Alicia Wright, May 10, 2012 (view all comments by Alicia Wright)
This book was amazing! I couldn't put it down. Like most of Ellen Hopkin's books, you're left wanting more, and wondering what happened. Identical really hits home to those that have gone through abuse. You feel what the main characters feel. You get attached, and close to the ending, a twist is thrown upon you. I recommend this book to anyone who likes twisted novels.
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Miss_Misfit, February 29, 2012 (view all comments by Miss_Misfit)
This book leaves you gasping and wondering. Hopkins writing is amazing and can leave you guessing. The little secrets Kaliegh and Raenne kept from their family, their friends, and themselves. Kaliegh carries a secret burden that almost destroys her. Raenne tries her best to protect her twin from the world and from herself. The twisted past, and dark future make this book a nail biter and a mind boggler. How can a family be so disorientated, still survive? And how can two girls be so unlike. even if they are identical?
SweetNSpice24, May 1, 2011 (view all comments by SweetNSpice24)
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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The Book Resort, September 8, 2009 (view all comments by The Book Resort)
Hopkins writing style is so naked & sincere it simply steals your breath away. Identical is told in free verse & sometimes that form of free verse utilizes pictures or poems w/i poems to convey it's message -- simply brilliant.
I knew where Hopkins was going w/ the storyline & it made me ache inside. I was not just an outsider looking in but was experiencing all the heart wrenching emotions Kaeleigh & Raeanne endured thanks to Hopkins' seamless stratagem.
It was difficult reading about what the father was doing to one of the daughters. I had a difficult time w/ it because it hit too close to home. All I am saying is, the cycle of abuse is a violently vicious one!
Hopkins' descriptions are remarkably riveting & powerfully fervent you may have to write a memo w/ the words "exhale" in bold print!
I am not going to give away the design of Identical, you are going to have to read the book for yourself. Hopkins' Identical is definitely not a book to be missed.
I have heard mumblings that this book is "graphic" but I ask myself as I type this, "Is this book anymore graphic than what you endured @ the hands of your uncle @ the tender age of 9?" My answer... No!
I believe Hopkins deserves kudos for shattering the glass ceiling w/ her groundbreaking prose, ripped from the headlines storylines & richly poured lyrical exposition.
Identical needs to be on every library shelf in the universe, given as gifts to young girls & parents across the globe.
While imitator's dip their toes, literary doyenne Hopkins plunges right in!
Quick! Grab a copy of Hopkins' Identical.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Using free verse as her vehicle, Hopkins (Crank, Glass) takes readers on a harrowing ride into the psyches of 16-year-old identical twins Kaeleigh and Raeanne, both of whom are racing toward self-destruction. The girls' family appears picture-perfect. Their father is a prominent judge, their mother is running for Congress, and both girls do well in school. But ever since an accident, 'Mom doesn't love anyone./ She is marble. Beautiful./ Frigid. Easily stained/ by her family. What's left/ of us, anyway. We are corpses.' Raeanne seeks escape in sex and drugs; Kaileigh binges and cuts herself. 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. Strategically placed concrete verse includes a poem about revenge shaped like a double-edged sword; in another, about jealousy, the lines form one heart reflecting another, until a rupture breaks the symmetry at the bottom. Often, the twins' entries mirror each other, on facing pages: although used differently in the two poems, the same key words are set off in corresponding stanzas ('think./ How/ different/ life./ could be' reads one set of key words). Those for whom Uncle Vampire means something will anticipate the still-breathless climax; all others, including most of the target audience, will be shocked. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Kaeleigh and Raeanne are the twin daughters of a district-court judge and a politician mother. They are identical in almost every way, but each girl has dark secrets. The bestselling author of "Crank" gives voice to victims of childhood sexual abuse, in a moving and disturbing novel.
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?
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