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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 9, 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

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Hopkins's 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's verse is not only lean and sinuous, it also demonstrates a mastery of technique. ( Publishers Weekly)

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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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brilliant twist

loved this book loved the characters, hated the dad and was so annoyed when one of the twins would sympathise or make excuses for him . a twist I never saw coming was a bonus

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  • Brandi
  • 19-01-11

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!

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  • Susan
  • 18-07-17

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.

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  • Joan Brooks
  • 18-04-18

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.

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  • Andrea
  • 05-12-17

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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  • MN
  • 04-12-17

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.

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  • Shanonymous
  • 27-12-20

SO OBVIOUS; Ending coulda been rad but fell short.

Initially the description completely gave it away, then the very first line sealed the deal. The rest of the book had SO many "hints" which were completely unnecessary, as the premise was so obvious. There were ways that Raeanne's name could've been addressed more, which would've had me second guessing my (correct) hypothesis. [☆☆☆ SPOILER: It would've been a really cool book if it turned out that some of the other characters besides Raeanne were alters of Kaeleigh too. Even fringe characters like Madison, Hannah, Manuela and Gretta - could all have been signifying parts of herself, some of which PERHAPS she was aware, although Raeanne might've been to painful for her to access. Or even if she had another, 3rd sister who survived too, so the family could've addressed them with plurality. Or even better.... if she was a triplet, and there was a third sister, who either survived the accident and was real, or didn't and was another alter.] Therefore, I had to give this book a low rating. Had my SPOILER concept been utilized, I'd have enjoyed the book a lot more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-11-20

AMAZING!!!

Ellen Hopkins has done it again!!! AMAZING! Some might be disturbed, say it's really graphic but these stories happen in real life. I would know, addiction, sexual abuse by a parent, bulimia, parental neglect these are all things that need light shined on. I would say this is for an older reader/s. Children shouldn't read this but for teens/adults it's a must read if you like Ellen Hopkins previous work. The author, she made it all come to life, by using different tones to portray different characters throughout the book. Overall I would say it was a very interesting, deep, amazing plot twisting story just wait till you get to the end. 😊 Thank you Ellen Hopkins for all the amazing, beautiful, deep, harsh, and real books. Thank you for helping me get through my demons by giving me something amazing to read to give me strength to keep going. You're amazing!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-11-20

Good Book Finished in one day...

Trigger warning hard-core, punches aren't pulled in this novel. Definitely a great read but listener beware.

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  • Light Yagami
  • 25-02-20

Woooow

The ending really spooked me and I did feel the twist coming I just didn’t expect the last page. Jaw-dropping.

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  • Samilicious
  • 27-01-20

Dear Ms. Ellen Hopkins,

you are truly my favorite author. always have, always will be. please continue to keep writing. If no one else is your biggest fan, dont worry, its me.