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  • True to life

    This book was so well-written, and tells every North American HD family's story in great detail. At times humorous, hopeful, and absolutely heart-wrenching. Huntington's is one of the worst diseases. I should know - it's effected 4 generations of my family. There were moments where I had to set this book down for a while because it is so real to how it really is for a family that has this disease. I laughed, I cried the ugly cry, and I cheered the O'Brien's on. I loved the ending too! Please, if you're the donating kind, Make the Huntington's society the charity you choose this year.... from someone who is so hopeful for a cure!

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  • A well-written story with a brilliant ending!

    First let me thank Lisa Genova for writing such great books about various diseases which teach us so much more than most of us know about them. There are not too many people who haven't been affected in some way through themselves, their families or friends or neighbours with at least one of them. After reading this book and Still Alice, I appreciate more the importance of showing care, concern, understanding and support to those affected by these and other diseases. I think we are all at risk of sometimes assuming people "are a little nuts or drunk", rather than considering other possibilities. I lived up in an environment where the inter-relationship between Catholics and Protestants was definitely not encouraged, and so the book really made me smile when Katie was so concerned of what her parents would think of Felix. Also, I could also hear Rosie saying "Language" when Joe or one of her sons used inappropriate words in front of her and her daughters. :) I thought the ending to the book was brilliant. I love reading books where I sit with my mouth hanging open at the end. Too many fiction stories are just too predictable, and I want to be left thinking about the future of the characters.

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  • O'Briens

    A heart wrenching story of a family dealing with a genetic time bomb that has only one ending, death. I became a member of that family and felt the fear and helplessness of each of them as the facts unfold. Kudos to Lisa for so skillfully educating us on this rare disease. If this story helps one person and or family with HD to be treated in a more respectful and compassionate way, Lisa's efforts will be rewarded. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Does not disappoint!

    I have read all of Lisa Genova's previous novels so I jumped at the chance to read this latest book. It certainly did not disappoint! As usual the perfect balance of science and human nature. It was a great read all the way to the end - I was even disappointed once it was over. Looking forward to the next novel!

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  • Illuminating

    Books like this are difficult for me to review. I thought it was well-written, but I can’t exactly say I “enjoyed” it. It educated me, it illuminated me, it broke my heart. I was aware of Huntington’s disease, but didn’t know enough about it to fully realize just how devastating a diagnosis of Huntington’s would be, not only for the patient, but for his friends and especially his family. Genova goes into great detail about the progression of Huntington’s, and while some readers seem to feel overwhelmed by that detail, for me it served to help me feel how overwhelmed a Huntington’s patient must feel with both the diagnosis and the progression of the disease. Equally overwhelming is the decision family members must make - as a hereditary disease that genetic testing can help to predict, would you want to know? A fair amount of the book is spent on Joe O’Brien’s children and how they react to his diagnosis, and whether they want to live their lives knowing or not knowing. It left me thinking about my own life, and how I’d react to that type of decision. All in all, while I may not have enjoyed reading this one, I’m definitely glad I read it, both for what I learned and what it made me think about and feel. Copy provided by Netgalley and Gallery Books in exchange for an unbiased review.

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