Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Just Like Other Daughters by Colleen Faulkner

Alicia is a single mother and professor. Her 25 year old daughter, Chloe has downs syndrome. Chloe is sweet, loving, innocent and child like in every way imaginable.

Alicia has loved her daughter from the moment she was placed in her arms. She has raised, Chloe as, though she was "normal" and this along with her ever lasting love, has created a strong unique bond between them. This bond is about to be tested when, Chloe mets Thomas. Thomas is mentally disabled and attends the same classes as, Chloe.

Chloe and Thomas are enamored with one another and quickly "fall" in love. Alicia like any other mother is worried about her daughter and his relationship, especially when, Chloe announces that she wants to marry Thomas. Alicia doesn't even
want to consider it. Neither, Chloe or Thomas are independent enough to function on their own much less as a couple.

As, Alicia and Chloe's story unfolds you'll find yourself emotionally wrapped up in their lives. Faulkner writes from the heart and she has you questioning what constitutes a good life and how sometimes the choices we make can cause our world to tumble down like a stack of dominoes.

Faulkner captures the life of an individual with Downs beautifully. This is one story you'll finish reading in one sitting. I stayed up way past my bedtime because I simply couldn't put it down. I had to know what was going to happen and you will too.

Grade: A+

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