February 16, 2004
Book Review: Something Unpredictable

Something Unpredictable
by Barb Chepaitis
Hardcover, from Atria Books, 2003

As always, Barb's writing is enjoyable and quick reading. I love the way she draws her characters, the way they live and breathe. Her last book, These Dreams made me cry. Through half the book. When this one came out, and I picked it up at Albacon, I asked Barb if it was as serious. She said no... after the depth of These Dreams she wrote something light and uplifting and fun.

She was right.

(possible spoilers behind the cut)

Delilah always knew her mother was adopted. She grew up in a slightly off-kilter family, where her mother brought home people and causes, and Delilah was the odd one when she went into science. It wasn't a perfect life, losing her twin brother when they were ten, to lieukemia.

And then she found out her mother had found her birth grandmother. By accident. And Delilah was elected to go see her and make contact.

Barb's writing is fresh and sometimes comic. Delilah's mistakes are painted without embarassment, and her triumphs bring joy. The book isn't all happy (yes, she still made me cry) but it *is* a story of happiness and love and finding what you need when you least expect it. And where you least expect it.

I love that about it. I always say... stop looking for something, and you'll turn around and it will be there for you. And in many ways, that's what this is about.

Posted by Deb Atwood at February 16, 2004 05:13 PM | TrackBack
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