Identical by Ellen Hopkins

68%

10 Critic Reviews

Really, it isn't until almost the last thirty pages -- of a 500+ page story -- that the reader turns the page, and gets smacked in the face with the reality of what has actually been going on since the beginning!
-The Trades

Synopsis


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?
 

About Ellen Hopkins

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Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, and Perfect, as well as the adult novels Triangles and Collateral. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she has founded Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative. Visit her at EllenHopkins.com and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsYA. For more information on Ventana Sierra, go to VentanaSierra.org.
 
Published August 26, 2008 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 577 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 10 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average

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.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Jul 07 2008

Brief, gutsy confessions reveal a history of sexual abuse and emotional neglect, and it's not clear that both girls will survive it. Hopkins's verse is not only lean and sinuous, it also demonstrates a mastery of technique.

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Examiner

Good
on Feb 19 2010

I had to read 'Identical' twice to really appreciate Ellen Hopkin's true genius. I cried both time. I couldn't stop thinking about the horror of the twins' situation...then I cried some more.

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Teen Reads

Above average
on Oct 18 2011

The subject matter...requires mature readership. The book is not without its flaws, and although the ending may be a tad far-fetched, the main point --- about the damage wrought by abuse and secrets --- is well-taken and important.

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Common Sense Media

Below average
on Aug 26 2008

The biggest complaint is the lack of editing -- there's simply no reason this needs to be 565 pages long. Even easy-to-read poems can't make up for redundant lessons and tedious action.

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Palatine Public Library

Above average
on Nov 16 2012

Hopkins continues writing her traditional surprising plot lines to create incredibly memorable characters and wildly colorful scenes, making this one of my top favorite books written by her.

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Youth Services Book Review

Above average
on Nov 14 2008

Ultimately, things come to a raging head, the culmination being a huge, pull-the-rug-out kind of surprise that somehow, this reader never saw coming. The fact that I was utterly fooled made for a very satisfying shock.

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The Trades

Above average
on Sep 15 2008

Really, it isn't until almost the last thirty pages -- of a 500+ page story -- that the reader turns the page, and gets smacked in the face with the reality of what has actually been going on since the beginning!

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BG Daily News

Above average
on Feb 23 2009

The book is a hefty 565 pages but reads quickly...The novel is superbly written; however, at some points it was difficult to read because of the inappropriate relationship between the father and Kaleigh.

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Teen Ink

Good

I’ll tell you this though, it’s an amazing read. Full of excitement and is consistent with Ellen’s unique writing style. It’s twisted and impossible to put down.

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