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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Doubled Over With Joy

Wow. This book was fantastic. I found it scientific, thrilling, mysterious, and creative. It was interesting to see a less...publicized neurodegenerative disease like Huntington's. I really enjoyed this book. The ending I thought could use some work, but other than that...
Wow. This book was fantastic. I found it scientific, thrilling, mysterious, and creative. It was interesting to see a less...publicized neurodegenerative disease like Huntington's. I really enjoyed this book. The ending I thought could use some work, but other than that it was great. Double Helix was unique, which is what I think I enjoyed most about it. If you are into the sciences at all, you should read this book.

posted by Abagail_Ree on December 6, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Recommended to some- read this to know what to look out for.

Double Helix. Nancy Werlin. New York, USA: Penguin Group, 2004. 250.
From all the books in this world there are myriad genres, some more interesting than others. Mystery keeps you on the edge of your seat, flipping from one page to another. Literally. Double Helix by...
Double Helix. Nancy Werlin. New York, USA: Penguin Group, 2004. 250.
From all the books in this world there are myriad genres, some more interesting than others. Mystery keeps you on the edge of your seat, flipping from one page to another. Literally. Double Helix by Nancy Werlin exactly does that, it's a gripping and suspenseful piece, perfect for readers looking for a science not-so-fiction novel. Werlin skips, yet explains, many topics throughout the book: love, disease, science, sexuality, fear, trust, morality, and mainly about destiny.
Eli is fresh out of high school, and he's looking the other way as most of his fellow classmates are getting shipped off to college. Even as salutatorian, Eli decides he rather talk to a scientist at Wyatt Transgenics, Dr. Quincy Wyatt. Ironically, he immediately gets employed, "destroying his path to becoming nothing," as his father thinks. Eli claims his hopes of employment there were a "drunken impulse" and regrets sending the email that would change his future. Eli notices Dr. Wyatt's strange fascination of him and wonders exactly why. "I went to work for Wyatt- and suddenly my carefully compartmentalized life fell apart," Eli remarks as he unknowingly and accurately depicts the series of events soon to occur.
Eli tries to maintain the hardships and his self-esteem between relationships, his occupation, and his internal issues. He verbally combats with his father, Jonathan, showing uneasiness in emotions among those two. There's constantly tension, heavy as oxygen, floating around about Eli's mother who's battling Huntington's disease. Jonathan wishes Eli wasn't so secretive so then they could go back to the trust they had before. In the midst of Eli's life at home, he finds a girlfriend Vivian Fadiman, who Eli calls Viv. Viv is sort of his ethical backbone to his stress and exhaustion due to her ability to openly discuss anything and relate to the issues in a calm natured fashion. She is Eli's "oasis"; with her he could, "pretend everything and everyone was normal." Viv is a charming and wise individual who helps Eli through roughly everything internal and external. Especially when it had came to her getting blueprints of Wyatt Trangenics building due to Elis curiosity. When Eli first met Dr. Wyatt he's jittery and nervous, but suspiciously gets the high paying job.
Wyatt Trangenics becomes his new "oasis", which was good and bad. It was good because Eli needed a distraction when everything outside of his shield was burning, but it was bad when he started getting too close to Dr. Wyatt. Over there Eli could zone out and forget about everything. His job is to take care of rabbits, and he makes use of this- knowing the risks. He makes a friend, a pet, Foo-Foo who stands out from the rest of his test subjects. Eli's occupation helps him realize a few things about the world, and it helps him find himself once he started drowning in his own thoughts.
Eli deals with many dilemmas in the book; his mother and his feeling about her, Huntington's Disease, why Jonathan hates Dr. Wyatt, and just exactly why Dr. Wyatt is so intrigued by Elis' every move, vision, and thought. He can't figure out his father's ill hatred towards Dr. Wyatt, which causes more disturbances at home, but it soon cools over when they talk things through and get their father to son connection working again. Eli also notices from the point he walked through the door of Wyatt Trangenics, he was bizarrely observed by Dr. Wya

posted by leashaa on February 22, 2011

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    After recently reading and reviewing Nancy Werlin's THE RULES OF SURVIVAL, I went in search of some of her other books. I discovered DOUBLE HELIX, and it didn't disappoint me. <BR/><BR/>Eli Samuels, salutatorian of his graduating class, has decided to postpone college for a year. His father is not pleased. But Eli is struggling to decide just exactly where he is headed in life. Complicating matters are his relationship with his girlfriend and his mother's illness, Huntington's disease. <BR/><BR/>Eli and his father have been struggling with Ava's illness for many years, but the end is near. She is confined to a nursing home and not even aware of their visits. Eli's future is uncertain because Huntington's disease is hereditary. His mother may have passed him the gene which carries the disease. A simple blood test holds the answer, but Eli is not ready to know the truth. <BR/><BR/>Dr. Quincy Wyatt, a famous scientific researcher, offers Eli a job at Wyatt Transgenics. It involves caring for research animals and helping in the lab. The more Eli learns about Dr. Wyatt and the work of his company, the more he begins to question what he knows about his own life. <BR/><BR/>Using clever twists and turns, Nancy Werlin has created a real nail-biter that makes this book hard to put down.

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    Posted October 21, 2007

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    After recently reading and reviewing Nancy Werlin's THE RULES OF SURVIVAL, I went in search of some of her other books. I discovered DOUBLE HELIX, and it didn't disappoint me. Eli Samuels, salutatorian of his graduating class, has decided to postpone college for a year. His father is not pleased. But Eli is struggling to decide just exactly where he is headed in life. Complicating matters are his relationship with his girlfriend and his mother's illness, Huntington's disease. Eli and his father have been struggling with Ava's illness for many years, but the end is near. She is confined to a nursing home and not even aware of their visits. Eli's future is uncertain because Huntington's disease is hereditary. His mother may have passed him the gene which carries the disease. A simple blood test holds the answer, but Eli is not ready to know the truth. Dr. Quincy Wyatt, a famous scientific researcher, offers Eli a job at Wyatt Transgenics. It involves caring for research animals and helping in the lab. The more Eli learns about Dr. Wyatt and the work of his company, the more he begins to question what he knows about his own life. Using clever twists and turns, Nancy Werlin has created a real nail-biter that makes this book hard to put down. **Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka 'Readingjunky'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2007

    Double Helix

    As always Nancy Werlin has written another fantastic book. Double Helix never loses your attention while following the life of Eli Samuels. In this book Eli accepts a job from the renowned scientist, Dr. Wyatt, at his lab, Wyatt Transgenic¿s. When Eli tells his father about the job his dad gets mad at him. For some mysterious reason Mr. Samuels down not like Dr. Wyatt. Meanwhile Eli¿s mother, Ava, is in a nursing home dying of Huntington¿s Disease. One day, Dr. Wyatt invited Eli over to his house to meet a girl named Kate, even though Eli has a girlfriend, Viv. That night, Eli blew off his date with Viv to stay at Dr. Wyatt¿s. When Eli returns home he sees Viv and his father whom have never met. Eli began to get mad at both his father and Viv, because his father had told Viv that his mother was dying. After that Viv and Eli decided to break up. When Ava Samuel¿s dies, Eli begins to wonder about the story between his dad and Dr. Wyatt. With a myriad of secrets revealing themselves, and Eli finding a secret elevator in the lab that will reveal everything he wants to know, what will Eli discover? This is the book for you if you love a great suspense or mystery book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2007

    Double Helix

    This is an amazing book that will keep you guessing until the very end. It is one of my favorites! Nancy Werlin is an incredible author, and I found myself wanting to finish the novel, and at the same time have it never end. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading mysteries and thrillers. I would also recommend this to people that enjoy reading about scientific events and discoveries. There was a lot of information that I learned from this novel, yet it was not boring. I found myself wanting to know more. This is truly a wonderful book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2007

    Very nice.

    This is very cool, I really enjoyed reading this, I got through like half in one day cause I was so into it. I don't even really like reading and I found this to be great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2006

    Could not stop

    I read this book in one day . Sorry i was clued . Another great book . This book was smart. I didn't expected most of the things that came uponed in this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2006

    Impressive

    I like to consider myself an intelligent teenager, and for a long time I have been hard-pressed to find a smart read. After much searching and a few disappointments, I finally came upon this amazing book. Sure, some of the events were a little predictable, but that didn't stop me from being glued to my seat as I experienced Werlin's style and all the other elements. Highly recommended, especially if you have a strong interest in medicine and/or science.

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    Posted June 29, 2011

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