Saturday, February 18, 2012

Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale

Rosie has just lost her mother, Trudie, to Huntington's Disease. It's a terrible, incurable illness - that's also hereditary. As Rosie decides whether or not she wants to get tested for HD, an old family friend reveals a shocking truth: Rosie was not Trudie's biological daughter. Rosie's entire life is thrown into chaos as she starts questioning everything she knows about herself and her family. What do you do when you feel like you've been living someone else's life?

Oh my goodness, there were so many twists in this book! If I was talking about it to a friend (and being totally spoilery, which I'm not going to do here) it would sound something like "...and then this happened, but then this happened, and then this happened, BUT THEN this happened, and then out of nowhere THIS HAPPENED!" It was a complete roller coaster ride for the reader, which was perfect, because it mimicked the experience of Rosie and everyone around her. The book develops a lot of strands around identity, family, adoption, genetics, and the power of 'what if.' I read a blurb that said that this is a good read for fans of Lurlene McDaniel, Jodi Picoult, and Caroline B. Cooney, and I completely agree. It's a plot-driven story with some strong characters and a lot of emotion and I can easily see this just hitting the spot with those readers.

Check out Katie Dale's website.

I received a review copy from NetGalley courtesy of Random House (Doubleday).

Find it at IndieBound.

Read it with:
The Big Bad Werewolf by Katie Dale
I'm Not Her by Janet Gurtler
Six Months to Live by Lurlene McDaniel
The Lying Game by Sara Shepard

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