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The Compulsive Reader: Identical by Ellen Hopkins

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Identical by Ellen Hopkins


There are so many similarities between Kaeleigh and Raeanne. They're identical twins. They share an absentee politician of a mother, and lonely drunk of a father. They both have had a painful childhood, and for both, it all began with a gruesome accident. But the source of that pain is entirely different for each girl.

For Kaeleigh, it's the pain of a father who loves her too much, who loves her as no father should love his child. Raeanne's pain is the feeling of being unloved and unwanted, except by a string of sleazy boyfriends with an abundance of alcohol and drugs. Each girl knows that what they're experiencing is wrong, but they know nothing else. And unless someone can do something to bring about a change, their pain is all they'll ever know.

Identical is depressing, disturbing, and yet strangely engrossing and electrifying. Through her irresistible and varying prose, Hopkins coaxes readers into the story, just far enough in for Raeanne and Kaeleigh grasp on, taking you on an unforgettable ride through their lives, and showing us their convoluted--yet curiously levelheaded—reasoning and their innermost thoughts. The beautiful and innovative poetry gets right down to what makes the twins tick in a frank and straightforward style that is not necessarily comforting, but is gritty and real. Full of passion, pain, remorse, and, amazingly, love, Identical is one of those books that will make you gasp theatrically at the end, and then want to immediately re-read the entire thing with new eyes--it is a book that will cause you to think.


18 comments:

Teenie said...

this review is such a tese!! i cant wait until this book comes out!!

Anonymous said...

omgsh i couldnt wait 2 read this book already but after reading that ive decided. . . IT NEEDS 2 COME OUT NOW!!
=)

Anonymous said...

omg this book looks so good!
i want to read it immediately!!!
ellen hopkins is such a great author :]

Anonymous said...

i feel like i always want to read her books again when i am done with them, i hope this one meets my expectations, i have no doubts that it will be just as amazing as all of her other books=]

Sierra said...

I so can't wait to read this
it loooks amazingggggg!
=)

Anonymous said...

this book looks AWESOME! I can't wait till it comes out! i loved the review, it made me want to read this book even more!

Book Chic said...

Great review- I'm getting a copy of this in soon, and I can't wait to read it. I loved the little teaser bit in the back of the Impulse paperback that recently came out.

Anonymous said...

This book sounds amazing..... but very intense at the same time. I cannot wait untill it comes out! I have all of the books that she has written so I am going to have to definetly buy this one as well to add to my collection!

Anonymous said...

umm...i think im already waiting for the next one, cuz im gonna read it sooo fast! ahh! i cant wait!

Anonymous said...

omg..!!! im going crazy i love all of your books ellen i even got you on myspace just so i can get up to date info on them so yea im very excited so excited i dont know what to type gosh im such a dork...!! but anyway i cant wait its making me not wanna read a book until this one

Anonymous said...

I'm so excited for the new book :D
Now if only I had the money lol
I'm counting on my library to get it.
My library rocks!!
And so does Ellen!!

Mrs S | Blue Archipelago said...

I'm new to your site - and this review caught my eye - I've just added it to my amazon wish list and am looking forward to reading it!

Nanner said...

God I am soooooo addicted to this author and her books...And she expects me to wait...I hate waiting!

But only a couple more weeks!

Yeah!

Anonymous said...

i read at and i am only in the 8th grade it is extremly made

Anonymous said...

omg!
ive read this book and it was awesome!!
go read it now!
you wont be dissapointed!

Anonymous said...

omg this book is amazing i read it within two days if that. Ellen Hopkins is a fantsice writer and i hope she keeps writing.

Anonymous said...

One of the best book that I have read in awhile!

Anonymous said...

Not my favorite by Ellen Hopkins, I was expecting much better.