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“[A] dark and thought-provoking debut novel.” —Publishers Weekly
“Solomon has created two distinct voices for Adina and Tovah. Neither girl is perfect, but both are realistically drawn as young women on the cusp of adulthood struggling with grief, guilt, and anxiety while trying to figure out their place in the world.” —School Library Journal
“A stunning debut.” —VOYA
“A well-executed, somber study of the devastating impact of incurable disease on a family.” —Booklist
“Compelling . . . readers will appreciate this story of heartbreak and, ultimately, family resilience.” —BCCB
“This story unfolds as twin sisters search for common ground while navigating the complexities of life, love, and the devastating realization that their fates are already sealed. I cried knowing that each twin would suffer immeasurable loss, yet only one would succumb.” —Stacey Haerr, Warwick’s (La Jolla, CA)
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About the Author
- File Size : 4837 KB
- Print Length : 401 pages
- Language: : English
- Publication Date : January 2, 2018
- ASIN : B074ZKX6VW
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Publisher : Simon Pulse; Reprint Edition (January 2, 2018)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #534,284 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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At the heart of it, this is a book about finding back your sister, even when she hurt you, even when you hurt her.
In this deep-felt story, one of the twin sisters is tested positive on a Huntington’s disease, a rare degenerative disorder, and one is tested negative. Rachel Lynn Solomon strings in the pains and traumas what means to live life with certainty and what it can mean to live in the absence of it.
What does one do when she knows she is doomed, one way or the other, and is there salvation in that painful certainty. Can a person choose to live decently when she realizes life hasn’t been fair to her from the very beginning?
Through the story of Tovah and Adina, the writer answers some of the aforementioned questions, with dramatic ups and downs.
Adina is a complex three-dimensional character. She isn’t a pitch-perfect person, but her struggles bring the reader to question their own moral compass. She is so real.
The story of losing and finding a sister, one of the closest relationships, depicts what truly matters when time is ticking.
My favorite lines from the book:
· Textbooks and exams don’t have emotions. They’re much safer.
· I’ve spent my entire life feeling different because I speak another language, because I don’t celebrate the same holidays as most people, because I don’t call my parents Mom and Dad.
· The piece is so beautiful, I ache right alone with it. It is hopeful, then hopeless, then flitting between the two as thought it cannot make up its mind. (Lovely lines.)
· As a kid, I couldn’t stand it when people said “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays.” It’s easy to be inclusive, and yet most people just don’t care.
· What is it about bad movies that make them so much better than good movies?
· I spent the next few years consumed by Holocaust literature. Consumed by trying to find a why somewhere in all that history, heartbroken when I couldn’t. You can spend lifetimes searching tragedies for reasons why.
Wow. I don’t even know where to start with this book. I’ll just go with the words “exceeds expectations” and then try to work from there.
The tension in this book is so thick that you could cut it with a knife. The dueling points-of-view between the twins shows just how much they misunderstand each other, and while it feels frustrating while you’re reading it it also makes their worlds make that much more sense to you. That’s kind of the point — they don’t understand each other, and they don’t know how to interact with each other because they don’t understand each other’s wants and needs. It’s a tense and complicated relationship, and it worked so well.
I loved how central the family as a whole was to the story. Ima and Aba were caring and supportive, and while they didn’t always understand their children they did their best to listen and talk to them (something so often missing in YA). Also, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with bilingual Jewish rep in it and I’m loving it. Ima came to the US from Israel after serving in the Israeli army, and she and Aba speak both English and Hebrew with Adina and Tovah at home. Judaism is explored as both a religion and as an identity, and through the twins (and other Jewish characters like Zack) we were able to see a variety of ways in which Jewish people express themselves, especially as Adina questions her religion while still fully embracing her heritage. As someone who isn’t Jewish, I really loved getting this view of the family.
The mental health issues covered in this book were very relatable to me. I absolutely loved how anxiety and depression were depicted as illnesses that can cause very real physical symptoms in people; this is something that a lot of people tend to forget, and showing that they can be behind symptoms that seemingly point to another illness was refreshing. The portrayal felt very real to me, and it’s heartbreaking. I know little about Huntington’s Disease, but the portrayal appeared well-researched, honest and raw. The prospect of not knowing when you’ll develop a disease is terrifying, and I feel like this was well done.
(If you liked You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone and want more teenagers and parents dealing with early-onset illnesses and more Jewish characters (as well as Deaf characters and romance and terrifyingly challenging races), you might want to give Wild by Hannah Moskowitz a try! I definitely kept thinking of that book while I was reading this one.)
I loved how well-developed all of the characters in this book were — not a single character in this book came off as flat to me. The twins themselves were the most well-developed characters I’ve read in a while, and their parents were definitely some of the most well-written parents I’ve read period. The characters felt real and were well-grounded in the setting, and I love when books give me this feeling.
Also, I looked up Rhode Island School of Design’s mascot and I was not disappointed.
This was one of my most anticipated 2018 releases, and I was definitely not disappointed. This is a book that I would love to pick up again in the future!
Final rating: 5 of 5 stars