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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Amazing! Read this book.

I read Someone Else's Life three days ago and I'm still thinking about it. Finally, a teen book that focuses on something real, like Huntington's Disease, and takes you on a roller-coaster ride while the characters deal with the fall-out. This is the best book I've read...
I read Someone Else's Life three days ago and I'm still thinking about it. Finally, a teen book that focuses on something real, like Huntington's Disease, and takes you on a roller-coaster ride while the characters deal with the fall-out. This is the best book I've read all year.

posted by 5076773 on May 27, 2012

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Someone Else's Life tackles some heavy issues head on, and Katie

Someone Else's Life tackles some heavy issues head on, and Katie Dale isn't afraid to open up these discussions and question them. Abortion, adoption, teenage pregnancy, life-threatening disease, dysfunctional families, and law- all have their own part to play in this s...
Someone Else's Life tackles some heavy issues head on, and Katie Dale isn't afraid to open up these discussions and question them. Abortion, adoption, teenage pregnancy, life-threatening disease, dysfunctional families, and law- all have their own part to play in this story and come together to form a bizarre turn of events.

Yet this combination of themes in one book means that it relies heavily upon shock and awe, and a number of twists throughout the story that further complicate matters and convolute the story rather which ultimately takes away from what could have been an exceptional novel.

Reasons to Read:

1.Huntington's Disease:

I'm like the majority of people and I really don't know much about Huntington's Disease. Neither did Rosie, until her mom was diagnosed with it later on in life. Now, Rosie's life seems to revolve around Huntington's Disease, until she finds out an even bigger shock when she decides to get tested for this hereditary disease. But Katie Dale deserves huge kudos for dealing with and featuring a disease that very few people are aware of and this provides a great avenue for readers to learn about something new and unfamiliar.

2.Rosie's growth and maturity over the course of the book:

Confession: when I started reading Someone Else's Life I was seriously unimpressed with Rosie and how she chose to handle her grief. I was afraid I would have an extremely difficult time connecting with her, but she truly does grow up (by leaps and bounds) as the book goes on. By the end, I was inspired by Rosie and the hard decisions she had to make but how often she thought of those around her, yet kept her own needs and desires in mind. She isn't completely selfless (so few people are), but she is thoughtful and considerate.

My main problem with the book began with the introduction of another character, Molly. There was too much focus on Molly, a character that I simply could not stand and I couldn't bring myself to care for her because she was just so frustratingly immature and bratty. Yes, I know Molly had her own difficulties to overcome. But the difference in attitude and actions between Molly and Rosie is striking, and really makes it easier to dislike Molly when one compares her to Rosie who is just so much easier to like. Similarily, I found many of the characters to be a bit back and forth in their attitudes, especially Rosie's ex-boyfriend. Nobody seemed to be able to make a decision they could stick with and so the story just dragged on.

And while I did enjoy the number of twists in this book, after a while it just got to be too much. It seemed as if every possible bad thing that could happen had to happen, and that characters had to react in the worst possible way just to amp up the drama. It wasn't necessary and it didn't feel realistic; it was far too implausible and while I can handle some improbability this just got to be too much. I think that was the ultimate reason why I didn't enjoy Someone Else's Life as much as I wanted to: I had a hard time buying into the story and its characters, so consequently it just fell flat for me.

Review copy received from Random House Canada/e-galley from Net Galley.

posted by EverAfterEsther on May 2, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    Read this review....like NOW!

    Ok,first I gotta get one thing straight,well two actually.So one. I would have put negetive one million bazzilion if I could've,but thanks to stupid technology(!!!) I couldn't.Two,DO NOT READ THIS BOOK IF YOU ARE UNDER THE AGE OF SIXTEEN!!! It talks about sex(very detailedly I might add)drinking,suicide and MUCH MUCHMORE INAPROPIOTE THINS!I'm twelve,and when I read this i was horrified!Not to nention frequent cussing sprinkled through the pages.DONT READ!!!!

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