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, Contemporary, Adult, Family
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Reviews The Ones We Choose

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    1970-01-01
    5 stars to The Ones We Choose, a story of family and DNA! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 I know it seems like I’ve been doling out the fives lately, but this book is more than worthy. It has it all and offers so many fresh perspectives, I have to give it the full five. When I saw that The Ones We Choose is compared to Lisa Genova’s work, I had to read it. I adored the DNA tidbits thrown in throughout the novel, and I absorbed as much as I could. Un...
  • Cheri
    1970-01-01
    ”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. If I hadn’t already wanted to read this by it being promoted as “Lisa Genova meets 23andMe in this exploration of the genetic and emotional ties that bind,” I would have been pulled into this story by the picture that painted. Promising writing, emotional connection and a story involving love, family, ...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    1970-01-01
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5Reading The Ones We Choose by Julie Clark was like a punch to the heart for me. I don't know if I have ever both laughed and cried so much while reading a book before. What is the analogy? This book took my heart and ripped it out of my chest... I think that's it! I was literally a puddle of emotions after reading this one. Ok sorry, I'll stop now. There is just a lot of loss in the book, and it was a very sad but very moving ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Sherri Thacker
    1970-01-01
    I received this arc from the publisher through NetGalley. If I’m being honest here, i fell in love with the cover first. There’s a lot of medical terms used, talk about DNA testing, genetics, etc but I was pleasantly surprised that it held my attention throughout. I loved all the characters in the book and i loved the story as well. I really enjoyed the book and I can’t believe it’s the author’s debut novel. You can tell a lot of resear...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Kate Olson
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to the author for the review copy!Motherhood + SCIENCE = a completely addictive novel that will make you ask yourself so many questions about what makes a family and how much you actually want to know about your medical future. I am ALL IN for any book with female scientists and I absolutely loved how Clark wove in the perfect mix of hard science with the inevitably messy emotions of parents and children alike. Highly recommended for fans ...
  • 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...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    1970-01-01
    Review to come!
  • Danielle
    1970-01-01
    * Thank you Gallery Books for sending me a beautiful finished copy to read and review. *This book follows Paige as she navigates her world as a geneticist studying a specific gene in fathers, and as a single mother to her son. When her son begins to ask questions about his father, she does not know how to answer as she utilized a donor. Throughout the book, Paige confronts her vulnerabilities and has to examine how her own father's behavior is im...
  • 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...
  • Rebecca
    1970-01-01
    Abandoned by her father as a child, geneticist (Paige) turns to science for an explanation. While she was growing up, Paige's father was a "serial leaver" teaching Paige to turn off her feelings and stop caring. How did this affect her later in life? Will facing her fears of trust and intimacy help her understand her father's actions, as well as her own, better? Paige's sister, Rose, "believes in unlimited second chances" while Paige "believe[s] ...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Susan Peterson
    1970-01-01
    I started this book on a Sunday evening, and finished it the following afternoon...it is a compelling and fascinating book about families, forgiveness and the impact of genetics. The author does a fantastic job of bringing the main character, Paige, to life. Paige is a single mom who felt abandoned by her own father, and is so hurt and resentful that she’s closed herself off to most people, even those who love her. Watching Paige come to terms ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Donna Hines
    1970-01-01
    Can your DNA determine your ability to parent?What an interesting concept being brought up my main character Paige Robinson (Geneticist) and single mom of young Miles.Miles has an interesting background having been introduced to the world by way of anonymous sperm donor with Liam trying to be the hands on replacement dad.This is a good candidate for nature v nurture debate as the Robinson's find their match but it's not what they expected nor per...
  • 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 ...
  • Kimmery Martin
    1970-01-01
    It is with massive excitement that I finally have the chance to review fellow Debutante Ball writer Julie Clark’s debut novel, The Ones We Choose. The great love of Paige Robson’s life is her son, Miles, whom she conceived using an anonymous sperm donor. An earnest, intense geneticist, Paige has difficulty with the intimacy of adult relationships: forsaken at a young age by her unreliable father, she battles against anyone getting too close t...
  • 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...
  • Leslie Lindsay
    1970-01-01
    Shattering original and beautifully written book about secrets, science, DNA, mothers, and the trauma of our ancestors living in each and everyone of us. THE ONES WE CHOOSE is such a glimmering debut by an author to watch. You'll read Julie Clark's debut and think, "this woman has got to be a scientist," but she's not. She's a 5th grade teacher and mother, and while this skills and traits come through in THE ONES WE CHOOSE, it's her effortless bl...
  • Ronya
    1970-01-01
    I very rarely give a book five stars, but this one really affected me. It required a little suspension of disbelief on my part but allowing myself that luxury allowed me to really love this story. Genetics and DNA are rooted in statistics, so the chance meeting between Paige, Miles, and the anonymous donor seemed nearly statistically impossible. That aside, the progression of the story and Paige’s related journey were so moving. I shed tears mo...
  • Kathleen
    1970-01-01
    THE ONES WE CHOOSE really ripped my heart out in the best way, and I just loved it. Paige is a fantastic protagonist—intelligent, compassionate, yet still flawed—and you'll hurt along with her as she struggles to protect her son, navigate her own relationships, and do the right thing when confronted with an explosive truth. It's a beautifully written, thought-provoking book, and I highly recommend it.
  • Sue
    1970-01-01
    This is a wonderful debut novel about family - not necessarily the family we are genetically part of but also the family that we create out of love. The subject matter is very up to date and I could see the possibility of the same issues happening in other families.Paige's 8 year old son wants to know more about his father which is very normal in a family that is only composed of mother and son. He is getting bullied at school because he doesn't ...
  • Patty
    1970-01-01
    Great WritingWhile the story is a good one, the writing style is great. This experience will have me looking for more to read from Julie Clark. The words read effortlessly. What a pleasure it is to pick up a book like this, and while the story is full of loss, it also tells of triumphs in life.