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Rules for 50/50 Chances

A Novel

Kate McGovern


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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.

Praise For Rules for 50/50 Chances: A Novel

Rules for 50/50 Chances:

"This standout contemporary read should have wide appeal." —Booklist

"McGovern skillfully engages with questions of fate, choice, and truly terrible luck." —Publishers Weekly

"Readers will stick with Rose through her dilemma—and her decision—rooting for her to make the choice that’s right for her. " —Horn Book

"Rose’s story is realistic and well drawn. Rose is amazingly mature and responsible, but she can be self-centered, obsessive, and impulsive. In other words, she is a very typical teenager faced with an extraordinary circumstance. This book is a solid addition to any library." —VOYA

"A page-turning portrayal of living at risk for Huntington's disease, rich with the complex layers of tormented indecision that come with genetic screening. Would you want to know? A great read." —Lisa Genova, New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice and Inside the O'Briens

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374301583, 352pp.

Publication Date: November 24, 2015

About the Author

Kate McGovern has taught theatre and language arts to middle schoolers in Boston, New York, and London. A graduate of Yale and Oxford, she currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was born and raised. Rules for 50/50 Chances is her first novel.