Blurb from Goodreads:
A moving, lyrical debut novel about twins who navigate first love, their Jewish identity, and opposite results from a genetic test that determines their fate—whether they inherited their mother’s Huntington’s disease.
Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. Viola prodigy Adina yearns to become a soloist—and to convince her music teacher he wants her the way she wants him. Overachiever Tovah awaits her acceptance to Johns Hopkins, the first step on her path toward med school and a career as a surgeon.
But one thing could wreck their carefully planned futures: a genetic test for Huntington’s, a rare degenerative disease that slowly steals control of the body and mind. It’s turned their Israeli mother into a near stranger and fractured the sisters’ own bond in ways they’ll never admit. While Tovah finds comfort in their Jewish religion, Adina rebels against its rules.
When the results come in, one twin tests negative for Huntington’s, and the other tests positive.
These opposite outcomes push them farther apart as they wrestle with guilt, betrayal, and the unexpected thrill of first love. How can they repair their relationship, and is it even worth saving?
From debut author Rachel Lynn Solomon comes a luminous, heartbreaking tale of life, death, and the fragile bond between sisters.
HERE’S MY THOUGHTS!
This is actually a very interesting read for me, as the main characters are both twins and Jewish. It is an eye-opening reading experience as the book is both educational yet entertaining at the same time.
I learn so much from this book. I now know about Jewish families and their tradition, how twins communicate with each other, Huntington’s disease and mental health issues. This book is so complex hence it is very hard for me to sit down and collect my thoughts to write my review. The points and issues discussed are important and profound as like it is totally suitable for all young adults to read.
I would like to remind all of you that there are trigger warnings: Huntington’s disease, depression, anxiety, suicide, toxic relationship and abnormal sexual desire.
I believe that this story is #OwnVoices thus it is very interesting to see many #OwnVoices stories are published because representation matters! There is so much to learn by knowing each other’s background and tradition and it warms my heart that after all we are all the same in many different ways. The characters overall are very well written, developed and diverse. There is also LGBT references which makes the story more different.
I love the dynamics of the sister’s relationship. They are totally opposite from each other, they have different interests and approach to problems that they face. They lives are heavily explored and written in the book thus I feel that their stories are the most genuine stories ever. Young adults can find their stories to be highly relatable at points when they struggle their asses off to get into great colleges and obtain flying colours. Both of them have deep parental relationships and I truly appreciate good parents figure in YA. It is important to portray good parental figure in the life of a young adult.
Rachel Lynn Solomon has done a great job on writing about Huntington’s disease. One thing that I know about when people suffer from terminal diseases is the lives of people around the patient will severely effected too, both physically and emotionally. The writer captures the scene and condition of the family affected beautifully and flawlessly.
Overall, this is a stunning 2018 debut from debut author! I look forward for more Rachel Lynn Solomon’s books in the future.