I read this book for the first time when I was in high school and was dealing with "saying goodbye" to my birthmother. It was such a relief to see what I was feeling actually in words. Seven years later, this book is still one of my favorites. It goes beyond the general circumstances surrounding Natalie's adoption and really gets into what she is feeling and the story behind the adoption in the first place. This is a book that ANYONE who has been adopted needs to read. It's a great novel that stays with you!