February 2, 2012

Review of Someone Elses Life by Katie Dale

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…

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 ** This book was provided to us by the publisher, and we were in no way paid for our review.

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This book reminded me a lot of a Danielle Steele novel. There were twists and turns happening all over the place. The tears came early for me, and the emotions were up and down all throughout the novel.

Dale does a great job of introducing Huntington’s Disease to the reader. For those of us who are not quite familiar with the disease, the way Dale describes the symptoms, of what it looks like to an outsider who is not aware of what this disease does to the body, was done perfectly. Anyone who reads this book will walk away more aware and more knowledgeable.

The characters were brought to life by Dale’s writing. We are introduced to two completely different lives and characters, who’s lives crash all around them due to Huntington’s Disease. I loved the switching of point of views between Rosie and Holly. It was interesting to read how the decisions and actions that, for example, Rosie did affected Holly and vice versa. It was always an emotional scale when it came to these two characters. You feel immense happiness for one character, but then in the next chapter, we are shown the emotions of the other character and it’s the complete opposite of your original emotion! I was annoyed when I should have been, I was upset at always the right points, and I was happy when the situation called for it.

Dale has also created a great cast of supporting characters that helped in solidifying this story. Josh, Jack, Andy, Kitty…all these characters were the true backbone of this rollercoaster ride, and without them, the story would not have been as dramatic and enveloping. There are points in the book where I was exasperated with the situation and wondered when this was all going to end already, but then Dale throws in another curve ball, and I’m sucked right back into the drama.

This is one of those stories where pretty much every person you meet in the story somehow crosses paths, and intensifies the story even more. Dale does a fantastic job with the chapter transitions from one voice to the other. I could definitely picture this book as a movie similar to those made from Nicolas Sparks novels.

I recommend this book to any YA Contemporary fans. This will be a story you won’t soon forget, and will walk away more knowledgeable than when you first started.


  1. @Jessica

    I hope you enjoy it Jessica!

  2. Jessica

    I'm reading that book at the moment. Great review!

  3. Jacquelynne

    Wow this seems like a really intense and emotional novel. I am not a fan of YA contemporary but I will read it if it seems like I will enjoy it :) I really love to be swept off to other places in my novels – but for some reason your review of this contemp. novel really pulls me in. I absolutely love your review, it has so much passion (as usual, lol) and I feel you really connected with the characters which I also love in a book. Wonderful review MaryAnn!

  4. kimba88

    This looks good, sad and sure to be memorable..its the kind of story of love when I am in the mood..will tag it for when the mood strikes. Great review MaryAnn :)

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