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.
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Rules for 50/50 Chances is one of the most heart wrenching books I have read this year. I have read some real heart wrenches but this book hit home because of what the book was about. I am not sure if you have ever heard of the Disease Huntington's but here is the definition a hereditary disease marked by degeneration of the brain cells and causing chorea and progressive dementia. In essence your body starts to shut down and you lose your mind. So when I was reading this book I cried because it brought up memories of a friend of mine who died from this disease.
Rose knows that she may have a disease that will kill her. She has a 50/50 chance because her mother has it and she is slowly dying. When she turns 18 years old she can take the test to learn if she will have the disease or not. All Rose wants is to go to Ballet school and have love but at the same time she knows that she could have a killer gene slowly killing her.
What should she do? Take the test and find out if she is a walking dead girl? or should she not take the test and go to Ballet school and live a normal life until she gets sick and finds out she has the disease? What would you do in her shoes?
About The Author:
Hello. I’m Kate.
I love stories, real and imagined. Over the years, I’ve written plays, essays, and articles about education, relationships, race...and cab drivers, grandmothers, teenagers, homeless women and others. You can read some of those things here. I’ve also taught theatre and language arts in Boston, New York and London. I didn’t love middle school but I do love middle schoolers.
I got my BA in American Studies from Yale in 2003. In 2008, I went across the pond to Oxford, where I was a recipient of the super-cool Weidenfeld Scholarship and got a master's degree in social anthropology. After some stopovers in New York, London and the English countryside, I now live back in Cambridge, MA, where I was born and raised.
Some random, interesting facts:
I love trains. I really, really love trains.
My name's not short for anything...I'm just plain Kate.
Three of my four front teeth are fake.
My first word was "book." And so it began...