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All We Know of Love by Nora Raleigh Baskin

All We Know of Love

by Nora Raleigh Baskin

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This book is too cliché and cheesy, I wouldn't recommend it to my friends. 4Q3P The cover art is unappealing and I'd recommend this for high school students. I chose this book because it said "All We Know of Love" and I thought I'd learn about the facts of love, but I didn't. WrenA
  edspicer | Jun 16, 2014 |
i ound the story line a bit rubbish because it didnt seem to have a clear subject apart from love example her mother waks out trying to find her to lking about maing love in the same paraghrah i didnt really like it so im rating it two stars ( )
  bellacullen354 | Aug 7, 2011 |
Natalie was left by her mother at 12 years old. She feels this is the defining moment of her life, but she doesn’t share this information with everyone. One person she doesn’t share it with is her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Adam. He is older, and she recognizes that he is manipulative, but she can’t help being drawn to him. This story takes place during Natalie’s long bus trip to see her mother for the first time. She meets all sorts of characters on this trip who impact her even when she doesn’t know all of their story. Histories and love connect everyone in this book, which includes wonderful quotes about love as chapter headings. There is sex and drinking in this book, which I think doesn’t make it appropriate for most younger teens. Natalie goes to her mother looking for answers, and when she doesn’t get them, it almost doesn’t matter because of what she’s learned about herself. Really, really good and poetic in its search for identity. ( )
  59Square | Oct 22, 2010 |
Reviewed by Rebecca Wells for TeensReadToo.com

Natalie Gordon is on a mission. Her mother walked out in mid-sentence four years ago, never to be seen again, and now Natalie is on a journey to find her.

She wants to know everything: why she is the way that she is, what her mother was saying about love just before she walked out the door, and, most importantly, why her mother left.

While on a twenty-four hour bus ride to Florida, she may just find some of the answers in the people she meets along the way, people just like her, people caught up in the ideas of wanting, of longing, and of what love truly means.

ALL WE KNOW OF LOVE is a poignant study of the depths and shades of love, and what love means to each different person. The format of the book works well to convey this sense of the universal nature of love by placing its narrator at the center of many unfolding stories. Natalie is a pensive narrator whose musings move readers to consider their own inferiorities, and as her life touches those of characters around her, we are treated to brief glimpses into others' life experiences.

In ALL WE KNOW OF LOVE, Nora Raleigh Baskin gives the reader a study in the nuances of love, and leaves her audience with a greater perspective and appreciation for the commonalities within us all. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 9, 2009 |
In the novel All We Know of Love, Natalie travels by bus to her mother's home in Florida and meets several people with whom she is able to connect if only for a brief moment. It is through these other characters that the author is able to bring forth the idea that all people have searched for love, been hurt by love, or have dealt with the consequences of love. A wonderful thing about this novel is how Natalie is very truthful about her experiences and her uncertainties. In her search for answers from an absent mother, Natalie falls in love with someone who needs her physically but who can not give her the love she is seeking, and it is these scenes that shape the book for a slightly older teen. What Natalie reveals is freightening for parents--teens can easily become entangled in emotional relationships in order to feel needed and loved. Overall, this is a really good read, but I really want to see the "love story." Not that there isn't one here, and actually the ending is really just a new love story.check out full review at http://athenasbooks.blogspot.com ( )
  minnievasquez | May 15, 2009 |
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A boldly original tale about a girl who journeys through love and loss to find her mother — and discovers that everyone has a story to tell, including herself.

"I used to think that a person would not know who I was, not really know me, until they heard about my mother."

Four years, four months, and fifteen days ago, Natalie Gordon's mother walked out mid-sentence, before she finished what she was going to say. Now Natalie is traveling twenty-four hours on a bus to Florida to find her mother, to find herself, to find out something about love. Along the way, Natalie struggles to understand her relationship with Adam, a boy she pines for with near-obsession, and to her surprise, she meets people with stories like her own, stories about giving love and getting lost in the desire to be wanted. Acclaimed middle-grade novelist Nora Raleigh Baskin makes her young adult debut with a deeply resonant novel about secrets held and secrets shared, about having the courage to uncover all we know — and don’t know — of love.

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Natalie, almost sixteen, sneaks away from her Connecticut home and takes the bus to Florida, looking for the mother who abandoned her father and her when she was ten years old.

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