Thursday, November 13, 2008

Identical by Ellen Hopkins

I literally just finished reading Identical, and decided i'll give you a review fresh from my mind. Oh yes I noticed that The Book Muncher also put up a review for Identical. CLICK HERE to see!

****Identical by Ellen Hopkins****
Originality- 19/20
Characters- 19/20
Remembrance- 10/10
Quote-ability- 7/10
Entertainment- 18/20
Ending- 10/10
Recommend to read- 9/10
TOTAL- 92/100
Grade- A

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?

I've read all of Hopkins books, and let's just say they keep getting better. For a while my favorite has been Impulse, and closely followed by Crank. Now they all move down a notch to make room for Identical. The story is just so raw and real, you wan't to cringe and look away but you can't. You have to keep reading. Kaeleigh and Raeanne depend on each other and help each other more than they know. The ending is just about as perfect as it can get, wanna know how? Of course you do. PLOT TWIST. And a very big one at that. Overall I have to say that Identical left a long lasting impression on me. I would recommend Identical to anyone strong enough to read about the inner struggles of abuse of all kinds.

4 comments:

Kelsey said...

Hmm...I read Burned and that was way hard for me to read, so I don't know about this book. But I'll probably still end up reading it sometime soon...

great review!

Tay-Toe said...

Gosh, that's swell. But maybe you might have wanted to point out that this book is not for the faint at heart, yeah?

Don't forget to bring it to school tomorrow. It's a library book not a pudding towel.

H&C,
Tay-Toe

Anonymous said...

i love all your books,and i love the way you write them its something new and authors don't write like that.its fun to read it.i cant even think how you even think about how you come up with the topics but they are great and i hope you come out with more books really soon.i am reading identical right now and so far so good

Anonymous said...

I have also read all of her books and prior to reading Identical Impulse was my favorite but Identical blew me away. I just finished reading her new book Tricks and it is also amazing as expected by Ellen Hopkins but Identical is still my favorite.