IDENTICAL by Ellen Hopkins | Review

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565 Pages

Do twins begin in the womb?
Or in a better place?

Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical down to the dimple. As daughters of a district-court judge father and a politician mother, they are an all-American family—on the surface. Behind the facade each sister has her own dark secret, and that’s where their differences begin.

For Kaeleigh, she’s the misplaced focus of Daddy’s love, intended for a mother whose presence on the campaign trail means absence at home. All that Raeanne sees is Daddy playing a game of favorites—and she is losing. If she has to lose, she will do it on her own terms, so she chooses drugs, alcohol, and sex.

Secrets like the ones the twins are harboring are not meant to be kept—from each other or anyone else. Pretty soon it’s obvious that neither sister can handle it alone, and one sister must step up to save the other, but the question is—who? 

I think one of the hardest things in a book for me to get over in a novel is rape. I feel it’s a very difficult subject to write about without making me put the book down and just scream — what gives you the right? 

I had an experience like this with a novel called Push by Sapphire which infuriated me to no end by describing, in extremely graphic detail, the rape of a child. So, going into this book by one of my favorite authors, I was slightly hesitant. It was one of the only books I hadn’t read by her yet, and I almost wonder if it was because I just never got around to it or because I was nervous I would hate it.

Well, I will say, that I am very happy to report that I, in fact, did not hate this. I feel it handled the topic extremely well.

As with most of her books, this is in verse. I feel it added a certain something to the text and scenario that prose wouldn’t have been able to do. Where we would have normally had great detail of graphic scenes in prose, in fact, we just had Hopkins doing what she does best – creating amazing characters.

Also, as always, I did not see the twist coming in this one. I don’t remember where I was, but it really hits you in the face unexpectedly, in a good way.

The reason I do have to take a star away is that I feel it could have been a good forty pages longer to really explain what happened after, as I felt the ending was very rushed.

Overall, though, I really enjoyed this.


How do you feel about novels dealing with subjects such as rape? Have you read any Ellen Hopkins? Let’s chat in the comments!

3 thoughts on “IDENTICAL by Ellen Hopkins | Review

  1. I’m currently finishing the first draft of my first novel, where one of the main focuses is rape. It’s very dark, and I’m trying to find that balance in telling the story without being too graphic. I think I need to pick this up and read it. Great review!

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