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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 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

Critic reviews

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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  • Pink Amy
  • 04-04-21

Not for the faint of heart

Listening to the audiobook, I’d never know IDENTICAL was written in free verse. This is my first listen of a book written in verse, mostly because verse isn’t my favorite format for novels so I don’t read many. My Audibles are usually stories I’ve loved in written format so I want a different experience with the characters. My favorite narrators give voice to characters I want to revisit.

I read IDENTICAL years ago, but the plot twist was the only part I remembered. Listening and knowing that twist helped me notice all the clever clues the brilliant Ellen Hopkins drops along the way.

IDENTICAL is dark. Very dark. Dripping with pain and dysfunction, the twins deal with an often absent mother, abusive father, eating disorders, drugs and dysfunctional relationships including with each other.

Readers who like verse and dark stories will best enjoy IDENTICAL.

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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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  • 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

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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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  • 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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  • Ashley
  • 23-09-21

voice not fit for this book

I couldn't get 5 mins into my favorite book because the woman's voice is not an appropriate fit .. it's raspy and annoying

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  • Autum Raggett
  • 12-08-21

Such a crazy, relatable book

The plot twists were amazing, loved the different voices & it was insanely relatable

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  • jaye
  • 11-07-21

pretty good book

I overall liked the book.not well enough to read again tho. at times during the book I guessed the main twist but was never sure. parts of the book seemed overdone. it was not too long but sometimes seemed that way.

the parents in this story seemed pretty extreme. I wish I learned a little more about why the woman who was the mother of the main characters was the way it was. I did not care why the man who was the father was as he was so unlikable.

I would tell people it is entertaining but could have been a better story.

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  • Amy Adamson
  • 08-06-21

Too disturbing to finish.

This title is too disturbing for me to finish. I can usually handle dark topics, but this one was too dark.