MOLLY BY ANY OTHER NAME by Jean Davies Okimoto

MOLLY BY ANY OTHER NAME

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A 17-year-old adoptee's decision to search for her birth mother, with the ensuing emotional difficulties, is the burden of this choppy, overexpressed story. Molly Jane Fletcher's biological heritage is Asian--she knows no more than that. The only daughter of two white professionals who love her dearly, Molly wrestles with the issues raised when someone from the Northwest Adoptees Search Organization visits her family-psychology class at school. Molly has always wondered about her birth parents, but has feared that asking questions would hurt her parents. Now, knowing that there's an organization to help, she feels that she must find out more for her own peace of mind. Both parents are hurt by her quest, but they rally; in time, all three meet Molly's birth mother, whose own story is given several chapters. Though some minor characters here are stereotypical (a nosy neighbor, a popular guy who comes on too strong), and while the dialogue is frequently stilted and feelings are too often described rather than felt, the subject is compelling enough to maintain interest.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1990
ISBN: 590-42993-0
Page count: 276pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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