The Secrets We Keep by Trisha LeaverA girl takes over her twin sisters identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters.
Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddys shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, shes chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddys world.
When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddys death and everyones grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddys life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options—confess her deception or live her sisters life.
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The main characters in Crossan's affecting story are joined at the hip and are under constant medical and psychological care. Now is a golden time for minorities in children's fiction, with Sarah Crossan's One currently exploring the relatively unchartered fictional waters surrounding the topic of conjoined twins. Her main characters, year old Grace and Tippi, talk, joke and feel very much like other US teenagers. Yet they still attract ignorant or unkind comments, finding a note stuck to their school locker reading, "Why don't you go back to the zoo? Grace and Tippi have two heads, four arms but are joined at the hip. Home-schooled and under constant medical and psychological care, this support is threatened when their mother loses her job and already unemployed Dad can't stay off the booze. The only way open to the family is for the twins to sell their story, something they are loath to do.
Oh, Point Horror! Oh, the memories! Having to read the first few pages of the next chapter before I dared to turn the light off, just to get past the scary cliffhanger that each chapter ended on and reassure myself that the plucky heroine was still ok. Which, of course, made me love them all the more. After browsing the shelves for a while, I picked up Twins — one I had particularly strong memories of. I assume this one appealed to me when I was a teenager, enough so that it was the only one on the shelf at the Swan that I could actually remember some of the plot of, because I am a twin myself. Not identical of course — and as far as I know, my twin is not evil — but still, stuff about twins always grabs my attention.
In fiction there are lots of scary twins. Just think of those creepy little girls in The Shining. In the real world, most twins consider themselves lucky to have a companion who shares their genes and their history. But for some twins, like Jennifer and June Gibbons, that unique bond becomes more of a curse. In the end, June and Jennifer decided one of them would have to die so the other one could go on living. It was an investigative journalist for the Sunday Times named Marjorie Wallace who first brought their story to the world.