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by Ellen Hopkins
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I think this was my third time through, second on audio. It's such a fabulous narration.
Identical is the story of Kaeleigh and Raeanne, mirror image identical twins. It deals with incest/sexual abuse, drug abuse, alcoholism, cutting and mental illness. It also has a surprising twist and a hopeful ending.
Kaeleigh deals with her issues by trying to be a "good girl". Making others happy, acquiescing to the needs of others, not saying NO. Raeanne becomes the "bad girl". Turning to drugs, alcohol and sex, rarely saying NO (even when she should).
It is well written enough that I started it at noon and didn't put it down until I finished it at 6:30pm (well, I did make lunch in there and I might have taken a wee nap). While the subject matter is intense, it is not gratuitously graphic.
As a survivor of several of the subject matters discussed, I can honestly say that Ms. Hopkins deals with them honestly. Many may not like the issues (and, no doubt, she is or will be often challenged in libraries) the emotions and language are genuine. I can hear much of myself in her words.
I am looking forward to reading more of her books.
This book is fantastic! Ellen Hopkins does it again. It starts out pretty slow and I wasn't sure I was even going to finish the book. I am so glad I stuck with it. The ending was so very surprising.
This book held my attention like her other books. The twist was like going down a road think there is no end and then all the sudden the cliff appears. It also gave me a look in how some people deal with traumatic situation or in better words don't deal with them.
Amazing, captivating book.
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Sixteen-year-old identical twin daughters of a district court judge and a candidate for the United States House of Representatives, Kaeleigh and Raeanne Gardella desperately struggle with secrets that have already torn them and their family apart.
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An edition of this book was published by HighBridge Audio.
An edition of this book was published by HighBridge.