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Identical

Written by: Ellen Hopkins
Narrated by: Laura Flanagan
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
5 out of 5 stars (8 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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  • Mkennedy
  • 2019-12-04

Great Book! Audio performance and story.

I have enjoyed many other books by Ellen Hopkins. I loved this audiobook. The performance was great. I liked how the reader could make her voice sound different for each character. It definitely aided in deciphering who was saying what. Ellen Hopkins is an extremely talented author. The story line was good. It was rough in some aspects of the story, particularly speaking in regards to the sexual assault. Just a heads up on that. Other than that, the overall experience with this audiobook was excellent.

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  • Janel Nance
  • 2019-11-05

Wish I could have passed

I listened to this book for a class assignment. Definitely wish I could have skipped it. Grateful for the audio version that made the book easier to listen to, but I did not find the book appealing at all.

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  • Courtney Trulock
  • 2019-10-25

The plot is amazing!

I randomly selected this book because I am a fan of Ellen Hopkins as well as Laura Flanagan. I admit I didn’t read much about the book before selecting it (but aren’t all the best suprises unknown?) but I was not disappointed. The performance was above and beyond.. as well as the story line, and the ending! I will absolutely be relistening to this book immediately!

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  • Dianna Calles
  • 2019-10-17

Great Experience

I read the book a few years back and I can definitely say that listening to it was a whole new experience. It was dark and haunting in a very elegant way. The switching of the voices and the subtle emotions in them also sends a chill down your spine. All in all, it is a really great book for those that can handle heavy topics.

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  • Emily Rogers
  • 2019-09-09

Phenominal!

Dark and sometimes uncomfortable to read but damn what a story! The writing style is excellant. I'd highly recommend reading it.

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  • Jessica Bernson
  • 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.