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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  422 ratings  ·  66 reviews
On the eve of their thirteenth birthday, identical twins Chloe and Sue agree to get matching tattoos to prove their bond is stronger than DNA. So begins Twins, Marcy Dermansky’s funny and disturbingly honest debut novel, the extraordinary story of blonde, beautiful twin sisters trying to survive adolescence and each other.

Over the course of five years, Chloe and Sue overco
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 17th 2006 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published July 18th 2005)
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It’s clear to any reformed YA reader where the author got her idea for this novel: blonde, beautiful twin sisters and their college-age brother live out their teenage years in upper-middle-class suburbia. Sound familiar?

However, this is Sweet Valley High put through the chick-noir blender. Elizabeth’s passivity becomes masochism in the form of “good” twin, Chloe. Jessica’s penchant for recklessness is transformed into a destructive madness in Sue. Daniel, SVH’s Steven by another name, is a loner
I needed a quick read and this book caught my eye. I myself am an identical twin so I was very curious to what the story had to offer. I hadn't even finished the first page and I wanted to cry. I find this book honestly disturbing. I find myself to be able to understand Sue seeing myself in her place. How she describes Chloe is how I see my sister most of the time because I compare myself a lot to her. Both Sue's obsession and Chloe's want to individualize herself made this book almost unbearabl ...more
read it now; this is my reaction and also a response to another reader's review. the people in this book are so bad you start to think, "this is ridiculous. nobody is this cruel in real life. bad parents are not just bad parents. there is not one perfect twin and one totally messed up twin." but then you start to think, "yes huh. people can totally be this cruel in real life. there are people who are so blissfully unaware of themselves and the effect they have on other people that they could eas ...more
What if instead of the smart and practical Elizabeth Wakefield girl reporter, there was a Chloe, a hardworking, soon-to-be popular teenager stunted by her enabling? And instead of that rowdy, boy-crazy Jessica Wakefield there was a Sue with the tendencies of a low-level sociopath, crippling co-dependency and a lack of self control?

And what if, when you were introduced to them, instead of giddy hopefulness about getting into the elite high school sorority, these twins were worried about the steri
Bethany Andrews
As I tend to do with most of the books I read, I went to and read the reviews that other readers posted...the reviews for this book were diverse and simplistic..and after reading the book, I can say that I didn't agree whole heartedly with any of them.

"Twins" is guessed it, twin sisters Sue and Chloe. Chloe is four minutes older, and in Sue's mind, Chloe received all the advantages from the start. The story follows them through their high school careers..starting when they are
Emma Kinna
This book was...gritty, harsh, deep, dark, bitterly hilarious. It's one of the best YA novels I've ever read. Two beautiful sisters with one thing in common- each other. They grow up, together and apart, each making her own mistakes and learning. They separate when Sue, who loves only her sister, goes too far, and Chloe, longing to be her own person, breaks away. They find their way back to each other slowly, working through hard times and heartbreaks. It's hard to describe what makes this book ...more
Rosie Day
I've always been fascinated by twins, so was very excited when I found this. The other reason I bought it was the blurb; "The Breakfast Club meets Heathers in this anti-chicklit novel". You just described my ideal book! And I wasn't disappointed; it's dark, it's funny, it's filled with coming-of-age angst and grit. One of my favourite books.
Loved it, but the language was extremely repetitive.
E Singer
I really like this writer's style. Twins and Bad Marie's characters are unusual and compelling in such a way that you have no idea what they are going to do next. I find that refreshing. Twins also affirmed my belief that young people need people caring and watching out for them in order to succeed. This is not an action or suspense driven novel yet it was a page turner. Very much recommend.
Oct 20, 2007 Michelle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: book clubs.
I picked this book up in a charity shop for 80p, it was money well spent, I read the book in one sitting. It is descibred as "teen lit for grown ups" and due to the sexual content I would have to agree.
This book follows identical twin sisters through their teenage years, they learn about friendship, family, each other and themselves.
Born into a wealthy family you would expect them to be happy and secure; its not the case.
The book is written from the point of view of each sister so you get a
The book twins was crazy, everything was a twist and the author did a really good job making connections to real people throughout the whole story. Its about identical twin sisters who go through there teenage years doing different intersting things. She in detail desribes their thoughts and makes it strangely realtble. I really enjoyed this and i think so would any other teenager because of the fun storys and issues these sisters go throguh together, and in the end they end up being tied togeth ...more
Elizabeth Desole
So, I must admit that I was drawn to read this by the creepy twin photo on the cover (which didn't make it to the final edition-just the advanced proof). The book didn't deliver the creepy that I was hoping for. Oh, it had it's own creepiness though. There was definitely a strange repressed incestuous aspect to this book.
Although I mostly enjoyed reading this (decent pacing), it got really mired in the sandtraps of YA fiction. The characters are so over the top. Of course they are tall and beau
This is exactly the book I was looking for. The underground machinations of rich, latchkey teenage girl suburbanites. What are they up to, anyway? Cutting each other down, stealing clothes, exploring sex, drugs and each other, surviving high school. With non-existent parents who drive matching silver Mercedes' and work at the same law firm, this set of self-absorbed snotty twins turn to each other for all the answers. Their relationship is ultra competitive and fueled by jealousy and borders inc ...more
Beth Gordon
I found this book about the love/hate relationship between this set of twins disturbing. There's the type of disturbing that tells a good story, and then there's disturbing of bad, unsympathetic characters, with one in particular who should have probably been in a mental institution. I am fairly liberal with giving characters the benefit of the doubt, but I couldn't find much - if anything - redeeming about these girls. I kept asking myself why a person would even care about them.
I love this book so much. I read it a couple years ago and it is just one of those books that sticks with you and you often think about. I read it a second time to refresh my memory of the plot. The two main characters are so different and that's what makes this novel so interesting. The honesty and rawness of the story makes me feel like I am looking into two people's minds and observing their lives as it folds out. Just a wonderful book I will never forget.
Couldn't put it down. I'll let my erudite friend Greg say it for me:

"A great novel aboutthe lives of twin sisters (in present day, east coast US) from age 13 to age 17, showing each sister's POV in alternating chapters. Not only does the author keep the two personalities separate, but she manages to present the psychology of twinness in a very entertaining and credible way."
Quietly creepy and disturbing. This is the story of teenage twins that gets stranger and stranger as it unfolds. Reminded me in some ways of Sharp Objects--it's not "in-your-face" discomfort (though Sharp Objects had plenty of that) but a slower, quieter worming into your brain. Well-written, strong characters, and a solid plot. Recommended.
Kristen Buck
I thought this book was really cool. Marcy Dermansky wrote this book about twin girls who are basically living life on their own in their teenage years. They parents never spend time with them and their brother is a nerd so they are face with figuring the world out. Chloe and Sue are identical twins but with completely different attitudes. Chloe is outgoing and wants to have a normal teenage life when all Sue wants is to have her world revolve around Chloe. In this book they figure out that they ...more
Dean Brodhag
A wonderful coming of age story with each chapter told from the other twins viewpoint. Highly recommended for teens and their parents as it covers all sorts of issues beside twin rivalry. Parent's divorce, love, forgiveness as well as getting along with other siblings.
Highly recommend this very entertaining book. Funny, moving and a real page turner. I hope this book takes off and gets the recognition it deserves.
May 07, 2007 Alison rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: girls
My favorite twins book and I have read alot of them!
its fun, funny, sad, and light.
I also met the author once at a reading, and she is very kind!
Emily Patchett
I didn't really like this story. Sue, One of the twins was always talking about Chloe, her twin, and always said that she didn't need friends, or family, because Chloe had Sue. It felt like Sue was overly obsessed with Chloe and I didn't like it. People always liked Chloe better and said that she was the prettier, even though they were identical, and that Chloe was smarter than Sue, and I didn't like how they played favorites between the twins. Sue always threatened Chloe if she did something Su ...more
What a strange, psychotic story. I loved it. I couldn't turn away from these girls. Gobbled it up.
What an odd, odd book. I have no idea why I loved this as much as I did, but oh, I did.
I really enjoyed this book, interesting and quirky! I recommend this book!
This is an ugly story about pretty girl. It has many of the 'first novel' faults: it's messy and at times painfully redundant. In a book titled Twins I don't know why Ms. Dermansky felt the need to reminds that the girls were identical twins on nearly every other page. We get it.

I didn't find any part of the book funny, which bummed me out as promises of humor prompted me to select this tome from my library's shelves. There were comical bits...but in the completely farcical way i.e., "there's n
From the second my Friend and I read "The Breakfast Club meets..." I think I was sold on buying this book! I've only seen The Breakfast Club movie and not read the book.[Scratch that...there is no book...I was always under the impression there was a book...but searching it on Waterstones brought up something COMPLETELY different!] anywhoooo....

The Story starts at the twins 13th birthday and ends where they are around 18/19 and shows all the way through their developmental path, which was really
Justin Matott
A review I did for the Rocky Mtn News

Author's background: Dermansky's short stories have appeared in numerous publications, including McSweeney's. She's a film critic for and lives in Astoria, NY.

Plot in a nutshell: Twins Chloe and Sue tell their story in alternating voices, both struggling in very different ways with two-times the identity issues most teenagers face.

Chloe, the "golden" twin, is the object of Sue's obsession. Sue seethes in her growing stew of both worship and hatred o
There’s a certain kind of glee that comes in discovering that the new writer you’ve recently fallen in love with has another book you can read. We need a work for this. When I was eighteen and first read John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany I nearly crapped my pants with joy when I realized he had six other books I could read.


I was pretty close to pants-crapping-excited when Marcy Dermansky’s Twins landed in my hot little hands. I loved Bad Marie (so did Christa), and to have another boo
Lauren Strasnick
the first half of this book hurt to read. one twin is soooo unlikeable, so obsessive and manipulative and DERANGED, that really, it took some serious discipline to keep reading. Thankfully, whenever i'd reached my limit with one twin, the chapter would end, the narration would change, and instead of being lead along by the crazy twin, there, suddenly, was the passive, perfect twin narrating the book. which worked. i'm not usually into alternating voices, but here, it really served the narrative. ...more
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Marcy Dermansky is the author of the novels Bad Marie and Twins.

Hailed by The Nervous Breakdown’s Gina Frangello as “genuinely sexy, dark and subversive but also freaking weirdly hilarious,” Bad Marie has been selected as a Barnes and Noble Fall 2010 Discover Great New Writers pick. Time Magazine pronounced Bad Marie “irresistible.”

Marcy’s first novel Twins(2005) was a New York Times Editors Choic
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