Synopses & Reviews
Three Girls. One Life.
Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey Best grew up believing they were identical triplets. Then they learned the truth -- and no one else can know.
Now, to the outside world, the Best family appears to consist of a single mother with one seventeen-year-old daughter named Elizabeth. Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey take turns going to school, pursuing extracurriculars, and even dating.
Then Lizzie meets Sean Kelly, the one person who can help her realize she's not a carbon copy of the others -- she's an individual with unique dreams and desires. Digging deeper into her background and her mother's role in her life, Lizzie begins to dismantle the delicate balance of an unusual family that only science could have created.
* "Patrick is making a niche for herself with high-concept romantic thrillers about girls whose realities are far from the norm, and her third novel may be her best yet...[it] will keep readers riveted."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The pacing and suspense are just right, the teen dialogue sounds real, and characters both young and old are believable. This is a read that many teens will enjoy."--VOYA
"Readers will enjoy the quick pacing and speculating on science's ethical dilemmas. Provocative."--Kirkus Reviews
"Have you read Cat Patrick yet? If not, you should. The Originals is a unique exploration of identity, familial love, and bioethics wrapped into a universal coming-of-age story and an enchanting high school romance."--Gabrielle Zevin, award-winning author of Elsewhere, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, and the Birthright series
About the Author
Cat Patrick is the author of Forgotten and Revived. She lives near Seattle with her husband and twin daughters and spends her free time playing dress-up, exploring the great outdoors, or planning for a zombie apocalypse.