Posted by: pianofingers618 | December 21, 2009

Identical

Alright, so I just finished a book called Identical by Ellen Hopkins. The blurb says:

DO TWINS BEGIN IN THE WOMB?

OR IN A BETTER PLACE?

Kaeleigh and Raeanne and 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 outside. 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’s 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 and alcohol.

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?

SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!

Okay, so if you haven’t read this book and you plan to, don’t read on!

Alright. So I finished this book a couple of days ago, and I was dumbfounded. My friend had recommended it to me, saying that it was really good. I took her word for it, so I decided to read the book. The book was amazing. I think that Ellen Hopkins is an amazing writer. The format of her work is incredible. The accented words on a page are the exact same on either side of the book, and so they both spell out a phrase. It was really interesting to read. And I had previously read Burned by the same author, but it didn’t have the same effect that Identical did.

The basic plot line of the story was that Kaeleigh, when she was young, was her father’s love when her mother was away on her politician duties. Kaeleigh, who didn’t know better, went along with it. But Raeanne, the other twin, wants her dad’s attention. She craves it. But Daddy wasn’t good to Kaeleigh, and when she and Raeanne grew up, they were kind of messed up. But then, as the story goes on, Kaeleigh becomes very disturbed. Yadda yadda yadda, then she ends up in the hospital. Then, we find out that after the car crash that none of the family like to talk about (yeah, in the beggining, when the two girls were very young, the family got into a car crash. You know that someone dies, but it never mentions who) so you find out that it was Raeanne that died in the crash, and that Kaeleigh has a multi-personality disorder that makes her act like herself and Raeanne at different times.

I think that this book was great. It’s kind of funny, because you never notice that Ellen Hopkins never actually says that Raeanne was seen in person. It only says her feelings, and never mentions her presence in the real world.

I relaly liked this book, but it was a little graphic for me. Yeah, I know that nothing was ever really said that was bad, jusst the idea of it was awful. I would probably give this book an 8 and 1/2 out of ten.

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