Friday, March 23, 2012

Review # 124: Playing the Genetic Lottery by Terri Morgan

     Eighteen years ago, Ava changed her name and fled from her Schizophrenic parents, intent on escaping the disease. Now thirty-two and called "Caitlin", she works as a pediatric nurse, is married to her best friend, and has two amazing children; but her past constantly lingers in her mind - Will she become like her parents? Has she passed this disease onto her children? What the future holds for her family all depends on the "genetic lottery"... 

     I don't have as much experience with people suffering from Schizophrenia as I do with Bipolar disorder, so I thought that Playing the Genetic Lottery could help me understand more about the disease - it was an eye opener. I appreciate that Schizophrenia is explained in layman's terms, and that Terri Morgan's depictions of the disorder are realistic as well as haunting. The characters speak to the reader immediately, and it is hard not to sympathize with their situation and their fears. The story-line is well-written, albeit a few chapters too long, but the story as a whole is true-to-life and full of emotion. I finish this book knowing much more than I did about a neurological disorder that effects the individual as well as everyone around them; most commonly the family. I understand how some of the characters feel about the disease and the fear of not knowing what the future holds. I recommend this book to readers interested in a realistic portrayal of Schizophrenia and characters that will stay with them well past the final pages.

Rating: On the Run (4/5)

*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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