Review: The Ones We Choose by Julie Clark


The Ones We Choose by Julie Clark is available now!

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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 geneticist Paige Robson finds her world in upheaval: Her eight-year-old son Miles is struggling to fit in at his new school and begins asking questions about his biological father that Paige can’t answer—until fate thrusts the anonymous donor she used into their lives.

Paige’s carefully constructed life begins to unravel as the truth of Miles’s paternity threatens to destroy everything she has grown to cherish. As Paige slowly opens herself up—by befriending an eccentric mother, confronting her own deeply buried vulnerabilities, and trying to make sense of her absent father’s unexpected return—she realizes breakthroughs aren’t only for the lab. But when tragedy strikes, Paige must face the consequences of sharing a secret only she knows.

With grace and humor, Julie Clark shows that while the science is fascinating, solving these intimate mysteries of who we are and where we come from unleashes emotions more complex than the strands of DNA that shape us.







I hate genetics. Well, I hate all things related to biology. I hated the subject when I was in school and I’m still not too fond of it. But after reading this book I’m definitely seeing things with different eyes, who would have thought genetics could actually be a bit interesting!? (Don’t answer the question, probably a lot of people) Not me, that’s for sure!

The Ones We Choose is one of the most interesting and original stories I’ve ever crossed paths with. It is all about family, genetics, daddy issues, genetics, abandonment issues, friends and you guessed it, more genetics. Even though I kind of really enjoyed reading about the topic (genetics) at times, it still had a tad bit too much for me. There’s a little bit of info about genetics in between every single chapter so I definitely got a bit tired of it but overall it was pretty good (said the gal who usually hates all things biology).

The story started out a bit too slow-paced for me. I had no idea where the story was going but once I reached the middle, things got very exciting. It had twists and turns I never could have predicted and I really enjoyed that. I loved reading the second half of the book.

About the characters… I liked them enough. I couldn’t relate to them and I didn’t find them very interesting if I’m honest but they were okay. And that’s all I have to say about them.

Anyway, if you love reading about families or biology or humans or genetics or love learning new things then you should consider adding this book to your TBR. It’ll entertain you for a couple of hours and you will learn a things or two or ten about genetics.


Massive thanks to Gallery Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!


3.5 / 5 flowers



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