Sunday, June 28, 2009

Review: Identical


Title: Identical
Author: Ellen Hopkins

Grade: B
Rating: R

Summary: (from Amazon) Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical down to the dimple. As daughters of a district-court judge father and a politician mother, they are an all-American family -- on the surface. Behind the facade each sister has her own dark secret, and that's where their differences begin.
For Kaeleigh, she's the misplaced focus of Daddy's love, intended for a mother whose presence on the campaign trail means absence at home. All that Raeanne sees is Daddy playing a game of favorites -- and she is losing. If she has to lose, she will do it on her own terms, so she chooses drugs, alcohol, and sex.
Secrets like the ones the twins are harboring are not meant to be kept -- from each other or anyone else. Pretty soon it's obvious that neither sister can handle it alone, and one sister must step up to save the other, but the question is -- who?

My thoughts: I had been very excited to read Identical forever. When Lexi said I could borrow her copy I was super happy. After reading this novel I realized it was both bad and good.

I loved the concept of such bold differences between the twins. However the shocking twist was a tad to weird for me. I am glad I read this novel, but also glad I didn’t spend $18 on it.

Recommendation: Fans of dark and searing novels will love Identical.

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