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Book Review: The Opposite of You (Lou Morgan)

* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

Publisher: Stripes Publishing

Pages: 224

Release Date: May 4th 2017

Summary (from Goodreads):

Bex and her identical twin sister Naomi used to be close. They used to be able to finish each other’s sentences, used to know exactly what the other was thinking. They were a matching pair.

And then something changed.

But Bex didn’t even realise until it was too late. When Naomi walks out of the house the night before their last GCSE exam and doesn’t come back, Bex has to think hard about how to find her.

What happens next will force Bex to unpick their shared history and the memories, following Naomi’s trail through their family, their past and all the way to the blinding lights of the Hemisphere music festival. Everything she thought she knew is called into question.

With her worries dismissed by their parents and ignored by her friends (and with Naomi’s friends nowhere to be found) the only person Bex can trust is a stranger – Josh – as she tries to piece together a picture of the person she thought she shared everything with. Naomi’s been leading another life, one Bex doesn’t recognize… and it’s led her straight into the path of Max: someone else who is not what they appear.

As Bex chases Naomi, she realizes it isn’t just whether she can find her twin: it’s whether she knows her at all.

And whether she still wants to.

Review:

Bex and Naomi are identical twins who’ve grown up to have very different personalities: Bex has friends, wants to be an artist and is the good twin, while Naomi is constantly getting in trouble and her life seems to be a bit of a mystery. When she disappears the day of their last GCSE exam, Bex delves into Naomi’s secrets to try and find her before she gets herself into too much trouble.

This was a really interesting little book. It felt very short and I did wish there was more of it, especially towards the end, when everything felt a bit crammed in there. It’s told from dual perspective of each twin, with memories from their past in there too.

Naomi was the ‘bad twin’ who fought with their parents and always seemed to get into trouble. I wasn’t particularly keen on her at first but as the book went on and her character developed I began really sympathise with her, although she made some really dumb decisions in the book and sometimes I just wanted to shake her! She struggles to find her identity, something we all go through in our teen years, but made doubly hard when you feel your twin slipping away from you.

I loved the exploration of the connection between the twins and how this was leaked out through their memories of their childhood. It was great how Bex rediscovered this with the reader – it worked well with the plot rather than feeling contrived. She realises that she may have pushed her twin away without realising it, even though in her mind at first it was Naomi who started rejecting her first. It was interesting to see their different points of view and the way they viewed the same memories.

This is a really fast paced book that you’ll definitely fly through. I found it more of a character piece than plot driven and I really loved getting to know the twins. I hope you will too!

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