Sunday, January 27, 2013

Switched at Birth by Kathryn Kennish

Switched at Birth by Kathryn Kennish

Released: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Hyperion
Page Amount: 144, US Paperback
POV: 1st Person (Kathryn) 
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=74/100 C

As seen on the hit ABC Family series Switched at Birth, Kathryn Kennish was delivered the shock of her life when she found out that the baby girl she brought home from the hospital 16 years ago isn't the one she gave birth to and that she has a biological daughter who she does not know. Now, for the first time, she tells her full, extraordinary, switched-at-birth story.
Kathryn Kennish seemed to have a charmed life as a stay-at-home mom in a wealthy Kansas suburb with her husband, John, a former professional baseball player, and their two teenage children. But Kathryn's world was turned upside down when she found out that Bay, the daughter she and John have raised since birth, is actually the biological daughter of a single mother named Regina. This news is followed by the equally mind-boggling fact that Kathryn's biological daughter, Daphne, who happens to be deaf, has been raised by Regina in a struggling neighborhood in Missouri. In her memoir, Kathryn reveals the surprising and intimate layers of her story—from the private details of the switched-at-birth revelation to all that occurs in its aftermath, including Regina and Daphne's move into the Kennish household. In the wake of this immense shift, secrets and previously unexamined issues from Kathryn's and her family's past surface as they are forced to reexamine everything they assumed about what makes a family a family.
As Kathryn's family searches for their own "normal," she grapples with, and rejoices in, all the complications that come along with being a part of, and loving, an “unconventional” family. Her story is for all of us with not-normal families and a vicarious treat for anyone who has ever wondered what would happen if a relative was switched at birth.

Okay so I absolutely love the show Switched at Birth. I watch it everytime its on and own all the DVD's. So of course I had to by the book that the mom has been been writing on the show. I was expected some extra scenes us tv watchers have never seen, but no, it was literally just a summary of the first season. This bored me and made me feel like this book had no purpose. I didn't get anything from it except one or two extra little scenes that didn't change much. Honestly, so much more could have been done with this book, but unfortunately it let me down. 

The characters were okay. They were just like in the show but even more two-dimensional. I wish they had some depth, some emotion to them. Especially Kathryn, the narrator and mother. Sure she had some little bits of emotion, but there could have been a ton more. I liked her commentary, I just wish there was more of it. Bay and Daphne weren't even that memorable or vivid in this book. I wish there was more about them.  

This ending was nothing special. I mean this entire book was a mediocre attempt to create buzz for the show. I don't think it lived up to its potential. I really would have loved to hear more things that I haven't already seen on the show. That would have made a much better book then completely retelling the first season. 

My Favorite Part: The few little scenes where you get to see Bay not so tough...

Do I recommend this book? Not really unless you absolutely love the show and want to relive it.

Thanks for reading!

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Review by Macy ♥

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