Being Lara by Lola Jaye

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A poignant and provocative story of adoption, self-discovery, and the meaning of family, Being Lara by author Lola Jaye (By the Time You Read This) is an unforgettable tale of three women—British mother, Nigerian birth mother, and 30-year-old daughter—the choices they made, and the fragile bond they try to create across time and continents. Intelligent and touching, Being Lara is exquisite contemporary fiction with heart and soul that will resonate with readers of Cecilia Ahearn, Thrity Umrigar, and Shilpi Gowda.

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Lola Jaye was born in west London, grew up in south London, and has also lived in Nigeria. She has a degree in psychology and psychotherapy and currently works as a counselor. In between writing and workings, Lola likes watching re-runs of Dallas and The Sopranos while dipping into a huge tub of ice cream.
Published March 13, 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 323 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Elizabeth Provenzano on Mar 27 2012

This book is heartfelt and touching. By showing the story from each woman’s point of view, Jaye allows the reader to see situation from all sides. You feel Yomi’s pain, Pat’s joy, and Lara’s frustration.

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Reviewed by Devourer of Books on Mar 13 2012

Although Being Lara is an interesting story with a satisfying conclusion, the first half in particular failed to impress me as much as I hoped it would.

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Reviewed by Leeswammes on Mar 13 2012

So, I sincerely disliked how the story circumnavigates the issue of skin colour.

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Reviewed by Kritter on Mar 13 2012

I would recommend this to readers of all genres.

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Reviewed by Kristen on Mar 30 2012

The contrast of Lara's insecurities with her successful career, handsome and always attentive boyfriend, loving and understanding family, and fantastic flat is a bit overdone and obvious

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Reviewed by Bookfool on Apr 06 2012

Those first 60 pages were truly a grind. I found the writing style awkward and the early chapters in desperate need of tightening. There were quite a few scenes that I felt were either unnecessary or over-long. However, as the story picked up speed, I gradually put my feelings about the writing style on the back burner...

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