Someone Else's Life

Someone Else's Life

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How can you face your future when your past it a lie?

When Rosie Kenning's mother, Trudie, dies from Huntingdon's disease, her whole world falls apart. Not only does Rosie desperately miss her mum, but now she has to face the fact that she could have inherited the fatal illness herself. Until she discovers that Trudie wasn't her biological mother at all ... Rosie is stunned. Can this be true? Is she grieving for a mother who wasn't even hers to lose? And if Trudie wasn't her mother, whois?

But as Rosie delves into her past to discover who she really is, she is faced with a heart-breaking dilemma - to continue living a lie, or to reveal a truth that will shatter the lives of everyone around her...
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 32mm | 346g
  • Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0857071416
  • 9780857071415
  • 230,505

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About Katie Dale

Katie Dale loves nothing more than creating characters - both on page and onstage. She studied English literature at Sheffield University and spent a year at the University of North Carolina. In 2008 she won the SCBWI Undiscovered Voices competition. Her first novel, SOMEONE ELSE'S LIFE, published in February 2012, she's currently working on her next YA novel. Katie lives in Cambridge.
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4,709 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 37% (1,720)
4 30% (1,429)
3 22% (1,057)
2 8% (366)
1 3% (137)

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Katie Dale makes it easy to love SOMEONE ELSE'S LIFE right from the start. I was only about eighty pages into the book when I started re-reading my favourite scenes. Yeah it was that good! SOMEONE ELSE'S LIFE is made up of two parts. The first one is smaller and both parts contain alternating point of views. Rosie does most of the talking in the first half of the story. The person behind the second point of view is revealed in the second part. They both are fitting and create a complementary pair of perspectives. The second point of view really confused me, until I knew who was the other narrator. What a surprise! Katie's writing is really engaging and she totally surprised me, because I never expected so much to happen. I didn't want to stop reading even though I had to hold back my tears all the time. I really felt with Rosie who lost her mum Trudie to Huntington's disease and now finds out that she wasn't her real mother. She is an emotional and impulsive character so it doesn't take long for Rosie to decide to search for her biological mother. Of course we are invited to follow her on that journey. Then there's Andy, her ex-boyfriend who she hasn't seen since her mother was diagnosed with Huntington's Disease. Now after Turdie's death, he wants to be there for Rosie and does anything to help her and make her happy again. He's a character I liked so much, because he never gives up and shows how much Rosie means to him. You will love him! I liked that Rosie and Andy's relationship felt familiar and still there were many new things to learn about the other. To me it was a balancing act between weeping and being enchanted by their romance. Rosie can be a bit unfair towards Andy, although he is a truly good guy. But I can imagine that it's a hard task to keep a newly blooming love stable when Rosie finds herself in a rush of emotions crashing down on her. Their relationship is not the typical love story, it is absolutely authentic and real and feels like a love story life itself couldn't have written any better. Hesitant at first, SOMEONE ELSE'S LIFE explodes into so much more. The story is not only about Andy and Rosie's relationship, there are more family, love and friendship bonds to care about. I expected the story to be mostly about the search for Rosie's mother, but then it becomes huge and huger after only a few chapters. I never expected that much drama and hurt behind it. It's about difficult decisions that could change you and your life forever. All characters fit into a net of lies and secrets. I hoped all the time for a happy ending for every single one of them. THE VERDICT Love, friendship, family, moments of joy, grief and everything in between. Katie Dale tells a sweet love story, a story about family bonds and a story about belonging. At the same time she raises the awareness for Huntington's Disease, a terrible illness. She is one of the awesome authors who mark my reading year 2012 with a highlight of a more
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