terrible book. fascinating topic.
Before We Were Yours has 84,000 ratings, with an average rating of 4.38 stars (this is very, very strong). It also won Goodreads “Best Book of 2017” for historical fiction. Jackie Cooper from Huff Post declared the book, “a near perfect novel.” I am very puzzled by all this hype. I have no idea why readers give this book 3 stars. I really have no idea why readers give this book 4 or 5 stars. The writing is unbelievably simplistic and super corny/cringy/cheesy. There is only one reason why I won’t let this rubbish wallow in the gutter with 1 star books: the stories of Georgia Tann and the Tennessee Children’s Home are ABSOLUTELY FASCINATING. Tann used this “orphanage” as a front for a black market adoption ring. From 1920-1950, Tann duped low income parents into signing over their babies for adoption. Hundreds of babies were illegally removed from their birth parents and at least 19 children died of abuse/neglect while in the care of the Tennessee Children’s Home. Tann even planned kidnappings from nursery schools. I look forward to reading more about this whole scandal (just definitely not from Lisa Wingate).