The Ones We Choose by Julie Clark

The Ones We Choose

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 a...


Details The Ones We Choose

TitleThe Ones We Choose
ISBN9781501184475
Author
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherGallery Books
GenreFiction, Adult
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Reviews The Ones We Choose

  • Donna
    1970-01-01
    Wow. This book threw me for an emotional loop I wasn’t expecting. I thought it sounded like an interesting story, but I didn’t plan to relate to it so much and certainly didn’t know I would learn so much about genetics and DNA.Paige Robson is a geneticist with an 8-year old son, Miles, whom she conceived with an anonymous sperm donor. She loves her son fiercely, and he is aware of how he was conceived. But Paige hasn’t ever really conside...
  • Julie Dalton
    1970-01-01
    I was fortunate to receive an ARC of The Ones We Choose from Gallery for an honest review. Now I can’t wait for the rest of the world to read this stunner of a debut. The original plot combines several strands of familial relationships bound together -- and torn apart -- by DNA. The emotions build at a pace that caught me off guard, and I found myself sobbing at moments I truly did not see coming. The Ones We Choose is about living with fear bu...
  • Lara Lillibridge
    1970-01-01
    Full disclosure: Julie and I are both contributors to TheDebutanteBall.com, a group of 5 women with our first books debuting in 2018. But even if I didn't have that connection, I would have picked up this book. I've always been fascinated by genetics—it is my "road not taken" career of choice. Clark's intermingling of scientific facts in-between the chapters of her novel reminded me of Michael Crichton in the best way—I felt smarter for havin...
  • Donna
    1970-01-01
    Great story - realistic characters, interesting story line, heartwarming, sad, funny, this novel has it all.Paige has set up her life with her son and doesn't really let anyone in too close. Her father kept walking out on her sister, mother, and herself as they were growing up This has left a big hole in Paige. Using a sperm donor to conceive, Paige now has an 8 year old son who is starting to ask a bunch of questions about his father that Paige ...
  • Dorie
    1970-01-01
    I enjoyed this book by debut author Julie Clark, a 3* rating from me means that I felt it was a good book for me and I would definitely rate this a 3 and if the system allowed.The blurb for the book tells a lot about the plot, maybe too much. At any rate we know that Paige is a geneticist who decided to conceive a child via a sperm donor. Paige has a significant other, Liam, and they are very connected, in love and starting to talk about the fut...
  • Justina
    1970-01-01
    Wow. I really loved this book. In fact, I read it in less than 24 hours, and I’m not sure when the last time I ever did that was. Paige is a smart, successful geneticist studying why some men are emotionally detached from their children. She has isolated it down to oxytocin production, and the fact that some people have inhibitors that prevent it from being released from the body. Paige is trying to figure out if there is a way to stop this inh...
  • Linda Bella
    1970-01-01
    This was a whirlwind of a story. The main character is a strong and independent woman named Paige Robson who is a geneticist, studying Oxytocin and a single mother of a boy name Miles.Miles is a darling boy who is now questioning who his father is and why he can't know him. Paige does everything she can to make him feel loved and wanted but something is still missing.Miles becomes disengaged at school and isolates himself, feeling like an outside...
  • Jacqueline Burke
    1970-01-01
    WOW! This is an amazing novel...beautiful, hopeful, and tear-your-heart-out sad. The storyline revolves around Paige, a geneticist, and her 8-year old son Miles whom she conceived via a sperm donor. Miles is a quirky kid who has some problems fitting in and making friends, and the fact that his father is nameless and faceless seems to exacerbate his sense of isolation. Paige has her own issues with her largely absent and disappointing father, and...
  • Lana
    1970-01-01
    I loved that the author wasn't a professional geneticist. She did enough research into genetics and sperm banks that the backstory was fully fleshed out without it being taken over by medical details.
  • Cass
    1970-01-01
    This is such a *smart* family drama. Clark's characters utterly drew me in right from the start, but the emotions are well-balanced with fascinating scientific details. Paige's story and conflicts are gripping -- She's a fantastic character, whose pain and hesitations and hopes all feel very real. Since the book is in her voice, and since that voice is so wonderful, the reader can't help but want to side with her. I was entirely on her side right...
  • Jackie Trimble
    1970-01-01
    Love, love, love this book! Thank you to Goodreads for the pre-pub version to read & enjoy!! It took the genetics chapter in 9th grade for me to figure out that I hated biology and probably even science. But, I loved all the characters in this book and I even loved the science lessons at the beginning of each chapter!! I can't recommend this strongly enough.
  • Debbi DuBose
    1970-01-01
    The debut novel: THE ONES WE CHOOSE by Julie Clark is a phenomenal read!! This compelling story centers on geneticist Dr. Paige Robson and her son, Miles. Miles was conceived through a donor bank when Paige decided she was ready to have a child at the age of thirty-eight. Miles is growing up, and he wants to know why he doesn't have a father. How is Paige going to explain this? Although, now, Paige is in a committed relationship with Liam; Miles ...
  • ᎤᎶᎩᎳ
    1970-01-01
    Full Disclosure: Won an advanced copy of this book in a Goodreads giveawayWas not going into this book expecting to have my heart broken a couple times but here I am, trying to pretend I didn't cry a couple times in the last couple hours. This book is astounding. There isn't a scene in this book that doesn't have a purpose so you never feel like your wasting you're time. It just keeps pulling you further and further down the trail of the story un...
  • Kate Rock
    1970-01-01
    When I finished this beautiful debut novel by Julie Abbott Clark THE ONES WE CHOOSE, I was blown away. Julie writes with heart, and grace with a dash of humor and being a medical science nerd, I love the DNA aspect of this novel and how it spins this beautiful story of the fierce love a mother has for her son and the powerful forces of who we are and where we come from. Emotional and raw, mom Paige, with her very personally structured life, must ...
  • Kristen Cook - A Book Ninja
    1970-01-01
    A debut author that can hook me with the first paragraph of the first chapter is impressive. "If loneliness were a color, it would be the deep purple of my eight-year-old's shirt as he walks solitary laps around the school track." I had intended to only read the first chapter before going to bed and instead read 1/4 of the book.As someone who always enjoyed genetics in school, I found the heavy laden science portions of the book enjoyable. I coul...
  • Katie
    1970-01-01
    This is such a beautiful story of love, family, and how our past affect our presents and futures. I was hooked from the very beginning. The relationships between all of the characters were well developed. Friendships, romantic relationships, and familial relationships were all so relatable. There were a few “Hallmark cliche” or unrealistic moments, but I appreciate those, so it was fine for me. I don’t mind suspending disbelief for my ficti...
  • Katie
    1970-01-01
    This is such a beautiful story of love, family, and how our past affect our presents and futures. I wish half stars were available because this is definitely a 4.5 star book. I was hooked from the very beginning. The relationships between all of the characters were well developed. Friendships, romantic relationships, and familial relationships were all so relatable. There were a few “Hallmark cliche” or unrealistic moments, but I appreciate t...
  • Mom2nine
    1970-01-01
    The plot for this book is interesting and could be a good book for book club discussion. The characters were cliche, which made it difficult for me to empathize, though. I don't think that there are that many stay at home moms, or that in a community where they could afford to stay at home that they would not also be educated or previously worked. The idea that a child needs a dozen friends, esp. one who is more academically than athletically inc...
  • Christine Moore
    1970-01-01
    This is a story of family and all ways of a family. I loved the characters but I did get a little lost in the science. I felt the characters were honest and show us all the imperfections in a family. I received an advanced readers copy from NetGalley and Gallery Books. All opinions are my own.
  • Jessica Kaminski Funk
    1970-01-01
    I really wanted to give this five stars because the story itself was fantastic. It was something that you don’t see often and one twist in particular was great...but there was one part I didn’t love. Here’s the thing. I read fiction because I like to read fiction. I choose to not read non-fiction that often because I simply don’t find myself enthralled. In this book, there are short page-long bursts of information related to genetics. I u...
  • Aida Alberto
    1970-01-01
    I received an advance review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. This is a beautiful and well told story with a plot that contains quite a few surprises. Every time I thought it was going in one direction Julie Clark would totally go in another unexpected direction that kept your attention and eyes glued to the pages of this amazing book. Am looking forward to reading more books from this wonderful author and yes you should definitely pre...
  • Julie
    1970-01-01
    This is one of those books where I desperately need the ability to do half stars. 4 stars seems so offensive, but it doesn't quite hit my personal criteria for a full 5 stars. Solid, solid 4.5 stars though!First, debut author? Seriously? Comparisons to Lisa Genova are pretty accurate - love Lisa Genova, now I love Julie Clark. I would never have guessed this was her first novel, and can't wait for the next one! Great character development, and su...
  • Mary
    1970-01-01
    It's been awhile since I read a women's fiction book that pulled me in as much as Paige's story did. Clark does a great job incorporating science with the natural flow of romance, friendships, and family, and it was refreshing to see a woman accomplishing cutting edge work in the field of genetics. I highly recommend this book.
  • Deb
    1970-01-01
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I won it on a goodreads giveaway. The characters were engaging, the storyline was thought provoking and included many fascinating facts in the interesting unusual way the book was put together. I highly recommend this book
  • Laurie
    1970-01-01
    An enjoyable read about motherhood, genetics, and letting people in.*Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing an e-book in exchange for an honest review.
  • SS
    1970-01-01
    Who are you? Who were your ancestors? Where did they come from? What medical issues might face you as you age? If you were raised in a traditional family, it's likely that you know the answers to those questions. What if you are missing some of the links to your heritage? That's exactly what happens to young Miles Robson. Paige Robson, Miles's mother, conceived through sperm donation. She's a single mother with a strong family that's more than wi...
  • Margie Senechal
    1970-01-01
    Although there were times that I wanted the main character, Paige, to get out of her own way, I really enjoyed this book. The genetics info intertwined throughout the chapter were fascinating especially how they related to the story as a whole. Ironically, as I read this I also came across an article about memories being stored in DNA and passed down through genetics. And then recognized it when this season’s hornets returned and tried to get i...
  • Jordan Caldwell
    1970-01-01
    It’s hard to believe this is a book written by a debut author. It’s very polished and very well researched and thought out. I read it in a little over a day. The plot is quick moving, and the sub plot/chapters on the genetics kept reminding me of all the research usually seen in books by Jodi Picoult.The topic of this book, genetics and the impact on donor children, was not one I was familiar with. I became immediately interested in the topic...
  • Helen Hoang
    1970-01-01
    Since THE ONES WE CHOOSE is categorized as upmarket women's fiction, described with words like "gorgeous prose" and "profound," and only has a minor love story, I feared reading it was going to be, for me, the literary equivalent of eating plain raw kale. (All the kale lovers out there have my full admiration. You're probably so healthy and will live to a thousand.)This book wasn't like that at all. Instead, it was smart, beautiful, and surprisin...