Twins. One Secret. Two lives. Two Identities. One Heart. How many souls?
This was my first Ellen Hopkins and I would just like to say that, oh, wow, I so get it now. I have read so many reviews, people saying how compelled they were to face the reality of their own lives after reading a Hopkins book. I really get that now. I think her books dish out a healthy dose of perspective for all us mere mortals. Things could be worse, more confusing, more painful, more lost then they already are.
I don’t want to spoil this book for you, so this won’t be long, but I want to say that if reports of Ellen’s sad, gritty work has turned you off, start here, with Identical. I was very wary going in. These books sound so ground in the dirt; sad and evil, even. After reading Identical, my suspicions are confirmed. These books are full of grief, addictions, mental illness, evil and pain. However, Hopkins includes the bright hope of redemption from the beginning, she just leaves it up to the character to take the chance for recovery and leaves her readers to cheer the heroines on.
I started reading all the poems back to myself after, the answers were right there, I couldn't believe I couldn't see it all for so long!
Ellen Hopkins' Identical is ingenious, I loved it and hated it, how appropriate. ;)
Notes on the Names: Kay and Ray; Kayleigh and Raeanne. Just more ingenious for you.
Thoughts on the Cover: All of the covers reflect the words, but I think the book is beautiful in it’s own way.
|"When I look into a mirror, it is her face I see..."|