seemed more interested in artistic endeavors than in bonding wit Why is there a gap in Jules?s baby album? A wry and poignant coming-of-age novel about finding the truth in lies,...

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Title:Relative Strangers
Author:Paula Garner
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Genres:Contemporary
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

Relative Strangers Reviews

  • Kristy
    Apr 12, 2018
    Jules is a senior in high school; for as long as she can remember, it's always just been her and her mom, a recovering alcoholic. But when Jules goes to look for a baby picture to include in her senior yearbook, she makes a startling discovery: she spent the majority of her first two y...
  • Michelle
    Mar 10, 2018
    Relative Strangers is a great story. Jules grows up without a father, has a mom who replaced alcohol addiction with art, so she?s there but unavailable, and finds out during her senior year that she was in foster care for the first two years of her life. It is a great story, but I di...
  • John Clark
    Apr 13, 2018
    This book gives coming of age a big pat on the back. Jules never knew her father and has a prickly relationship with her mother, who has been sober for a very long time. Even so, she's fairly content with life, has three close friends, even though there are moments when Gab and Leila s...
  • Chelsea
    Apr 07, 2018
    Now that is what I call character development! At the beginning of this book we meet Jules, a naive, anxious and painfully self aware senior in high school. After a life of not terrible but not warm and fuzzy family dynamics with her distant young mother she discovers that for almos...
  • Elena Love
    Mar 29, 2018
    *I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own! Jules has never met her father and lives with her estranged and closed off mother, desperately wishing for a close knit family others take for granted. When she's asked to find a b...
  • Alexia
    Mar 27, 2018
    I don't know what I was expecting from this book. I was expecting to love it, but I know I wasn't expecting to be sobbing a very high percentage of the time it took me to read it. I made a mistake taking the book with me when I knew I was going to wait around for a bit. And I achieved ...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    Feb 07, 2018
    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of RELATIVE STRANGERS in exchange for my honest review.*** Paula Garner is one of those writers whose realistic young adult fiction is guaranteed to be unique, brave and worthy of multiple reads, so I was excited to score ...
  • Mandi Schneck
    Apr 08, 2018
    I've mentioned before how I love hard-hitting YA contemporaries, and stories that deal with deeper issues than just the standard "teenage drama." Relative Strangers by Paula Garner was definitely one of those. This story follows Jules, an 18 year old girl who discovers she lived in fos...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    Apr 09, 2018
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight After loving the author's debut, Phantom Limbs , I knew I had to get my hands on this book. And yay, it did not disappoint! Let us talk about why! Paula Garner do...
  • Rachel Solomon
    Mar 13, 2016
    This book is incredible. I'll write a longer review closer to pub date! ...
  • American Mensa
    Apr 03, 2018
    Relative Strangers, by Paula Gardner, is a realistic fiction novel about a girl named Jules, and her incredible journey of discovery, friendship, and heartbreak. In her senior year of high school, her life takes a dramatic turn when she stumbles upon her foster care family, that took c...
  • Kindling Micky
    Apr 28, 2018
    DNF @15% unrated I?m sad to say I couldn get into this and just couldn?t push on. ...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Mar 23, 2018
    I absolutely adored Phantom Limbs, and just had to read this book. I was so intrigued by this premise of Jules discovering this whole missing part of her life, and was quite moved by her journey. ?Pro: I was glued to the this book for the first half. Fully rapt by Jules and her st...
  • Heather
    May 23, 2018
    I received a copy of this book from the publisher on Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I had really high hopes for this book and unfortunately, while this book wasn't as amazing as I hoped, it was still really good and interesting. Relative Strangers follows Jules, wh...
  • Jessica  - Where the Bookends
    Mar 28, 2018
    I received this book from NetGalley and Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review. Relative Strangers is an amazing coming of age tale that tackles all the feelings that come with trying to figure out who you are, where you fit in, and unrequited love. Garner tackles import...
  • Kylie
    Mar 23, 2018
    ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Candlewick Press in exchange for my honest review** Relative Strangers was a sweet story about learning of loss and family, and finding your true self. Overall, I liked the idea of where the story stemmed from, Jules' finding her fam...
  • Kylie
    Mar 23, 2018
    ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Candlewick Press in exchange for my honest review** Relative Strangers was a sweet story about learning of loss and family, and finding your true self. Overall, I liked the idea of where the story stemmed from, Jules' finding her fam...
  • Ana
    Mar 21, 2018
    **Thank you to Candlewick Press and Netgalley for the Relative Strangers Advance Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review. Lately I've been reading a ton of contemporary books and Relative Strangers was one of the best ones I've read so far! Everything about the story was c...
  • Kristen
    Mar 12, 2018
    This review can also be found on my blog. This was good, but I did have a few problems with it overall. First of all, I think it started out REALLY strong. I was laughing in the very first few pages and I got an amazing sense of who our main character was. I liked her. I liked he...
  • Kristen
    Apr 26, 2018
    I had a right to find the people who had met my every need when my own mother hadn't. For years, Jules has accepted that her family is different from most. She never knew her father, and her mother, an ex-addict, is so caught up in her art that she barely gives Jules the attention s...
  • Meira (readingbooksinisrael)
    Apr 04, 2018
    *This is a free ARC (Advanced Reviewing Copy). All thoughts, however, are my own.* 3.5 stars What I liked: -The Jewishness. I bet you a thousand dollars Paula Garner is Jewish. There aren't any observant families but both the main character's best friend's family and her old fos...
  • Amanda LeMay
    Nov 08, 2017
    my review for this book will be in the February issue of School Library Journal Magazine ...
  • Chelsea Anne
    Feb 25, 2018
    3.5 stars This book was an absolute beautiful and emotional story about friendships and family, I loved Jules as the main character, I felt like I really connected with her, from her insecurities to her love of food, it was a great story to read. I only really had one problem with ...
  • Karen Hattrup
    Feb 02, 2018
    RELATIVE STRANGERS is a gorgeous meditation on the complicated nature of family and how we?re shaped by our past, our memories, loss, and love. When Jules makes an unexpected discovery about her early life, she goes on a painful, but ultimately rewarding journey of self-discovery. He...
  • Belle Ellrich
    Apr 18, 2018
    *I WAS SENT A PHYSICAL ARC IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW* This book is definitely for fans of Contemporary. I just began to get back into this genre of books, and when I saw the synopsis for Paula Garner's newest book, I knew I had to get my hands on it. It took me longer to rea...
  • Nichole
    Apr 03, 2018
    This book totally took me by surprise. To be honest, I had tried to read it a few weeks before but I just couldn't get into it. After checking out some other reviews, I figured it was just me and shelved it for a short bit-promising myself I would try again later. A couple weeks late...
  • Catherine ♡
    Mar 31, 2018
    *Thank you to LibraryThing for a free copy in exchange for an honest review* I actually did enjoy reading this book quite a bit, but I enjoyed the family aspect much more than the romance part, which felt a little weird to me. I know it's supposed to be a main part of the book, but ...
  • Teenreadsdotcom
    May 31, 2018
    When Jules searches for a baby photo to put in the high school yearbook, the high school senior finds clues to a missing chapter of her life. A photo album, paperwork from a social services agency and a sapphire blue scarf-packed away in an old box- spark Jules? curiosity. The 18-yea...
  • Fizah(Books tales by me)
    Apr 09, 2018
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. When I received this book I didn?t have any idea what this is going to be about, and secretly I was hoping it to be a good YA, I was literally craving for a good YA and Yes it was, It is the sweetest ...
  • Books4Jessica
    Feb 23, 2018
    When I was accepted to review this book on Netgalley I honestly was not sure what to expect exactly. I knew it was about a girl who finds out that she had a foster family for a little while when she was younger, but that was it. Honestly, though this book ended up being so much more th...