My review/synopsis of Identical by Ellen Hopkins. If you are weary of spoilers, I do give a warning when I may give away too much information. Hope you enjoy!
Ellen Hopkins is definitely a talented novelist. All of her top selling novels are written in verse form, making them easy to read, as well as unique. Identical does not fall short from being very phenomenal.
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When I first started reading Identical, I could not get into it. However, about a third of the way through I was able to feel for the characters. They went through a lot of pain and turmoil that speaks to a lot of people.
Identical is about identical twins whose father is a judge, and mother is running for mayor. The girls feel a lot of pain because of their parents careers, and how their home situation is like. Raeanne only wants to know her fathers love, while Kaeleigh, who is just the opposite, only wants to be acknowledged by her mother whom is rarely home. Kaeleigh holds a deep dark secret about a super close bond that her and her father share together. Closer than any father and daughter should be. Reading the scenes about these close incidents makes my heart go out to the Kaeleigh character, and anyone else in that situation.
While Raeanne receives no real love, only experimenting with guys for drugs, Kaeleigh finds true love in Ian. Ian loves Kaeleigh deeply, however she does not feel worthy or that she’ll ever be his because she’ll never be freed from her father. After Raeanne sees how much Ian cares for her twin, she is jealous of what Kaeleigh has stumbled upon because she knows she will never find the same.
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Close to the end of this phenomenal novel, it takes a crazy twist. Something you would never expect to happen. Raeanne is spending some time with Ty, and there is a knock on the door. Raeanne hopes that her daddy was not on the other side. Guess who was standing there? A betrayed Ian, wondering what Kaeleigh was doing with this stranger. She kept trying to explain that she was Raeanne, but all Ian could tell her is that Raeanne was dead. Of course, Raeanne thought that statement was very absurd because how could she be dead if she was standing right there?
Finally, Ian confessed about the accident where Raeanne died a few years back. Come to find out, Kaeleigh had Dissociative Identity Disorder, and sometimes she would take on her sisters personality; after all they were twins.
If you have red the book, what are your thoughts on it?
I think Ellen Hopkins is phenomenal, and I just can’t wait for her book that is supposed to come out this fall. If she keeps writing the way she does, Tricks should be amazing!
Thanks for reading!
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