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Identical by Ellen Hopkins

SweetNSpice24, May 1, 2011

Identical by Ellen Hopkins was a novel that I could rave about all day; not only is it fantastic within its storyline and format, but it is not like anything else out there. Told in a unique format of freestyle poems that compare and contrast with each other, Identical takes a look into the lives two twins who clearly have experienced immense emotional damage, which leads them to drugs, cutting, bulimia, and poor decisions. The theme of the book is physical and emotional destruction, which is obvious throughout the story, along with sub-themes of romance and family.
The whole novel is incredibly far-fetched; I was in disbelief while reading, but that’s what made Identical so interesting. I was struck with emotion in many parts, I could almost feel the pain the twins were experiencing. The author definitely intended for you to feel this, especially by creating some poems in structures that made certain areas more intense. “No razor burn. No razor nicks. No more hair. Legs are smooth. But still fat. Open my skin. Right ankle. Left ankle. White flesh. Red polka dots. Ha! That’s funny. Ouch. Stings. Behind right knee. Left knee. Oops. A little deep. Blood pumps. Check it out. Thump. Thump. Oh my God. Can I stop it? Who really cares? The drain runs red.” This novel was consistently gripping and captivating, however, the strongest and most surprising part would no doubt be the climax and the ending. All factors in the book come together, and the truth leaves you shocked. It had me thinking back to the beginning of the book, I would definitely consider re-reading because your whole perspective would be changed. At the end, everything wrapped up nicely, and left me wondering, which is a thing that any spectacular book like Identical should do.
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Pretty Little Liars #03: Perfect by Sara Shepard
Pretty Little Liars #03: Perfect

SweetNSpice24, November 30, 2010

Perfect By: Sara Shepard

Sara Shepard’s Perfect takes a twist is the story of four teenage girls and their everyday lives, hardships, and friendship with each other. Like the other books in the series, it includes details in each of their unique struggles within their friends, family, schoolwork, and romances. This fiction novel includes many topics relatable to teens, as well as suspense and mystery. Perfect, out of all the first three books in the series I felt included the same anticipation as the others, but flowed more smoothly along in your head like a movie. When switching from each character’s perspective, the atmosphere was sometimes very drastic from the last chapter, but the author seemed to word the text in a way that concluded each section moved along with the story effortlessly. Another tool the author uses is she captivates you with each of the characters feelings and mood, which left a strong impression on me after reading. One of the ways the author does this is by using descriptive yet relatable passages: “All the anger that Spencer had held inside for years broke free and flooded her body, making her feel hot, then wet, then shaky. Her insides were so bathed in fury that they were starting to prune.” Another short passage expressing emotions that struck me was, “It felt like fingernails scraping at Spencer’s heart.” These segments and many others I really felt could tap into your emotions and even build anticipation at times, drawing you into the book and keeping you rapidly turning the pages. Although this book includes many suspenseful moments, a huge cliff hanger is left at the end of the book, so only read this if you plan on continuing into the rest of the books. Also, I would not advise reading this book unless you have read the first two books is order; however it does include brief recaps from the previous books as the novel begins. Perfect actually exceeded the expectations I had for it, and will definitely stick in my memory and be a specific book out of the series that I will remember.
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