Claiming Georgia Tate by Gigi Amateau

Bought this from BOOKSALE for only 45pesos!

This is a story about a 12-year-old girl who lives with her grandparents. Georgia Tate, with a strict christian way of life because of her Grandaddy Tate who's a preacher, begins a chapter of her life where she discovers the cruelty of this world.

She soon finds out the truth behind her mother's tragedy and before she, Nana and Grandaddy Tate can talk about it, Nana dies.

Grandaddy Tate decides to send Georgia to live with her father. What he doesn't know is why it's a wrong move for Georgia and the real reason why Nana let her go home so quickly the last time she was with him.


Disturbing and inspiring, this novel is definitely one of the few brave stories out there. I love the innocence of Georgia in every narration. I love her spirit and faith to God. It's not so often anymore that I see girls as pure-hearted as she is in real life. How the world has changed!

Claiming Georgia Tate tried to touch every sensitive subject as it can and it did so, very effortlessly.

There's gender and race equality, gay rights, religion and last but not the least, liberation. Georgia's best friend Ginger, that very naughty girl is the symbolism of liberation here. Though two girls are the very opposite of each other, they still get along and Georgia even admires her.

It's a proof that, you have to be all kinds of things to experience what it really is to be human. To gain the substance of living you have to have a God, a cause or belief, understanding and also the natural manner of self-growth from everything you have become.

Gigi Amateau's first novel delivered well.


Chloe | August 14, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Great review! You really captured what the book was about and didn't give anything away. It made me want to reread CGT :)


Loraine | August 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

To Cassy: Thank you for saying that Cassy ♥

What Teddy Says of Sally | August 12, 2013 at 2:32 AM

You know I also love buying books from Booksale and I liked the idea of the thrill of finding some reads that you wouldn't expect and you'd really fall in love with. Although lately I feel like I wanted something else, like a biography/self-help book or something. Does something like this ever exist.

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