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Their parents got into a horrible car accident that tore them apart
on March 23, 2016
Identical by Ellen Hopkins is about twin sisters, Kaeleigh and Raeanne Gardella, and the problems they face everyday. Their parents got into a horrible car accident that tore them apart. As a result of sexual abuse Kaeleigh starts taking pills, drinking, cutting, and purging. Raeanne is ultimately neglected by their father Raymond, and to fill the void of this, she drinks, does drug, and is intimate with multiple guys. Kaeleigh and Raeanne’s mother is never around because she was elected to congress. When Kaeleigh finally hits rock bottom she ends up in a hospital, and at this time the readers find out the plot twist and how the problems are resolved.
The story but it is very realistic, but hard to relate to. Identical was a very good book, but it took a while for the climax of the story. The length of the book is its major drawback. For most of the last 300 pages the book becomes extremely repetitive, until the climax and resolution. It could have only been a 300 page book and still had the same emotional impact without unnecessary details. This book is a good read for teenagers because the whole book is about two teens lives. Because of the graphic details the audience should be mature enough for the subject matter. I would recommend this book for high school juniors or seniors, who don’t mind extra pages of reading.