Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Identical, by Ellen Hopkins
Barnes & Noble
Do twins begin in the womb?
Or in a better place?
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?
Holy new favorite book, Batman! I picked this up from the library today and read it in a matter of hours. I need to go back and read it again to look for all of the clues leading up to the shocker at the end.
Ellen Hopkins is BRILLIANT. I knew this already, as I have read Crank, Glass, and Fallout. Identical, however, blew that series away.
This novel -- written in verse -- centers around the lives of teenage identical twin sisters and their absentee mother and sexually abusive father. A heart-breaking, though-provoking book.
ETA: I just re-read the book. Hopkins is a master at dual and triple meanings in her written words.