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Identical Hardcover – August 26, 2008
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Kaeleigh, soft-centered, binges and cuts herself, can't feel worthy of the young man who loves her; and finds her only common ground with an 80-year-old woman who lives in the residential center where she works part-time. Raeanne, on the other hand, is tough and cold, has sex with dangerous boys for drugs, steals booze and oxy from her father, and purges to free herself from the venom of her past.
The unbearable events that poison the twins' present are rooted in the past, but just how far back? The car accident when they were eight years old, or further back in their parents' youth? The foreshadowing is woven through the present story, and even if the reader glimpses the truth before full disclosure, the book's worth rests not in its revelation but in the escalation of pain resulting from the family history.
I had not read any earlier books by author Ellen Hopkins so I was unprepared for the highly original design concept of this book. Done entirely in free verse in the alternating voices of the sisters, the words on the page are arranged in patterns that reflect the tone of the story. Letters, hearts, teardrops; tight intense verses; jagged word explosions on the page; and most interesting of all, where the story transitions from one twin to the other, the words on the facing pages mesh together like the teeth of a zipper.Read more ›
I have read many of Ellen Hopkins' young adult books, but this was, by far, the most powerful of them all. This book focuses on trauma, and the effects it can have on the lives of everyone involved. Trauma spanning generations, states, political affiliations. There is also an emphasis on seeking wholeness in unlikely and unhealthy ways. We see brokenness in nearly every character in the book, each of them using different means to feel whole again.
I thought the character development was so incredibly done, particularly once the secrets are all revealed. This is one of those books that, once you know the ending, you are compelled to go re-read it again, looking for all the hidden clues. And Hopkins is a master of hidden clues. I found this writing to be really brilliant, and it reminds me why I love novels written in verse form so much.
I know that books with tough subject matter are questionable for young adult readers, so parents should be fully aware of the content before allowing their children to read it. This book is probably most appropriate for young adult readers at the older end of that spectrum, late high school to early college age.
`Identical' touches some very tough issues. Incest, death, attempted suicide, and eating disorders are just a few of them. The girls in this story are identical twins and they go through hell and the sad thing is there are girls all over the world that live through their own personal hell every day. This is their reality. That is one of my favorite things about Ellen's books; she hits on dark subjects and sheds light on them. It makes them more known, when a lot of people live in a world of denial.
`Identical' was such a great book, I don't even think I can do it justice in words. The ending was such a mind warp, let me tell you! It was crazy! I did not see that coming in any shape or form. It was a shocker. I won't give any of it away because it is just too good to spoil.
You will just have to read it for yourself and trust me you don't want to miss this book!
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Another incredible read about the darker issues that face entirely too many of today's youth. As always, she has written it with poise, dignity, and most of all.... passion!Published 1 day ago
Love this woman's style of writing. She makes it easy to read and always grabs your attention with the explicit and somewhat disturbing content! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cheryl
First, not a young persons book. This is about incest, drugs, free for all sex with drug use, Good development of characters BUT a hard book to hear or read so unless you are... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is probably my favorite of Ellen Hopkins' books. Love the twist endingPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Identical by Ellen Hopkins is about twin sisters, Kaeleigh and Raeanne Gardella, and the problems they face everyday. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I just finished it and I am completely drained and wrecked, both by the material and the fact that it's over. Except the way this book is, I'll likely think of it often. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Natasha Meyer
This book was completely a show moving train wreck and I can honestly say that it was hard to read... Read more