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Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey Best grew up believing they were identical triplets.

Then they learned the truth...

and no one else can know.

Now, to the outside world, the Best family appears to consist of a single mother with one seventeen-year-old daughter named Elizabeth. Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey take turns going to school, pursuing extracurriculars, and even dating.

Then Lizzie...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2013)
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Book Sp(l)ot
Needs this now.

Would need it even if it weren't Cat Patrick because that synopsis.

But it is Cat Patrick.

And I've read Revived. And Forgotten. (And I'm still madly in love with them.)

Oh, I want/need/really, really, really want to read this.

*eyes calendar*


edit: Wait! This has a cover now? And no one told me? For shame.


edit 2 (the actual review):
Some families have secrets, some more shocking than others. Lizzie, Betsy and Ella's secret most likely more shocking than any secret your family's been k...more
Melanie
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Thank you Hardie Grant Egmont for sending me this review copy. No compensation was given of taken to alter this review. All quotes were taken from the ARC copy with means that they might be altered or removed in the final print.

After some time in a reading slump, I finally decided to pick up The Originals because I knew that this would be the ultimate book to get me back on track. And it sure did. Cat Patrick has this spectacular gift for writing contempora...more
Gabrielle Carolina
Jan 23, 2013 Gabrielle Carolina marked it as to-read
Sees author name, automatic add. Reads plot. Falls down from the awesome.

Cat's sophomore (triumph) isn't even out yet and I can't stand it- I need this book to be published yesterday.

EXCLUSIVE COVER REVEAL on MPB: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/71339...
Zino
Apr 23, 2012 Zino marked it as to-read
Shelves: writers-female
You know you love an author when you haven't even read the books plot yet, or even been given a cover and you immediately know you can't wait to read it.
*sigh* and now the loooong wait begins
♥ Sarah
You're probably not at all surprised with my rating if you've seen my status updates. I almost quit reading. Twice.
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Sadly, the story had great potential, and I really liked the beginning, until the story went from mysterious, gripping, and sometimes-witty, to a hormonal teenage whine-fest. After the "love interests" were brought in, the story went from a 4 star read, to a .555 star read. In other words: very poor execution.

Firstly, the "description" for this book was not at all accurate. Becaus...more
Blythe
Jan 27, 2013 Blythe marked it as to-read
I liked this cover more:

Jen Ryland
The Originals begins with a simple and compelling premise that even a non-scientific layperson can grasp right away. Imagine being a clone, one of three identical sisters. You were created illegally and the authorities may be aware of your existence, so you and your sisters have to hide. You have to share one life, to take turns being one person. Nothing is ever your own. You have to agree with your sisters on what to wear every day, how to fix your hair, who you can be friends with.

Lizzie, the...more
ALPHAreader
One of the reasons I love Cat Patrick is because I find her so hard to explain to other people. Whenever I ‘pitch’ a Cat Patrick book, I can never do her justice in trying to explain her unique contemporary/magical-realism-esque plots that make her a sort of Isabel Allende or Alice Hoffman for the younger set. That being said, with each new book that she brings out, I’m afraid she’s starting to lose that quirky edge and magic realist spin.

‘Forgotten’ was about a girl who remembers her future, b...more
caren
2.5 Stars

I really enjoyed this book during the first little bit, but my annoyance began to grow as it continued toward the end. I really liked Lizzie's voice, and her budding relationship with Sean made me swoon like I love to do in young adult novels, but there was just something missing overall that didn't quite hit the mark for me.

Lizzie is one of three sisters who are identical. But they're not triplets...they're clones. The three girls--Lizzie, Ella and Betsey--are being forced (by their mo...more
Jodie
The idea was fresh and unique, and I'm a big fan of Cat Patricks work. I think her writing is simple and draws you in, and I like that all her books are pretty quick reads. Cat Patrick is one of my favourite authors, and while I enjoyed this book, I feel like she let me down a little.

While I have a problem with every insta-love situation, I thought that this situation was ridiculous. I know you can be drawn to some people, but considering Lizzie knew her 'mum' could be in danger of going to pr

...more
Sunnykimmy
Apr 18, 2012 Sunnykimmy marked it as to-read
Shelves: present
Now this sounds epic! I love this author. She manages to blow me away with unique and epic sounding books every time. Loved Forgotten, can't wait for Revived and now this one :).
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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The Originals is a unique book covering the life of three identical clones – Lizzie, Beth and Ella who all live one life under their mother’s direction. I enjoyed the blend of contemporary, sci-fi and mystery, it is a really unique concept that I haven’t seen explored before in YA fiction.

The concept of these three girls living the life of one person, Elizabeth Best, was quite extreme, as they each split up the day into 3 seg...more
Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
Who among us hasn't wished at one time or another that they had clones? I know I did. There would be so much more time in the day, because we'd share tasks, share the tedium of going to work, leaving the rest of the clones more time to relax because there'd be two or more people doing the task of one. Which then leaves behind the question of fairness, who would do the pleasant tasks, who would do the unpleasant ones, how would things be allocated? And that's not to mention the mess of the love l...more
Sarah
Lizzie, Ella and Betsey may look like triplets but in fact the three of them are all clones created illegally by scientists in a genetics research lab. Their mother was the egg donor and gave birth to them but their DNA was all copied from another child. When she found out that two of her babies would be destroyed their mother ran and the family have been in hiding ever since. Worried that they will be discovered she has become obsessed with protecting the girls and she insists that they pretend...more
Annie
I am very disappointed with this book. The plot sounded unique and amazing, but the execution of it didn't do it any justice at all.

I hated all of the characters. They are completely unforgettable and two-dimensional. They only lack logic at times. For example, their mom supposedly is trying to keep them hidden as well as possible because she fears that someone is still after them. Their mom wanted to protect them from anyone who may be hunting them down because she escaped her old lab with her...more
Emma Lohman
Pros:
In my experience with reading Cat Patrick's books, the concepts have always been strong in theory, but poor in execution. I will give this book credit for the initial idea of having three clones living as one person. However, the praise ends there.

Cons:
Cat Patrick ruins any great idea for a book by relegating it to an inane, seen-it-before-in-every-high-school-movie setting with bland, easily forgettable characters. It's like taking Harry Potter and focusing on the Yule Ball for the entire...more
Rachel Luginbuhl
Ehhhh.....it was just....


Great idea, I was very interested in the book, but it just had huge gaping holes in the plot and everything was just tied in such a nice little bow. The book only takes place in the span of a few months and in that time they manage to comfortably break everything about their life structure and just not seem to care. Really you've been living as one person for almost 9 years and just like that, oh hey, I think I'll tell this guy I've known for a month that I'm a clone. No...more
Alison
Interesting concept, rubbish writing.

Characters are so flat that it's difficult to care about what happens to them. When will young adult authors stop thinking that music and clothing preferences are a shortcut to building character?!!

Mentioning Facebook and iPods? Way to shorten the lifespan of your book.

It was alright and I got through it pretty quickly - I just wish it had been written better.

*spoiler*




Oh, and could she just not be bothered about Betsey having any life at all? I kept thinking...more
Good Golly Miss Holly
I guess, I just expected a little more from Cat Patrick. The tale of identical triplets seems to boil down to a timeshare opportunity and who gets to be the one to date the cute guy. I'm hoping there's a little more grit in the next 200 pages :(
Joy (joyous reads)
Very cool concept. I'd have liked it more if the author gave it a little hint of suspense. I read it in four hours, tops - which goes to show that it had me by the nose, regardless.

Quick Story:

Clones, Lizzie, Betsey, and Ella Best have lived a third of their lives since they've learned they weren't triplets. They were a product of the only successful cloning hidden from the world. Every day, they take turns in living the life of one Elizabeth Violet Best; which was working for the most part, unt...more
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
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Lenore Appelhans
Cat Patrick has some of the most inventive premises in YA, and I love her for that. FORGOTTEN and REVIVED were both solid reads, though neither totally lived up to my hopes in terms of execution.

THE ORIGINALS gives us three cloned sisters who must share the life of one girl or risk being "found out" (by whom is never clear, which deflated the tension a bit for me). Lizzie takes mornings and she and her sisters Ella and Betsey are fine with this arrangement. Until the day Lizzie gets switched to...more
~Tina~
3.5 stars

Ella, Lizzie and Betsey make up one person. Elizabeth Best. They may look like triplets but they're actually clones living in hiding. Their overly obsessed protective mom makes them live a life as one, so the girls separate their days by thirds. That is, till Lizzie did something unthinkable. She fell in love.
The girls are so use to their every day routine that they wouldn't even think twice about changing it. But when Sean looked at Lizzie in a way that made her feel alive and noticed...more
Ta§chima Cullen
"Until then, I'd thought I was a triplet.
Little by little, it all came out after that.
And now, little by little, I'm starting to wish I could send it back to wherever it came from."


Would it be cheesy for me to say that The Originals was very original? Because it really was. The whole concept was unprecedented, at least I've never read anything like it. At the beginning of The Originals the concept was a bit disorienting and hard to buy but the author certainly made it work and answered all quest...more
Aylee
In short: The Originals by Cat Patrick failed to live up to its potential for me, but at the very least was a nice filler book between heavier reads.


The Originals was not the book I had been expecting to read. Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey are the result of an illegal cloning experiment and thus must pretend to be one person, each girl taking their turn to live a third of the life of Elizabeth Best. If their secret ever got out, their family would be in danger. So you might expect a thriller with lot...more
Lex (Fastidious Reader)
Got the paperback for the blog tour today! :) Yay! Brought it with me here in the office to read. ;)

4.5 stars! :) review to come.


Posted at Fastidious Reader.

First of all, thank you to my fellow Pinoy, Dianne of Oops I Read A Book Again and Pinoy Book Tours for doing this book tour. I love your concept guys. For touring a real physical books all around Philippines, even if it's just one copy per book, it's so nice to have it that way.

Honestly? I forgot all about the blurb when I got the book. S...more
Juhina
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The Originals is the first book I have read by Cat Patrick, and it will also not be the last. In this book, Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey take shifts impersonating Elizabeth. See they are identical in how they look, however they are not identical triplets but clones, from an original. Their mother, a genetic scientist, implanted them in her womb and ran away with them. Now, almost 17 years later, they have been at this for several years. You all wonder why t...more
Georgia
When I read Cat Patrick's first book, "Forgotten", I couldn't wait for her next one. When "Revivied" came out, I read it in three days and have been eager for this book to finally come out. Now, it is out, and Cat Patrick has once again written a fascinating, engaging story and she remains my favorite author. She writes love stories, which I tend to avoid. They are typically too gross and they get boring after a while. The difference between a typical romance novel and Cat's books, though, is th...more
SJH (A Dream of Books)
Cat Patrick is one of my favourite authors. I would read literally anything she writes. This is her third book and yet again she does not disappoint with an original plot which throws up plenty of ethical questions for readers to consider. In 'The Originals' the story centres on three girls who give the appearance of being sisters but are actually clones. What I loved about this was that Cat never takes the story too far into the realms of science and although this is touched upon, the girls are...more
Rachel Lightwood


That pretty much sums up my feelings. Its been an age since I actually read this - well only like a month, but still! I just didn't know what to write.

I liked the characters, especially Sean and Betsey. I liked the plot up until (view spoiler).

But there were lots of little things that annoyed me.

The overall concept was original, but had one major flaw which took away from its greatness: If Sean noticed a difference bet...more
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