The Secret of Me by Meg Kearney
Lizzie desperately wants to find out the story behind her adoption and her own identity. The Secret of Me is a novel in verse. Lizzie's mother gets upset when she asks to find her birthmother. She writes a poem to her mother and leaves it on her artist's easel. In this poem, we find Lizzie looking at women wondering if one of them might be her birthmother. (pg 100 last six lines I check out skinny...) You can see how Lizzie writes to try to make sense out of her life all the while thinking that she's "damaged goods - a mistake before she was born."