Rules praise

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.

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Publisher's Weekly Testimonial

“In a strong debut, McGovern investigates mortality, romance, family, race, and class. As narrator, Rose is articulate and sympathetic... McGovern skillfully engages with questions of fate, choice, and truly terrible luck.”

—Publisher’s Weekly

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RT Book Reviews Testimonial

“McGovern details pain, sickness, worry, disease, love, friendship, a first relationship, and does it all more like an old pro than a debut novelist. Her characters do not always have to be lovable for readers to root for—and ultimately adore—them. This is a first-class read.”

—RT Book Reviews

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Lisa Genova Testimonial

“A page-turning portrayal of living at risk for Huntington’s disease, rich with the complex layers of tormented indecision that come with genetic screening. Would you want to know? A great read.”

—Lisa Genova, New York Times-Bestselling Author of Still Alice and Inside the O’Briens

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Kathryn Holmes Testimonial

“I loved this book for its unflinching portrayal of living with a parent with chronic illness as much as for the wonderful relationship between Rose and Caleb. Highly recommend...”

—Kathryn Holmes, Author of The Distance Between Lost and Found

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