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Year of Mistaken Discoveries by Eileen Cook

Posted by Caitie F on February 25, 2014

Title: Year of Mistaken Discoveries18051087
Author: Eileen Cook
Hardcover:  272 pages
Pub Date: Feb 25, 2014
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rating: ++++

Summary from pub:

As first graders, Avery and Nora bonded over a special trait they shared—they were both adopted.

Years later, Avery is smart, popular, and on the cheerleading squad, while Nora spends her time on the fringes of school society, wearing black, reading esoteric poetry, and listening to obscure music. They never interact…until the night Nora approaches Avery at a party, saying it’s urgent. She tells Avery that she thought she found her birth mom—but it turned out to be a cruel lie. Avery feels for Nora, but returns to her friends at the party.

Then Avery learns that Nora overdosed on pills. Left to cope with Nora’s loss and questioning her own actions, Avery decides to honor her friend by launching a search for her own birth mother. Aided by Brody, a friend of Nora’s who is also looking for a way to respect Nora’s legacy, Avery embarks on an emotional quest. But what she’s really seeking might go far deeper than just genetics.


This is realistic fiction how it should be – some mystery, some romance, and a lot of growing up.

Avery starts out as the perfect student – hard worker, lots of extracurriculars and heading for the top. She is popular and perfect, someone who has it all. Everything she does is done to get to the next step, to be the best and make everyone around her happy.

She isn’t unlikeable, she is driven. But there is more to life than being the best and always being perfect. There are reasons to do the right thing that don’t have to do with getting into the dream school. She needs to learn that her parents will love her no matter what. I can see why some readers might not like her, but I did.

Brody, on the other hand, is purely awesome. He is a great friend, works hard, is passionate and does things just to help people. He isn’t a pushover though and he isn’t perfect.

There is no insta-love in this one. There is a friendship that can turn into more if Avery can just learn to accept herself as she is.

There are parts of this book that really got to me. I found myself tearing up at two or three spots feeling so much for these characters just trying to find out answers. The book is as much about family as it is about romance, which seems to be a trend in YA, which I love.

This is a good young adult book. It isn’t the best, but it reminded me of a Sarah Dessen book with its depth.

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