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Identical

Identical - Ellen Hopkins This is my second verse novel and I’m still not sure if I like them or not but this didn’t distract me from the story which was, to say the least, VERY disturbing.

16-year-old identical twins Kaeleigh and Raeanne have an awful time trying to live with their absentee mother and their abusive dad. Their life had gone downhill after their father had caused a fatal road accident while drunk. Their mother who found it hard to forgive him threw herself into her work and was rarely at home, their father turned to alcohol and drugs to numb his pain and took to sexually abusing Kaeleigh to ease his loneliness.

The girls though identical in looks were mirror images in personality, Raeanne was a bad ass who paid for drugs with her body, doing everything possible to break the rules. Kaeleigh was the good girl who had a part in the school play etc. but both girls had their secrets……..

The ending was a surprise for me but with hindsight the clues were there throughout the book, it was very cleverly written.

YA???? I’m not so sure, some of the scenes are quite graphic and most of the content is very adult. Personally I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone under the age of 18.