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Book Title: Adopted Reality, A Memoir
Author: Laura Dennis
Publisher:  Entourage Publishing
Format Reviewed: eBook
Published On: June 2012
Length: 179 Pages
Price:  $5.99
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, Women
Book description, taken from Amazon.com: In a September 11 memoir unlike any you’ve read, this thrilling, psychological adventure follows the ups and downs of bipolar, and examines relationships biological and adopted.
Laura had always been Miss Perfect—but she just couldn’t do it anymore.
They say not to make more than one big change in your life at a time, but with a break up, a job change, a move across the country, and the separation of her adoptive parents, when Laura gets the opportunity to reunite with her birth mom—she is not passing it up!
Then a beloved uncle dies in the Twin Towers and the tension that has been building explodes. While everyone proudly believes she’s fulfilling her dream to dance, Laura insanely thinks she’s a spy for the Illuminati who unwittingly perpetrated 9/11.
Will she learn to exist between the highs and lows, ultimately discovering her own Adopted Reality?

My Review: The first paragraph of Laura Dennis’ memoir, Adopted Reality, begins with the words: “ I’ve successfully infiltrated the Illuminati’s West Coast cell. I suspect they’re onto me”, which immediately drew me into her world and made me want to read the rest of her book.

Laura crafted her compelling story of being adopted, wanting to reunite with her birth mother and facing the possibility of mental illness to read as smoothly as if it was a novel’s story line she was chronicling. She is adept at guiding the reader between past and present, between reality and insanity, and between a girl/young woman striving to live up to being ‘the perfect child’ and an adult desperately searching for the real person hiding underneath all the layers of perfection she had presented to the world.

Reading ‘Adopted Reality’ made me stop and consider my life as a child in a family that, while far from perfect, still managed to give me a sense of completeness and security as I was growing up. Laura didn’t experience that; she grew up with feelings of loss and sadness that she couldn’t put a name to, and it was only as an adult that she was able to identify the many forces behind her feelings.

I wished that the book hadn’t finished as quickly as it did because I felt that I needed to know more about the progress the author made in her journey of self-awareness and adapting to the reality that she had to face, but I did enjoy reading what Laura chose to share with us at this time. In the future, perhaps there will be a sequel to this book–if there is, I definitely want to read it.

My Rating: Five Glasses of Wine! Excellent book to recommend to your friends, too.