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Veteran journalist Pekkanen debuts with a promising yet pedestrian post–chick lit novel about a successful New York ad exec who's passed over for a promotion then unceremoniously canned. Workaholic Lindsey Rose leaves Manhattan for her family's Maryland home, resuming her role as the smart, capable daughter. Years of jealousy surge into overdrive at her beautiful twin sister Alex's engagement party when she watches her lifelong friend Bradley, possibly the guy that got away, begin to fall under her sister's golden spell. After the obligatory ugly duckling makeover, Lindsey, no longer the plain daughter, continues to hide her new look from her family. Away from them, however, a newly confident and gregarious Lindsey emerges, one able to parlay her advertising skills into a new position at a matchmaking service. It takes a terrifying medical diagnosis and a visit to her parents' musty attic to complete Lindsey's transformation. Though the story is Lindsey's, Alex also plays a large part, though her selfishness is so relentlessly portrayed, it's difficult to determine just who she is. The pace is slow, and the story just adequate.
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"Pekkanen's wry voice and engaging characters—the bumbling parents are especially lovable—keep things fresh" —People (3.5 out of 4 stars)
"With her smart, soulful novel, author Pekkanen explores the place where self and sisterhood intersect." - Redbook
"It's warm, it's whimsical, and it's a winner." --The Courier Mail (Australia)
“Fresh, appealing…the story is at turns funny and poignant.” — Booklist
“Pekkanen's involving debut is an honest examination of the limits we place on ourselves, with well-drawn female characters.” —Kirkus
“If a book makes you think and be introspective, well that’s magic, and The Opposite of Me has done just that. Pekkanen has hit the nail on the head with her unique premise and original observation on what makes us who we are…an absolute must read” —New York Journal of Books
“Fresh and funny and satisfying. A terrific book about sisters that actually made me laugh out loud. I was completely drawn into Lindsey’s world and rooted for her from beginning to end.” — Jennifer Weiner, New York Times bestselling author of Best Friends Forever and In Her Shoes
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“Pekkanen's debut is heartfelt and richly drawn. With a delicate touch, she had me believing and sharing every laugh and every tear - it was a completely satisfying read. I look forward to more from this talented writer.” — Beth Harbison, author of Hope in a Jar
“Sharp-tongued. . .a spot-on portrayal of the existential dilemmas of young adulthood.” — Washington Post
"Sweet, smart, and funny" — Cosmopolitan.com
What can I say? Loved it! Ordered two more of Sarah's books. Can't put them down.........Published 1 month ago by jmh in Maryland
Perfect, light, easy summer reading. A very quick read. Never underestimate the power of sisterly love and romantic surprises abound. Enjoy the book!Published 2 months ago by Bethany W. Ingriselli
I wish there was more to characters. The book became a monologue for me. I also wish that the other twin spoke her mind too. An average book I'd say.Published 2 months ago by S. Black
I found the premise of this book interesting, how you are given a certain role in life and how the main character tries to find out who she really is and who she wants to become. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hope Davis
I have mixed feelings with this book. It is not bad, but I didn't like it that much, either. It is bordering okay and nice, I guess? I love flawed characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kristel V.
It was a good book just wasn't a I can't put it down kinda book.Published 4 months ago by Jennifer Roche
I thought the book was well written and I enjoyed the read. It was interesting.Published 4 months ago by Elly Cauthon