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3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  1,362 Ratings  ·  252 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 ...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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Rose
Quick review for a quick read. So I read this book a long time ago, and just forgot to write a review for it. I actually liked "Double" as it was my first read from Jenny Valentine, but thinking back upon it, I don't know if - despite its intriguing premise - it was all that memorable, particularly with how the resolution came across, but at least it was plausible.

The story revolves around a boy who ends up assuming the identity of another boy who's gone missing. Chap is someone on the run and s
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Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
Double is one of those books that has been sitting on my shelf for quite a long time now. Finally, I was able to pick it up and was surprised by the mystery that is inside this book. I actually thought that Double is your typical Young Adult story that tackles about love and family and such but I was oh so wrong because though there is family on the story it lies more on the mystery, deceit, secrets, murder and money. The plot is interesting and the setting has the “mystery” feels into it.

Chap h
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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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SpookySoto
Este es una historia corta, rápida y fácil de leer. Me mantuvo todo el tiempo interesada en saber cómo terminaría todo, me atrapó desde el inicio.

Me recuerda mucho la historia de un documental que vi hace un tiempo. The imposter, (se los recomiendo).

De cambiarle algo, me hizo falta un capítulo más o un epílogo, pero igual disfruté mucho de esta historia. Recomendada.
Clare Cannon
Apr 09, 2011 Clare Cannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 13-18 years
Shelves: 13-15yrs, young-adult
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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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
Aug 20, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Kendra
Jul 30, 2012 Kendra rated it really liked it
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
Laura
Nov 03, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
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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Robin Stevens
Apr 03, 2015 Robin Stevens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really excellent reboot of Josephine Tey's Brat Farrar. That just so happens to be one of my favourite books of all time, and I'm pleased to say that this lives up to its memory. Both books are prince-and-pauper mistaken identity tales with murderous twists, and in both, the mystery really is the whydunit rather than the who. This is great for murder mystery fans, whether or not they've read Tey.
Hinode03
Sep 23, 2015 Hinode03 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Un poco lento durante más de la mitad del libro, aunque tiene un buen final
Megan Fermo
Sep 07, 2012 Megan Fermo rated it did not like it
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
Sep 04, 2011 Holly rated it it was amazing
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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Pupottina

Quando si parla di narrativa per ragazzi, non si può non citare le splendide e avventurose storie di JENNY VALENTINE, bravissima e super premiata, scrittrice britannica.
IO SONO NESSUNO è un thriller per ragazzi, scritto ottimamente, con un livello di suspense e adrenalina crescenti. I teenager impazziranno per il protagonista di questa storia, il misterioso Chap. La sua identità è avvolta nel mistero. Chap non sa bene chi è. Ha ricordi confusi e, per tutta la vita, non ha fatto altro che scappar
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Laura
Jul 22, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: quick-picks
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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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Feb 21, 2012 Tee loves Kyle Jacobson rated it it was amazing
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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Savannah (Books With Bite)
Feb 08, 2012 Savannah (Books With Bite) rated it it was amazing
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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Tyler Ashley
Mar 01, 2012 Tyler Ashley rated it liked it
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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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
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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Verena
Feb 26, 2016 Verena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I was not eager to read the whole book, just judging from the first pages of it. I'm glad that I did though. As soon as you get used to Cassiel's way of thinking, always considering the background of his actions, you can enjoy an exciting story with deep characters and some really unforeseen plot-twists. Or maybe I just always missed the clues.
Heather Panella
Mar 31, 2012 Heather Panella rated it liked it
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!
Zahra
Mar 17, 2016 Zahra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Seriously people! Everyone!!!!
Totally amusing, can't let the book down. At first I thought I made a terrible mistake buying the book, but then almost at 65% of the book things started to happen. I like how the events are turning up to you in every chapter. Totally loved it.
Linley
May 30, 2016 Linley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star-reads
Good book to choose if you are studying 'Identity' as a theme. Neat story, a little slow to get going, but comes right as the mystery deepens.

Recommended to Y9/10 and won't take long to read.
Pinky Cat
Dec 12, 2014 Pinky Cat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-fav
Fab !!!! Wow ! it was so cool !
Charlotte
“It's amazing what storms your face can hide, what terrible wrecks can writhe and heave beneath, without one ripple on the surface.”


I'm going to be totally honest here, this book has been on my bookshelf for forever, in face given that it came out in 2010, it's highly possible it has been on my bookshelf for six years. I imagine that eleven year old me might quite have enjoyed this - despite initially starting this and then putting it down back then - I mean sixteen year old me found it enjoy
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Belisa
Oct 30, 2013 Belisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Abby
Nov 14, 2016 Abby rated it really liked it
In the book Double by Jenny Valentine a young teenage boy named Chap is shown a picture of Cassiel Roadnight. Chap sees the picture as a chance to have the things he has always wanted, family and friends. So, he claims he is Cassiel and steals the life that wasn't his. Unfortunately for Chap secrets are hidden in the Roadnight family and Chap is forced to uncover truth of Cassiel Roadnight.

I think that the theme of Double is that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. Until Chap act
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Thien Thanh
Jun 09, 2012 Thien Thanh rated it liked it
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