Sunday, June 28, 2009

One of my favorite books


This is from one of my favorite books by Ellen Hopkins. Identical is one of those books that are so terrible, scary, but good, you just don't think you'll make it through. However, Ellen Hopkins really makes you care about her characters, makes you want to see Kaeleigh and Raeanne's struggle for freedom, even if it's not such a happily ever after ending. Identical is hauntingly, but wonderfully written in Ellen Hopkin's usual style.


Raeanne
Mirror, Mirror

When I look into a
mirror,
it is her face I see.
her right is my left, double
moles, dimple and all.
My right is her left,
unblemished.

We are exact
opposites,
Kaeleigh and me.
Mirror-image identical
twins. One egg, one sperm,
one zygote, divided,
sharing one complete
set of genetic markers.

On the outside
we are the same. But not
the inside. I think
she is the egg, so
much like our mother
it makes me want to scream.
Cold.
Controlled.
That makes me the sperm,
I guess. I take completely
after our father.
All Daddy, that's me.
Codependant.
Cowardly.
Good, bad. Left, right.
Kaeleigh and Raeanne.
One egg, one sperm.
One being, split in two.

And how many
souls?

much love,
Sookie

ps. sorry, I know this isn't much of a review, but I'm not sure any review would do this book justice--it's just got so much to it. I would recommend this book for ages fourteen or older. It is definitely NOT a light read (but in this case that's a good thing).

3 comments:

Erin said...

Hmm...this sounds good. I think I'll try it.

Sookie said...

Yay!If you read it tell me what you think!

Kaeleigh said...

This is such an incredible book. I've read Elle Hopkins before, but the thing that made me pick up this book its that my name is Kaeleigh. spelt exactally the same. Ive never seen anyone with is spelt like that other than me. lol. Its a very dark story, but an exciting read. Impossible to put down!!