The Bond

How a Mixed Bag of Foster Kids Became a Family for Life

Non-Fiction - Memoir
227 Pages
Reviewed on 06/14/2021
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Author Biography

A.M. Grotticelli is a veteran technology trade journalist who resides in suburban New Jersey. After a life of overcoming similar challenges, he is a avid supporter of foster kids aging out of the foster care system at 18 and provides encouragement to all who need it.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emma Megan for Readers' Favorite

The Bond is A.M. Grotticelli's memoir that contains a heartbreaking story of a group of eight foster kids who longed all their childhood to belong to a family. A.M. Grotticelli lays out his struggles growing up in an abusive orphanage and a foster care home, always craving love, affection, and stability that only a family could offer. When he was seven years old, Grotticelli and his brothers were placed by their alcoholic father in an orphanage for neglected children called St. Michael’s Home after their mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Eventually, they ended up in a foster care home, where they met other kids who came from different dysfunctional backgrounds. All of them fought to be part of a family, knowing they were not related by blood.

The Bond by A.M. Grotticelli is an unforgettable portrayal of abandonment and exploitation that only foster kids will understand. This captivating real-life story covers painful experiences that reveal profound feelings of disappointment, rejection, confusion, and hope. Grotticelli's writing is honest, straightforward, and filled with affection for his comrades. I enjoyed reading this book mainly because I could sense Grotticelli's strong attachment to the other kids through his moving way of describing all the experiences that shaped them. This powerful memoir explores themes like emotional abuse, broken promises, and the need to please others to be accepted and loved. But most importantly, it shows how a group of broken kids forged a remarkable bond that will remain forever intact and envied even by biological families.