Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date Published: 26th of July 2016
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.
The premise of this book was what really drew me in. I have never read anything about conjoined twins before.
This did not strike me as an examination of what it is like living as a conjoined twin in general, but more as a contemporary story with the main conflict being the perceptions of others about being conjoined.
The two protagonists are teenage girls in their final year of high school. These girls could not be more opposite, Clara has her head in the stars and loves science while Hailey is artsy with pink hair and tattoos. These girls could not be better friends.
These girls face the concept of the future and what this will mean for them when others can go off and live their lives without facing some of the issues and challenges that these girls would face.
The concepts of bullying, friendship and family are also explored. Another element I liked was that, while there was romance in the story, it did not overpower the story.
Overall, I really liked this book. It was a contemporary read that had main protagonists that I had never heard from before. I am giving this book a rating of 4/5.
Keep Calm and Read On,