"Perfect on the outside, but behind the Normal Rockwell facades, each holds its secrets. Dark, untellable. Practically unbelievable." -- IDENTICAL Kaeleigh and Raeanne are 16-year-old identical twins, the daughters of a district court judge father and politician mother running for US Congress.... show more
"Perfect on the outside, but behind the Normal Rockwell facades, each holds its secrets. Dark, untellable. Practically unbelievable." -- IDENTICAL Kaeleigh and Raeanne are 16-year-old identical twins, the daughters of a district court judge father and politician mother running for US Congress. Everything on the surface seems fine, but underneath run very deep and damaging secrets. What really happened when the girls were 7 years old in that car accident that Daddy caused? And why is Mom never home, always running far away to pursue some new dream? Raeanne goes after painkillers, drugs, alcohol, and sex to dull her pain and anger. Kaeleigh always tries so hard to be the good girl -- her father's perfect little flower. But when the girls were 9, Daddy started to turn to his beloved Kaeleigh in ways a father never should and has been sexually abusing her for years. For Raeanne, she needs to numb the pain of not being Daddy's favorite; for Kaeleigh, she wants to do everything she can to feel something normal, even if it means cutting herself and vomiting after every binge. How Kaeleigh and Raeanne figure out just what it means to be whole again when their entire world has been torn to shreads is the guts and heart of this powerful, disturbing, and utterly remarkable book.
Publish date: December 21st 2010
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages no: 565
Edition language: English
, Realistic Fiction
, Mental Health
, Mental Illness
There were moments when I was convinced I'd give this book two stars. Near the end, I was tempted to give it four. My emotions and reactions to it fluctuated quite a bit, so I settled on three.I've been curious about Hopkins for a while but haven't ever committed to reading her because I'm not all t...
Warning: The content in this book may act as a trigger for sexual abuse victims. Identical twins Kaeleigh and Raeanne once shared an idyllic life in sunny California, but tragedy strikes in the form of a horrific car accident and the sisters are now fighting to keep their family's secrets from bei...
major twist at the end, review to follow
Actual Rating: 1 and a half starsI was kind and rounded up.I finished this book last night and I'm still not entirely certain what I want to say about it or how I want to rate it. I wanted to sleep on it, mull it over - I'm still at a loss. So, I'm just going to start writing and hope that whateve...
Two Words - Mind Blowing.Ellen Hopkins is my new favorite author!