Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Book Review: Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale

(I put both covers, because I love them both. :) )

Someone Else's Life
by Katie Dale
Received for Review via netgalley
Young Adult Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Average Rating: 4.13
Pages: 478

Before I get into my review, here's the summary 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...

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I was thoroughly intrigued with this novel from the moment I looked at the cover and read the synopsis. Once again I went in with high expectations, which is always dangerous. However, once again this book lived up to my expectations.

I was hooked from the moment I started reading this novel. There was just so much going on and every time I thought I figured out the plot there was a twist. That right there made this book good--any book that can keep me guessing is one I'll like.

I wouldn't say that I really liked any of the characters all that much except for Rosie. They all were slightly infuriating, but I think that was the point of the book. 

This book was very powerfully written and I loved the parallel narratives of Rosie and Holly. Both of their stories intrigued me and left me wanting to read more.

This was a book that once I started reading, it stayed on my mind. I read this in one sitting and it's quite that's saying something. 

Basically, I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was incredibly well-written, very moving, and had a great plot line. In other words, I loved reading it.

A Memorable Quote: I haven't been doing this one lately, but this quote stood out to me and so I marked it. FYI: I'm fairly sure this is the same quote as was in the final version, but I'm not 100% sure.

I know it's long, but I love it.

"A person cannot exist without a past. Someone famous said that. 
But what if your entire existence is a lie? It's like I've been wearing 
stilettos all my life, leaving footprints everywhere I go, and then one 
day someone says, "Hey! Those shoes don't belong to you!" and they 
take them away. And I look back, and all I have left are the old 
footprints, which don't even fit my feet anymore, so I can't go back, but I haven't got any new shoes to go forward in, so I'm stuck. Frozen in that place. Not even existing." ~Rosie 

(for me it was page 58, but I don't know if that's the same for you)

I just think that's so powerful. I really love the writing style of this novel. It's so realistic and sincere.

In Summary: A poignant novel that is bound to touch those who read it, and a novel that is extremely well-written. I really loved the writing style.

Warnings/Sidenotes: References to abortion that are pretty mild, but go into minimal detail, a scene where a character harms herself on purpose, minor language, and minor references to sex. 

However, this list is making this novel sound much worse than it is. Overall, it's a really good book. I wouldn't recommend this novel to those who are sensitive toward these types of issues; however, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to most people I know. 

The Wrap-Up: I'm so glad that I was able to receive a copy of this book via Netgalley. I've been wanting to read this one for awhile now, and it was terrific. I know of a few people who didn't like this, because they didn't like the characters. And I can relate, I didn't like most of the characters, but I loved the novel.


Danica Page

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