Lizzie has always known she was adopted. Now that she’s old enough, she decides it’s time to find out more about her birth mother, so her parents write to the adoption agency. But on the day she receives a reply, her adoptive father dies, sending Lizzie into emotional upheaval.
Through her journal entries and poems, we see how Lizzie is consumed with grief over the loss of her father. Acting out, she starts to party with the wrong people, and lets alcohol soothe her pain. But underneath, she’s still a nice girl who just wants to be happy and doesn’t know how to handle her feelings. Lost in her struggles, she is unable to move forward in her search for her birth mother.
The Girl in the Mirror is the sequel to The Secret of Me, and gives us an intimate and honest look at a teenager trying to survive the worst possible thing that could happen to her. I highly recommend this well-written and absorbing novel.
Reviewer: Alice Berger