The Girl in the Mirror by Meg Kearney
A Novel (Karen and Michael Braziller Books)

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An adopted teen's search for her birth mother is overshadowed by a wrenching loss, dramatically told through her poems and journals.

Lizzie McLane, the adopted poet-heroine of the widely acclaimed The Secret of Me, is now a high school senior, excited about her future: meeting boys, college, and finally finding her birthmother. Then, on the day a letter from her adoption agency arrives, her adoptive father unexpectedly dies. Lizzie, lost in grief, turns to alcohol and the wrong kind of friends, and her life begins to spiral out of control. Loved ones try to help, but only in her poems and journals can Lizzie make sense of the hurt and her relentless curiosity about her birthmother.

     I looked in the mirror . . .
     Who was that girl staring
     at me, blood on her blouse, black under her
     swollen eyes? I don't know you, I said out loud.
     I don't know you, she said back.

The Girl in the Mirror is a story about love and identity—brave, vulnerable, and compelling.

About Meg Kearney

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Meg Kearney is the author of "The Secret of Me" and "The Girl in the Mirror". She teaches at Pine Manor College and lives in New Ipswich, New Hampshire.
Published April 19, 2012 by Persea. 176 pages
Genres: Young Adult.

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Before Lizzie McLane can search for her birth mother, she first needs to find herself.

Apr 01 2012 | Read Full Review of The Girl in the Mirror: A Nov...

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"It was April first, a trick!/ Mom's voice said Dad was dead./ He couldn't walk through that door./ I thought it was a joke," says high school senior Lizzie McLane, first seen in The Secret of Me (2007), in this introspective novel in verse about grief and biological origins.

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