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4.34  ·  Rating Details  ·  45,475 Ratings  ·  2,808 Reviews
In the latest hard-hitting YA novel by the New York Times bestselling author, 16-year-old identical twin girls must come to terms with their abusive father.

Kaeleigh and Raeanne are 16-year-old identical twins, the daughters of a district court judge father and politician mother running for Congress. Everything on the surface of their lives seems Norman Rockwell perfect, b
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Published August 27th 2008 by HighBridge Company
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My grandfather was a prick. He was an alcoholic and a gambler. He had anger issues and extreme mood swings. He was liberal with his money at the race track and when he was out drinking with his buddies, but it was a big deal if my grandmother wanted a new dress or my mom needed a new pair of shoes. I always hated the way he treated my grandmother and my mother and hated the way they behaved when they were around him. I hated visiting my grandparents on Sundays after chur
Raeleen Lemay
Sep 08, 2015 Raeleen Lemay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I think this is Ellen Hopkins's most effed up book. (That I've read anyway)

I saw the ending coming from a mile away, otherwise this would have gotten a higher rating from me. I wish it had been a bit more subtle, because I felt like there were way too many obvious clues that hinted at what was revealed at the end there.
Emily May
Feb 24, 2011 Emily May rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2011
This book was... disturbing. Very disturbing. I really like the author's style and I think the use of verse is highly effective and contributes something to the story that I never imagined possible... but. And there is a but. I felt this book, unlike Burned which I loved, just went too far. It made me feel uncomfortable, too much so. I can't explain, I usually really like books that are controversial and stretch boundaries but... a man performing oral sex on his daughter while her twin watched a ...more
Feb 10, 2009 Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: More mature teens
Recommended to Thomas by: Read "Impulse" and decided to pick up this one
I have to say, this book is pretty amazing.

Basically it's about these two twins, Kaeleigh and Raeanne. They are half of the All-American family, with a dad who is a judge and a mom who is running for a position in Congress. But what lies beneath their facade is really dysfunction; and the worst, worst kind.

Kaeleigh, the introverted one, is being sexually abused by Ray, her own father, and also binges and cuts herself. Raeanne is the exact opposite and is more outgoing, but finds herself wanting
Melissa Martin
Aug 23, 2015 Melissa Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book

This book was amazing and it tore me apart :( I had a feeling I knew where it was going and it did but in a little bit of a different way. It's so very sad. This author can write some amazing ~ heart-wrenching books.. the sad thing is she knows a lot of this stuff from experience.

You have Kaeleigh and Raeanne that are twins and they both have such crappy lives that I almost have no words. It breaks me into pieces.


Eyes firmly planted on Dad
Nov 25, 2011 Danni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can certainly say that this is one of my favorite books now. In the beginning, I couldn't help but to think what the ending would be like. It never really gives you a sure-fire conflict. I mean, yes, one twin is molested by her father. The other is getting into a lot of trouble with drugs and boys. But while reading it, the whole time I thought maybe their problems would resolve themselves. Once I got to the ending everything made sense to me and I couldn't help but to stare at my wall for a f ...more
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One family - damaged by tragedy. A father who drinks too much; an absentee, professionally-driven mother. Twin girls left in the middle.

Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical twins - each with their own deep, dark secret. One daughter attracts the inappropriate attention of their damaged father. The other daughter, usually ignored, takes part in riskier and riskier behavior just screaming to be heard. Both girls suffer in silence, living behind the facade of a perfect, all-American family.

Ellen Hop
Oct 26, 2008 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay so, WOW. I was first introduced to the power of verse writing when I read I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder. I love the rawness, no fluffy descriptions or unneeded stances, just pure emotion. Laci is a huge fan of Ellen Hopkins and she had been trying to get me to read one of her books for a long time. And it isn’t that I didn’t want to, I was just waiting for the right opportunity. And when opportunity comes knockin, you best answer the door.

I read a lot of books. And ones that m
Apr 11, 2016 Nawal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Once again, Ellen touches on controversial topics and handles them beautifully. There are some novels out there that touch on controversial topics bluntly and frantically. It's like you have a pipette full of corrosive chemical X, and Ellen knows just how much to put and how often, too. It never gets boring, and it never drags on. I felt that her other novel 'Crank' was a bit tedious, but this was not at all.

I loved how the twins lead such different lives and wanted different things out of it.
Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical twins, mirror images of each other. They share a terrible secret.

Kaeleigh is the good girl--she does well in school and has a lead role in the school musical. Ian, her sort-of boyfriend, loves her deeply. Her father loves her too, but not the way a father should.

Raeanne knows about her father's visits to Kaeleigh's bed. While a part of her wants to protect Kaeleigh, another part of her feels jealous because her father didn't pick her. She breaks rules at every
Sep 10, 2008 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those really hard books to review, because it's difficult to say if I really enjoyed it. It deals with twin sisters, one who is sexually abused by their father for years and the other who watches it from her bed.

It's a story dealing with sexual abuse, mental illness, drug abuse, alcoholism, eating disorders and promiscuity in teenagers, and at times it was really horrifying and difficult to read. But, Ellen Hopkins is really excellent at pulling you through the tough spots with so
Anna Motteler
Jun 14, 2014 Anna Motteler rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mature readers
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Dec 26, 2010 Lina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh Ellen Hopkins you just love tackling hard issues and then slapping me in the face with some of the most sicking concepts ever. Then of course, we never get a truly happy ending. If you are familiar with Hopkins' other works like Burned, Impulse, etc then this should not come as a surprise to readers.

Identical deals with child molestation, pedophilia, domestic abuse and the complete destruction of a family. Kaeleigh and Raeanne are twins with totally different personalities, Kaeleigh is very p

Let me start by saying that when I read a book, I am usually certain about whether or not I liked it. However, that is not the case with this book. "Identical" is the first book I have read by Ellen Hopkins, and I'm very unsure what to think, or if I want to read any of her other books.

I have never particularly enjoyed verse writing, so when this book arrived and I saw that it was ALL in verse, I considered just leaving it in a corner to collect dust. BUT! Yes, there's a "but". After reading a c
Nov 14, 2015 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is not my first Ellen Hopkins book so I know by now not to expect fluffy bunnies and happily ever after endings. I know to expect a vivid depiction of exactly how life can be and is for some… but boy oh boy, this one really takes the cake.

Identical is the story of Kaeleigh and Raeanne, 16 year-old identical twins. Their father is a district court judge and their mother is currently running for Congress. On the outside their family is picture
As I opened up this book and looked at the writing I was like.. What the hell is this? It's a 565 pages of poems? This is gonna be weird and confusing.
I started flipping through the pages as fast as I could cause I must and needed to know how it ends. After page 3 I barely noticed it was in poem form and in the middle of the book I realized this author is a genius. Not only for how unique this book is but her writing style is highly addicting. **claps loudly for author**

2.5 stars for this one, but will round up to 3. While I found Ellen's writing hypnotic and it sucked me in, in a big way, I felt like this just seemed too....taboo. (Not going to lie. I figured out the plot twist by just reading the synopsis. )

I get that Ellen wants to tackle the very real problems of child molestation, pedophilia, drug abuse, mental illness....but it felt just very visceral and too much trying to shock you with horrific scenes.

I am no prude, but seriously, I can do without a s
Reading the book Identical was a very different experience for me, in an imaginative sort of way. It was very disturbing to hear all of the problems each "girl" were going through; with their father, their mother, grandparents, Ian, and schooling. Everything happening in their lives was so dramatic, nothing seemed to be good for either of them. It hurt me to have to hear all their complaints, espeically when it came to Kaeleigh. Every turn of the page was very suspenceful, knowing and waiting fo ...more
Janie Johnson
I was looking for a quick fluid read to end this month with and I am so glad I picked up this one. Wow, another great work of art by Ellen Hopkins. Whenever I read her stuff I am forced to feel! I experience a huge variety of emotions, from hatred to disgust to love and sadness. I can't help myself really, her words draw me to tears every time I read her works. She writes with such raw emotion, you can't help but feel everything she feels, everything her characters feel.

From the start you are le
Jan 30, 2009 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erika by: borders?
This is one of the best books i've ever read.

Its about two girls, identical twins, who have very different personalities. Its told from both of their perspectives and written entirely in poems. They lead a hard life after a life altering car accident. Their mother, now cold and heartless is a politician, and is rarely home. Their father is a drunk and addicted to oxycodon.

Kaeleigh is unsure of herself, and unable to love because she is being molested by her. Ian, her best friend and only goo
For the last several days since I finished Identical, I, A. have been trying to think of how best to review this first Ellen Hopkins read for me, and B. I keep finding myself thinking about Kaleigh and Raeanne and their stories. Oh, and I guess a C....Well, I've already ordered two more of Hopkins' books, and bought two at Half-Price Books. :)

Having never read Ellen Hopkins, nor a book written in poetry form, I was skeptical if I would like the style or not. My friend Janie recently read Identic
Sam Arnold
The premise of this book is fairly common. Teenage problems are dealt with in detail and there are a number that are mentioned in this book. The book is written in verse which is common for this author.

I started by finding this way of writing very refreshing. As the book progressed however I hoped for more in-depth prose. Even though this book is shorter than some with written word you find that you still get to know the characters well. The story was engaging and the twist was excellent at the
Actual Rating: 1 and a half stars
I was kind and rounded up.

I finished this book last night and I'm still not entirely certain what I want to say about it or how I want to rate it. I wanted to sleep on it, mull it over - I'm still at a loss. So, I'm just going to start writing and hope that whatever spills out gives me an appropriate star rating.

What the back of the book says: "Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical down to the dimple. As daughters of a district-court judge father and a politician mo
Jan 23, 2011 Bex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, e-books
I read a lot of books. And ones that make a definite impression are few and far between. But I'm not always in the mood to read a book that makes an "impression" sometimes I just want a book that entertains me, makes me feel good. Identical falls in the aforementioned category with a few other books that continue to stay on my mind.

This book is engrossing, it's disturbing, it's disgusting, it's addictive, it's powerful and I loved it. I did have sneaking suspicion throughout the entire book and
Angie Fisher
Sep 01, 2008 Angie Fisher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been a huge fan of Ellen Hopkins since I read her first book, Crank, which was based on the story of her own daughter's dance with drugs. I was hooked prior to knowing it was personal, but became a lifelong reader upon that realization and the subsequent story of how it's not always a happy ending, especially in the real world.

A wordy introduction to the book I took on my long weekend to Denver with my children. While they were swimming, I literally could not close it. to say it was dist
C.R. Sedore
I never read these types of books, but I thought I'd give it a go. I'm glad I did. The writing is nothing I have ever read before. It opened my eyes on different styles. I suggest other writers interested in evolving their craft pick up this book.

I wasn't aggravated, frustrated and sympathetic throughout this book. I was angry for how the twins are raised. I could smack their mother for neglect.

The father was a piece of work and the sexual abuse written in this book was very descriptive and tumm
Dec 20, 2008 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: verse-novels, gritty
Just finished my ARC. Devotees of Hopkins' earlier books will not be disappointed; if you don't care for her previous volumes, this won't change your mind. Maternal abandonment, drugs, casual sex, a tragic past, cutting, bulimia, and incest are just the obvious troubles Kaeleigh and Raeanne juggle. Like Identical, the story alternates view points between characters, keeping the plot humming along. There is an interesting sub-plot with a Holocaust rescuer, as well as a teacher-student relationshi ...more
Thank god I bought this when I went to the book store and after I finished this book and all that went through my mind when I finished this was...OH MY GOD. THIS BOOK IS PHENOMENAL! I have not read anything so wonderfully enthralling in a long time and honestly, I'm not surprised, considering who wrote this. Once again, Ellen Hopkins has not failed to capture my heart with her magnificently woven tale of Kaleigh Gardella, her dysfunctional family, and most importantly, her sister Raenne Gardella ...more
Jan 07, 2009 Leslie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is well-written and cleverly executed in free verse that sometimes forms shapes for emphasis. I couldn't help feeling manipulated by the way the intense, emotional content was dealt out. It was almost too much. Do teens ever really have ALL theses addictions at once? It's almost as if the author went though a list of teen problems and used up most of the list in this book. It was a compelling read, but it left me feeling icky at the end and all I can see now are the flaws.

It got a sta
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