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Identical

Written by: Ellen Hopkins
Narrated by: Laura Flanagan
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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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terrible narrator

This isn't a usual read for me. I really struggled with the narrator. the slow way she reads, the strange pauses, the inflections making half the sentences sound like questions, the accents, the men's voices, it was all horrendous. the story itself was ok.

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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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  • Pink Amy
  • 2021-04-04

Not for the faint of heart

Listening to the audiobook, I’d never know IDENTICAL was written in free verse. This is my first listen of a book written in verse, mostly because verse isn’t my favorite format for novels so I don’t read many. My Audibles are usually stories I’ve loved in written format so I want a different experience with the characters. My favorite narrators give voice to characters I want to revisit.

I read IDENTICAL years ago, but the plot twist was the only part I remembered. Listening and knowing that twist helped me notice all the clever clues the brilliant Ellen Hopkins drops along the way.

IDENTICAL is dark. Very dark. Dripping with pain and dysfunction, the twins deal with an often absent mother, abusive father, eating disorders, drugs and dysfunctional relationships including with each other.

Readers who like verse and dark stories will best enjoy IDENTICAL.

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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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  • Joan Brooks
  • 2018-04-18

W

I hated the book. Did not finish it. There was too much sex in it,plus I did not like the details between the daughter and father. On the dark side of things. It was a waste of a credit.

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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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  • Ashlie
  • 2017-06-13

Not what I expected but still good.

The overall story was good but the subject matter was also a little hard at time. It does have possible triggers for a variety of situations, but most of the author's stories seem to be that way. The ending gave me hope but this is very hard when you think about the fact there are children who do have to deal with this. There was a definite twist that I didn't see coming, and I'm usually decent at at least getting in the ballpark of what twist in stories are.

I was so so on the narrator. She did a good job at using different tones and inflections for the twins, but there was something about the way she spoke that I didn't particularly care for but it was not enough to make me stop listening.

Not sure if this is a spoiler but I wanted to give a trigger warning to anyone who has dealt with sexual abuse, substance abuse, self harm or bulimia/eating disorders. If you listen to this story be prepared and maybe have someone you can talk with if the subjects in this story cause you any distress.

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  • Gayle
  • 2017-01-20

not good for a free credit

Not one of Ellen's best. 2.5 stars out of 5. tricks is a good one by her

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  • Jamie
  • 2012-04-10

Crank/Glass a better choice by Ellen Hopkins

I was disappointed in this book; there was some graphic contect, including an insestuest relationship between father and daughter. The ending made up for the content, because it was good and unexpected, however, I still prefer Crank and Glass as the best books done by Ellen Hopkins.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-12-08

Plot twist

At first I thought it’d be a usual plot of abuse and cope. And it was the the ending was something unexpected