Teaser Tuesday: Rules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern



Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s Teaser Tuesday:

Book cover for Rules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern.
Summary from Goodreads: 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 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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I have just started this book, so the teaser I have chosen is actually the first sentence. It definitely made me read on and want to know more!

Here is the teaser:

“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?”

If you have done a Teaser Tuesday yourself, leave a comment with your link and I will be sure to check it out. 🙂

10 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday: Rules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern

  1. mysm2000 says:

    Bit of a faulty premise here: knowing you have the disease doesn’t mean that’s what you’ll die from — you could die from something else long before the disease kicks in. This is where I think faith comes into it. When you trust God, you don’t worry about things like this so much. It really isn’t a question that speaks to me. Also, it sounds a bit too much like Still Alice for me. I’ll be interested, though, in finding out what you think when you’re finished. Here’s my link: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-10B

  2. Literary Feline says:

    I love that teaser! It drew me in right away. And what a serious topic . . . I have often wondered if I would undergo genetic testing for illness that run in the family. Would I want to know if I’m prone to Alzheimer’s, for example? I can see both sides–wanting to know and not wanting to know. It’s not an easy choice to make.

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