Published: Park Row Books
Date: 28th July 2020
Source: Publicist via NetGalley
The death of Thomas and Savannah McClair’s mother turns their world upside down. Raised to be fiercely curious by their grandmother Maggie, the twins become determined to learn the identity of their biological father. And when their mission goes viral, an eccentric producer offers them a dream platform: a fully sponsored podcast called The Kids Are Gonna Ask. To discover the truth, Thomas and Savannah begin interviewing people from their mother’s past and are shocked when the podcast ignites in popularity. As the attention mounts, they get caught in a national debate they never asked for—but nothing compares to the mayhem that ensues when they find him.
Told through the voices of three characters – two of them being Thomas and Savannah – we follow these twins search to find their biological Dad in The Kids are Gonna Ask. Their mother is dead so they can’t ask her and their amazing grandmother Maggie doesn’t know either. However she is prepared to back them up.
They set out through the medium of a podcast to see what they can find out, on the premise that the more people they involve the more chance they have of finding him. Along the way they find out the pitfalls of social media, how friends can let you down, and that there are odious, self serving characters out there.
And as well there are are nice, supportive people who genuinely care and love them. Both Savannah and Thomas along the way get to know more about their mother, come to understand their grandmother Maggie more and they do find out about their Dad.
This is a coming of age story, it explores choices and friendship and how a loss of loved ones leaves big gaps.
It was interesting to see the falsehood of social media versus the real life genuine relationships.
I am not sure where you’d place this book, it’s rather young adult with something for adults as well.