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…
Author: Katie Dale
Format: Paperback – 485 Pages
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
I’ve actually owned this book for longer than I’d like to imagine and I can’t understand why I left it so long to read.
Firstly I think that the representation of Huntington’s Disease is done well. I hadn’t really heard of it before reading this book, but it doesn’t just do what some books do – mention it time and time again without offering any explanation whatsoever. The book included descriptions from Rosie, when talking to other characters, and also from Dale.
I enjoyed the outlined plot of this book (its difficult to exclude parts from this without including spoilers). However, I felt that overall the whole book was quite dramatic, what may make a piece of art be considered too busy. I think if the book followed more of just what the above description included then it would be better, easier to follow.
I found the relationship between Andy and Rosie a little difficult to follow as there was not much about their relationship beforehand (flashback style background would be better than a simple description from Rosie), however I felt they had a good connection that they were able to fix throughout the book.
Overall I think this book was a little dramatic however still enjoyable.