Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale, (Young Adult)

February 2012, Simon and Schuster
496 pages, Paperback
Review copy

Themes: adoption, swqpped at birth, family roots, what family means, disrupting another's life, being a carer, having terminal illness, deception, lies, forgiveness, friendship, lots of plot twists, a little humour, a tissue or two needed

Summary from Simon and Schuster
How can you face your future when your past it a lie?
When Rosie Kenning's mother, Trudie, dies from Huntingdon's disease, her whole world falls apart. Not only does Rosie desperately miss her mum, but now she has to face the fact that she could have inherited the fatal illness herself. Until she discovers that Trudie wasn't her biological mother at all ... Rosie is stunned. Can this be true? Is she grieving for a mother who wasn't even hers to lose? And if Trudie wasn't her mother, who is?
But as Rosie delves into her past to discover who she really is, she is faced with a heart-breaking dilemma - to continue living a lie, or to reveal a truth that will shatter the lives of everyone around her...

Nayuleska's thoughts
I loved learning more about the main characters through their point of view, especially near the end where some of the plot revelatioms made my head spin. Rosie makes lots of mistakes for the right reasons, which made me forgive her when she stuffs up. I'd love to have a sequel to find out how the changes will affect Rosie & Holly. The end is a big awwww moment. This gets 9/10 from me.

You can find out more about the book and Katie on her website

Suggested read
For another read with heaps of plots twists check out Cat Clarek's Torn 

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