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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
All About You: An Adopted Child's Memoir by Liz Butler Duren is the story of a woman who is trying to find her birth mother and, during that journey, she finds herself. Our story follows Liz; she lived a relatively happy and healthy life, until one day she finds out that everything she knew was not true. She found out that she was adopted and she was just a teenager. But that was when her real story began because this was the time in her life she started looking for her mother; the real mother who gave birth to her had given her away.
Even though she was determined, it was not easy to find a woman who did not want to be found. This was just the beginning of her 29-year-long journey in which she will try her best to find her birth mother, try to decipher her identity through old agency documents which further complicate her journey. She has to decode the information and find the truth that reveals the past and the real truth about her family. Can she really do it? Will she ever find her birth mother? What can she do when her birth mother doesn’t want to be found?
Liz Butler Duren handled this story wonderfully as a third party. She gave hard truths and the real story without getting too personal, yet at the same time she succeeded in showing the real emotions behind her words and translating them for readers. This story has a lot of heart and feeling, but it also has humor and a dry wit that set a very natural pace for the book. This is a really enjoyable read, simple yet brilliant, and one that readers will not forget any time soon.