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From School Library Journal
- ASIN : B00L23WH32
- Publisher : Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1st edition (July 22, 2014)
- Publication date : July 22, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1375 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 353 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,072,563 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Just to give you a little bit of a synopsis of what this book is about, it is about an 18 year-old girl who lives each day twice. Once as a wealthy girl, once as the daughter of drugstore owner parents. She hates being tossed from one reality to the next, and tries to figure out a way to give up one life and be able to live the other fully. But then complications arise! I loved reading how the same person can be different in a different setting and family.
The main character is still in high school, so it is definitely a YA story. However, I am way beyond that age group and I liked it. Highly recommended.
I found the concept refreshing for this genre, and I think the main characters and their relationships, for the most part, were satisfactorily fleshed out. I particularly appreciate the author's successful integration of family dynamics--an element that is so often lacking in this genre.
Now, if you are the type of reader who questions the plausibility of novels to the extent that it interferes with your enjoyment of the books, this might not be the story for you. As another reviewer mentioned, certain aspects of the plot require you to suspend your disbelief. Once I gave myself permission to do that, I became immersed in the plot, and I realized that the (often heavy) issues dealt with in the book are in fact very real--uncomfortably so.
On that note, I think it is important to be aware before reading the book that it unabashedly confronts topics of alcoholism, drug abuse, battery/sexual assault, and suicide. In some cases, it probes these controversial issues quite deeply, and even refrains, in most instances, from forcing moral lessons or judgments on the reader.
I want this review to be as spoiler-free as possible, but I will say that I applaud the author's relativist approach to such sensitive topics--not because I condone the actions themselves, by any means--but because the book demonstrates the mental anguish of those affected. In that sense, some of the themes addressed in this book are very timely.