Someone Else’s Life
Fans of Jodi Picoult, Caroline B. Cooney, and Lurlene McDaniel--teens and adults alike--will relish this emotional roller coaster ride of a novel.
When Rosie's mother, Trudie, dies from Huntington's disease, the girl's pain is intensified by the knowledge that she has a 50 percent chance of inheriting the crippling disease herself. But when Rosie tells her mother's best friend that she is going to be tested for the debilitating illness, Sarah, a midwife, reveals that Trudie wasn't her real mother after all. Rosie was swapped at birth with a sickly baby who was destined to die.
Devastated, Rosie decides to join her ex-boyfriend on his gap-year travels, leaving England to track down her birth mother in California. But all does not go as planned. In America, Rosie discovers more of her family's long-buried secrets and lies, and she is left with an agonizing decision of her own--one that will be the most heartbreaking and far-reaching of all.
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The picture immediately jolts and twists into the grass,...
—The Guardian (UK)
“It reads the way a haunted house might, with the unexpected lurking behind every door. . . . [Readers will] be hard pressed to let Rosie out of their sight until the last page is turned.”
“Readers should be drawn into the fast-paced, high-stakes narrative.”
“What starts out as a simple trip snowballs into a journey of discovery … Dale constructs an intriguing story about how families come in many forms and [how] love can be found in unexpected places. This book is sure to resonate with teens, especially those who live in nontraditional homes.”
—School Library Journal