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Hey, Kiddo
Hey, Kiddo | Jarrett J. Krosoczka
In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery -- Jarrett doesn't know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents -- two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along.Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what's going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father. Hey, Kiddo is a profoundly important memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive.
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Kiaraneven
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I‘ve never read this Authors books until Hey,kiddo. I love this book because the author Uses exquisite writing techniques and has great words. ❤️

MrsBabki Wow! You are on fire! Soooooooo impressed! What‘s next! 2w
MrsBabki Oh, and I loved this book too! I loved the actually letter that were included. 2w
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shadowspeak17
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Honestly, I‘m not sure comics and graphic novels are really my thing. My typical reaction after finishing one is usually “Mmkay... Well, I read it...” 🤷🏽‍♀️ even when they‘re supposedly amazing. It wasn‘t much different with this, but my reaction was a little more positive, so I‘m counting that as a win. 😅 I really do think it was worth the read even though I‘m probably not the ideal audience for it. ⬇️

shadowspeak17 I‘m using this for #booked2019 #bookaboutaddiction, so I do still need to find something for the comic/graphic novel prompt. If anyone has any suggestions, they‘d be greatly appreciated. 😬

#catsoflitsy #Phoenix
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4thhouseontheleft I would suggest the March trilogy. 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage This sounds good, in a sad way. The March trilogy is great. I also suggest 3w
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kaykay521
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I‘ve never read any of this authors other work, but I was utterly mesmerized by his tale of growing up in his grandparents household while his mother battled heroine addiction and his father was MIA. Art saved Jarrett‘s life. Another reason I‘m convinced an arts education matters along with supportive family.

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FeastOfFiction
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2019 Book 37: I read this graphic novel in a few hours. Solid story of a kid whose circumstances were not good growing up. Addiction and rejection are the prevalent themes through the story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Reggie Omg, that page after Disneyland made me cry so hard. He had no idea. (edited) 1mo
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LMJenkins
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AmyG Hey, Kiddo was wonderful. I just finished this. 3mo
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LMJenkins
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Here are my #24in48 choices. #24in48readathon #TBR

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AmyG
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My stack for #24in48 #readathon this weekend. My second one- so hopefully I have planned a bit better.

UnabridgedPod Hey, Kiddo is so, so good!!! 3mo
AmyG @Unabridgedpod I am so excited to read this! 3mo
megnews I agree with @UnabridgedPod 3mo
kamoorephoto Really want to read 3mo
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Daisey
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I‘ve seen several great reviews of this book, but each time I‘ve checked it wasn‘t available from my library. Tonight it was available, and I read it straight through. This is a tough story of addiction and family, but it‘s also a wonderfully inspirational story about art and family that I can easily see students relating to. I also thought the art fit the book perfectly.

Daisey @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thanks for giving me the motivation to look this up again, but that also means I did not catch up on a chapter of The Treason of Isengard tonight. Oops! 😬 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That‘s ok, tomorrow is another day! I didn‘t read my chapter there tonight either.... I was off reading Elizabeth Warren.🤷‍♀️ 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m glad you liked the book, I thought it was very well done and a lot of people can relate to those issues and feelings, no matter how perfect your family looks from the outside. 4mo
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Megabooks 💕💕 4mo
SW-T 💕☺️ 4mo
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I loved the graphics in this one, great images and the limited color palette really worked for me with this one...it conveyed the angst just right somehow.

Daisey I‘ve heard really good things about this one and need to find a copy to read. 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey It was very good, and I was lucky my library had this one. 4mo
Daisey When I scrolled to your review I paused and checked. It is now available as an ebook from my library. I also think there‘s a good chance it would be a good addition for my class library, but I want to read it first. 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Daisey That sounds like a smart plan, I think I‘d read it first before buying for the class too. 4mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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An excellent graphic novel book about a boy raised by his grandparents after his mother falls into drug abuse. He is very honest about the hurt that goes through a family dealing with these issues and the feeling of abandonment that can occur. And sadly a book that a whole generation will more than likely be able to relate too...as more grandparents are raising their grandchildren.

Kalalalatja Great review! 4mo
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ravenlee
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A fast read for its size, I read this in one day. What a tough story to tell - addiction, family struggles, belonging, finding a passion; full of flawed people trying their very best most of the time and failing in some ways while knocking it out of the park in others.

Thanks @LibrarianRyan for the recommendation. I have four left for my bingo blackout!

LibrarianRyan yeahhhhhh 4mo
Megabooks It‘s a great book 4mo
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tjwill
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I love graphic novels, comics, and graphic nonfiction, so I put together this display to increase circulation to justify buying more! #Litsyloveslibraries

AmberWB What is the one in the upper left hand corner? 4mo
AmberWB @tjwill Ooh, that sounds awesome. Stacking it. Thanks! 😊 4mo
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Schlinkles
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This month‘s graphic novel book club pick. This is an incredibly well done graphic memoir. It includes the author‘s actual artwork from periods of his childhood and other “artifacts.” Definitely check out his Ted talk!

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thebluestocking
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I really enjoyed this graphic memoir about the artist‘s childhood. He honestly explores being raised by his grandparents, not knowing his father, and his relationship with his heroine-addicted mother. The art is lovely, and I loved that the book includes actual artifacts. Two thumbs up.

Mandoul Thanks for flagging this one up. Now on my list! 5mo
Tamra Ok for an 11 year old? 5mo
thebluestocking @Mandoul I‘m glad! I hope you enjoy it. 💙 5mo
thebluestocking @Tamra I think it depends on the kid. There is nothing graphically adult (no sex or drugs on screen) but it does deal with tough family stuff and includes quite a bit of swearing. The grandma has a mouth on her. 😉 I would probably recommend reading it first. 5mo
Tamra @thebluestocking 👍🏾 Thank you! 5mo
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Randomboredom
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. I felt so connected with the main character(aka the author) I am so glad that I own a copy. Now I can Read “Hey, Kiddo” for years and years to come. And I usually don‘t recommend comic books but this one is a beautiful work of literature.

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Cityofamber
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This book was amazing. As a child who had an absent drug addict parent this book had several parts that spoke to my soul and left me in tears.

Victoriahoperose Love this book so much ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
Megabooks Excellent book! 5mo
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Cityofamber
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This! (But father‘s day) 😬🙄

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Sarahreadstoomuch
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I loved the speech he had given at ALA for his best nonfiction honors... and then I was still blown away by the book itself. What a story and inspiration.

ELH Just finished this book. I laughed and cried. 5mo
Sarahreadstoomuch @ELH I‘m with you on that!! 5mo
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UnabridgedPod
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quietjenn
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Hoping I'll be able to pop into the event Krosoczka is doing at the library tomorrow.

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AmberWB
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This was an excellent graphic novel, and the author‘s note at the end was beautiful. Highly recommend.

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Hoping to finish up these books for #8intwo and #24b4monday #readathon this weekend. I‘m so excited to be off this week and there‘s Readathons both weekends to motivate me to read! What are you reading this weekend?

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Jarrett Krosoczka's graphic memoir Hey, Kiddo is brilliant. A devastating and powerful exploration of his childhood, Krosoczka explores his family's history, including his mother's addiction to heroin, the absence of his father, and his loving but tempestuous relationship with the grandparents who raised him. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod The author details beautifully the role of art in his life and the way that his grandparents unexpectedly reach out to support his dreams, despite their impracticality. An author's note at the end highlights further events and artistic decisions that lend further resonance to the book. I give this book my highest recommendation. I can't wait to discuss this book, along with Beth Macy's Dopesick, as our April Unabridged Book Club pick. 7mo
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I only realized at the end that Krosoczka is the writer of Lunch Lady, a comic series that my kids love. Hey, Kiddo is not at all like Lunch Lady. It is the story of Krosoczka‘s family, his rather complicated family. His mother was an addict, his father a mystery. His grandparents took him in at a very young age. This is a heartbreaking story of a young boy learning to grow up without his mother and learning that family can mean different things

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I really enjoyed this book, learning how Jarrett became the person he is today. It‘s hard reading how he went through what he did as a kid, with his mom in and out of his life, but he had enough with his grandparents, relatives, and friends (along with a new relationship with his father and half siblings) right there. With hard work and motivation, he is who he is and I‘m so glad he did this graphic memoir.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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megnews
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I wish this book could get into the hands of every child whose parent has been swept away by the opioid epidemic. To give them hope and let them know they are not alone.

#addiction

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book 91/165 3/7/19

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4thhouseontheleft
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1. It‘s raining, here‘s the view from my front door. 😃
2. I love my home, and how close we are to the mountains, but I don‘t like living in the suburbs.
3. One of my faves (there were a few in Feb!)
4. Morning and evening
5. Seafood! Maybe seafood stew, we‘re going out to eat tonight.

#friyayintro

tournevis I feel you re №2 8mo
SW-T @4thhouseontheleft Happy birthday! 🎂 8mo
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I can't wait to put this one on the shelves in my classroom. It is graphic memoir that is sure to grab the attention a few of my students. In fact, it probably won't make the shelf. I have three specific students in mind and I will likely hand it over directly to one of them. This one is for the artistic, quiet, non-athlete and touches on addiction and blended families.

minkyb Totally agree! 8mo
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I enjoyed my first graphic novel. #blameitonlitsy The author shares about his childhood, and how it was affected by addiction. Written for #ya but everyone should read this book.

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Starting this hearty read now

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emtobiasz
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One of my favorite features of this #graphicmemoir is the chapter breaks, which include original documents and drawings from Jarrett‘s life growing up. This one has a button from Jarrett‘s elementary school and a letter his mom wrote him, probably from a halfway house or drug rehab center.

emtobiasz The pineapple background is original wallpaper from his grandmother‘s house. I‘m fairly certain my grandmother had the same wallpaper. 8mo
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emtobiasz
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I think I just had my first five-star read of the year. (I‘m pretty stingy with ⭐️s.) This #graphicmemoir covers Jarrett‘s experiences growing up with his family in all their messiness. His mother struggled with heroin addiction and left him to be raised largely by her parents. Jarrett doesn‘t shy away from anyone‘s faults, including his own, but he doesn‘t hide his family‘s love, either. Hard to read but worth it.

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This book was so good! I could‘ve easily chosen it for something uplifting. He transformed an unfortunately common childhood as the child of an addict who was raised by his grandparents to this cathartic, relatable piece of art. 5⭐️

#booked2019 #comicorgraphicnovel
#nonfiction2019 #somethingwithpictures

britt_brooke You are crushing #nonfiction2019 bingo! 🙌🏻 8mo
Megabooks @britt_brooke Thanks!! I‘m just really into nonfiction right now!! 😁 8mo
Cinfhen You are on a roll!!! I‘m loving NF now too!!!!! @4thhouseontheleft just reviewed this GN too!!! She wrote a beautiful review 8mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft I loved your review! Big hug. 💕💕 8mo
4thhouseontheleft You have a great review too! 💕💕 8mo
Megabooks @4thhouseontheleft Thank you! 😊 8mo
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It‘s a great day to be a reader! (Of course, really, when is it not? 😉😁)

I got my second book for #booked2019 today! #graphicnovelorcomic this time from the library. I‘m really excited for this graphic memoir 👍🏻

Lindy It‘s a wonderful book. 👍 8mo
Megabooks @Lindy It is! I stayed up reading it. 8mo
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Honesty & courage to be real have made Hey, Kiddo an easily accessible graphic memoir for teens grappling with addiction and loss. His absent mom battles heroin. His father remains a mystery until he needs his birth certificate. Both grandparents step in as parents but most importantly, his grandfather‘s guidance and unfailing love guide him. Teachers and author, Jack Gantos encourage his art. Drawing was his therapy, love was medicine. Wonderful

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4thhouseontheleft
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💧💧⬅️ That‘s me, turning into a puddle on the floor after reading this book. It is moving, real, and inspirational. We need books like this, for the kids out there who see themselves in Jarrett‘s story.

I grew up with 2 parents who loved and cared for me, but I always wondered about the ones whose blood I share. The pic above is when I met my birth father for the first time. My birth mother was a heroin addict, and died before I could meet her.

4thhouseontheleft Fills the prompt for #Booked2019 #comicorgraphicnovel but i also recommend it for anyone looking for a book for the #addiction prompt. It is definitely the best book I have read so far this year. 9mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 9mo
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Cinfhen I‘m moved in so many ways by this post. Thank you for sharing 😘 9mo
JennyM ❤️ 9mo
Blaire Thanks for sharing a bit of your story. I think there are many kids who could use this book. 9mo
Reggie Yeah, I totally cried on this one. Especially the panel right after his grandparents tell him what they tell him after they come back from Disney Land. Great review! 8mo
4thhouseontheleft @TrishB Thanks! @Cinfhen 💖💖💖 Aww, thanks! 8mo
4thhouseontheleft @Blaire I‘m always very open about my story, although it is a bit hard to talk about with such a small character limit! 😂 From what I hear from my grandparents and those who knew her, my birth mother was a lot like Leslie in the book: an intelligent, good person who made some bad decisions, & struggled with the consequences for the rest of her life. My BM got clean, but then injured her back, and became dependent on opiates. That is how she OD‘d. 8mo
4thhouseontheleft @Reggie That was a hard one! That, and some of the panels when you could tell Leslie was using again after a period of being clean. And the Author‘s Note at the end should definitely not be skipped! 8mo
Blaire @4thhouseontheleft I live in West Virginia now and I think your story and this book would be familiar to anyone living here. It seems people are no more than a degree removed from the impact of addiction. I appreciate your openness. Going to recommend to several friends who have adopted or are fostering kids who have similar backgrounds. 8mo
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Jarrett‘s origin has some parallels to my own, particularly a young single mother who would later struggle with addiction.

But this scene is where his tale goes in a different direction from my own. My birth mother gave me up for adoption, and didn‘t tell her parents until a year later. They were devastated not to have known at the time. At least, that is what I have been told.

Jarrett‘s mother reached out for help.

Not an easy read for me.

merelybookish I can imagine! 💕 9mo
Judybskt 💙💗💖💛 9mo
Reggie I loved this book!! 9mo
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4thhouseontheleft @merelybookish @Judybskt Thank you! 💙💙 @Reggie It is an excellent book! I am about 1/2 way through. 9mo
Johanna414 I read this today and really liked it. I‘ve got quite a few students I think would really respond to it 9mo
4thhouseontheleft @Johanna414 I‘m glad a book like this exists! I‘m sure there are many students and young people who can relate to this memoir, and it‘s so important to have a diverse selection of books that students can identify with, or learn about others‘ experiences. 9mo
Addison_Reads Such a powerful memoir. 💚 9mo
JennyM ❤️ 9mo
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Heartbreaking and hopeful, this was such a powerful story. I have so many students who I think would see themselves in the author‘s situation.

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A moving graphic novel. Great for middle graders and up. Terrific for kids raised by grandparents or anyone other than their parents really.

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ErinC
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Great memoir. His artwork really kept me interested. It‘s nice seeing success stories especially in light of adversity.

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I‘m ready! #yma2019

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Yeah! The toe of my brand new shoe got stuck getting off an escalator as a kid👟. Those things have something against children.

Suet624 My daughter did too! 9mo
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Getting ready to inspire some high school kiddos 🎉

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Damn, this book is just one intense page after another. The author writes and draws about his family and his upbringing by his grandparents because his mom was addicted to heroin. The entire thing was emotionally devastating, but the afterwords really got me. A good, hard story.

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This graphic memoir is so good. Jarret‘s mother is in and out of his life due to addiction. His father doesn‘t exist. But is it is the love from his grandparents and their care and encouragement that he not only survives in life but succeeds. Such a good book.

Bookzombie I already had this stacked, but I will have to pick it up soon because of your review. 🙂 9mo
Reggie @Bookzombie Get ready to cry. I was lucky enough to have 2 stable parents and although this kid has 2 parents in the form of his grandparents it doesn‘t mean there isn‘t a hole left by people who aren‘t there. Sooo good.😭 9mo
Megabooks Definitely going to read this! Great review! 9mo
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minkyb Sounds like the story of my early life. Serious love for grandparents here. 9mo
Reggie @minkyb me too, I was lucky enough to have grandparents that lived next door, and they had a huge hand in raising me and my brother. 9mo
minkyb @Reggie my sister and I lived with my grandparents on and off throughout my childhood. They lived a few blocks away. Really the only stability I had. 9mo
4thhouseontheleft Reggie, you describe it so well. Yes, you can be raised by stable parents/guardians/grandparents, but the person or people missing do leave a hole. Even if you have no memories of that person. 9mo
Reggie @4thhouseontheleft When I was 6 months my father adopted me because he loved my mom. It wasn‘t until I was 22 that I found out Iwasn‘t his. But I had a lot of friends who weren‘t raised by their dads and a lot of them weren‘t in the picture so I knew I was lucky because I had a great one. People ask me if I ever want to meet my real dad and I tell them I know my real dad. The sperm donor it turns out lived 2 blocks away from us the whole time.👇🏼 (edited) 9mo
Reggie Everyone is different and some people need to meet their blood relations. I don‘t. 9mo
4thhouseontheleft @Reggie Absolutely. I correct people often on using the phrase “real parent”. I was raised knowing I was adopted, and I always wanted to know more about my birth family. But I have never had a strong relationship with my parents, who both have very narcissistic personalities. It wasn‘t the easiest childhood. I have a good relationship w/ my birth father and his wife. He had no idea I existed and is frustrated he never had a say in my adoption. 9mo
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Really good book don‘t usually read comic books but I really liked it it is about a kid and his mom is a drug addic and goes to live with his grandparents

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January 2019 selection for the Kidliterate Book Club at Charis Books in Atlanta. We‘re a group of adults who love to read and talk about interesting middle-grades and YA books.