Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Blog Tour: My POV of Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale


Mass Market Paperback, 478 pages
Published February 2nd 2012 by Simon & Schuster UK
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..--Goodreads
 
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This book was pretty complicated. Not complicated as in it was difficult to read legibly but it was definitely an emotional roller coaster. Rosalind “Rosie” Kenning has just lost her mother to Huntington’s. An inherited disease that causes the progressive breakdown (degeneration) of nerve cells in the brain. Feeling lost beyond words she is left to thing about what her future will hold if she has inherited this devastating disease since she has a fifty percent chance of inheriting it.

Caring for her mother for the last eighteen months she has seen what this debilitating disease can do to you. Chorea (involuntary movements), slurred speak, cognitive decline, mood sings, behavioral and psychiatric problems are a number of the side effects of this disease and Rose saw all of them while her mothers health declined over a year and a half. Once she learned her mother had Huntington’s she shut everyone out for eighteen months, even Andrew “Andy” her boyfriend with out a word as to why. She chose to take care of her mother and give up school, friends, and traveling so see her mother was well taken care of.

Now that her parents are gone and she has shut everyone out of her life (except for her grandmother and her mothers best friend ‘Aunt Sarah’) Rose has thought of nothing else but whether she should take the test to see if she will suffer from Huntington’s. After thinking of nothing else for quite a while she decides to take the test. When she tells Aunt Sarah about her choice some very shocking and unexpected news comes to light. This is where Rose’s next journey starts and it is a very complicated, confusing, heartbreaking but also exciting quest to find the truth about her lineage.

I enjoyed this story very much even with spilling a lake full of tears. It provokes many life altering thoughts and feelings. The question that popped into my head was “Would you choose not to have a family of your own because there would be a fifty percent chance of them inheriting this disease?” Can you really justify denying your child thirty or forty years of life because they may suffer from this disease.

If you are looking for a little more than a light read this is a great story about family, love, life and choices. Be prepared for a bumpy but exhilarating ride as Rose sets out to find out the truth about her lineage only to realize it doesn’t matter at the end. Family is a choice whether you were born into it or not.

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2 comments:

  1. This is going on my must read list. I haven't seen a book where Huntington's Disease was part of the storyline and I am curious to see if the author accurately got the different stages of the disease right.

    As someone who's life has been touched by Huntington's Disease (my brother passed away at 23 from Juvenile Huntington's Disease and his father/grandfather had it), I cannot express how heartbreaking it is to watch someone slowly pass away right before your eyes. My other brother, who got tested and didn't have it, had the same question when he found out his at the time girlfriend was pregnant. Thankfully, he is negative but it was heart wrenching to hear him agonize over to keep the baby or have an abortion.

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  2. Wow, I think I would need tissues for this one. Not many books do that but this one hits hard.
    Lauren

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