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Pieces of My Sister's Life

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  1,423 Ratings  ·  212 Reviews
Two sisters who shared everything. One unforgivable moment.

And a second chance…There’s something to talk about in every chapter of Elizabeth Joy Arnold’s poignant, insightful debut novel—the perfect summer read for all those who loved Elisabeth Robinson’s The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters, Judy Blume’s Summer Sisters, and Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s K
ebook, 320 pages
Published July 31st 2007 by Bantam (first published 2007)
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May 23, 2008 Brigitte rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised by this story and not necessarily in a pleasant way. The front cover claimed it was ‘so beautiful and poignant it will take your breath away”. The scene on the front is of a beach chair with flip flops and books. I expected some disappointments since the back of the book said a bond was shattered between the twins, but I did not expect the book to be so gritty, and have such darkness to it. I might have enjoyed the book more if the description had better matched the story. I reme ...more
Jul 24, 2008 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
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Dec 12, 2013 MARILYN rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-star, december-2013
I can't believe that I actually finished this book. Unlikable characters, unbelievable plot and poor writing. The good news is the author improved as I really enjoyed The Book of Secrets: A Novel.
It was okay. I read the whole thing, but questioned why almost the whole way through. I really just wanted to know what the hell happened that she refers to throughout the entire book. Of course it was a letdown. Not horrible, but not worth 450 pages of my time, either.
Aug 24, 2011 ReBecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. Elizabeth Arnold did an amazing job, especially for her first book. Her writing skills were also amazing. A perfect day read, keeps you wanting to know more. I really enjoyed how Elizabeth kept going between the past and present; especially when you wanted to know why things were, in the present, when they were the same in the past. I also enjoyed the struggle between two sisters. Makes you realize that even through blood, you can be hurt emotionally from a family m ...more
Mar 26, 2016 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twin sisters share everything from the womb to their 17th birthday when a tragedy befalls them which has a greater effect on them than the fact that their mother walked out on them years ago. After being apart for 13 years they are once again together but you wonder whether they will be able to overcome the bitterness and hatred between them that has not abated or dimmed with the passage of time.

I liked the author's style of writing and it was such a wild idea for a plot that you certainly felt
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Mar 24, 2010 Kendall M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pieces of my sisters life was gut wretching, terrible, but yet truly genious. Arnolds story is captivating! From 1994 to 2007 my oh my how the world has changed for the twins. From playing in mud, falling in love, and death Kerry and Eve's worlds never seemed to be so far apart. This book made me want to scream the way Arnold tells every piece of the characters life seems unrealistic, but very true. Anyone who reads this will find their mind spinning and their hearts pounding. It's a great book.
Oct 20, 2010 Samantha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kerry and Eve are twins, and were nearly inseparable growing up, until their seventeenth summer. Something happened then, that changed their lives, and drove them apart. Thirteen years have passed, with neither of them speaking to the other. But something has gone horribly wrong, and they must face their past and face each other in order to get through it.

I didn’t finish this book, so that’s as good of a summary as you’re going to get from me. I was hesitant to read this, as I’m hesitant to read
Aug 10, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: lisalisa
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Jul 18, 2010 Kolleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sisterhood

Pieces of My Sister's Life is a story about two sisters, twins, who grow up best of friends, but end up falling in love with the same man. After a series of unfortunate events, Mom runs away and Dad dies, the girls are left to grow up on their own, eventually searching for love and a new beginning in exactly the same place. As each sister goes through a series of ups and downs, the sisters end up hating each other over the shared adoration of Justin, and the betrayel that follows. Fast forward

Melissa Dally
Mar 17, 2013 Melissa Dally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Hmmm, this book goes some dark dark places. I was drawn in and interested, but at the same time, several things struck me as particularly awful. It's about a set of identical twins and the losses this particular set suffers. To an extent tho, it's almost like they never have 2 lives, most of the time we feel like Eve and Kerry take turns living out a single life. Like the 12 or so years Kerry is gone, we don't hear anything about the sort of life she leads. I don't know if it was poor character ...more
Sep 09, 2007 Tara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
I just finished this book this past weekend. I have to say this was a splendid novel. There have been times when I just was so angry with my sister, I thought my head would pop off and I think the author does a wonderful job of detailing those things that just irritate us about our siblings, while also examining the strength of blood even after a betrayal.

That being said, here's a short summary: Eve and Kerry are twin sisters raised solely by their father since the age of 6. When tragedy strikes
I loved this book and what great writing from a first time author. I loved the storyline because the people in the book could be so real. And I cried at the end of the book.

The story is about twin sisters, Kerry and Eve. About their childhood without their mother and eventually without their father. Their strengths and weaknesses as sisters and as humans. And in the end, you put yourself in their shoes and ask yourself what would you do or say or think or feel if life presented it to you, the wa
Mar 30, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay... so I know this book was heavy on the drama, but I really enjoyed it! I became emotionally entangled with the characters and was in tears at the end. Kerry Barnard was insecure, conflicted and angry, but I really connected with her. Eve Barnard, her twin sister, was horrible, so manipulative. Although I don't have a twin, I do have a younger sister, and so I understood Kerry's feelings completely. By the end of the book, my feelings toward Eve changed, as did Kerry's, and I found myself d ...more
Aug 27, 2010 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 23, 2007 Jodie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sisters, friends and everyone
Recommended to Jodie by: the author
So far, so good. I keep getting these preminitions about Eve that aren't so good. I know she's going to end up breaking Kerry's heart.

Well, I was right...Eve did break Kerry's heart. But with the twist towards the end of the wasn't as cut and dry as I thought it was going to be.

This is a great book about family. Twin sisters Eve & Kerry grew up without a mother and with hardly any help from their father. Lots of sibling jealousy but love is the underlying fact throughout the enti
May 10, 2011 laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. The characters were identical twins but as different as could be. The complexity of being identical twins is intertwined in this novel in a twisting, loving and yet complicated way. It is a great example of the thin line between love and hate; the competitiveness that exists between most siblings (let alone twins); the acts that one will resort to in order to find or keep the love of their life. I really liked the way that the story went back and forth between the past and present in ...more
Feb 26, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book really got in my heart. It's something that I'll think about a lot. I was rooting for the love story of Kerry and Justin. There is so much involved with these twins. They lead wild lives and I found myself wondering how they could do what they do. But I was so caught up in what was going on. Even though it went back and forth in time it flowed smoothly. I had a sick feeling in my stomach through some of it. I couldn't believe how mean people were to each other. I was hoping that all wo ...more
Dec 14, 2008 Mandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have mixed emotions about this book. I am a twin and even though when my sister and I were we were mean to each other never ever that mean. when we were teenagers if one of us liked a guy the other one would stay clear of him. So i have a hardtime thinking of a boyfriend getting in the way of a twin sister. Justin got on my nerves. It annoyed me that she slept with him at the end. The only way to redeem herself was to help off her sister just so he couldnt forgive her. This book had a lot of g ...more
Dec 28, 2011 Niki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like this author. Her characters are deeply flawed human beings, but I can't help but become enmeshed in their lives. This is the story of twin sisters who have to live through terrible loss. It's how each deals with it, and the love, respect and trust that they show, or don't show, towards each other, that is played out in the book. My favorite quote, "...when you finds love you got to treasure it, reach for it with both your hand. Could be it make you lose your footin', but in the lon ...more
Liane Manso
Jan 08, 2012 Liane Manso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Elizabeth Joy Arnold told a fantastic story and flipped back and forth between the past and the present without causing me any frustration. She showed the past perfectly through a teenager's eyes and the present with the better understanding we achieve as adults. The sisters really spoke to me. The only reason I didn't give this five stars is because of the boyfriend, Justin. I just never ended up liking him and felt that the two of them fighting over this pathetic man was har ...more
This was an interesting read, not at all what I expected! I think my biggest complaint is just over-all where the story went. Maybe that was intended, but I felt after the end, I didn't really like any of the characters! Maybe the author was going for shock value. I did find it hard to put down though, so I'm kind of mixed about it. I'd rate it between a 3 & 4, but don't think of it so much as a summer read, the cover is deceiving, it's kind of part mystery, part drama I guess.
Jan 28, 2010 Alicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alicia by: Mummily
Shelves: favorites, top
I actually thought this was a really good book. Even though I found it so difficult to read. Not difficult as in words etc. but mentally difficult. I just couldn't get my head around how horrible Eve was to her twin sister. I really despised her through most of the book. And still at the end did NOT get how Justin could fall for the Evil Twin.
It was definitely a good read, I've not read anything like it before and never anything that got to me so much. It just pulled me in.
Lizzie Lucier
This book is so bad...but I cannot stop reading it, I just have to see how many overdramatic soap opera impossible scenarios can be played out in one book! So many improbably scenarios, so many stupid plot twists, gullible characters...even the naming of the sister is so heavy handed....duplicitous Eve. This book gives me great hope that one day my own novels will be published! This is the kind of thing I would have written back in 8th grade, when i was a huge Days of Our Lives fan...
Sep 24, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, it was like a train wreck that I couldn't stop reading. I'm still on the fence about how I feel about Eve, but I could relate to both Eve ad Kerry.

Things are't always as black and white as they may seem. Really great book.

I would have to say this was my favorite book that I have read from the book club to date.
Oct 29, 2011 Jenifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book to read during free time and relaxing time.Elizabeth Joy ArnoldPieces of My Sister's Life
Dec 04, 2011 Alicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this from a friend who, like me, is always on a (failing) mission to de-clutter. The sense of doom hanging over the story was very engaging - I actually wanted to know what happened. And why. And she does a great job of analyzing the complex stew of love, hatred, and loyalty between twin sisters, while not attempting to make the destructive one any more likeable than she isn't.
Jun 11, 2008 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written book about the lives of twin sisters Eve and Kerry. The story is written in the present and flashes back to their lives as young children and growing up until a betrayal separates the two. A crisis brings them back together again and attempts to allow them to understand their feelings.
Jun 15, 2009 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up at a garage sale for $.50 :-)

It was actually pretty darn good. I'm going to loan it to my mother. My sis too, if she's interested.

The story was told primarily in two different times - 1993 and 2007. It also flashed back at times to when the main character was 6, probably early 80s.

Overall enjoyable :-)
Feb 24, 2012 Rania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes people make mistake but the worst mistake one can make is not able to move on. What I learned from reading this book was to be able to move on with life. Life is hard and will bring us more trouble than a smooth ride, we must just be confident and follow the rocky road to help make the gravel smooth out as others will follow on your track if you try to lead a positive life.
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