This book had more substance than I was expecting. I knew going into reading it that it was about a young girl’s decision of whether or not to find out whether she has the gene for Huntington’s disease. What I did not know is that it is also a contemporary inter-racial romance. I was happily surprised. McGovern handled both subjects very well.
Rose’s mother is slowly dying from Huntington’s disease, and since she’s almost 18, she can decide for herself whether or not to get tested for the gene. She’s an amazing ballet dancer, and she’s having trouble deciding on colleges since her future health is so unknown. She meets Caleb, an African America boy whose mother and two little sisters have Sickle Cell, at a rare genetic disorder fundraiser.
I related a lot to Rose. She is a planner, and she’s very driven. I am almost certain that I would want to find out if I was in Rose’s position, but I can also understand how she could be so torn. Rose’s parents and her best friend, Lena, seemed very realistic. Caleb was adorable! And I appreciated all of the things McGovern said about race through Caleb. This book was timely and wonderful, and I need to find other works by McGovern.
There was a lot going on in this book. I love a complex plot, and this book was more action packed than I was expecting, which was terrific. Contemporary romance alone is never enough for me, and even just the genetic disease plot could have been dull. The pacing was perfect. I didn’t love the ending, but otherwise I loved this book.
Rating: 4 Stars