Hi book lovers!
The first time I picked up a book by Ellen Hopkins it started as a joke. My little sister (who is not at all a reader) would pick random books from the library shelves and hand them to me to check out. Some were not good choices, but others were winners. And I have my silly sister and this weird game we played to thank for my love of Ellen Hopkins books. When she handed me the VERY large book Impulse I thought she was insane. But after reading the blurb I was hooked. Reading Impulse started my long, and still continuing love affair with the writing of Hopkins.
The book I am here to talk about is one of my favorites, Identical. This book is about twins Kaeleigh and Raeanne and their seemingly perfect family, well from the outside looking in at least. But at a closer look you see the cracks in the relationships left behind from a tragic car accident years earlier. The book is their journey to attempt to come to terms with the shattered family and the reasons behind it. With the help of drugs, alcohol, sex, lies, abuse, fake love, some genuine caring, and a shocking discovery they begin to heal from years of hurt.
Now this is my second reading of Identical and I loved it even more than the first time. While this time around I did know the ending that I never would have guessed when I first read it. However, I tend to be very un-observant sometimes. Reading it for a second time I picked up on some of the little hints dropped throughout the book. While I did not have the shock factor I still thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Also, Ellen Hopkins books are written entirely in poems. I love the way she can write a collection of poems to tell a story. Hopkins makes it easy to feel what the characters are feeling. Even though I have absolutely nothing in common with either Kaeleigh or Raeanne. I easily put myself in their spot when reading. I get a clear image of what they are feeling and what they are going through. Hopkins writing just draws me in and makes it hard to put the book down. In fact the other night around midnight I couldn’t sleep so I decided to start reading. After an hour I had to make myself close the book and watch TV instead because I knew I would not sleep until it was finished.
I highly recommend Identical or any other book by Ellen Hopkins for anyone who enjoys psychological dramas and intense plots and twists and books that keep you guessing. However I do have to warn that this is quite a vulgar book. There is lots of swearing and lots of drug use and lots of sex.