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The Ones We Choose
The Ones We Choose
Author: Julie Clark
Lisa Genova meets 23andMe in this exploration of the genetic and emotional ties that bind, as debut author Julie Clark delivers a compelling read about a young boy desperate to find his place in this world, a mother coming to terms with her own past, and the healing power of forgiveness. — The powerful forces of science and family collide when ge...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781501184475
ISBN-10: 1501184474
Publication Date: 5/8/2018
Pages: 368
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Publisher: Gallery Books
Book Type: Paperback
Members Wishing: 19
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Very interesting info on genetics at the beginning of each chapter. Not written like a textbook but factual info that makes you think about your own genetic makeup. I always thought genes were genes and you were born with them and they stayed the same. But they don't, they can mutate for numerous reasons, so when someone remarks, "You're just like your mother (or father)" you can understand HOW you got the way. Not always a result of nurturing, it's often genetic. Enough about the science:

Dr Paige Robson is a Geneticist who conceived her son through a sperm donor. Now eight, son Miles is a loner, finds it hard to make friends, is always wondering about his father. When Paige transfers him to another school and he meets a student with same interests, she's relived to see him blossom and bond with the boy and his family. Paige also enjoys their company and likes having new friends. Except a twist in plot reveals shocking news!

Paiges also has emotional issues with her own father who frequently deserted the family. It takes cancer to bring her father back home, and Paige finally sees the genetic link between her walled off behavior and her father's frequent departures.

Ending is tied up nicely, not pie in the sky romantic ending so it's plausible. Good read!