Review of The Photograph

On a quest for truth, one girl will find more than she bargained for...

Sixteen-year-old Rachel Brandt is excited about her six-month anniversary with her boyfriend, Brent, getting her driver’s license, and competing for a district championship in her first season on the varsity basketball team.

But when Rachel stumbles across a photograph of her parents, she can’t shake the feeling that she is meant to find her mother, whose identity is a secret her grandparents have closely guarded. All Rachel knows is that her mother disappeared around the time her father was killed in action in the Gulf War a few months after she was born.

Her discovery of the photograph sends Rachel on a search for her mother against her grandparents’ wishes and propels her life into a tailspin. She never imagines her search will reveal a series of lies that jeopardizes every important relationship in her life and ultimately lead Rachel to question her identity.

Kirsten Otte emailed me to review her book, The Photograph and I thought it would definitely be a great summer read. It was perfect for summer, car rides and time at the lake!

  • The story was unique. I was thrown off by the twists and turns. I love when books surprise me.
  • I loved Rachel as an MC. She was passionate, strong, self-assured, kinda and had good morals. It was a good to see a teen who worked so hard for something she was passionate about and listen to her grandparent’s rules.
  • I also really enjoyed Rachel’s grandparents. They were so stinking cute, I just wanted to go over and have dinner with them.
  • The story was well-written and flowed easily. I read it in the car and it was perfect for a road trip.
  • I am not a huge basketball fan, so all the detail of the games was not my thing. I skipped through these pages and that helped me enjoy the book more.
  • The story ended a little abruptly. I turned the page and was surprised that it was the end of the book. This is a series, but I didn’t feel complete closure when I was done with the book.

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