Like Dandelion Dust

Like Dandelion Dust

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"When Joey Campbell's biological father is released from prison, four-year old Joey faces a life no one could've planned. His father wants custody, and a judge's quick decision deals a devastating blow to the Campbell family: Joey must be returned to his biological parents. In a haze of grief and disbelief, the Campbells watch their adopted son pick a dandelion and blow the feathery seeds into the wind. And in the days following the ruling, Jack Campbell conceives a desperate and dangerous thought. What if they can devise a way out? What if they take Joey and disappear? Both families will learn that sometimes the greatest love is in letting go--like dandelion dust"--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Center Street, 2010
Edition: First movie tie-in edition
ISBN: 9781599953328
1599953323
9781599954233
1599954230
Characteristics: 365 pages ; 21 cm

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DBRL_KrisA Feb 06, 2020

Schmaltzy, formulaic, and ridiculous. Joey, the adopted boy at the center of the story, is just too precious for words. Like over-the-top precious. His biological parents, Wendy and Rip (!), are cookie-cutter white trash - Daddy is an abusive drunk, Mommy is a long-suffering Victim. The adoptive parents, Molly and Jack, are perfect in every way - rich, beautiful, hopelessly in love.

Wendy and Rip decide they want Joey back and, due to a technicality, the judge has to allow it. So Molly and Jack decide they're going to flee the country with Joey to keep that from happening. Luckily, they're rich, and Jack has Connections, so they're able to start putting their plan into effect. But Molly's religious sister and lifelong best friend Beth figures things out and reports them to the social worker and to Wendy. Her best friend in the world. Exposes their plan. Because it's the Right Thing To Do. And because what they're doing somehow goes against God.

Of course, because this is a Very Special Episode-type book, everything works out well for Molly and Jack (oh yeah, and for Joey). And because (somehow) it was God's Plan that caused everything to work out, Jack and Molly and Joey start attending church regularly and become Christians, and they all live happily ever after. (Except for Wendy and Rip, but we don't care about them because they're not God's Special People. Or something.)

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varaidzo89
May 22, 2011

no parent - natural or adoptive - should ever have to endure what happened in this book i really felt sorry for them almost made me cry but i was glad at the ending.

Lauren Jul 22, 2008

Started off decent, but I really didn't like the ending. It got rather far-fetched and contrived.

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varaidzo89
May 22, 2011

varaidzo89 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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