Saturday, August 4

One For The Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

One For The Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Release Date: May 10, 2012
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 256

Summary:  A moving debut novel about a foster child learning to open her heart to a family's love

Carley uses humor and street smarts to keep her emotional walls high and thick. But the day she becomes a foster child, and moves in with the Murphys, she's blindsided. This loving, bustling family shows Carley the stable family life she never thought existed, and she feels like an alien in their cookie-cutter-perfect household. Despite her resistance, the Murphys eventually show her what it feels like to belong--until her mother wants her back and Carley has to decide where and how to live. She's not really a Murphy, but the gifts they've given her have opened up a new future.

My Thoughts: Man, oh man I usually do not read books that have no romance whatsoever but One For The Murphys was a wonderful debut even without any!!!

We are introduced to 12 year old Carley. Carley lived with her mother and her mothers new husband. Her life hasn’t been perfect but it is what it is. One night, her mother’s husband attacks her and her mother. Her mother ends up in the hospital and she ends up in foster care. With a family with a mother, father and three boys. No girls at all!

Carley gets to the foster family and she must adapt quickly but she can’t. She does act up at first. She doesn’t know how to act in a “real” family. Her mother was never that affectionate and just seeing this family interact stuns Carley. Carley starts school and meets a new friend. This friend is basically the complete opposite of Carley (but really she isn’t all that much different).

As the weeks go on, Carley gets to really know and like the Murphys. She finally feels like she has a home. But then her mother wants her back.

Man, I enjoyed this one. It was such a fast and quick read but it was heartwrenching. The struggles she faced but she was so darn brave through it all.

This novel made me want to cry but I also wanted good things for Carley. I wanted her to be happy. I wanted her to be at home. I loved the relationship she developed with the family. I loved how she played heroes and helped with basketball. I loved it.

One For The Murphys is a wonderful debut and everyone should read it. I usually read YA romance but this one was out of my comfort zone and I still enjoyed it so very much.

Overall: Wonderful. Great. Sad. Heartbreaking. But so worth every single tear!

Cover: Love the cover. When I first saw the cover, I was intrigued. I just had to read this one.

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