Rules for 50/50 Chances (2020)

Rules for Chances 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
  • Title: Rules for 50/50 Chances
  • Author: KateMcGovern
  • ISBN: 9780374301583
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 testA 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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    1. You guys, I m giving away a paperback ARC copyof RULES FOR 50 50 CHANCES on my blog Click HERE Don t forget to read my interview with Kate McGovern

    2. I think fans of contemporary books will be pleased to know that The Rules for 50 50 Chances is, first and foremost, a wonderfully diverse read Rose s mom is suffering from a degenerative, rare disease, one I don t believe I had even heard of before, called Huntington s Rose has an Asian best friend and an African American love interest, whose own family is suffering from Sickle Cell disease I should also mention that Rose s parents are in a healthy, loving relationship, which is far too uncommon [...]

    3. I don t think I ve ever been as conflicted about a book as I am about Rules for 50 50 Chances It is a solid 3 1 2 but can t be rounded up to a 4.The protagonist, Rose, is a ballerina with a mother who is suffering with Huntington s disease While I don t know anyone with Huntington s and therefore not speaking from experience, I believe the author did a good job of conveying the challenges and emotions it presents to an average family One of the strongest points of the book is how well developed [...]

    4. 3.5This review was originally posted on It Starts at Midnight When I saw Rules for 50 50 Chances on , I knew I needed it in my life First, genetic stuff is so fascinating to me Always has been, and now having a kid with a de novo which is basically a new mutation, the first in his lineage meaning his parents don t have it dominant genetic mutation makes me even curious And Huntington s is one of the the worst genetic hands a person can be dealt The book goes into a good amount of detail, so I w [...]

    5. In Rules for 50 50 Chances we meet 17 year old Rose Levenson She s a student, a dancer, a daughter and a friend She s also possibly carrying the genetic mutation for Huntington s disease At the age of 12 her mom was diagnosed and over the years she has seen the way it has changed her once vibrant and loving mother and it scares her She has a fifty fifty chance of carrying the mutation herself and she can t seem to picture a promising future until she knows for sure what it might entail Her uneas [...]

    6. 4.5 StarsRules for 50 50 Chances is one of the most eye opening books I ve read this year This book talks about rare genetic diseases, some of which I didn t even know existed, and discusses them in a way that is easy to understand There is also a calm and understanding main character, and an incredible use of ballet dancing I suggest that everybody read this book, as I certainly enjoyed it Rules for 50 50 Chances definitely taught me a lot about genetic diseases The main character s mother has [...]

    7. 3.5 starsI hate when a book starts out strongly, but peters out as the story continues It s disappointing and kind of draining and exactly what happened with this book For a second there, the witty banter, complex characters and wonderful writing style had me thinking I d found the contemporary story to rival my favourite, Night Owls But in the end, I had too many small problems with the story that added up and affected my overall enjoyment I wasn t a fan of the MC, the love interest Caleb was s [...]

    8. 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 brou [...]

    9. Real rating 4.5 5 stars So much diversity Love the romance a lot, but did feel a little insta lovey Writing is superb Left with a lot of mystery at the end Felt a connection with MCFull review coming soon princessicaofbooks.wordpress

    10. See of my reviews on The YA Kitten I got a finished copy of the book for review through YA Books Central and I d also gotten an ARC directly from the publisher.Diversity Rating 5 Diverse as FuckRacial Ethnic 5 Rose is an Ashkenazi Jew through her mother, Caleb and his family are black QUILTBAG 1 Rose meets a gay couple in passing on a train minor Disability 5 Rose s mother has Huntington s and Rose may share the gene Caleb s family has the sickle cell anemia gene and his mother as well as his s [...]

    11. RULES FOR 50 50 CHANCES is YA realism at its best a moving story with a fascinating central character facing a life altering decision Rose s mother has Huntington s, and Rose must decide whether to get the test that determines if she will inherit the disease Beautifully voiced, gorgeously written The interracial romance is fresh and well crafted, too and who doesn t love a cross country train trip I can see RULES becoming an instant classic with wide appeal, a la THE FAULT IN OUR STARS I cannot [...]

    12. ARC Kindly provided by Kate Mcgovern the author for review If you had a crystal ball, like in a fairy tale or a magic mirror or one wish or whatever would you want to know how you were going to die Would you want to watch it happen, in slow motion, every day With an opening line like that who wouldn t get scared Honestly, I m scared of reading stories that involves sick people I m clingy I easily get attached to lovely characters and I actually don t want to feel so broken on whatever might happ [...]

    13. Initial impressions 10 27 15 Actual rating around 3.75 starsThis book felt very honest and true to the characters which I really appreciated Sometimes Rose was a little too practical and not emotional enough but I also totally understand that Everyone handles the uncertainty of life s major challenges in a different way I really enjoyed the characters and the reality of the book but it did seem a bit long in places It took me about ten days to read which is kind of long for me though I did read [...]

    14. RULES FOR 50 50 CHANCES gives you a lot to think about both during and after the read It poses the question if you could find out whether you had a debilitating and ultimately fatal illness, would you want to know It touches upon a number of issues from the loss of a parent to illness, to caring for and living with family members who are ill, to race, to class, to anger, frustration, guilt, sacrifice, and love And it does so through a narrator who is at the cusp of starting her life as an adult, [...]

    15. 3.5 starsAs someone who is fascinated by genetics, Rules for 50 50 Chances caught my eye from the first moment I read the summary Fortunately, it managed to live up to my expectations and then some.For the past six years, Rose has watched helplessly as her mother slowly regresses due to a degenerative genetic disease called Huntington s disease Now 18, Rose is finally eligible to take a test that determines whether or not she carries the same deadly mutation as her mother Should she take the tes [...]

    16. 17 year old Rose Levenson sees her possible future every time she looks at her mother Living with Huntington s disease, a degenerative condition that will eventually prove fatal, Rose s mother has passed on a 50 50 chance for Rose to get the disease as well On the cusp of heading off to college, Rose has to decide whether she can live her life knowing she may get the disease or find out for certain with a blood test With her future hanging in the balance, can Rose get up the courage to really li [...]

    17. This is a pretty good book It has great romance, realistic characters, and it deals pretty well with a rare genetic disease Although I can t say I know much about the latter, it certainly opened my eyes.

    18. This review was originally posted on Read.Sleep.Repeat.I received a copy of this novel for review from the publisher This does not influence my review or thoughts on the book.I have to admit that based on the tag line of Rules for 50 50 Chances, I expected a dystopia novel Of course, what I got was an entirely unique and interesting YA contemporary that I can see myself recommending for years to come Rose s journey was compelling, relatable, real and engaging.Rose is at her last year of high sch [...]

    19. FIRST THOUGHTS I really, really liked this story, you guys It s not just how it opened my eyes to Huntington s Disease, or how the romance made me smile It s the way it unabashedly remained truthful through it all, good and bad, and how it doesn t hesitate to show us the real deal when it comes to these characters, their relationships, their lives Rose was not always the easiest to understand, and frustrated me a lot, but I totally GOT it.

    20. This is a superb debut especially if you re looking for something with great characters and that will give you some vivid feelings Read my review here

    21. Reasons to like Very diverse characters I appreciated that While I don t disagree with some others opinions that Rose was at times annoying, I thought she was relatable, which I think is important in a book I m no expert, but I think after reading this book, I feel somewhat educated on Huntington s disease Yay for new knowledge Reasons not to like My main thought throughout reading this book was how predictable the whole thing was I like Rose for her relatability, yes, but I don t think there w [...]

    22. This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for I like books about taking chances About people taking risks and discovering something new about themselves Obviously, I didn t want any horrible outcome of this novel and its main character, Rose Levenson Rules for 50 50 Chances is not your average contemporary romance tale that some people compare to anything by the works of John Green and The Fault in Our Stars This novel can save a life, specifically the life of a boo [...]

    23. I liked this book a lot This was probably one of my quickest reads This book is about a girl named Rose and her dying mother Rose gets wrapped up in the genetic disease world and can not force herself to stop thinking about what if s She meets this guy named Caleb at the rare genetic disease walk in upstate Brooklyn Caleb s mom and twin sisters have sickle cell They slowly fall in love blah blah blah and all that stuff Rose is a ballet dancer and the book talks about that as well All in all its [...]

    24. it is quite ironic that i read this book now when I heard about get out also the way rose tries to make sickness a competition is gross.

    25. Rose has spent the last 6 years of her life watching her mother s motor skills deteriorate before her The thing about Huntington s disease is that there s nothing that anyone can do to about it, and the horrifying reality is that Rose has a 50 50 shot of getting the disease herself The worse things get, the she begins to look into testing, which she can do as soon as she turns 18, although that s not necessarily recommended As readers get to know Rose and her family, we get a close look at the [...]

    26. If you were watching your mother die of a genetic disease and knew you had a 50 50 chance of getting it, what would you do Would you decide to be tested and know for sure, even though chances are that you wouldn t have any symptoms for fifteen to twenty years Compound that with the fact that your life has revolved around ballet since you were a little kid and consumes almost as many hours as a full time job This is the situation facing seventeen year old Rose Levenson Her mother s condition is g [...]

    27. I knew after a few pages that I was not going to like the book because I kept getting distracted after a sentence or two and I know it was because I did not connect with Rose, the main character I generally disliked her and not for anything that the author intentionally does to make us dislike the character I just didn t like her But, I appreciate the issues and problems of the book and think it hits a different audience in YA lit that doesn t always get discussed there are loving parents togeth [...]

    28. This was a phenomenal debut So good that I have had a really hard time reviewing it because I know my words will never do this work justice I will say that this was beyond doubt on of my favorite reads of 2015 and I am already eager to see what McGovern writes next I mean, I have my cursor hovering over a pre order button that doesn t even exist yet Okay, so RULES This is dense book that deals with a lot of heavy subject matter The protagonist must decide if she wants to be tested for a heredita [...]

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