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Twins (Point Horror)

3.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,190 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
Caroline Cooney's classic tale of suspense, in a bold new package

Mary Lee and Madrigal are identical twins, exactly alike in every way. Until they are separated -- then Mary Lee wishes she could live her sister's life. And then she gets her wish . . . along with a horrifying discovery.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published August 1st 1994)
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Trading Places: YA
1st out of 44 books — 13 voters
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2nd out of 103 books — 19 voters

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Sep 03, 2009 Zhong rated it it was ok
Shelves: summer-09, 10th-grade
By Caroline B. Cooney
Mary Lee and Madrigal are identical twins whom had done many things together since birth. It starts off with their parents sending Mary Lee to boarding school to improve their independence. It turns out Mary couldn't make friends in her boarding school while Madrigal's popularity is out of this world. So one day Madrigal decide to sneak off to visit Mary in her boarding school without informing their parents. Madrigal told her about her boyfriend and Mary Lee was jealo
Well it wasn't terrible, but I can't say it was great or even much good... I do admit, though, that i did enjoy some parts.

I have also read Hush Little Baby by Caroline B. Cooney and now I notice something. She has a way of making a typical realistic fiction story into something that feels unreal and science fictionish (just pretend that is a word)... and that's not always a good thing. In this book for example, even if two identical twins are really close, which is quite possible, they are not
Jun 16, 2009 Susan rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2008-2009
This is one of the weirdest books I have ever read. I know these summaries are not meant to talk about plot, but this book only contains plot!!! I think that Cooney thought her dramatic plot could keep readers entertained. I think that if I read this book a few years ago it would have a lot more meaning for me, since I wouldn't be focused on elements and author's intent. Since I read this, while a junior in high school I am a more mature reader, who reads for more than just plot. The dramatic pl ...more
Ivan Chan
Jun 05, 2013 Ivan Chan rated it it was amazing
I always wondered how being a twins felt. Twins are a fascinating person that can be similar and different. But after reading this book I realize how those similarity and differences lead to hatred and evilness. I just hope every person on earth understand the meaning of respect and think about your actions because we are humans, we may anoy people, we may tend to do things that others may not like, but living life to the fullest is something I learned from this book. Go with your guts and be sa ...more
Michael Burhans
Mar 02, 2014 Michael Burhans rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, novel
Yet another really good, but very uncomfortable book from Caroline B. Cooney. It was very good, and compelling, and as uncomfortable as a hair shirt. Her books take always seem to find little nooks and crannies of the human psyche and exploit them. Even though her books are never fun, I read them all because they are always thought provoking and worth the read.
Tamara Peterson
Jun 28, 2015 Tamara Peterson rated it it was ok
I thought the premise for the story was interesting... One twin dies and the other pretends she's the one who died and takes on her sister's identity... But I did NOT like the author's writing style at all. She gets two stars for a clever idea for a story and that's it. Also, I didn't think the end was believable at all. Spoilers... I don't believe that many kids would be willing to commit murder to get revenge. Not believable. Sorry.
Oct 26, 2015 Annabelle rated it really liked it
I finally found it! I was starting to think this book only existed in my head.
For some reason, I was fascinated with stories about twins when I was younger. And I definitely had a thing for books that leaned towards the disturbing. So this one was right up my alley.
It would probably still creep me out as an adult. An antagonist who collects tears and wears them in a vial around his neck? Psychotic, party of one.
Dec 23, 2011 Kenadee rated it did not like it
I gave this book one star because I didn't like it at all. It was really weird. It was also so confusing. I didn't like how Mary Lee traded places with her sister. Why would you even do that? It didn't make sense. I also didn't like how the book was so detailed. It telled ever single little thing they did.
Emily Gutierrez
Sep 26, 2011 Emily Gutierrez rated it it was amazing
This book is really crazy and sad. They switch lives but one of them dies while the other one had to confess that she wasnt who she really is then the sister that is alive finds out that her twins boyfriend was evil and the dead twin was more evil than he is.
Mar 13, 2014 Jayne rated it it was amazing
I was always creeped out by twins after reading this book but still entranced by their relationship and that identical twins can be good or evil. It's a really interesting concept if you consider DNA and that until separated at 17, the girls are essentially raised the exact same way. Despite the flaw of inherent evil vs good, (but maybe this concept is not so flawed), this book remains one I will always love and remember. The suspense is very well done in this book from what I can remember. I ne ...more
Feb 14, 2016 Lindsay rated it it was ok
Shelves: 90-s-ya, ya
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Nov 15, 2010 Kristah rated it it was amazing
Book Review!
By: Krista Hirth

Would you like to be a twin? I don’t think so. This book is a whole bunch of evil. If you want my opinion, twins are not good to have. They could have the same feelings. What happened was...
This story is about two twins and a boyfriend. These twins may be nice at first, but one turns out to be evil. I can not tell you which one, otherwise I would be giving some of the story away. This story takes place in a boarding school and at the twin’s home. One goes to boardin
Sandra Strange
Sep 01, 2009 Sandra Strange rated it did not like it
Mary Lee and Madrigal are identical twins who seem two halves of one whole. They seem exactly alike in every way. So when their parents decide to separate them forcibly by sending Mary Lee away to go to a private school, she is devastated, feeling bereft without the twin with whom she has almost telepathic communication, and rejected: her parents must not want her around. She refuses to make a place for herself in the new school, determined to force her parents to let her return home. Then her t ...more
Saeeun Ahn
Aug 29, 2010 Saeeun Ahn rated it it was amazing
This book is about twins Madrigal and Mary Lee. Mary Lee is sent away to a boarding school and she feels betrayed, she feels like her parents love her sister more.Mary Lee writes letters to Madrigal and Madrigal doesnt really say much to her, she only mentions that she has a boyfriend, Jon Pear.Madrigal comes to visit on their winter break and everyone at Mary Lee's boarding school likes her more than they like Mary Lee. They all go skiing and nobody really pays attention to Mary Lee because she ...more
Dec 21, 2011 Christy rated it did not like it
Not good, not good. This is about twin sisters MaryLee and Madrigal. They are seemingly normal, happy teenage girls, and like many siblings, especially twins, they share that special connection. MaryLee is heartsick when they are separated. MaryLee is sent away to private school nearly 2000 miles away. She becomes depressed a d withdrawn. However, in a surprising twist, MaryLee gets a sneak peak into her twin sisters life... and it's a surprise she doesn't like. This is not the twin MaryLee know ...more
Jun 12, 2015 Teresa rated it it was ok
In a word- disappointing. I didn't enjoy this one like I did the other Caroline B. Cooney books I've read. I felt it was overdramatic, unrealistic, and confusing in places, not to mention the ridiculous dialogue that is unlike anything I've ever heard come out of a teenager's mouth. If I have any recommendation about this book, it would be "Skip it."
Xiu Ling
Jun 01, 2011 Xiu Ling rated it it was amazing
Mary Lee and Madrigal are identical twins. They look the same but they don't feel the same. Mary Lee has always been glad to have Madrigal as her sister. Madrigal, however, hates Mary Lee. She thinks that Mary Lee takes away the love from her parents. Mary Lee has always thought that her parents favor Madrigal over her until that day Madrigal dies. Mary Lee then pretends to be Madrigal and finds out the the evilness of Madrigal's life. Madrigal was never a kind person. She killed people for ente ...more
Jewell Moreno
Apr 09, 2015 Jewell Moreno rated it really liked it
I love these teen scream novels from the 80's and 90's. Back when I could still buy a novel with my babysitting money. Caroline Cooney is fun, and I've noticed she likes mentally ill humans, more than monsters. Well so far. This was a very quick read, and quite clever. Definitely worth a quick read, late at night, while munching popcorn or potato chips..
This book is about to identical twins, Mary Lee and Madrigal. They have lived together for 17 years until their parents separate them. Mary Lee is sent off to boarding school where she is very lonely and doesent have any friends, while Madrigal stays at home.One day Madrigal goes to visit Mary Lee, then they decide to go skiing. Madrigal is getting all the attention from the girls at Mary Lee's School, so they decide to switch ski suits. Madrigal is killed when the ski lift wire breaks and every ...more
Jaclyn Harrison
Sep 21, 2014 Jaclyn Harrison rated it liked it
I read this in probably 1994 or 1995. My husband and I were just having a Goosebumps vs. Fear Street discussion. I thought this was a Fear Street book but luckily with a quick "twins skiing horror book" search I found it! For some reason, 20 years later, I still remember this book.
Paul Kim
This book is too surreal for my liking. The plot can be hard to follow due to muddled yet overly descriptive writing and really odd scenes. Also, the first half of book is nothing exciting and the real plot starts at later half of book. Still, the book can be suspenseful at times and the main character was alright (even though her character's basically the good twin but she did have a relatable problem regarding her social life.)

Maybe recommend if you want to read about twins...

Nov 11, 2009 Asiye rated it really liked it
Mary Lee and Madrigal are identical twins who have always done everything together since they were born. They are the other half to each other… what is to happen when they get separated. Well it all begins when the girl’s parents send Mary Lee to boarding school to help her develop her independence. The outcome is that Mary couldn't make friends at boarding school and Madrigal became really popular. During a skiing event Madrigal and Mary Lee play a trick on their friends by switching jacket ...more
Dec 15, 2012 Paige rated it liked it
Recommends it for: everyone!(unless you have twins)
Recommended to Paige by: friends
I dont want to get too specific but basically, there are these two twins, and one of them is evil and she does not want a twin.
So she forces her parents to send the good one to this girls hostel.
The good one tries to send brain waves to her sister(who she does not know is evil)
Her sister visits her to the hostel and plans to kill her but dies instead.
Her good sister finds out about how mean her other sister was and thinks that she is unwanted in this world so she pretends to be the evil one and
Jan 23, 2015 Denise rated it liked it
With all the Caroline Cooney books I read in the past, somehow I missed this one. I always enjoyed reading her books as a younger person and now that I am quite a bit older I still enjoy them even if the dialogue is simpler than the books I usually read.
Jun 21, 2015 Rebecca rated it liked it
Loved this as a YA but now as a 28 year old I'm not so sure! A lot of things left unanswered like what Madrigal's plans actually were for Mary Lee that day skiing. Probably won't read again.
May 04, 2014 Erin rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
What the hell? I like to think I would have even thought this made no sense had I read it at age nine. Pfft.
Jan 21, 2016 Danielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
A good book, for sure. The plot was good, but I personally found it just a little too creepy.
Aug 03, 2015 Marna rated it it was ok
Wrote a really dumb blog post on this no one read. I thought I'd try one of those 'literally what happens' approaches to wordpress popular among younger millennials with apparently no education/ability to actually write and missed the bandwagon on even that. I don't think anyone is even writing those anymore. Ah, well. back to writing fake hippie bullshit about the lessons I've learned in life, ect, ect, when really, I could give less of a shit! I want to be well fed, read dumb books, watch dumb ...more
Apr 27, 2011 Nagatabt rated it really liked it
This book is about two girls who are twins. They are not two people but halves of the same whole. They dress the same, look the same, even talk the same. But they are not the same, one harpores a dark secret, and the perfect life she has is not as it seems. This book has a twist of events and the idea is very original. I like this book for the unknown events that took place unfold right before the main charcters. It just goes to show you evil can hide anywhere, even where you least expect it.
Dec 02, 2013 Amy rated it did not like it
Identical twins Mary Lee and Madrigal have never been separated, until their parents forex seventeen-year-old Mary Lee to attend boarding school 2000 miles away. Mary Lee feels lost and withdrawn without her genetic double, but when Madrigal visits things go horribly wrong.

I normally enjoy Caroline Clooney's novels, but the plot of TWINS was truly horrible. If I give specific examples, they'd be spoilers, but trust me, the book only gets worse and more implausible as the end nears.
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