Secret Girl is a memoir written by Molly Bruce Jacobs, where she portrays the life of her family and focuses on the main event – the separation from her twin sister Anne. The girls’ parents institutionalized Anne since she was diagnosed with hydrocephalus when she was a newborn (Jacobs, 2007). The main character, Molly Bruce Jacobs, found out about having a sister when she was a grown-up and decided to look for Anne; as a result, the biggest family secret was revealed.
If I were Molly, I would have done the same thing since I find family important and consider that there should be no grand secrets within the family. In any case, family member separation is an emotionally burdening process; either it is a divorce or a temporary separation. Hence, each family member should be notified of the potential changes and consequences. In addition, I believe it is vital to keep in touch with relatives as they are the primary source of information about one’s heritage.
I think I could not have been as brave as Molly was; yet, I would have definitely tried to establish the connection with a separated sibling in order to recuperate the lost bond. It was indeed a bold move by Molly, as she hardly knew what her sister looked like or just how she lived (Jacobs, 2007). Therefore, I find Molly increasingly courageous and persistent in ensuring her closest relative lives peacefully. Besides, I think parents’ actions related to the vaccine were illegal because it was her only chance to see the world. They could not have prohibited their daughter from living a full life. Somehow, Molly was a lifesaver for Ann in the environment in which she lived.
Jacobs, M. (2007). Secret girl. St. Martin’s Griffin.