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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
FSG Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780374301583352 Pages, Ages 12-18
Barnes & Noble
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 tells 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 her dream career in ballet 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 across the country, Rose begins to question her carefully laid rules.
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?