Well, for this review I am not sure where to start. I truly enjoyed SOMEBODY ELSE'S LIFE, but it was an emotional read. The story starts a short time after Rosie's mother, Trudie, dies from Huntington's Disease. Rosie, still grief stricken by her mother's death, is then devastated by news that will change the entire course of her whole life. For months, Rosie watched her mother deteriorate before her eyes all the while wondering if she would meet the same end. SOMEBODY ELSE'S LIFE takes you on a journey from England to the United States in search of the some hard learned truths, choices and consequences. I found myself engulfed in this book. I felt personally invested in the outcome of the story. Katie Dale has been compared by some to Jodi Picoult. There is a level of truth to that comparison. I love books that tackle the hard subjects and inform at the same time. I highly recommend SOMEBODY ELSE'S LIFE.
Publication Date: February 14, 2012
When 17-year-old Rosie's mother, Trudie, dies from Huntington's Disease, her pain is intensified by the knowledge that she has a fifty percent chance of inheriting the crippling disease herself. Only when Rosie tells her mother's best friend, "Aunt Sarah," that she is going to test for the disease does Sarah, a midwife, reveal that Trudie wasn't her real mother after all. Rosie was swapped at birth with a sickly baby who was destined to die.
Devastated, Rosie decides to trace her real mother, joining her ex-boyfriend on his gap year travels, to find her birth mother in California. But all does not go as planned. As Rosie discovers yet more of her family's deeply buried secrets and lies, she is left with an agonizing decision of her own, one which will be the most heart breaking and far-reaching of all.
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