What would you do if you found out that the teenage daughter, who you had brought home from the hospital years ago, was switched at birth? Kathryn Kennish, the matriarch of an upper-class family, has her world turned upside down when she finds out that Bay, the daughter she has raised since birth with her husband, is actually the biological daughter of Regina, a single, working-class woman. Regina, meanwhile, has been raising the girl she brought home from the hospital, Daphne, who is Kathryn's biological daughter and who happens to be deaf.
During season one of the ABC Family show, as the two families struggle to come to terms with this shocking revelation, many others take interest in their story, including the media. Kathryn decides that she will tell the story in her own words. While personal, intimate, and specific to Switched at Birth fans' favorite characters, at its heart, this is a book about what makes a family, a family. Kathryn explores the controversial issues, as well as the blessings, that come with being a part of an "unconventional" family. These are themes that any family with children who are adopted, or disabled, or different-or just simply, any family who has ever felt not normal-will recognize, latch onto, and appreciate. Show description from ABC:
"Switched at Birth tells the story of two teenage girls who discover they were accidentally switched as newborns in the hospital. Bay Kennish grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother. Meanwhile, Daphne Vasquez, who contracted meningitis and became deaf at an early age, grew up with a single mother in a working-class neighborhood. Things come to a dramatic head when the families meet and struggle to learn how to live together for the sake of the girls.
This season, the families must deal with the arrival of Bay's biological father Angelo (Gilles Marini), inflaming old passions and creating new rivalries. During their lawsuit with the hospital, the Kennishes find an unlikely ally in Angelo. But can he be trusted? Everyone struggles to navigate the complicated family dynamics as the girls clash in a love triangle with Emmett."
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Published August 28, 2012
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