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Laurie Stratton finally has everything a sixteen-year-old could ever want. But just as her perfect summer comes to a close, things start to unravel when her boyfriend insists he saw her out with another guy-when Laurie was really home sick! More mysterious sightings convince Laurie someone very real is out there, watching her. . . .

The truth reveals a long-lost sister who

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Paperback, 235 pages
Published May 1st 1990 by Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (first published 1981)
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Amber
Jun 15, 2008 Amber rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: margie
I read every one of these books I could find in the library in elementary school and junior high. Trashy yet enthralling. I associate them with the period of time I was convinced I could have superpowers if only I tried hard enough. I really really wanted paranormal powers-- particularly telekinesis. If it could happen to the girls in these books.. why not me?
Imogen
OH MAN it crushes my poor cold heart to sand to have to tell you this, because I used to borrow this book from the library over and over and over when I was in fifth grade and it's one of the things that really made me like books so goddam much, but it's just all about like "Native American people are mysterious and magical," which is not an okay theme. So sad! I was so stoked when I found it in a little used bookstore in Kokomo Indiana, because when I was little I think I just thought Laurie St...more
Paula
I haven't read this book in a very long time. But I first discovered it when I was probably 10-years-old and I just kept taking it out of the library! I knew exactly where it was, what shelf it was on and it was ALWAYS there waiting for me. The librarians used to look at me and say, "Well there you go again Paula." This was my first introduction to science fiction (at least in book form) and it was awesome! What if your friends suddenly started acting strange and told you you did things that you...more
Janie Johnson
This was a pretty good tale, and the first time for me to read anything from Lois Duncan. I have become intrigued with this Authors talent, and plan on reading more of her works in the future.

No the book did not blow me away, but it was still very well written. The story was very fluid and easy to read and follow. I was a bit confused at the ending and felt like I was left hanging a bit, like it seemed to be left open for a sequel, but I would have liked a little more closure though.

Our main ch...more
HeavyReader
I read this book years and years ago. In fact, I wasn't sure I had actually read it until I saw the summary of it in Bitch magazine.

It's a really creepy premise. A teenage girl is doing astral projection and while she's out of her body, the sister she didn't know she had slips her spirit into the vacated body. Well, something like that happens. I may have the details wrong about who the girl who slips into the body is. In any case, the protagonist is floating around in spirit, watching some othe...more
Monica!
Stranger with My Face is a ridiculous story that I imagine has not aged particularly well, although I did admittedly love it in middle school. From it, I learned the important lesson that sisters shouldn't be trusted, especially if they're your secret twins, because they're actually evil and want to steal your body through astral projection and leave you to rot in a mental hospital. Unless they're adopted sisters, in which case they will recognize that you've been possessed and save you from you...more
Midnyte Reader
Lois Duncan is a huge name in the literary world, who has written many, (many, many) books and received many (manymanymany) awards. I Know What You Did Last Summer may be her most recognizable. However, I can't remember reading any of her books growing up, but I recognized her name when I picked up this audio book in the library. My other reasons for checking this out were 1) We don't have a huge selection in our library and 2) It was earmarked as Supernatural. I'm not sure I would really recomm...more
Lena Hillbrand
Aug 09, 2011 Lena Hillbrand rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: suspense readers and writers
I didn't know what to expect when I got this book from the library. I had heard of the author, but I'd never read anything by her.

Duncan does an amazing job creating suspense. It was SO HARD to put this book down every time I had to stop reading. It caught me and never let go--the pace is relentless. This should be required reading for suspense writers, because so many get it wrong. Duncan is a master.

That said, I didn't really care for the main character. I tried hard to like her, and succeed...more
JenniferJ
In one word - Freaky! I stayed up way past my bedtime to finish this story! It was really scary in a neat way. I totally freaked when she was sitting in front of the mirror and her image smiled at her and she realized that she herself was NOT smiling! Ohhhh I love it when things like that happens in movies and it sent a chill over me while reading it here as well!

I despised Laurie's so called friends and boyfriend. I'm like all they had to do if they cared at all was ask her family if she had be...more
Abraham
This was really interesting back when I read it in high school. At that time, the theme or plot of the story wasn't something I read in a lot of other books. So, it was very unique. I still remember every detail of this book, if not the names of the characters. It had a bit of suspense, mystery, and paranormal. If you are in high school looking for time to kill, you should pick this up and start reading. I liked it, you might find it okay. It sure hell beats staring at everyone after finishing a...more
Claire
Stranger With My Face
By, Lois Duncan
May 26, 2014

For this 17-year-old girl, living in New England, Laurie Stratton High school has become a challenge for her along with many others. At Laurie’s high school, you “had to be rich.”, and you “had to be pretty.” (Duncan 16) If you weren’t, then you apparently didn’t fit in with the popular crowd. This is why she didn’t like her school. One day, Laurie was invited to a party by her boyfriend, which doesn’t happen to her often. She was really exited t...more
Chantal Quezada
I picked this book out because it looked like a mysterious type of book that I would like. This story takes place by a beach (Meet up Beach, it has no specific name in the story).The main character (Laurie) is facing external conflict because she wants to know about her twin sister and about her real parents. Laurie is a dynamic character because through-out the book she changes personality-wise. A lot of people notice her changing and ask her what's up in her life since she's not acting the sam...more
Sarah! Smith
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Julie Sondra Decker
Laurie has a pretty good life, with a nice boyfriend and a stable existence for the most part, but then she finds out she has a twin sister somewhere out there. As a bonus, she gets the shock of her life when she learns she is able to project astrally . . . but so can her twin. She explores her abilities and tries to figure out some of the causes behind mysterious ripples appearing in her life, but soon enough, sister Lia reveals that she is out to harm her loved ones and steal her life away fro...more
Jane Verano
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Halcyon Daze
Plot:
Laurie Stratton is a high school junior living on a picturesque island off the cost of New England. She has a fairly happy life - a hot boyfriend, a great family, and an upper middle class (if not outright wealthy) lifestyle. Then one day, a girl who looks exactly like her begins to appear in her life, a girl who claims to be her long-lost sister Lia . . .


Characters:
Laurie Stratton: Our Duncan heroine for this book. She's a mature, thoughtful girl who loves her family. I mean, she's really...more
Mollie Davis
Stranger with My Face is a really weird book. I started reading it because of the mystery aspect. Once I got farther along in the book I realized that it had a strange turn to it. It is about a girl, Laurie, who is visited by a strange ghost like person. This person continues to show up in Laurie's life. It isn't only Laurie who sees this apparition however, her friends and family have had actual interactions with it thinking it was Laurie. Needless to say, this starts causing problems in Laurie...more
Weasleychick93
I haven't read this book since I was eleven or twelve years, and like most of the other people in these reviews, it was my absolute favorite book of my childhood. I'm pretty sure I read it about seven or eight times when I was in seventh grade. I was just so amazed by astral projection and Laurie's story in general. By the way, the Lifetime movie adaption was absolute crap, just like everything else on Lifetime. It did no justice to this beautiful book whatsoever. Just saying. Don't waste your t...more
Natina El
My TBR list is ever growing and has evolved into a bottomless pit (or at least I hope so) which is why I never get to re-read anything. I had a reading challenge to re-read a childhood favorite and through all my years and all the titles I've been through (and take my word there have been a lot of them both) this book still rates 5 stars with me.
Lori has everything, popular bf, popular friends and a castle on the hill but a family secret makes her reevaluate some things and "the grass is always...more
Ashely Nicole
Once again, Lois Duncan gave me a book I could not put down. It kept me thinking and had me scared to go into a dark room by myself, lol. I loved it! Can't wait to read more like it :)
Mckaylamay
it was ok. It wasn't Duncan's best book, but it was still creepy on some parts.
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Liz
A rather spooky childhood favorite!
Ana De
In the book of Stranger with my face is very suspenseful, in the way how theres a girl that is in one place then in another. But her parents and her friends swear that they saw her in another place when she wasn’t there. These book is very suspenseful and with horror because laurie really wants to find out who is the girl with her face and what is she doing trying to steal her boyfriend. Laurie gets really suspicious when her friends and family wants to find out who is the girl with her face.
Xiu Ling
Stranger with my Face is about two sisters, who are twins separated during their childhood. One of the twins, Laurie, lives a much better life than Lia. In their blood, they have the genes that allow them to be able to perform a magical skill called Austral Projection. With this skill, Lia's spirit departs its body and visits Laurie every night. Laurie, who is incapable of the existence of a twin sister, fights to solve the mystery of this stranger who haunts her every night.

The text of this boo...more
Giselle
Stranger with My Face is about a girl named Laurie Stratton whose friends and family who claim to see her even though it wasn't. Laurie begins to see the girl who looks exactly like her and talks to her. She then learns about astral projection. Laurie begins to do it. The twin tries to ruin Laurie's life and take over her body.
A text-to-self connection is like Laurie I am shy and I don't like to talk to people who I don't know. Also I'm curious and I wonder about things just like her. Also I'm...more
Sophie
This is the second Lois Duncan reissue I've read recently, and I was much more impressed with the quality of this book than I was with I Know What You Did Last Summer. Stranger with My Face is better written and more engrossing, and I found the ending of this story much more convincing than the resolution of Last Summer. This edition of Stranger features what the back-cover copy calls "modernized text." The author herself has tried to update the text by sprinkling in stray mentions of cell phone...more
Ashleigh
Laurie Stratton gets sick right before the big party at the end of the summer. Yes, the party that will cement her status in the popular group, which she became a part of when she started dating her totally gorgeous boyfriend at the beginning of the summer. The next day at school her boyfriend claims to have seen her on the beach the night before and accuses her of cheating, her parents claim they see her come home when she was at school the whole day. What’s going on? Who or what is out there p...more
Jen
I'm a big fan of YA lit. I like to re-read the books I read growing up. It's nostalgic. Lois Duncan is one of my absolute favourite YA authors. I was beyond horrified when "I Know What You Did Last Summer" was turned into a film - and even more horrified by the sequel and the third part, which never existed in book format. Despite all of that, her suspenseful books are incredible. This particular title is a favourite of mine, however, I enjoy all of her books. I contacted her a few years ago to...more
Anna
While discussing the state of popular YA fiction, I was recommended this book by Emma C. Williams, author of 'World Enough and Time'. I pretty much straight away reserved a copy at my local library and after waiting several weeks for it to be ordered in, brought it home and started straight away. I read this in what probably amounts to a 24 hour period. I started it in the evening and finished it the following afternoon. I was just that hooked on it.

Laurie Stratton is just your everyday sixteen...more
Josephine
I read about Stranger with My Face in Shelf Discovery, and took a chance on it, as I liked the one other book of Duncan's I've read, A Gift of Magic . Unfortunately, I was probably too old for Stranger with My Face when it came out; I was fifteen or so. I'm definitely too old for it now.

In Stranger with my face, Our Angst Ridden Teen Protagonist, Laurie, is recalling events from a year previously, more or less: she's grown up on a small island off the New England coast, and befriends Helen, a c...more
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Lois Duncan (born Lois Duncan Steinmetz, April 28, 1934) is an American writer and novelist, known primarily for her books for children and young adults, in particular (and some times controversially considering her young readership) crime thrillers. Duncan's parents were the noted magazine photographers Lois Steinmetz and Joseph Janney Steinmetz. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but gr...more
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