Ever since Rosa’s nerve disease rendered her quadriplegic, she’s depended on her confident, older brother to be her rock and her mirror. But when a doctor from Boston chooses her to be a candidate for an experimental brain transplant, she and her family move from London in search of a miracle. Sylvia–a girl from a small town in Massachusetts–is brain dead, and her parents have agreed to donate her body to give Rosa a new life. But when Rosa wakes from surgery, she can’t help but wonder, with increasing obsession, who Sylvia was and what her life was like. Her fascination with her new body and her desire to understand Sylvia prompt a road trip based on self-discovery… and a surprising new romance. But will Rosa be able to solve the dilemma of her identity?
Original, contentious and very moving, Emma Young’s latest novel is an incredible read. The Sun
A coming of age drama about learning to be who you want to be, while raising a lot of interesting moral questions. The South Wales Evening Post
A story about identity, courage and searching for the truth of who you are. This book made me cry, it made me feel, it made me think and it made me want to read on. Shelley Fallows, www.lovereading4kids.co.uk
First-person narration increases the tension, and readers experience everything simultaneously with Rosa: from disgust at having co-opted someone else’s life, to doubt about whether her first love and sexual experience is about her or the dead girl whose body she wears…sympathy for Rosa and the bizarre situation she finds herself in will keep readers turning the pages. Booklist (US)
Readers….will find this an engrossing read. VOYA magazine (US)
… author does a nice job in developing the character and showing the emotional roller coaster that Rosa is on. Middle and high school girls will thoroughly enjoy this book. School Library Connection (US)