Thursday 2 February 2012

Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale

For Review: Simon & Schuster
Published: 2 February 2012

From Goodreads: When seventeen-year-old Rosie’s mother, Trudie, dies from Huntington’s Disease, her pain is intensified by the knowledge that she has a fifty-per-cent chance of inheriting the crippling disease herself. Only when she tells her mum’s best friend, ‘Aunt Sarah’ that she is going to test for the disease does Sarah, a midwife, reveal that Trudie was not her biological mother after all... Devastated, Rosie decides to trace her real mother, hitching along on her ex-boyfriend’s GAP year to follow her to Los Angeles. But all does not go to plan, and as Rosie discovers yet more of her family's deeply-buried secrets and lies, she is left with an agonising decision of her own - one which will be the most heart-breaking and far-reaching of all...

This is one of those books that really makes you wonder what you would do in that situation.  There are no easy answers for the characters in this and I found myself completely immersed in it - desperate to know what they would decide.
The story follows Daisy as she learns the crushing truth - the women who raised her was not her biological mother.  Already devastated by her mother's death from Huntington's disease she becomes desperate to find her biological mother - which takes her on a journey where she discovers more than she thought possible...

I really enjoyed the dual narrative in this - and how at first we are not sure who the other person is.  I loved both voices - especially Rosie's.  She comes across as a really caring person - I loved that she was willing to give up everything to be there for her mother when she got ill.  Her story is devastating - but I love that she gets to a place where she can be happy.  And I loved Andy!  He's a really nice guy and he is a great match for Rosie - I enjoyed their relationship.  There is a genuine connection between the two of them.

I LOVED Jack!  Honestly I adored him - he is everything I think a good parent (and person!) should be. Don't get me stared on what I think of Kitty but it does raise an interesting point about how she had made her choice and we should respect it.

The story really made me consider the importance of being biologically related and what being a family really means. I came to the conclusion that family is much more than that - it's about who's there for the day to day things - who sees you for you and loves you anyway. It also made me think about when the truth is the best option - whether it's better to know or to not know. And how sometimes it's better if someone else makes that choice for you.

Someone Else's Life has a raw and very honest feel to it that kept me hooked and invested in the characters. Katie Dale is definitely an author to watch - she's a brilliant new voice in YA and I'm very excited to see what she writes next.

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