Rules for 50/50 Chances
Seventeen-year-old Rose Levenson has a decision to make: Does she want to know how she's going to die? Because when Rose turns eighteen, she can take the test ...more
“If you had a crystal ball, like in a fairy tale – or a magic mirror or one wish or whatever – would you want to know how you were going to die? Would you want to watch it happen, in slow motion, every day? My mother is my crystal ball.”
This is my third fiction title this year about Huntington’s disease – Inside the O'Briens being the first and You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone the second. While it is my least favorite of the three, it is still a very good book.
17-year-old Rose Levenson’s mother ...more
The protagonist, Rose, is a ballerina with a mother who is suffering with Huntington’s disease. While I don’t know anyone with Huntington’s and therefore not speaking from experience, I believe the author did a good job of conveying the challenges and emotions it presents to an average family. One of the strongest points of the book is how well-devel ...more
I hate when a book starts out strongly, but peters out as the story continues. It’s disappointing and kind of draining and exactly what happened with this book. For a second there, the witty banter, complex characters and wonderful writing style had me thinking I’d found the contemporary story to rival my favourite, Night Owls. But in the end, I had too many small problems with the story that added up and affected my overall enjoyment: I wasn’t a fan of the MC, the love interest (Caleb) ...more
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When I saw Rules for 50/50 Chances on Goodreads, I knew I needed it in my life. First, genetic stuff is so fascinating to me. Always has been, and now having a kid with a de novo (which is basically a new mutation, the first in his lineage- meaning his parents don't have it) dominant genetic mutation makes me even more curious. And Huntington's is one of the the worst genetic hands a person can be dealt. The book goes into a good amou ...more
Rules for 50/50 Chances is one of the most eye-opening books I’ve read this year. This book talks about rare genetic diseases, some of which I didn’t even know existed, and discusses them in a way that is easy to understand. There is also a calm and understanding main character, and an incredible use of ballet dancing. I suggest that everybody read this book, as I certainly enjoyed it!
Rules for 50/50 Chances definitely taught me a lot about genetic disease ...more
Diversity Rating: 5 – Diverse as Fuck...more
Racial-Ethnic: 5 (Rose is an Ashkenazi Jew through her mother, Caleb and his family are black)
QUILTBAG: 1 (Rose meets a gay couple in passing on a train; minor)
Disability: 5 (Rose’s mother has Huntington’s and Rose may share the gene; Caleb’s family has the sickle cell anemia gene and his mother
*ARC Kindly provided by Kate Mcgovern (the author) for review*
“If you had a crystal ball, like in a fairy tale – or a magic mirror or one wish or whatever – would you want to know how you were going to die? Would you want to watch it happen, in slow motion, every day?”
With an opening line like that who wouldn’t get scared? Honestly, I’m scared of reading stories that involves sick people. I’m clingy. I easily get attached to lovely characters and I actually ...more
This book felt very honest and true to the characters which I really appreciated! Sometimes Rose was a little too practical and not emotional enough but I also totally understand that. Everyone handles the uncertainty of life's major challenges in a different way.
I really enjoyed the characters and the reality of the book but it did seem a bit long in places. It took me about ten days to read which is kind of long for me (though I di ...more
As someone who is fascinated by genetics, Rules for 50/50 Chances caught my eye from the first moment I read the summary. Fortunately, it managed to live up to my expectations and then some.3.5 stars
For the past six years, Rose has watched helplessly as her mother slowly regresses due to a degenerative genetic disease called Huntington’s disease. Now 18, Rose is finally eligible to take a test that determines whether or not she carries the same deadly mutation as her ...more
I received a copy of this novel for review from the publisher. This does not influence my review or thoughts on the book.
I have to admit that based on the tag line of Rules for 50/50 Chances, I expected a dystopia novel. Of course, what I got was an entirely unique and interesting YA contemporary that I can see myself recommending for years to come. Rose's journey was compelling, relatable, real and engaging.
Rose is at her last year of h ...more
I like books about taking chances. About people taking risks and discovering something new about themselves. Obviously, I didn't want any horrible outcome of this novel and its main character, Rose Levenson. Rules for 50/50 Chances is not your average contemporary romance tale that some people compare to anything by the works of John Green and The Fault in Our Stars. This novel can save a life, more specifically the l ...more
Very diverse characters-- I appreciated that.
While I don't disagree with some others' opinions that Rose was at times annoying, I thought she was relatable, which I think is important in a book.
I'm no expert, but I think after reading this book, I feel somewhat more educated on Huntington's disease. Yay for new knowledge
Reasons not to like:
My main thought throughout reading this book was how predictable the whole thing was. I like Rose for her relatability, yes, but I don' ...more