Identical

Identical

Book - 2008
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Sixteen-year-old identical twins must come to terms with their darkest secrets in this poignant tour de force from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins.

Do twins begin in the womb?
Or in a better place?

Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical down to the dimple. As daughters of a district-court judge father and a politician mother, they are an all-American family -- on the surface. Behind the facade each sister has her own dark secret, and that's where their differences begin.

For Kaeleigh, she's the misplaced focus of Daddy's love, intended for a mother whose presence on the campaign trail means absence at home. All that Raeanne sees is Daddy playing a game of favorites -- and she is losing. If she has to lose, she will do it on her own terms, so she chooses drugs, alcohol, and sex.

Secrets like the ones the twins are harboring are not meant to be kept -- from each other or anyone else. Pretty soon it's obvious that neither sister can handle it alone, and one sister must step up to save the other, but the question is -- who?
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, c2008
ISBN: 9781416950059
1416950052
9781416950066
Branch Call Number: YA HOPK
Characteristics: 565 pages ; 18 cm

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laphampeak
Aug 16, 2018

Identical was recommended on some book site. When I first saw the "free verse"? telling of the story I thought it would be a deal breaker but Hopkins made every word count. She told the story of identical twins and the addictions and abuse from sources of present and past. Family history, relationships that forged the present, and coping mechanisms were part of this tragic, compelling story.

VaughanPLAlexK Dec 12, 2016

I read this book many years ago and loved it. I plan on re-reading it in the hopes that it will have the same impact on me now as it did then.

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rhormoz
Aug 08, 2016

mind blowing ending...couldn't believe that the two sisters was actually the same person

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muffinpopcorn
Jun 11, 2016

WOW , Could hardly wait to read page after page to see what comes next Brilliant writing , really like this Author . Nearly always controversial topics but done in a non offensive way . Didn't see the twists coming , especially the ones that just kept occurring near the end . Great writing ! Great storyline that makes for great reading pleasure with urgency to * know what happens next *!!

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katerys
Mar 28, 2015

I liked the writing style--I thought it reflected the characters well.

I did not read any comments or reviews of the book before placing a hold on this book, and was completely surprised.

It deals with dark subject matter I and suggest it for mature readers, whatever age they may be. (14 or 30)

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skcc4
Jul 25, 2014

Identical is a mature read about one family's tragedy. The book deals with drug and alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, addiction, and dark hidden family secrets.

Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical twins with their own set of deep secrets. Their family was almost normal, until a fatal accident leaving their mother injured and causing distance between their parents. Kaeleigh is the 'good girl', who has been taken advantage of by their alcoholic father since she was young. Raeanne feels unwanted in her home because she does not receive the attention she wants from her father, leading her to rely on drugs, alcohol and boys. In the middle of all this, there are so many other problems that the girls have to deal with, including eating disorders, finding the right boy, and conflict between their parents. All of these things and more are what led the girls to their separate lives. The book is full of drama and questions that will keep you reading until the very end.

I loved the way the book was written, with each page written in a different style of free-verse poetry. The book switches between Kaeleigh's perspective and Raeanne's perspective, which allows the reader to see inside the lives of both troubled girls. The topics that the book explores, while sometimes graphic, lead the reader into the tortured world of these two identical twins. The title of the book ‘Identical’ is very relevant to the story because the book centers on identical twins. While reading the book, I realized that the title can be powerful, showing the reader that even though the twins are the same on the outside, their lives can be very different. This book is very powerful, and the end will leave you breathless. I recommend this book to mature readers 14 years of age and older.

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modestgoddess
Jul 18, 2014

Having read comments, I knew there was a twist - and I saw it coming, less than halfway through, though not exactly what it was - realized there were hints being dropped on the way through. Felt the author was dishonest in at least one spot. The story is compelling, but I don't get why it had to be told in "free verse" - really just prose forced into some semblance of poetry. It seemed pretentious and got wearying to read. Still - it was quick to read. Recommended only if the format weren't so off-putting and the subject matter so very, very dark, but an interesting glimpse into the far-reaching ramifications of child abuse. (Not a spoiler - abuse apparent from very early on.)

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ABenoit
Jul 30, 2013

A little dark, but i liked it. I'm a fan of Ellen Hopkins and while i do agree that they are dark and scandelous, they're amazing. Well, maybe that's a little far stretched. Hehe

jmiss Nov 05, 2012

I have mixed feelings about this book. I love Hopkin's writing style and her ability to set a scene is so few words. However, the subject matter of this story is disturbing. It's full of sexual references, sex scenes, drug use, eating disorders, cutting,drinking, etc. Major warning to readers...this book should be read with caution.

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missbookworm91
Oct 22, 2012

I had never read anything by Hopkins. And to be honest, I expected nothing from this book, thought I'd get through a couple pages and put it back down unfinished. But, the style was strangely intriguing and the plot had me wondering what's to come. The twist in the end was phenomenal and I'm looking forward to reading more of her works. If Central Library could please stock up!

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jmiss Nov 05, 2012

Other: Drug and alcohol use, cutting, eating disorders, etc.

jmiss Nov 05, 2012

Sexual Content: References to sex and sexual abuse

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