Sunday 18 March 2012

My review of Someone Else's Life

Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale 
Release Date: February 2nd, 2012

An amazing book about love and lost. It's a sin to miss this!

Someone Else's LifeWhen 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...

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 my local library, but I certainly wasn't expecting such a....such a brilliant book! The characters in this story made me cry, they made me smile and they made me laugh. Oh, and there was the occasional banging-head-against-wall moments. This book has an extraordinary plot that you will never forget.

It all starts with a girl, Rosie. Her mother's just died of Huntington's disease. All she can think about is, 'Am I going to inherit the disease? Am I going to die?', her questions are answers when her mother's closest friend, Sarah, tells her that she was swapped at birth. Rosie is distraught, who is her real mother? Where is she? Rosie has no clue where to start, until her ex-boyfriend, Andy, shows up. He is everything she wants and needs. Rosie can't help but feel the longing for him, she still loves and cares for him, even though they broke-up 18 months ago. But Andy decides to help her find her mother. Can Rosie find her parents without losing herself first? Will Andy ever tell her why he dumped her? Or will secrets be dug up and truth be found?

Rosie is a strong and independent young girl. I admired her for the decisions she made through out the book. She did not let anyone persuade her into choosing to do something else, her determination for finding her parents was also admirable. But you know who my favourite character is? ANDY! I love him! He is so AWESOME! I'm sure you will all for in love with him too. He is a very thoughtful character who always protects those he loves. And damn, Rosie is one lucky girl to have such a nice guy with her while she whines and moans. It's so unfair. I want Andy. Yes, I know, 'Andy' isn't the BEST name but I have come to love it! Has Someone Else's Life dared for me to hope that there is a boy like Andy in England? Well, yes....a little bit....

I must say, UK authors are really kicking-butt this year! Katie Dale has done a stunning job on her first young adult novel. I am desperate to read more of her works now! Dare I hope for a sequel? Maybe....But, I know there won't be one, the ending to Someone Else's Life was so perfect, another book just wouldn't be right. One thing I regret, I borrowed this book from the library....I'm not going to give this book back until I get my own copy....I'm going to have a very large library fine.

Overall, Someone Else's Life is a book that everyone must read. Where ever you are in the world, you MUST read this! Bump this up your TBR list!



  1. I've never heard of this, but it sounds really really good!

  2. When I first saw this book I was unsure about whether or not I wanted to read it. I have, after reading your review, added it to my TBR list! Thanks for posting an awesome review!

  3. The synopsis sounds intriguing. I can't imagine finding out in those circumstances that your parent is not your parent! At a time when she should be grieving, she probably would be also angry.

    I have to be in a certain kind of mood to enjoy a story like this -- a tear jerker. Your review makes me want to read more about Rosie & Andy!

  4. I am reading this book and you are absolutely right in your rating - it is totally a 5 star book! I did not at all expect to be so emotionally engaged in this read, but it's kind of rocking my world now :) The main character is indeed a very strong and easy to connect with one :)

    I am so glad to hear that you liked this so much! I'm going back to reading it now!


  5. I've never heard of this book, and it's not really what I usually read.

  6. I am so excited to crack open this book. It is on my shelf just waiting for me to hurry up and get to it. Unfortunately, I have 9 books ahead of it. After your review, I just don't know if I am going to be able to hold out that long though. Sigh. And I have to say, it is going to be hard to picture Andy as an actual GUY because my little pitbull? Yeah, her name is Andy too. May be a little weird, but I think I will power through! Thanks for your review!

  7. Sounds like an emotional book