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Tandem (Many-Worlds Trilogy #1)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  2,263 ratings  ·  405 reviews
Everything repeats.
You. Your best friend. Every person you know.
Many worlds. Many lives--infinite possibilities.
Welcome to the multiverse.

Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather's stories of parallel worlds inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never be
Hardcover, 428 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)

Cliffhanger warning

Parallel universes are a tricky topic in fiction. I've read my share of them, and the majority have been fairly horrible. They tend to be poorly explained and in the end, I am left with more questions than the answers I was given. The failures stem from the lack of scientific backing, or rather the lack of make-believe-science backing. I can believe either, so long as the "evidence" for such a parallel universe presented makes sense to me, and in that sense, this book's parall

First of all, I just want to say that I am astounded at how many times Sasha cries. Her sobbing/tearing up/flat out weeping/crying does absolutely nothing for the story, I never felt for her in the moment (frankly, all I gave her was an eye roll after I realized that this crying was becoming a thing for her) and 90% of her crying/ tearing up happens in reaction to something not worth sobbing over.

Second of all, the taglines for the book on the back cover "Everything repeats. You. Your best fri
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Alas, another mediocre and disappointing novel. I sometimes want to believe that I just generally expect too much from books. But seriously. How on earth do you make light of a book that had a stupid and painful protagonist, predictable story line, poor world building, ridiculous romance and pretty much no plot progression? Answer: you can't.

The Main Character:

Most crappy books are crappy because they have crappy lead characters. Tandem, was definitely not
Actual rating is 3.5 stars -- This is a PRE-REVIEW. My full review will likely be posted on here closer to Tandem's release date (maybe a few months--one, two, three at the very most), but for now, here is a brief run-through on how I felt about Tandem.

Tandem is a palindrome of sorts--it starts off fantastically, then it soon gets into 'really good' territory, then it gradually recedes into 'average' territory, then it goes back up into 'really good' territory, and ultimately ends fantastically.
Aug 23, 2015 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm really excited for everybody to get to read this! It comes out on October 8, 2013, which is not that far away at all. It's pretty different from what I've written in the past, but I think that anyone who's read and loved my other books will see the parallels (GEDDIT? PARALLELS? Because it's a book about parallel universes?! You get it) with ALL UNQUIET THINGS and THE OPPOSITE OF HALLELUJAH in terms of themes and language, even if the stories are very different. Blah blah blah--I hope you lik ...more
That was... the biggest load of crap I have ever, and I do mean ever, read.


"Everything repeats.
You. Your best friend. Every person you know.
Many worlds. Many lives--infinite possibilities.
Welcome to the multiverse.

*casually turns on "I Wanna Know What Love Is" by Foreigner*

Tandem by Anna Jarzab

Nose Graze — Young Adult book reviews

Tandem is a fun and original new take on parallel universes! I think this book really proves how you can take a similar idea and twist it into something totally different. I got hooked on the idea of parallel universes after reading Parallel by Lauren Miller. But despite both books being about parallel universes, they are both completely different. Actually, now that I think about it, if anything, the parallel universe concept in Tandem is similar to The G
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
Forget about black – Stockholm Syndrome is the new sexy. Well, at least according to Tandem and a Ms. Sasha Lawson (though I’m sure a certain Gemma would agree).

Thomas, one of the love interests, not only kidnaps her but also lies to her about who he is and emotionally manipulates Sasha. Either he is so good at his job or Sasha is so stupid that she ends up being so conflicted about her feelings that she completely loses any sense of self preservation that she ever had.

"I rescued it," he said.
Das Cover:
Zu sehen sind wunderschöne Polarlichter über einer beleuchteten Stadt. Leicht vor den Polarlichtern ist die Skizze eines edlen Kleides abgebildet, was sehr gut zur Geschichte passt, da Sasha ja in ein Paralleluniversum kommt und dort solche Kleider trägt.

Die Geschichte:
Die 16 Jahre junge Alexandra Lawson, genannt Sasha, staunt nicht schlecht, als vor ihr eines Tages Grant Davis, der beliebteste Junge de Schule steht und mit ihr spricht. Als wäre das nicht merkwürdig genug, fragt er sie
Sasha is an ordinary high school student until she's taken across worlds to impersonate a kidnapped princess. She's none too thrilled about this, given that she wasn't asked and didn't even know that there were parallel worlds.

I thoroughly enjoyed TANDEM, Anna Jarzab's third novel and her first foray into science fiction/fantasy. I liked that it built slowly. The action is confined to Earth and Aurora, but Jarzab doesn't forget that her story is based on infinite possible worlds. Despite the fai
Anna Jarzabs "Das Licht von Aurora" ist ein Fantasyjugendbuch, dass voller Überraschungen steckt. Nach dem ersten inhalieren des Klappentextes, hätte ich niemals erwartet, dass mich dieses Buch so emotional packen kann und zu einem solchen Pageturner wird. Anna Jarzab punktet mit vielen neuen, sehr überzeugenden Ideen, die mir in einer solchen Kombination bisher noch vollkommen unbekannt waren. Die Kombination aus Sci-Fi Elementen mit Parallelwelten und Analogen (Doppelgängern) und Märcheneleme ...more
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
I loved Tandem. I'm looking at other reader reviews and wonder if they read the same book that I did. Tandem was incredible. A brilliant blend of science fiction, suspense and romance. I was highly anticipating it's release, the premise of a parallel universe isn't all too common in young adult, and it certainly didn't disappoint. Sasha had lost both her parents, and raised by her estranged grandfather, who she now couldn't imagine her life without. She's
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Did not finish at 42%.
I hate to be that person who would completely trash a book however I cannot stall this review any longer. The first thing you need to know is that Tandem is the best book to read during exams. It’s so dull and boring that it even makes studying seem to be a much more attractive option. Improved marks are guaranteed!

With a combination of stressful end-of-high-school-exams-that-will-determine-your-entry-to-university-and-pretty-much-
Jan (lost pages)
2,5/5 Sternen. Zum Ende hin war es nimmer ganz so furchtbar! :D
Ely (Tea & Titles)
Review originally posted at A Book So Fathomless.

I bought Tandem around this time last year while I was down at the beach for the weekend. I’d never heard of it before but the beautiful cover drew me in. Of course, I bought it and then it sat on my shelf unread for a year. Basically, that was stupid.

I don’t think I’ve ever managed to finish a book with parallel universes in before – I usually find them too confusing or just not interesting enough. This was different. It just hit me right in the
Nathan Siegel
Sasha is just a regular highschool girl living with her grandfather. That is, until she meets Grant at the local bookstore, who asks her to prom. On prom night, the most magical night of a girl's life, Sasha's life gets just that- magical. Grant pulls her into another universe; a parallel world where some people are identical to people on Earth. There, Sasha is forced to play the part of Princess Juliana, her doppelgänger and also the princess who, unbeknownst to the kingdom, has been kidnapped ...more
I got this book as an ARC from BEA and I also met the author, who was very nice. That's why I wish I could rate it higher, but honestly It's one star. I give it two simply because of the creativity of the world Jarzab has built.

I don't give up on books, I really try not to, I usually give a book 100-150 pages before I consider giving up: and with this novel I was begging for page 100. I'm a big fantasy fan and it takes a lot for me to venture into sci-fi apart from Nix and Star Trek, so this was
I got into Tandem thinking it is a dystopian novel, however I find out it involves parallel worlds, analogs, and a politically unstable monarchy in a parallel world to earth. I've mentioned before that I haven't read much parallel world novels (other than Pivot Point by Kasie West) so this was a great book to broaden my knowledge of this genre. Tandem, while not without flaws, was a pleasant and satisfying read with a whooping 430 pages that might not have all been exciting, but the concepts beh ...more
I received this book as an ARC copy from my local library in exchange for writing a review for them. In addition, I am writing a review here.

This book was a mess. The beginning was very confusing, and I feel that the world building was brought on in an unorganized fashion. Now, I read a lot in the summer. It's basically all I do (sadly) and so I have read almost 17 books this summer. On average, after I start a book, it takes me 4 to 5 days to finish it. Tandem took me over a month.

That said, t
4.5 stars

I grew up reading lots of "portal" stories, where someone steps through a portal into a parallel universe/other world etc.; they were one of the staples of golden-age science fiction. I haven't seen that many of them in recent YA, though.

In the beginning of the Tandem, despite the really well-drawn characters and excellent writing, my excitement was muted a bit by what seemed like a set-up I had seen a lot of times before (even if not recently); but this book turned out to be not only a
YOU GUYS. READ THIS BOOK. I know that sometimes you see a gorgeous cover and think "will this really live up?" In this case: YES. Tandem is a fresh, interesting take on parallel universes that I think will appeal to both sci-fi lovers and people who may not think the genre is for them. It's hard to even categorize this book in a genre as there is plenty of romance (Thomas! Swoon!), mystery, and action with bits of sci-fi weaved throughout. Anna Jarzab will completely bring you into this world (b ...more
Marirosa Mia Garcia
I can't believe I read this so fast (448 pages!), but that's what you get with solid writing and a great plot. I really liked all the science weaved into the plot and Jarzab (as usual) creates a fantastic leading lady that is both realistic and out of this world (get it? because she's in Aurora...) I will say that I'm pissed I have to wait for book 2! I want to see what happens next with Thomas and Callum and the grandfather! God I'm going to cry with the grandfather aren't I? I am.

Keep a look o
3.5 stars
I did not expect to like this as much as I actually did. SO MANY FEELS
Hannah Segan
Sometimes, we're alone; but other times, we're not.
Sasha Lawson is sixteen and lives with her grandfather. Nobody's asked her to prom yet. But while she's at her favorite book store, her crush, the most popular guy in school, asks her to go with him.
At first, it's a dream come true. But when prom comes around, she's transported to another universe; one where she has to pretend to be a princess to set two countries to peace.
Now Sasha has to act like the princess, or risk her life. Meanwhile, the
Tessa Herondale
This review contains spoilers
There are three reasons I chose this book:
1. It had a pretty cover.
2. It sounded interesting.
3. I could get it free as my summer reading prize.
Would I have read it otherwise? Maybe. I don't know if I would have bought it, but I might have gotten it from the library.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. There were some things that got on my nerve, but overall, it was interesting.
Here's the synopsis: 16 year old Sasha Lawson is kidnaped by her prom date and taken to Earth's par
Tandem is one of the better alternate universe books that I have read. I have read a hand full of these types of books but not as many as I would have hoped to read or thought I had. The reason being is because these books are not always written so well. They can come off more cheesy like a Sci-Fi movie. Not that I have anything aganist Sci-Fi movies as they are one of my deadly sins. I can sit and just veg out in front of the television watching bad Sci-Fi movies. I guess though I really should ...more
Brittany (Brittany's Book Rambles)
Originally rated it 4 stars but after really thinking about it for a few days, I took down one star. Why? Because there was nothing that stuck out to me as being amazing or great. I thoroughly enjoyed it but I feel like this parallel universe novel is no different than all of the others that are out currently.

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Excellent World Building

The world building in “Tandem” is superb and Jarzab catches your attention from the first page. Expect the wild ride to continue with little flagging. Aurora is a parallel universe to Earth and 17 year old Sasha Lawson gets caught in the cross fire. She’s transported to take the place of her analog (doppelganger) who’s a princess in Aurora. Princess Juliana has gone missing and that jeopardizes the stability of her kingdom. Poor Sasha attempts to take Juli’s place and sav
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Anna Jarzab is the author of All Unquiet Things, The Opposite of Hallelujah, Tandem and Tether (March 2015). She lives in New York City and works in children's book publishing. Visit her online at, connect with her on Twitter @ajarzab, on Tumblr at, and on Facebook at
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