- Page Count: 336
- Release Date: July 26, 2016
- My Rating: 4.5 stars
Goodreads book description:
Seventeen-year-old conjoined twins Clara and Hailey have lived in the same small town their entire lives—no one stares at them anymore. But there are cracks in their quiet existence, and they’re slowly becoming more apparent.
Clara and Hailey are at a crossroads. Clara wants to stay close to home, avoid all attention, and study the night sky. Hailey wants to travel the world, learn from great artists, and dance with mysterious boys.
As high school graduation approaches, each twin must untangle her dreams from her sister’s, and figure out what it means to be her own person.
I haven’t read something that impacted me this much in a super long time. There’s nothing sad or anything like that — it’s just a really well-written look into the lives of these conjoined twins!
The story is narrated through the dual POVs of Hailey and Clara as they come to terms with growing up, possibly dating, where/how to go to college, and who they are as individuals. Both of the twins, as well as all of their friends, were completely believable teens! Their mother has been telling them they’re “completely normal” and is sort of in denial about their future, but even her character is totally relatable because she’s only acting out of love and concern.
Everything felt really realistic and not at all like the author used a disability as some gimmick for a story without respecting those who are in that situation (like Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon did). This author clearly did her research. The subject matter could’ve easily been heavy, but this eye-opening story went in a more inspirational, pragmatic, and witty direction instead. This isn’t the kind of book I’d normally pick up, but I’m really glad I did!!
The ending could’ve gone several different ways and I’m just SO relieved with the way it ended and how it didn’t reduce their condition to a plot gimmick. The very end was a bit cheesy but I still really liked it (even though I was disappointed it was over and wanted to see more).
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy!