Written by Dorche Powell
How far would you go to find your family, friend…even twin you never knew you had? It began when Anais Border, who was adopted as an infant from South Korea, saw a Youtube video and noticed the girl looked strikingly identical to her. After sharing this information with friends and family, she searched for the girl’s name and found out they were born on the exact same day and even in the same city. What better way to make contact than Facebook? Samantha Futerman, an actress from America, received this message and automatically knew there was something here. Once they started talking, the question become clear: could they be related?
More importantly, could they actually be twins? Over Facebook, Twitter, and Skype, their relationship would soon grow into something magical.
I’ll be honest – when I started reading the girls’ story in Separated @ Birth, I couldn’t put it down! Immediately, I was drawn into Anais personality and her determination. I love the fact that the story is written from both points of view. You can tell the sisters have the same sense of humor, but their personalities are so different and clearly defined. As I read more into the story, I had to check the facts. For example, in the first chapter it says that Samantha Futerman, an actress, starred in the movie 21 & Over. Once I saw her face, I immediately recognized her from one of my favorite movies, Memoirs of a Geisha. I had to keep reading!
The honesty of both girls is courageous in my book, as the two explore whether or not they were envious of the other’s childhood, whether or not they care about pursuing a hunt for their birth mother, and, when the time comes to have their own children, what kind of families they would like, as in adopting or having children naturally.
Separated @ Birth made me think of how wonderful social media can be to help bring family and friends together. Whether they met or not, a simple share or like can be the key to finding someone close to you. This book is charming, hilarious, and so very heartwarming. It will make you laugh and cry. It will give you a different perspective on how you view, love and respect your family and friends. A must read for anyone on their own personal journey of discovery.