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…
This beautifully written contemporary story lacks nothing from family drama to romance. Despite the multiple plot twists, the story more-or-less flows without confusing the reader too much. The story alternates between Holly and Rosie’s perspective and the different scenes slowly start to make more sense as we gain more context.
I absolutely loved the main character for her resilience. Even after enduring death, rejection, etc. etc. Rosie Kenning just keeps on going. She manages to live in the moment and see the bright side of things. She a stark reminder to never give up hope. Her boyfriend, Andy, seemed as good as they come..Until I was treated to his “dark” side. I had the same experience with Holly Woods. She annoyed me because I felt that her reactions were way out of line. I hated how she took out her anger on Rosie when Rosie was just trying to help..
Now this is important! The main reason behind me denying this book a 5 star rating was that the sheer amount of drama in this book finally got to me. For example, Rosie’s boyfriend kept storming out on her and scenes like that just didn’t seem to add to the story. (I’m not saying the book isn’t realistic – I’m sure to some extent, it is realistic and this book was definitely an eye-opener for me.)
Rating: 4.5 stars