Sunday, December 12, 2010

Look Again by Lisa Scottoline

In the novel Look Again, by Lisa Scottoline, a reporter named Ellen Gleeson, also a single mother, is raising her adopted son named Will. One day she sees a flier saying, "Have you seen this chold?" She noticed somethign very trange about the photo of the boy, he looks exactly like Will. This is very weird to her and being a reporter, she investigates. She looks all over Google and find the family looking for their son. Carol Braverman is the mother of the missing boy who is named Timothy. Now even more skeptical, she checks the adoption records, but everything seems to be normal with them. Not able to get over her suspicions, she calls the attorney who she worked with through the adoption and finds out she has killed herself. Now very frightened, she looks at the adoption forms again to find the birth mother whose name is Amy Martin. Later on, she follows Carol Braverman into a bar and is able to obtain some of her DNA off of a cigarette she had smoked and thrown away. Awhile after that, she is at Amy's home and finds a picture of a man who she starts calling "Beach Boy". Soon after the visit to her house, Amy is found dead. She talks to a friend of Amy's named Melanie, who thinks Amy was killed by someone lacing her drugs with a toxic chemical. Melanie also shares that Amy had been in an abusive relationship with a man named Rob Moore, who looks like Beach Boy. The relationship took place about four years ago, the exact same time as the adoption process. Ellen now believes that Will is actually Carol's son Timothy, and that Rob is now murdering everyone who had anything to do with the adoption. Now Ellen is left to defend herself and her son alone, and does not want to give away the only family she has.

1:) If you had adopted a child and found out it was actually a parents child who had been kidnapped and was looking for it, would you return the child or hide the fact you ever knew about it?

2:) If you were in Ellen's situation and you and your sons lives were in danger, what would you try and do to save the two of you? To what length would you go?

9 comments:

Rachel Tagliamonte said...

1. I think that would be an extremely hard decision for anyone to make, but I think I would give the child back to its' original parents. If I tried to hide the fact that I knew about the kid, I would probably feel really guilty knowing that someone was out there desperately searching for their kid.

Kenneth C.M. 13-14 said...

I agree with rachel. I would give the child back reluctantly. Plus, if they found out you adopted a kidnapped child I'm sure there are some legal situations you can face.

Julie S. 5-6 said...

I would definitely give the child back. One of the main points of adoption is to give the child a better home which doesn't happen if the child was stolen from a loving home.

Richard B. said...

To answer question number 1, and after checking to make sure the parents are the legitimate biological parents, yes I would. I don't think that is in question for anyone. However, if there was some way to see if those parents would treat the child well and raise it to be a healthy functioning human or not, then that would affect my decision. If the parents would be good parents, then I would give the child back in a heartbeat. If the parents would be horrible parents, I would claim that the child is legally mine through the adoption process and keep it safe and in a good home.

SeanK56 said...

Imagine you have raised this child from its birth to say 10-12 years, honestly I don't know how I would be able to just hand over the son I've raised like that.

SeanK56 said...

I agree with it being morally correct, but put yourself in the situation and try and say you could do it.

Cieran B. 5-6 said...

1. In my opinion i would choos the decision that would be best for the child. If the family i was given the child too was worse than my own living conditions I would keep him. Then at least i wouldnt feel guilty because it was best for the child.

James F (11-12) said...

1. i would not hide the fact that i knew about the child's parents but i would not give the child up. at that point i would have already raised him as my own. regardless on who is actually the child's biological parents i would love the child as it was my own. so to answer the question...no i would not give the child up. i would meet a compromise with the bio parents to where we all could love the child.

2. of course i would try to save our lives. parents are supposed to protect their children at all costs. it is the job of a parent because children are really the only priceless things in a parents life. i would go to the length of giving up my life to save my children. when it comes to the time in my life when i have children, my main goal will to see them grow and succeed in their adulthood. if i have to give up my life for that to happen then i will.

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