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Playing the Genetic Lottery

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Caitlin Kane knows more about the impact of schizophrenia than most people could imagine. Both her parents were afflicted with the devastating mental illness, a disease that tends to run in families, and Caitlin and her brother grew up trying to navigate the chaos of living with two schizophrenics. Her tumultuous childhood left Caitlin determined to forge a peaceful and se ...more
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Published (first published November 11th 2011)
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Sandra "Jeanz"
Feb 01, 2012 Sandra "Jeanz" rated it really liked it

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Caitlin is happily married to her best friend, has two healthy children, and enjoys a rewarding career and the love and support of her extended family. Her seemingly great life is marred by an obsessive fear that Caitlin can't shake. Having grown up with two schizophrenic parents, she is terrified with what may be in her DNA, and haunted with the knowledge she may have passed the genes to the disease that robbed her parents of their san
Claire Carey
Mar 19, 2012 Claire Carey rated it it was amazing
I had guessed from the title that the story would have something to do with genetics in some way. What i hadn't realised was the amount of emotions this book would bring out in me. Without giving too much away, i can relate in a small way to certain parts in the story from my own life. But the way the Author has handled the sensitive personal lives of the characters is admirable.
I completely warmed to the main character and found myself getting annoyed for her, i cried with her and laughed with
Martha Graham-Waldon
Caitlin is a girl in a hurry. She wants to finish high school early in order to start college early, in order to graduate and start her life before…before it happens. She is afraid she will become schizophrenic like her parents and older brother. But in the process of hurrying through life, something amazing happens--she discovers herself, finally connects with a boy and receives lots of support from her extended family that gives her the confidence to fully live in the present.

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Jul 02, 2014 Steph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was different than what I usually read but I thoroughly enjoyed it, the concept was interesting and while I have little personal experience with schizophrenia I found the portrayal of mental illness as a cold, harsh reality refreshing - particularly with the new trend of romanticising mental illnesses.

There were some issues with the writing, there were a few spelling mistakes and sometimes inclusions of seemingly irrelevant information that I felt interrupted the narrative.

Nov 17, 2015 Nikki rated it did not like it
I feel a bad for having to rate this book so badly, but I was expecting so much and feel really disappointed. The premise of the story was really intriguing and I expected it to be quite an emotional read, considering it deals with the impact schizophrenia has had on the protagonist. The book covers the protagonists childhood and adolescence, but it was shockingly descriptive and I felt so detached from the narrative. Obviously, people react to growing up in a dysfunctional family quite differen ...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Is it going to happen to me, just like my parents? Will I turn into a schizophrenic? Will my children? That is what Ava and Jon had to worry about their entire childhood. They couldn't live a normal childhood because of their parents' illness.

The author did a great job explaining the disease and made the scenes in the book real. Learning how awful this disease is and how it ruins families and robs children of their childhood and adults of their lives was enlightening and frightening.

You will fal
Allizabeth Collins
Mar 23, 2012 Allizabeth Collins rated it really liked it

Eighteen years ago, Ava changed her name and fled from her Schizophrenic parents, intent on escaping the disease. Now thirty-two and called "Caitlin", she works as a pediatric nurse, is married to her best friend, and has two amazing children; but her past constantly lingers in her mind - Will she become like her parents? Has she passed this disease onto her children? What the future holds for her family all depends on the "genetic lottery"...


I don't have as much experience
Dec 16, 2012 TheCosyDragon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

I almost want to call this book a memoir, but it isn't - this is fiction and comes with an appropriate selection of questions for if this novel was read by a book club. It's in the genre I've been reading lately, and it was super enjoyable, if somewhat thought provoking and painful at times.

I read this novel in one sitting, and although I couldn'
Apr 26, 2012 Marina rated it it was amazing
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When I read the title, at the beginning, I thought that this was a book about genetics, full of medical terms. I was pleasantly surprised that I read a book about family, fulfilled with emotions. The whole story is seen through Caitlin’s eyes. Growing up with two schizophrenic parents, her life was not easy at all. Her older brother was the only o
Christina M Condy
Terri Morgan's told a story describing the insecurity and confusion of growing up with schizophrenic parents and the struggle to develop a sense of self-worth. It was told in a manner of recollections of a young child. This story is heart wrenching at times. It shows how the scars of our youth go on to live forever in our adult self.

The Main Character in this story is Ava who at the young age of 16 ran away from home to live with her Uncle. This character goes through all the emotional ups and
Sharon L.
May 04, 2014 Sharon L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well-written novel that is true life. As an author growing up with a crazy mother, i related to the reality of Terri Morgan's story. Her fictional characters came alive with genuine episodes of the fears and stigmas associated with mental illness. I couldn't put the book down. Even if you do not have mental illness in your family, you will relate to the struggles of the human spirit within all of us. And, that like is a lottery, not just a genetic lottery. Congratulations, Terri Morgan!
Mar 18, 2015 Autumn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book.... where to start?

I loved it. From beginning to end. It hits home for me personally, as I was raised by a parent suffering from schizophrenia. The Genetic Lottery is an wonderful, true to the situation type of book. Even if you have never experience schizophrenia first hand, you should still read the book. In some way, you will identify with the main character.

"There's an old saying that when one door closes another opens. For me, it seemed like I was living in a warped, parallel
Jul 02, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting look at schizophrenia and the role of family genetics.
Feb 08, 2016 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have learnt a lot from this book I have heard of Parionod Schizophrenia but I had not realised that there are other forms I also didn't realise how difficult it could be to treat and the effects it had on families. It makes you realize how lucky you are what both the suffer and the families go through is scary. I like the fact that the book educates you in a calm way slowly uncovering the daily challenges
Dec 21, 2013 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the facts about schizophrenia can be a bit dry and perhaps don't fit naturally into the conversation, you do learn about this condition as well as how Caitlin and her family cope. In spite of the infrequent stilted conversations, this was an exciting and emotional story. Good character development. This was a good story as well as informative.
Donna Huber
Feb 20, 2013 Donna Huber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It was an interesting read. At times I forgot that it was fiction and the characters weren't real. If you are looking for a character driven story, this would be a great choice.

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Terri Morgan is a book junkie and freelance writer from Soquel California. She reads at least 3 books a week, and gets nervous if she doesn't have new reading material available. When not reading, she is often found writing. Over the past three decades, her work has appeared in hundreds of different magazines, newspapers, newsletters and on websites. The author of 4 non-fiction books for young adu ...more
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“My sister's hard to understand when she has a breakdown," Rachael agreed. "She doesn't really mumble, but it's more like verbal kung fu. She has about six conversations at once and mixes them all up liked tossed salad.” 0 likes
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