Book Review: Switched at Birth

If you are fan of the ABC Family show Switched at Birth, then you know that the mother on the show, Kathryn Kennish, was writing a book about her experience with her daughter being switched at birth.  Well, the folks at ABC Family have created a real book out of the story and it is now available in book stores! For some reason I am a big sucker for these kinds of books – or even books based from movies.  I guess it is because I don’t have to picture my own characters.

The book is essentially a recap of the first season of the show that has aired along with some extra background information that wasn’t worked in to the show.  However, I feel like there are a lot of pieces missing as well, so if you haven’t seen the show you might find yourself a little bit confused with mentions of some of the more minor characters.

The release coincides with the new episodes starting up on ABC Family. I am looking forward to watching them – Switched at Birth has quickly become one of my must see shows.

I purchased this book through Barnes & Noble on my Nook because I was interested to see what Kathryn ended up writing.  The fact that she spells her name the same way as me probably helped too. I was not asked to write this review I am simply sharing my thoughts on the book to my readers because I can 😉

About the Book

As seen on the hit ABC Family series Switched at Birth

Kathryn Kennish was delivered the shock of her life when she found out that the baby girl she brought home from the hospital 16 years ago isn’t the one she gave birth to and that she has a biological daughter who she does not know. Now, for the first time, she tells her full, extraordinary, switched-at-birth story.

Kathryn Kennish seemed to have a charmed life as a stay-at-home mom in a wealthy Kansas suburb with her husband, John, a former professional baseball player, and their two teenage children. But Kathryn’s world was turned upside down when she found out that Bay, the daughter she and John have raised since birth, is actually the biological daughter of a single mother named Regina. This news is followed by the equally mind-boggling fact that Kathryn’s biological daughter, Daphne, who happens to be deaf, has been raised by Regina in a struggling neighborhood in Missouri. In her memoir, Kathryn reveals the surprising and intimate layers of her story–from the private details of the switched-at-birth revelation to all that occurs in its aftermath, including Regina and Daphne’s move into the Kennish household. In the wake of this immense shift, secrets and previously unexamined issues from Kathryn’s and her family’s past surface as they are forced to reexamine everything they assumed about what makes a family a family.

As Kathryn’s family searches for their own “normal,” she grapples with, and rejoices in, all the complications that come along with being a part of, and loving, an “unconventional” family. Her story is for all of us with not-normal families and a vicarious treat for anyone who has ever wondered what would happen if a relative was switched at birth.

American Idols Live 2012

Saturday night I headed to Bridgeport for the American Idols Live! show at the Arena at Harbor Yard.  I had won tickets so I had no idea where we’d be sitting. Turns out we had 2nd row way near the back of the arena.  Probably the farthest back I had ever been, but it was kind of nice to be able to see the whole stage at all times! Unfortunately though we were near a staircase which meant for the beginning of the show a ton of people came late and were walking past us. Same thing happened at the end so I wasn’t able to take as many photos as I would have liked!

I didn’t realize how much I missed last years season and was not a big fan of this years until they played Stefano and Haley’s songs over and over again! haha.  I mean, this year had a few standouts for me (Skylar, Joshua) but overall it was just “ok”.

I still don’t like Colton – and the fact that he had 2 more songs than on the setlist I had researched before the show was a little bit much. Kind of like Pia last year being the focus.  There was also a Colton shirt… I don’t recall anyone other than the top 2 getting shirts before. But the girls seemed to love him…

Heejun was a bit better than I had expected he would be and we thought that he did really good with Party Rock Anthem.

Overall it was a good mix of a setlist.. Joshua and Skylar were both great.  Though I wish that people stood for them without having to be asked.  It is kind of weird, I remember in years past we stood for almost the whole show, the past couple of years you can easily sit for 50% of the show. And the Idols have to say “cmon stand up!” I am not sure why that is.


Setlist –

Group (minus Phillip) – sing
Deandre – Master Blaster
Hollie/Skylar – Undo It
Erika – Glitter in the Air
Erika / Hollie / Joshua / Colton – Moves like Jagger
Heejun – Green Light
Heejun / Deandre / Jessica – Party Rock Anthem
Joshua / Colton /Deandre / Heejun – Everybody Talks
Elise – Whole Lotta Love
Elise – Rumor Has It
Colton – Meant to Live
Colton – Never Gone
Colton – Piano Man
Group (minus Phillip) – Just the Way You Are
Group (minus Phillip) – What Makes You Beautiful


Jessica – Best Thing I Never Had
Jessica – How Come You Dont Call Me Anymore
Jessica  – Proud Mary
Skylar – Gunpowder and Lead
Skylar – Stay with Me
Hollie – Rolling in the Deep
Hollie – Give Your Heart a Break
Joshua – Runaway Baby
Joshua – It’s a Man’s World
Joshua/Jessica – Knew You Were Waiting
Phillip – Superstition
Phillip – Nice and Slow / Second Chance
Phillip/Elise – Somebody That I Used To Know
Phillip/Jessica – Volcano
Phillip – Home
Girls – Raise Your Glass
Group – Glad You Came

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