Wednesday, March 14, 2012

On Tour: Being Lara by Lola Jaye

What other explanation could there be? With her dark complexion and kinky hair, so unlike her fair-skinned parents, Lara knew she was different. At eight she finally learned the word "adopted." Twenty-two years later, a stranger arrives as she blows out the candles on her thirtieth birthday cake—a woman in a blue-and-black head tie who also claims the title "Lara’s mother."

Lara, always in control, now finds her life slipping free of the stranglehold she's had on it. Unexpected, dangerously unfamiliar emotions are turning Lara's life upside down, pulling her between Nigeria and London, forcing her to confront the truth about her past. But if she's brave enough to embrace the lives of her two mothers, she may discover once and for all what it truly means to be Lara. ~~synopsis from Amazon

My thoughts on Being Lola ~~

This is an excellent story that delves into the life of an adopted girl/woman. Lara always wanted to meet her birth mother and figure out who Lara is but when the mother shows up, unannounced, at her 30th birthday party, Lara isn't really so sure that she wants this stranger to be a part of her life.

Having a mother that gave her up when she was very young, for whatever reason, causes Lara to have a lot of personal issues, such as always wanting to be in control and feeling like having a loving relationship will never happen to her because people that love you eventually go away.

Being Lara is an interesting look at the emotions, thoughts and growth of an adopted person.

I loved this part of the book ~~  
'Relationships came stamped with a sell-by date that could be weeks, months, or years - but none held a 'forever' guarantee. Abandonment was only a heartbeat away, and Lara had decided a long time ago that it was best to preempt it.'

I loved this line too ~~  
"Sorry, I didn't mean to be rude. What I meant was, I'm going to need lots of research to get this right." "I know about Googles." Googles, hehehe.

This was a great read and I am so glad to be part of it's tour!

For the rest of the stops on the tour, visit TLC Book Tours

Lola Jaye was born and raised in London, England, where she still makes her home; she has also lived briefly in Nigeria. By the Time You Read This—Lola’s first U.S. novel—was published by HarperCollins in 2009. Her inspirational essay “Reaching for the Stars: How You Can Make Your Dreams Come True,” in which she charted her journey from foster child to author, was released in 2009 as part of the U.K.’s wildly popular Quick Reads program.


  1. Hi There!,
    Thanks so much for taking the time out to read Being Lara and I am really glad you enjoyed my book! Have a great day and Happy Reading!
    Lola J

  2. I can't imagine how my life would be flipped around if I were in Lara's shoes and met my birth mother as a adult - what an experience!

    Glad you enjoyed this one. Thanks for being on the tour!


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