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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  904 ratings  ·  190 reviews
When the sixteen-year-old runaway Chap is mistaken for a missing boy named Cassiel, his life changes dramatically. Chap takes on Cassiel's identity, gaining the family and friends he's always dreamed of having. But becoming someone else isn't as easy as he hoped—and Chap isn't the only one hiding a secret. As he teeters on the brink of discovery and begins to unravel the m ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Hyperion Books for Children (first published August 1st 2010)
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Regina
3.5. Stars.

Double is both a who-dunnit and a tale of a sad lonely boy on his own in England. At first, Double appears to be a case of mistaken identity, but really that storyline is just to pull the reader in. The premise is crazy, unbelievable. – a teenage runaway (Boy #1) who is living in a home for runaway children is thought to be the lost son and brother (Boy #2) of a family that lost a son of theirs two years ago. And this runaway boy (Boy #1) is able to convince the family of Boy #2 – th
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
From the summary and the seriously creepy cover, I expected Double to be a thrilling, action-adventure ride. In fact, it's not. There is mystery and suspense, but the bulk of the novel was surprisingly understated. Actually, I liked Double better for that, for not taking the easy way out and focusing on the more obviously dramatic side of things.

Chap made a good narrator, very well conveying his own sense of discomfort and fear. He obviously isn't completely innocent, but he considers every acti
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Clare Cannon
Apr 09, 2011 Clare Cannon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 13-18 years
Shelves: young-adult, 13-15yrs
The Double Life of Cassiel Roadnight manages to deal with heavy themes in the style of a light, satisfying read.

It is important to note that the cover, the easy-to-read formatting and the simple storytelling style all seem to be directed at a younger audience (perhaps 10 to 12), yet the serious themes and occasional bad language are more suited to an older readership (I'd suggest mature 13s to 18).

As a good murder mystery the story is built on lies and secrets, murder and money, and there's even
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Kendra
This is probably my favorite of the teen mysteries I've read the past month or so. Strangely, this is the 3rd book I've read where the MC is a teenage boy who poses as the long-lost child victim who has suddenly returned to his family (Counterfeit Son and Dead To You being the other two) after a years-long absence. In each book, as the boy returns to his "family" questions arise about the genuineness of his identity and the events of his past. This is really all the three books have in common as ...more
Mark
"When I stole Cassiel's life, I thought it would be better than mine. I thought he was happier and healthier and more wholesome than me. I thought he had a loving, stable family. I wanted what he had. Now I had no idea what that was. I had no idea who any of them were.

When I only knew for sure that I was lying, how could I trust anybody else?"

Sixteen year-old Chap is a young man with no real name, no discernable past, and no future. He’s lived a large portion of his life being shuffled between
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Andrea
I was going to give this book 3 stars because it IS a 3 (3.5) stars type of book. But I enjoyed it SO much after Lost in Time that I decided to give it solid 4 stars. It's a book that caught my attention on Amazon a couple years back. It looked kind of good and I bought it. But as it happens with many books like this, it fell forgotten in my bookshelf while I was trying to catch up with other reading. I found it again this summer so I took it for holidays.
This is an interesting book. Not really
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Laura
Chap is nobody - no family, no real name, no home. One day, in exchange for two meals and a roof over his head, he goes to a shelter and there things radically change: he's the spitting image of Cassiel Roadnight, a boy missing for two years. Something compels Chap to agree that he is, in fact, Cass and so his adventure begins.

Of course, he isn't and the differences in personality and size (although in two years, boys do grow!) raise a few suspicions (much like in the movies "Sommersby" and "Mar
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Happy Release day to Double! Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read and review Double. This book captured my eye very early on and I was glad I was able to read it early.

Jenny Valentine is BRILLIANT! I could not out down Double. I needed to keep reading until I found out what happened. Man oh man Double had me on the edge of my seat and the ending was EPIC!

Chap is in a home after losing his grandfather when someone recognizes who he is. Only he is not sure who he is. He knows he has no f
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Laura Graves
Review will be published at Owl Tell You About It closer to publication date.

Double is a brilliant young adult thriller, a rare thing to find. It was so much more than I expected. When I first read the synopsis, I thought “that could be good” and I was yearning for something new. It’s easy to get bogged down by all the paranormal and dystopian books in the YA section. It was so nice to read something totally different that will still appeal to a young audience.

The mystery surrounding Cassiel’s d
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Savannah (Books With Bite)
This is one of those mysterious book that keep you sucked in from the very first word of the page. I love mysterious. But what I loved the most about it, is being able to follow along a trail of secrets, dark pasts and murders.

Imagine you finding out that the life you been living is the lie. Your parents are not your parents and nobody knows who you are. Chap feeling bemused by all of this decided to continue living the lie he already lived. I mean,whats the point? You've been living a lie this
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Megan Fermo
I should've abandoned this book long before I finished it.

SPOILERS ALERT!



You see, I have this thing. A knack of suspecting every character that has a single of dialogue in a book. Its my own personal thing that I think caught after my obsessive LOST and Harry Potter years, but that's not the point. And I'm not saying that just because every character didn't turn out as epic and imaginatively written as I'd gathered doesn't make an author lame or anything. What DOES make an author lame, though,
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Holly
Originally reviewed for http://www.In-Interest.blogspot.com . Will be posted nearer to publication date.

Nobody goes into a youth hostel and Cassiel leaves. Somewhere inbetween, the boy that enters is falsely recognised as 14 year old Cassiel, who went missing 2 years previous. The boy, a first tries to protest, but Cassiel has everything he's never had. A family that love him. Friends. A life. He stops protesting and enters the not so perfect life of Cassiel Roadnight. His life remains a intense
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Ashelynn
This review part of two other mini reviews on my blog.

2 1/2 rating!

Double has an interesting premise, but the story itself was, for the most part, boring. Chap doesn’t really start to unravel Cassiel’s life and why he went missing until page 200, and there’s only 256 pages of this book. The last 50 or so pages really were interesting, although I felt a tad bit rushed, and I needed to know what had happened to Cassiel and Chap. I just wish the action started earlier, because otherwise this thrill
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papalbina
It was between 2 and 3 stars, but it's going down the more I think about the plot.

The MC is annoyingly repetitive. The old brother is the worst villain ever. The no-friend Lloyd was like a master jedi with all the answers to solve all the problems. The mother was creepy. Only the sister was interesting and Granddad. I would have loved to hear more about Granddad, but well it wasn't his story... sadly. And this story was really, really predictable and ridiculously simple for a mystery.

It had so
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Monse
This is a short, quick read. It's a mystery and I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would.

It's not like a super complex mystery, an action packed book, but it did have an interesting mystery surrounding the death of this guy from two years ago, and this guy who looks so much like him that ends up taking his identity for a home.

I enjoyed the main character a LOT. Not just how physically he was described, but how he responded to situations, his thinking process, his want of a home, and a fa
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Ingrid Fasquelle
Lorsque Chap, adolescent paumé ballotté de familles d'accueils en centres d'hébergement temporaire, accepte par hasard d'endosser l'identité de Cassiel Roadnight, il était loin de s'imaginer l'étrange secret que celui-ci pouvait cacher et que c'est lui, Chap, qui allait malencontreusement en hériter... Pourtant, tout ce que Chap voulait, c'était trouver le bonheur auprès d'une famille aimante et normale...

"Grand-père m’aurait mis en garde contre ça, contre le désir d’avoir une famille, de mener
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Madelyn Jun
Double 256 pages
In the realistic fiction novel, Jenny Valentine tells a deep but exciting story of a boy who was supposed to be dead. Chap lived with his Grandad, until the accident that would keep them away forever. Chap's life is monotonous, living in the streets, stealing food, and running away from authorities until one day. Two people recognized him from the newspaper and he was found. He was found, but was never missing. He listened to his life, astounded, as they explained that he was a l
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Heather Panella
I would have given this one 2 1/2 stars if that was possible. The writing seemed to get better from the beginning to the end, and I was pleased with the plot twists that eventually came about. A very quick read (finished in two hours). Teens will enjoy this one!
Bianca
I read this book in less than 3 hours and then proceeded to dream about the storyline all night long. Towards the end of the book it started to become a little less realistic (although maybe not? the final twists in the book did explain some other coincidental story lines so depends how you view that I suppose). However, any book that causes me to think about the plot for hours later and become so interested in what's going on that I skip watching my favourite show gets a 5 star rating for me. I ...more
Catherine
Aug 09, 2014 Catherine rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who like mysteries and minor thrillers
Shelves: mysteries
Double is a novel about a boy named Chap. When he is mistaken for a boy who went missing two years ago, his life on the streets ends for good. But the happiness in his new home is temporary. After finding deadly secrets, he learns that all is not what it seems, not to mention the guilt of stealing someone's life. Although his life is in danger, he seeks to uncover more secrets and finds that he's more a part of this family then he originally thought. Jenny Valentine has done a wonderful job crea ...more
Kristina
Chap has been living on the streets ever since his grandfather fell and was sent to live in a rehabilitation home. His life consists of getting into fights with other street kids and looking for food in dumpsters. He has no friends, no family, and no place to call home. As luck would have it, he gets mistaken for a boy named Cassiel. Except for a few minor scars and different teeth, they look exactly alike. Thinking this is his chance to have a real family, Chap goes along with everyone and says ...more
Tina (yAdultReview)
http://nose-in-a-book.net/2011/08/08/...

This book is really intense. It’s basically straight fiction, nothing paranormal, no romance involved. I’ve been stressed the entire time I’ve been reading this, because Chap is so on edge, so sure he’s going to get caught. His “family” never gives him a straight answer, and Chap has no idea how to be Cassiel. The whole book is uncomfortable and scary, and it’s really rough to be in Chap’s shoes, because you as a reader know only as much as he does. This b
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Crys (The Hodgenator)
“Funny, the distant little roots of big and life-changing things, their humble beginnings. The phone call that causes a car crash, the delayed train that kicks off an affair, the whiskey shortage that turned me into nobody.”

What happened to Cassiel that his face is now on a missing flyer? Who is Chap, and why does he look a lot like Cassiel? This is the mystery that unfolds in Valentine’s new novel, Double.

First, let me say that as a whole, I enjoyed this novel. I did not love it, but I did enjo
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Sherry Thompson
Double by Jenny Valentine. Disney Hyperion, 2012.
Since he was taken away from Grandad’s house, all Chap has wanted to do is flee from foster care and be on his own again. Suddenly, he has a chance to do just that—to escape into a new identity where no one will be able to find him. It is pure luck when the social worker at the homeless teen center shows Chap the missing persons flier about Cassiel Roadnight. Cassiel has been missing for two years, and Chap is stunned at his resemblance to the bo
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Chloe
I don't quite know how I feel about this book. On one hand, the plot was great-it moved super quickly, and there was some very unexpected drama that went down. But on the other hand, I didn't really connect with any characters except for Floyd, and he was quite minor. So I just didn't feel as motivated to find out what happened because I didn't care about...Chap.

Chap was in the awkward situation that social services can't really help with. You really don't want him to be taken from the home he
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Bookworm1858
3.5/5
I had no idea what to expect when I picked this book up other than my trust in the publisher (I've read many great Hyperion books) and the fact that it was YA. The cover is pretty creepy so I thought it was maybe a horror novel. Poking around on goodreads suggested it was more suspense, which allowed me to adjust my expectations and reassured me that I probably wouldn't be too scared.

I am a little leery of going too in-depth on the plot because I think it is probably better to read this wit
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Becky
The Double Life of Cassiel Roadnight is a mystery, a thriller and a story of stolen childhood. In the beginning there is a boy who has been living on the streets and hiding from something. For two years, since he was 14, he has been lost and suddenly when he arrives at a hostel he sees an opportunity to assume another missing boy’s life. That boy is Cassiel Roadnight. And so, the narrator of our story lets himself imagine that being Cassiel will be his dream come true. He will have a family who ...more
SIMON Karine
La double vie de Cassiel Roadnight est un roman jeunesse qui m’a été chaleureusement conseillé par ma libraire préférée, mes amies Dunkerquois seront vite de quel établissement je veux parler, étant donné la pénurie de lieux consacrés aux livres dans notre région. Je la remercie chaleureusement pour ce conseil, car ce roman m’a énormément plu.

C’est le premier roman de Jenny Valentine, que je lis, et j’ai bien accroché à son écriture dynamique. On ne s’ennuie pas un seul instant, les pages se tou
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Sarai
I would have given this one a 3.75.

I enjoyed this book well enough. It was interesting and, at times, a page turner. Sometimes it was a bit thin and could have used a little more character development, but on the whole it was a decent book and one I would recommend to high-low or younger readers.


Book Description
Publication Date: February 21, 2012
When the sixteen-year-old runaway Chap is mistaken for a missing boy named Cassiel, his life changes dramatically. Chap takes on Cassiel’s identity, gai
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Mickey Reed
I received this ARC through the Around The World ARC Tours. Here is my honest review:

Chap finds himself in a predicament when, after two years of being on the run, he is confronted with a choice: admit who he is or take someone else's life. It would be easy to pretend to be Cassiel since he looks just like him. He's never had a family, but is the grass greener on the other side? Chap is about to find out.

I felt like the first third of this book took a while to get going, but once the story picke
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