Someone I Used to Know, a review by Kristin

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Someone I Used to Know
Paige Toon

February 28, 2023
G.P. Putnam Sons
354 pages

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This was my first read of the year and Paige Toon knocked it out of the park with a 5 star book! Fifteen year old Leah lived in a house with her parents and her foster siblings. As the only, biological child of her parents, the foster siblings were like her real siblings. Until George arrives. She feels closer to him than anyone. Except maybe Theo, a friend from school. But they are just friends. After a tragedy, Leah returns home with Emilie, her daughter, and without Emilie’s father. George returns unexpectedly, and there is a lot of unfinished business.

First let me say this, my description of this book is horrible compared to the actual book. I didn’t want to give anything away.

Toon writes a gut wrenching, emotional book, and boy do I love those. There is so much to unpack in this book and I will do so without giving anything away.

Leah being the only biological child in a house full of foster children was not easy for her. There were times she felt like the foster children got more attention because they needed her parents more; but she needed them too. What I loved was that while we know inside Leah’s head that she thinks these things, she never says them out loud. She never rebels or gets angry at her parents for doing the thing that they were born to do – be foster parents.

The complicated relationship between George and Leah was a piece of art. The subtle angst from Leah, George’s state of mind, how the past and the present were woven together – it was all just done beautifully. Due to the juxtaposition of the past and the present, I was able to see how each of the characters had grown. I absolutely loved that nothing was rushed. The characters took their time, they talked about the past and the present. Ugh, it was just so amazing.

There is a surprise in here that made me re-read a section. I thought one thing was happening when really it was something else. That’s all I can say about that without giving it away.

You’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t read this book!


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