Tuesday 11 March 2014

Review: Identical by Ellen Hopkins

Title: Identical
Author: Ellen Hokins
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 565
Series: -
Where I Got It: Library

Synopsis: 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?
Ellen Hopkins
Ellen HopkinsEllen Hopkins is the New York Times bestselling author if Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Triangles, Tilt, and Collateral. She lives in Carson City, Nevada, with her husband and son. Hopkin's Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest pages gets thousands of hits from teens who claim Hopkins is the "only one who understand me", and she can be visited at ellenhopkins.com.

Like most of you here, books are my life. Reading is a passion, but writing is the biggest part of me. Balance is my greatest challenge, as I love my family, friends, animals and home, but also love traveling to meet my readers. Hope I meet many of you soon!
I read this on March 10th 2014.

This book keeps readers gripped and doesn't let them go throughout the entire book.

Okay, I know I took a bit to read this book. But, for those of you who don't know, this book is very disturbing. Twins, each one with completely different problems. This book was hard for me to read because I'm a twin myself. I'm hearing great things about this book, how it touched so many people, and how it made them cry their hearts out. Now, why is it that every book that people feel connects with them are always really depressing. Why can't the touching book be happy? I just don't like reading so many depressing books.

Anyway, Raeanne was the one who did drugs, used sex to her advantage and drank to much. Kaeleigh was sexually abused by her father and Raeanne would watch and hope it was her. I found this even more disturbing. How could someone wish for such a thing? This made the situation in the book three or ten times more awkward.

I, personally did not enjoy this book as much as other people I know; however, that does not mean you will not enjoy it. I didn't like the story or the abusive part of this story. I'm just tired of abusive stuff in books, I would love to read something happy.

I recommend this book to Ellen Hopkins fans.

Grade: 10 and up
Ages: 14+

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