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Invisible Threads

by Annie Dalton

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Rarely am I ever really disappointed with a book I read. Not all of them are stellar, but in most cases, I can say that they were at least decent reads. This book was not. It left something to be desired. It just seemed kind of pointless to me. There was no meeting between the mother and the daughter, and there were other random plot lines that seemed to be more central than what was supposed to be the "main" plot line. After all, this book is supposed to be about a girl and her birth mother and the "invisible threads" that tie them together. There didn't seem to be much of a connection between them at all, actually. It was more like the different stories of two random girls who don't know each other at all, but they share the same DNA and that part of the theme is never properly covered. Plus, the guy-girl relationships in the daughter's story with her friends are kind of messed up for no real reason. Overall, I'd say it isn't worth the time. ( )
  MickTheChick | Jul 16, 2010 |
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Gr 8 Up-Naomi, 16, became pregnant after her first sexual experience. Her story is told in alternating chapters with those of Carrie-Anne, the daughter she gave away, who, at 16, decides to find her birth mother. As a child, Naomi walks a fine line around her erratic single mother who expresses adoration of her one moment and verbally abuses her the next, blaming the girl for all her troubles. When free-spirited Lily and her two daughters enter their lives, Naomi glimpses what a healthier, more stable home life could be like and eventually moves in with Lily for the duration of her pregnancy. Carrie-Anne is adopted by a married couple who are also out of balance, and neither parent is equipped to deal with a rebellious teenager. Carrie-Anne reacts to their emotional detachment by fantasizing that her birth mother would love and appreciate her, and sets out to contact Naomi. Set in England, Invisible Threads is full of British slang and flavor and features characters who have no qualms about using profanity liberally. At times, the depiction of teenagers' hopelessness in the face of family dysfunction and social pressure to enter uncomfortable romantic and sexual relationships is dishearteningly vivid. However, in this intriguing study of two young women of succeeding generations, the major characters are sympathetically developed and multidimensional, and both Naomi and Carrie-Anne are able to see beyond their immediate circumstances and reach out to key adults for help.-Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Alternating passages describe the experiences of a mother and her biological daughter when each is sixteen-years-old, as one becomes unexpectedly pregnant and the other decides whether to find her birth mother.

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