S-Oh my everyone we are so sorry for the prolonged absence! Here is the promised review on the book Identical by Ellen Hopkins. Please be aware this post contains spoilers so make sure you have read the book before reading this or the whole book will be given away. Who would like to start?
M-I will as this book related a lot to me including Raeanne who was so much like me.
A-Are you saying you go out to get drugs and have sex with whoever you want?
M-That’s just mean A. No I do not do that although I know the importance of playing the field unlike you.
S-okay okay stop guys! So M you related more to Raeanne?
M-Yes because I can be a bit of a bitch and also I really seem to find guys everywhere who would want to date me if I let them.
A-I related most to kaeleigh she had the most sense out of the both of them and she really didn’t care about sex or drugs. Also we were all sexually abused when we were really little by a babysitter. I am truthfully scared of sex and would not even try to be girlfriend/boyfriend with anyone.
M-That’s why all the guys that show interest in us disappear huh?
S-No guys it’s not it’s just that weird guys who are obsessed tend to like us and M you don’t sense it when you give out our number and what not. Anyway let’s get back to the review with this obviously contradictory book.
M-Sure thing S I’ll talk about Raeanne and you can talk about Kaeleigh A fair?
A-Sounds good since I hated Raeanne.
S-And I’ll sum it all up at the end guys so people understand more what is going on. So let’s start with A as Kaeleigh is the first one we meet.
A-Okay so Kaeleigh and Raeanne are Identical twins and always looking out for each other. Kaeleigh is jealous that Raeanne gets along better with their mom who is a big politician who paints a perfect family that she never stays long enough in to know what’s going on. While Kaeleigh mom is gone Kaeleigh is sexually abused by her father and Raeanne watches unable to do anything and a bit jealous that dad loves Kaeleigh more than her. Kaeleigh is consecutively with one guy throughout the book and dating him. She refuses to cheat on him and she is also a very good drama student. She doesn’t tell anyone about the abuse that happens.
M-Raeanne is kind of bitchy but knows how to play the field to get what she wants. She dates five different people in the book and almost scores a date with the new hot teacher on campus. A lot of her dates end in sex where she is given things afterwards like drugs and alcohol. She experiments with a lot of drugs and is very reckless but tough. She has a rivalry with someone at school who likes the same guy as her and they bitch back and forth. Then the rival goes off and tells Kaeleigh boyfriend that Kaeleigh is cheating on him. Raeanne goes ballistic and plots her revenge through the whole book. She continuously watches Kaeleigh get sexually abused by their father with jealousy because she feels like their dad favors Kaeleigh.
A-Throughout the book you hear everything that is happening in both of their lives from both of their perspectives. You start seeing Kaeleigh start traveling down the wrong path and her boyfriend constantly tells her “I don’t know who you are.” Then Kaeleigh overdoses on a cocktail of drugs and slices her wrists in the bathtub.
M-Raeanne continues getting more out of control throughout the book and sees Kaeleigh try to kill herself. Raeanne pulls Kaeleigh out of the tub and runs to get help and her dad finds her.
A-Kaeleigh is placed in the hospital and her parents go ballistic because it looks bad on their political record. Kaeleigh refuses to say anything about the sexual abuse but is scared to go home. Then her Grandma walks in on a conversation between Kaeleigh and her dad and hears the whole story out of his mouth and takes a Kaeleigh to live with her.
S-What happened to Raeanne is probably what you are wondering and I am here to sum it up for you. Raeanne died in a car accident 4 years before all this happened. Then we find out Kaeleigh and a Raeanne were the same person all along and have dissociative a Identity disorder. Once this is found out Raeanne swears to continue being Kaeleighs protector when she needs her again. Alright guys ratings?
M-Before I rate I just want people to be aware of one thing. A and I have differing opinions on things. We are part of ending who has Dissociative Identity disorder. We are not thoughts or feelings we are people 3 different people. S is the logical one and is 19 years old. I’m the one who tries to form intimate relationships and I’m 17 years old. A is the one who doesn’t ever want a relationship, sex, or to go through puberty and is 13 years old.
A-Sex is scary, guys are intimidating, and puberty is gross.
S-Well my rating would have to be a 3.5 out of 5. The ending of this book was so cliche not everyone names their alters after a close family member who died. I have never met anyone who has dissociative identity disorder with any parts named after close family members who died. Yes trauma does cause dissociative identity disorder and Kaeleigh had her fair share of sexual trauma which was the only good part of this book. The parts inside of ending will never do something she wouldn’t do (smoke, steal, etc.). What’s your rating A?
A-Im going to have to go 4 out of 5. The book did a good job showing how different personalities can be. It also did well addressing the sexual trauma that Kaeleigh went through (trigger warning on those parts guys). However like you said S it was so cliche that her other personality just happened to be her dead twin sister who died in the semi truck accident. Most of us in ending have unique names of people that ending never met before. We also were formed because of prolonged trauma. M it’s your own urn to review.
M-Well as Demonstrated earlier in this post A , S, and I have different opinions, different skills, different reasons we were formed in ending with n the he first place. This book did a good job showing how different the personalities could be. However it was too black and white Raeanne was fully too terrible and a Kaeleigh was too perfect. That being said the book was a good read but again the clicheness of it really got to me as well. I’m going to be nice and give it a 3 out of 5. If I was honest it would be more like a 2 because Raeanne was the only character that was about the right bitchy and protective for me.
S-Well guys thanks for readin and I hope this review summarized the book, made you want to read it, or made you not want to touch it with a 40ft pole.
See you later!
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