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Publisher's Summary

Kaeleigh and Raeanne are 16-year-old identical twins, the daughters of a district court judge father and politician mother running for U.S. Congress. Everything on the surface seems fine, but underneath run very deep and damaging secrets.

When the girls were nine, Daddy turned to his beloved Kaeleigh in ways a father never should. Raeanne needs to numb the pain of not being Daddy's favorite; Kaeleigh wants to do everything she can to feel something normal, even if it means cutting herself and vomiting after every binge.

How Kaeleigh and Raeanne figure out just what it means to be whole again when their entire world has been torn to shreds is the guts and heart of this powerful, disturbing, and utterly remarkable book.

©2008 Ellen Hopkins (P)2008 HighBridge Company

Critic Reviews

"Hopkins' gift with free verse reaches new heights in this portrait of splintered identical twins.... Kaeleigh and Raeanne maintain distinct voices throughout as they wrestle with psychic damage and an astonishing, devastating realization. Sharp and stunning, with a brilliant final page." ( Kirkus Reviews )
"Hopkins' verse is not only lean and sinuous, it also demonstrates a mastery of technique." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Brandi
  • Badin, NC, United States
  • 01-19-11

Amazing!!!!

I love Ellen Hopkin's writing style! My friend turned me on to her and I've fallen in love! I'd STRONGLY reccomend this book!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • MN
  • 12-04-17

Wanted to love it, but it was just obvious for me

I heard good things, wanted a great twist to end a great story! But unfortunately you knew pretty much from the start what was going on and it just wasn't as original as I had hoped.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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W

I hated the book. Did not finish it. There was too much sex in it,plus I did not like the details between the daughter and father. On the dark side of things. It was a waste of a credit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Dark, Dark, Dark

Ellen Hopkins is a talented writer, but this is a slow, dark story. It is narrated very well by Laura Flanagan who portrays both sisters with distinctly different personalities. It is very contemporary and the sisters are dealing with issues faced by today’s high schoolers as well as facing challenges which have been around since time began. The story is gripping, but oh so dark.

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I couldn't take another minute

It is hard for me to believe anyone with more than a 10th grade education would find this book tolerable. After forty-five minutes I had to quit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Predictable and a little disturbing

The performance was good although the somewhat whiny voice of the main character made me wonder if I would get through the whole book.
The actual story was very predictable. I am a little disappointed that there was no real twist in the end.

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Lame!

I guessed the ending pretty much immediately. The "teen drama" was not at all appealing. I realize that the narrator was trying to differentiate between the twins for the reader's benefit but it was so extreme that it became almost comical. About halfway through, I couldn't take it anymore and skipped to the end. I guessed correctly. Story is too contrived and too obvious.

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A bad narrator can ruin a good book.

I like the story but the ending didn’t surprise me however, the narrator ruined it for me. I made myself finish it and ended up returning it because it is definitely not a book I’d to listen to again. I didn’t like the way the narrator would...stop in the middle of a sentence and then continue the sentence. I kept hoping it would get better and it never did. The story was OK but the narrator was not.

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Audio book kept my interest

I didn't care for the poetry style for reading. The audio book was much better!

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A few cringeworthy moments but overall, nice :)

What can I say except that this book had me riveted. I can't say I saw it coming at all.

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  • C. H. Ward
  • 11-29-17

Not much to say about it

struggling to get passed chapter 1 because of the way it's written/being read. Might be for other people but not for me

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  • Maddi
  • 05-31-16

Breathtakingly amazing

I am every bit pleased with this book, disturbing but artful and written and narrated beautifully. I got so emotionally invested in this book, definitely not for the faint of heart or for anyone under 18. But it provides a good inside looks for people dealing with these situations

1 of 1 people found this review helpful