Tuesday, 11 April 2017

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The Lauras - Sara Taylor

This book is a journey, in the most literal sense as we follow Alex and Ma across America. They leave one night - Alex doesn't know where they're headed, and to begin with we're unsure whether Ma does either, but as we journey through her past and across the states, it becomes apparent that she's got a destination in mind.

Alex, too, is on a journey of...I guess you'd call it discovery. Having decided from a young age not to be defined by either gender, it's interesting to see other people react to this choice, which Alex and Ma just consider to be a fact.

The more of Ma's past we find out about, the more it seems that perhaps she is still a searching for something, too. What is "home"? Foster homes, past loves and places she's known all piece together like a patchwork quilt of her past, which helps Alex to understand more about the person she is today.

I didn’t realise my mother was a person until I was thirteen years old and she pulled me out of bed, put me in the back of her car, and we left home and my dad with no explanations. I thought that Ma was all that she was and all that she had ever wanted to be. I was wrong...

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