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Someone Else's Life

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  3,463 ratings  ·  358 reviews
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 af ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 485 pages
Published February 2nd 2012 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published 2012)
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Now this is what I call a dysfunctional family! Secrets, romance, drama to the max - Someone Else's Life is a story that will make your jaw drop, along with having your life feel especially normal.

Mostly character oriented, this book is deeply emotional, with endless twists that turn it into a true roller coaster ride. I can see it come off as overly dramatic, but I personally really enjoyed getting surprised by the turn of events; never expecting things to get so tragic, so complicated. Rosie'
Wow, Someone Else's Life completely blew me away. It was so good! The premise is really excellent- and sad! Rosie's mum has died from a disease called Huntington's. I'll be honest and say I knew nothing about Huntington's before I read this book. I'm sure I've heard the name before but I didn't know what it really was or what it did to people and their families. This book was incredibly informative about the disorder and I definitely feel like I learned something from reading it. Besides losing ...more
Giselle at BO-OK NERD Canada
What happens when the truth comes out?

We're introduced to Rosie, whose mother just died of Huntington’s disease. The loss of her only parent is too much for Rosie, as her thoughts are painful memories of the way her mother was before the disease took over her body. She's not alone because the boy that she loves Andy is there for her and together they go in a vacation. What Andy doesn't know is that Rosie is looking for her real mother, her biological mother. Her mom's best friend Sarah has told
Where do I even begin with this book...

I'd love to start with a plot summary but even if I could keep track of everything that happened I don't think there's enough space to write it all out. There were pregnancies and TV stars and long lost relatives and dramatic airport scenes and debilitating diseases and last minute international flights and people getting hit by cars just to name a few. So basically, if it's happened on a soap opera it probably happened in this book.

But if I had to summariz

Rosie Kenning lives in Bramberley, England and is seventeen years old. Her mother, Trudie, has just passed away after an eighteen-month long battle with Huntington's disease. Rosie quit school to take care of her mother after she was diagnosed and had the help of her mother's best friend and nurse, Sarah as well as her Nan. Now Rosie is on her own, grieving for her mum and worried about the possibility that she will suffer the same fate as Huntington's disease is hereditary. It's then that Sarah
Someone Else’s Life by debut author Katie Dale is not the type of book I would usually read. I tend to avoid books about fatal illnesses and their aftermaths. They’re just not my sort of book. I was pleasantly surprised by this book and I enjoyed reading it.

Someone Else’s Life is told from the point of view of its main character Rosie. Rosie is an 18 year old girl who has just lost her mother Trudie to Huntington’s disease. Actually, Rosie started losing her mother about 18 months earlier when t
One not so little secret leads to another then another then another. So where do I start? There was a lot of drama in this one and things did get a bit much. Both girls found themselves in situations not quite perfect, so I do understand why they felt the way they did, and I do understand the jealousies and insecurities that crept up. Still that one sad situation was permission enough for one or both to act the way they did had me frustrated. They could be so selfish; they could zero in on their ...more

It's been a while since I've read a contemporary story, and this was exactly what I needed. Honestly, I was sick of all the dystopia and sci-fi and fantasy I've been reading a lot recently, and I just needed some good-old contemporary in my book reading life.

Anyways, this was a recommendation from a friend (Cindy that's you k). Her recommendations are 95% PERFECT. At first, I was reluctant to
Kirsty (overflowing library)
Someone Else's Life was described to me as a Jodi Picoult novel for Young Adults and that description is totally spot on. It has the all the same qualities of a Jodi novel and was a brilliantly awesome read.

I loved several things about this book

I loved Rosie as a main character and really warmed to her quickly. She has dealt with so much in her recent past and as the differing revelations are unveiled the emotional stresses put on her start piling up thick and fast. Seeing how she deals with the
Katie Dale’s Someone Else’s Life is a riveting story right from the start. It was a midweek evening when I started on this book and thought I would start by reading the first few chapters right before going to sleep. After the first chapter, my evening plan of going to sleep was non-existent. I found myself absorbed by its engaging plot and unforgettable characters. Dale puts together a mix of tragedy, heartbreak, and drama about a girl’s self-discovery voyage in finding her place in this world. ...more
Warning: this review contains spoilers. The book is full of twists and though I usually prefer not to spoil twisterific books, I feel that I need to this time, in order to express my feelings about this novel. You have been warned.

Rosie’s beloved mother Trudie has just died of Huntington’s disease, a debilitating condition that ravaged her mother’s mind while Trudie watched helplessly. Now she has to face the fact that there is a 50% chance that she could have inherited the disease herself and s
Amy Lignor
When we first meet Rosie, she is standing by her mother’s grave in a beautiful gown and stiletto heels, paying homage to the fashionable, happy, and amazing woman who was her beloved Mom. Rosie’s mother has been taken to heaven after her bout with Huntington’s Disease, and all Rosie can think about is the fact that she may just have the gene that will lead her to the same demise.

Rosie was her mom’s miracle baby to say the least. At forty-two, her mother gave birth to her - the same night her fat
Teri Terry
I have a confession to make at the outset: this isn't my usual sort of read. There aren't any ghosts, alternative dimensions, totalitarian governments, creatures of fantasy or nightmare.... You get the idea. It is set in our world with people you might run into up the road or at the airport. People with hidden pasts and secrets, true, but don't we all have secrets?
But the secrets in this story go beyond the usual. They can change everything, forever - and not just for Rosie, when she learns the
There are two narrators, and you don’t find out the identity of the second narrator until the middle of the book. Until then, you can only guess at the narrator’s identity based off Rosie’s findings alone. The double narrative rounds out the story about the two girls whose lives were switched at birth. However, it does make it hard to fully get into any one narrative: because there are breaks in each narrative from when the other narrative takes over, we never fully get to know one girl.

Rosie is
Katie Dale's debut novel, Someone Else's Life, is an absolute roller-coaster of a read, filled with more twists and drama than I ever expected. Katie Dale is a 'winner' of the 2008 Undiscovered Voices Anthology which publishes some of the best un-agented/published work by authors of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (British Isles).

When Rosie's mum, Trudie, was diagnosed with Huntington's disease, Rosie's entire life changed. She took care of her mum to her death and even
This story immediately captured my attention and made me tear up on several occasions. Poor Rosie! Not only did she just lose her mother, but she finds out that her mother isn't her mother! Now she has no clue who she is and no clue what to move on to when she eventually initiates the "healing process." I didn't like Sarah really, because I didn't think it was her decision to make, but who knows what they would do in a horribly sad situation like that!? I though Sarah was written really well tho ...more
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Katie Dale concocts a deliciously compelling blend of personalities, heartbreak, and family drama, in a story of one girl's journey of self-discovery and finding her place in the world. Someone Else's Life is a compulsively readable novel, and one that is sure to resonate with its readers.

The plot line focuses almost entirely on Rosie, a seventeen-year-old girl who ju
Nov 28, 2011 Krystal rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc

The best quality this book contains is the raw emotion the author is able to portray through the characters. Not much of anything is held back, the reader will truly feel as if he/she is in the middle of the plot.

When Rosie's mother, Trudie, dies from Huntington's Disease, Rosie must make the terrible decision of discovering if she, too, has the gene. However, before she can even take the test, she is told by her mother's best friend and midwife that she cannot possibly have the gene. With furt
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How can you continue to face your future when your past is a lie?

Admittedly, I don't usually read these types of books, but once I started, I couldn't stop. I found myself glued to every page and actually wanting to know what happens next.

I seriously think this book should come with a - 'WARNING - READ WITH TISSUES WITHIN ARM'S REACH.' stamped on it. Throughout the entire book, I found myself tearing up and there were actually parts throughout the book that I had to stop reading because it was h
I am absolutely speechless. By far, this is the best book I have read for 2013.

We meet Rosie, a teenager who dropped out of school to take care of her mother because she had Huntington's disease. There is no cure for it, and her mother is now dead. There is a fifty percent chance that she may have it because the disease is hereditary. When she asks her neighbour named Sarah (a close family friend) if she can take the test, Sarah breaks done some life changing news. That Rosie's mother isn't act
Feb 14, 2012 Pragya rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: 2012, netgalley
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This book awe'd me from start to finish.

I started reading this thinking I will read a few pages till bedtime but my plan didn't work. I read this book in a 5 hour marathon reading session finally sleeping at 4 in the morning. And no, reading the rest of the book in the morning was NOT an option.

Shut yourself in a secret place where no one can find you before you start reading. Distractions play havoc with reading.

Be FOREWARNED, do not e
Feb 23, 2012 TheBookAddictedGirl rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone! It's So Emotional and Beautiful and Perfect and Amazing... I Loved It!
“You saved each other.”
Rosie Kenning’s mum Trudie had Huntington’s. Rosie, dropping everything for her mother, had to watch the once vibrant woman she loved so much die slowly and terribly. With her Mum gone and her whole world in pieces, Rosie now has to find out if this is to be her future, if she has inherited the Huntington’s gene. Until she’s told that Trudie isn’t her biological mother. But how can that be? How can she not be Trudie? Is she grieving someone who isn’t even hers to grieve? A
Paula  Phillips
Life for Rosie Kennings has been pretty hard the past year as she watched her mother Trudi go through the course of Huntington's Disease and she eventually had to leave school so that she could look after her mother. When her mum passes at Christmas, Rosie decides to take the test as Huntington's proves to be genetic but Rosie is about to get the biggest shock of her life when she discovers that there is no chance Rosie can have Huntington's because she was Switched at birth. Apparently , sevent ...more
Someone Else's Life promised to be a good read and did start off that way... until it went downhill. Right from the beginning, the characters seemed a little flaky, a little off, somehow and as the story went on it kept on getting worse.

The narration was really annoying, not to mention confused the crap out of me. The switch between the two characters was so sudden most of the time and only when I was halfway through the book did it make any sense. It really threw me off and it took a while to
Maybe even a 1.5*. This book was terrible, but I managed to finish the whole thing so it's a 2*.

So the one good aspect of the book lies in the author's respect and portrayal of Huntington's Disease. However, I've never had any first hand experience of the condition, so it could be wrong. But I think Dale was able to be sensitive when regarding it in the plotline.

The novel also begins relatively well, but then it just goes downhill from there. There are so many bad things about this book, I reall
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Do you want a book that you can cry with? Do you want a book that will keep you hooked for hours? Do you want a book with a strong heroine? Do you want a book with the most gorgeous guy ever? Do you want a book that is just amazing and can burn your eyes with it's sheer awesomeness? Well, this is the book for you.

Someone Else's Life is a beautifully written novel by YA debut author, Katie Dale. I don't know what I expected when I picked this book up from
Midnight Bloom
When it comes to knowledge regarding Huntington's disease, I'm certainly inexperienced, so I thought reading Katie Dale's Someone Else's Life was an eye-opener. Alternating between the perspectives of two teenage girls separated by an ocean and years of lies, the story follows the complications and drama which unfold when Rosie learns she's been living someone else's life.

The novel brings a whole new level to the complexities of family relationships, and with Katie Dale's wonderful storytelling,
Feb 13, 2012 Misty rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
I'll admit it, I was attracted to this book because of that gorgeous cover! It just looked like something I would enjoy so I didn't even read what it was about, I just picked it up when I saw it instore. Ok, so I know that's not the best method for choosing books and it's backfired on me in the past but luckily this wasn't one of those times.

I hadn't meant to start the book right away but I needed something to do on the bus journey home so I read a few pages then went back to it at home when I'd
Girl's mother dies. Girl finds out she was swapped at birth. Girl sets out to find her birth parents. Sounds like it would be a great premise for a book, unfortunately this one was so wrought with drama and plot twists that it was becoming a chore to read. My friend Will said that it was "like a soap opera for teens" and that couldn't be a more accurate description.

And let's talk about how confusing as hell Part One was, and how I only "got it" when I finished the book. Either I'm stupid, or it
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Someone Else's Life is a story full of life, heartbreak, love, and reality. Katie Dale wrote a story so interesting and different, that made it feel like it was real life story. Someone Else's Life is definitely one of the greatest 2012 contemporary novels!
Rosie, the main protagonist's mother has died from Huntington's disease. After her mother's death, Rosie starts thinking about the chances she might end up enheriting it as well. That's when her mom's best friend Sarah tells Rosie that Trudy w
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