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Identical

Written by: Ellen Hopkins
Narrated by: Laura Flanagan
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Kaeleigh and Raeanne are 16-year-old identical twins, the daughters of a district court judge father and politician mother running for U.S. Congress. Everything on the surface seems fine, but underneath run very deep and damaging secrets.

When the girls were nine, Daddy turned to his beloved Kaeleigh in ways a father never should. Raeanne needs to numb the pain of not being Daddy's favorite; Kaeleigh 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 shreds is the guts and heart of this powerful, disturbing, and utterly remarkable book.

©2008 Ellen Hopkins (P)2008 HighBridge Company

What the critics say

"Hopkins' gift with free verse reaches new heights in this portrait of splintered identical twins.... Kaeleigh and Raeanne maintain distinct voices throughout as they wrestle with psychic damage and an astonishing, devastating realization. Sharp and stunning, with a brilliant final page." ( Kirkus Reviews )
"Hopkins' verse is not only lean and sinuous, it also demonstrates a mastery of technique." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Brandi
  • 2011-01-19

Amazing!!!!

I love Ellen Hopkin's writing style! My friend turned me on to her and I've fallen in love! I'd STRONGLY reccomend this book!

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  • Andrea
  • 2017-12-05

Dark, Dark, Dark

Ellen Hopkins is a talented writer, but this is a slow, dark story. It is narrated very well by Laura Flanagan who portrays both sisters with distinctly different personalities. It is very contemporary and the sisters are dealing with issues faced by today’s high schoolers as well as facing challenges which have been around since time began. The story is gripping, but oh so dark.

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  • MN
  • 2017-12-04

Wanted to love it, but it was just obvious for me

I heard good things, wanted a great twist to end a great story! But unfortunately you knew pretty much from the start what was going on and it just wasn't as original as I had hoped.

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  • Susan
  • 2017-07-18

I couldn't take another minute

It is hard for me to believe anyone with more than a 10th grade education would find this book tolerable. After forty-five minutes I had to quit.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-14

dark

This is a very dark story and seems soo sick. However at the end a lot makes sense and is an interesting story into coping and mental illness.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-10-25

Recommend 10/10

Another amazing work from Ellen. She never disappoints. Great read. Addictive drama. Must read, if you have read her previous works. She is amazing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-10-18

Amazing!

I was on the edge of my seat the entire time! Ellen Hopkins can really paint a picture with words.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-09-23

Wow. I Suspected...

But I never thought the ending would be as well explained as this one was. Don’t want to give any spoilers, but as I listened to this one at work, I had to take a pause to soak in the hot mess I just listened to. Bravo! Sad the book is done, but without saying to much, it needed to end.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-08-16

Predictable and a little disturbing

The performance was good although the somewhat whiny voice of the main character made me wonder if I would get through the whole book.
The actual story was very predictable. I am a little disappointed that there was no real twist in the end.

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  • SusieH
  • 2018-08-10

Lame!

I guessed the ending pretty much immediately. The "teen drama" was not at all appealing. I realize that the narrator was trying to differentiate between the twins for the reader's benefit but it was so extreme that it became almost comical. About halfway through, I couldn't take it anymore and skipped to the end. I guessed correctly. Story is too contrived and too obvious.