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Title: Rules for 50/50 Chances
Author: Kate McGovern
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Release Date: November 24th 2015
A heartrending but ultimately uplifting debut novel about learning to accept life’s uncertainties; a perfect fit for the current trend in contemporary realistic novels that confront issues about life, death, and love.
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 that will tell her if she carries the genetic mutation for Huntington’s disease, the degenerative condition that is slowly killing her mother. With a fifty-fifty shot at inheriting her family’s genetic curse, Rose is skeptical about pursuing anything that presumes she’ll live to be a healthy adult—including going to ballet school and the possibility of falling in love. But when she meets a boy from a similarly flawed genetic pool, and gets an audition for a dance scholarship in California, Rose begins to question her carefully-laid rules.
First off, I am seriously digging the cover from the layout to the skull & black heart to the title typography to the color of the background. If the title didn’t catch your attention, I’m betting that the cover at least piqued your interest. Then you read the synopsis and you’re like… WHAT?! Can you imagine learning that your future would be determined by one test? One test… But there’s another catch. You don’t have to take it. It’s your choice. You have to choose whether you want to know your future or not. I’m really looking forward to reading about Rose’s journey throughout the book, and how she comes to terms with this weighted knowledge. And will she choose to take the test for Huntington’s disease? Luckily this book isn’t too far away… Can’t wait!