When 17-year-old Rosie's mother, Trudie, dies from Huntington's Disease, her pain is intensified by the knowledge that she has a fifty percent chance of inheriting the crippling disease herself. Only when Rosie tells her mother's best friend, "Aunt Sarah," that she is going to test for the disease does Sarah, a midwife, reveal that Trudie wasn't her real mother after all. Rosie was swapped at birth with a sickly baby who was destined to die.
Devastated, Rosie decides to trace her real mother, joining her ex-boyfriend on his gap year travels, to find her birth mother in California. But all does not go as planned. As Rosie discovers yet more of her family's deeply buried secrets and lies, she is left with an agonizing decision of her own, one which will be the most heart breaking and far-reaching of all.
Published February 14th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
The Elliott Review:
This book is a moving story that follows Rosie's emotions and ordeals as she learns that she was switched at birth and attempts to find and reunite with her birth mother after the mother who raised her dies of Huntington's disease. She travels with her ex boyfriend, hoping that their can possibly be more between them.
Instead of finding the instant acceptance that she had always wanted, Rosie finds that the news she brings across the Atlantic starts to tear a home apart. The other switched baby, the now engaged and pregnant Holly Woods, has some issues to work through upon finding out that she may have inherited her birth mother's condition. Everything begins to break apart even more as the girls learn the truth of their situation.
I really enjoyed the alternating perspectives of Rosie and Holly as they each cope in their own way. They struggle with issues of identity and family and of personal choice. This is definitely a story that will grip old and young readers alike.
Young Adult Notes:
Mild language, sensitive themes - abortion, self-harm, etc.
Source: Thanks to Random House Children's Books for sending a copy of this title in exchange for a fair review.