Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: Poetry and Realistic Fiction
Release Date: August 26th 2008
Pages:565 (Hard cover)
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?
It’s pretty hard to get into a story that is poem based when all you’ve ever read are paragraph based. Ellen Hopkins does a great job telling a story about dealing with your inner demons while trying to find love in a cruel world. Even though it’s pretty hard to get into, the plot is good and the characters stand out. The writing style is a bit weird at first but the main characters are so interesting that it doesn’t bother me after a while.
The beginning is boring. I feel like Ellen Hopkins is trying to make the relationship between the sisters sound and seem very mysterious which it isn’t. Also, the fact that they are complete opposites seems to happen a lot in books. I wish they had more in common for the characters to stand out more than they did.
The shocking secret that comes out of nowhere is my favourite part of this book. It will take you by surprise and leave you shell-shocked. I also like the tense parts between Kaeleigh and her dad because it’s so controlled and perfect. It’s easy to know what will happen while still leaving the reads to let their imagination run wild. The ending to this is really good too since things look brighter and clearer, I’m not left with any unanswered questions. Even though the ending is kind of typical, I’m not disappointed because there is just so much happening in the book that the ending couldn’t ruin this for me. Recommended for everyone, especially if you enjoy realistic fiction with human-like demons.