Friday, January 2, 2015

Memoir: Finding Zoe | Review + Giveaway♥

Friday, January 02, 2015

Finding Zoe
Brandi Rarus

  • Publisher: BenBella Books (October 7, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1940363225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940363226
  • Genre: Memoir
  • Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Nobles
  • Disclosure: Review Copy was sent free of charge courtesy of BenBella Books.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicSynopsis: "At just a few months old, Zoe was gradually losing her hearing. Her adoptive parents loved her—yet agonized—feeling they couldn’t handle raising a Deaf child. Would Zoe go back into the welfare system and spend her childhood hoping to find parents willing to adopt her? Or, would she be the long-sought answer to a mother’s prayers?

Brandi Rarus was just 6 when spinal meningitis took away her hearing. Because she spoke well and easily adjusted to lip reading, she was mainstreamed in school and socialized primarily in the hearing community. Brandi was a popular, happy teen, but being fully part of every conversation was an ongoing struggle. She felt caught between two worlds—the Deaf and the hearing. In college, Brandi embraced Deaf Culture along with the joys of complete and effortless communication with her peers. Brandi went on to become Miss Deaf America in 1988 and served as a spokesperson for her community. It was during her tenure as Miss Deaf America that Brandi met Tim, a leader of the Gallaudet Uprising in support of selecting the university’s first Deaf president. The two went on to marry and had three hearing boys—the first non-deaf children born in Tim’s family in 125 years. Brandi was incredibly grateful to have her three wonderful sons, but couldn’t shake the feeling something was missing. She didn’t know that Zoe, a six-month-old Deaf baby girl caught in the foster care system, was desperately in need of a family unafraid of her different needs. Brandi found the answer to her prayers when fate brought her new adopted daughter into her life. Set against the backdrop of Deaf America, Finding Zoe is an uplifting story of hope, adoption, and everyday miracles."

  • Finding Zoe is a heartwarming novel that is encouraging, and it has a deep meaning behind the story. Brandi Rarus is an deaf individual, and this novel is her memoir.  The memoir is broken down into three parts: Brandi's childhood, Jess(Zoe's biological mother), and the third part is the adoption of Zoe. Zoe is a six month year child, who needed a family and Brandi had decided to adopt her. 

  • Zoe's childhood consists of self-acceptance, she had a good childhood majority of the time, but she did struggle with her deafness. She struggled with her identity as any other person would. I do like reading books where the protagonist or narrative is deaf, it adds a unique yet sensitive touch to the book. It's surprising she did not become bitter about her deafness, but rather she embraced it afterwards. The story touches on teen pregnancy as well, the father's perspective on Zoe was fascinating to read about. I liked the bond between Zoe and Brandi, it's one of my most favorite parts of the novel.
  • I did like the religious approach Brandi had taken, since I am religious, although, at times it did feel the author imagined that as the only way to have a perspective about life. A singular approach to life, I cannot relate to as much - I also do believe it's the person's own ability to succeed in life as well.  It does have an interesting story though, Finding Zoe is an encouraging novel about a woman's struggle and finding a place in life. It's an emotional, honest, and raw story that I enjoyed reading from the beginning to the end. I would rate it 3.5 butterflies.

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However, they are not required though - there is a free entry for everyone. 
The giveaway prize is a paperback copy(INT.)
Contest ends on January 24!

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-Please enter only from one email.
-The winner has 48 hours to reply, before I randomly chose another winner. 
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  1. Interesting book Benish, it would be interesting to read from a deaf person's perspective, although I'm not too much a fan of the religious angle. Great review lovely!

    1. Thank you Jeann! I did feel the book was one sided only though, through the religious approach.

  2. This sounds like a truly beautiful novel, Benish! I've never heard of this one before but I've never read a book with a deaf narrator so I really wanna give this one a go.

    Lovely review, girl! <33

    1. Thank you Mel! I'm glad this book interests you, I do hope you enjoy reading it. I really appreciated Finding Zoe.

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  6. Sounds very interesting. I love the cover

  7. Very pretty cover and it sounds like an inspirational story as well.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

    1. The cover is beautiful, hope you like it as well!

  8. I love inspirational stories that are uplifting and come full circle to restore your faith in humanity.
    I really should find time to

  9. I really do hope you find the time then, good luck!

  10. Oh wow, I have not read any books where the main character is deaf, and I am sure it would put an interesting spin on the style and situation. This sounds like such a heartwarming story and I might buy it for my mother because I know she would love it!

    1. I hope your mother enjoys this novel though - it's an inspiring novel that I quite liked. The cover is beautiful as well. Thank you so much for stopping by!


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