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The Opposite of Me

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  6,865 ratings  ·  566 reviews
Lindsey Rose has always lived in the shadow of her devastatingly beautiful twin sister, Alex. Determined to get noticed, Lindsey has put in years of 80-hour weeks and at twenty-nine is about to be named Creative Vice President of an elite New York advertising agency. Fate, however, has other plans and in one awful night, Lindsey's carefully constructed life implodes.

Kindle Edition, 404 pages
Published March 9th 2010 by Washington Square Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Sibling rivalry can be a great motivator for us to strive for success, but it can also be an ugly, ugly thing. In The Opposite of Me, Lindsey is so consumed by her desire to differentiate herself from her twin sister, Alex, that she can't see what it has done to the most precious relationship a woman can have. A relationship with her sister. It was painfully embarrassing to read Lindsey's jealousy on paper. She had everything going for her, but her desire
This book had great depth and is definitely a "cut above" other chick-lits. The secondary characters were well written and added dimension and texture to the story. The writing is exceptional and I was swept away from the very first page.

My only disappointment was in the ending. It was so abrupt, that I found myself reading the acknowledgments thinking I was still in the story. I did a double take and went back and forth before I realized I was finished.

Unfortunately, the ending didn't stand u
I kept hoping this book would become a bit more deeper or profound. When I first started reading it, I immediately got that chick lit feeling in my stomach. You know, when the book you are about to read will consist of mainly fluff. However, while I do classify this as a chick lit, it's a slight cut above most of the other books I've read. The main character is a workaholic who has to leave the life she knows and move back home with her "perfect' twin sister. The first half of the book goes on t ...more
Oct 29, 2014 Rose marked it as to-read-own-bought  ·  review of another edition
You guys know I can't resist books about twins, and given that it was $1.99 on Google Play, I got it. Just have to decide when to read it.
Shelby | Double Up Books
I can easily see this book as going to be one of the best that I've read in 2010. I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of it and I read it in just a few days. The story is about fraternal twin sisters, Lindsey and Alex. The story is told from Lindsey's point of view and in the first person (which I really like!).

Lindsey is a single woman working at an ad agency in NYC. She's hoping to get promoted to the open VP position when things go horribly and unexpectedly wrong. It's here that she nee
Alisha Marie
Okay, so I've got a crapload of sisters. I have two older sisters and two younger sisters (although the youngest sister is 16 years younger than me and only six so she really doesn't fit into the competitive mold), so I understood the relationship between Lindsey and Alex perfectly. While my sisters and I have all gotten over the whole competitiveness a few years ago, I still remember when it was rampant during our teenage years and it was FIERCE! So, again, I identified with Lindsey on that and ...more
Lindsey Rose feels like she's finally going to get out of her gorgeous fraternal twin sister, Alex's, shadow: after many long hours spent working at an advertising agency, she is in line for the vice presidency. She'll be the youngest vice president that her company has ever had, and she will have everything that she's ever wanted in life. One devastating night takes it all out of her grasp, and she heads home to Maryland with her tail between her legs.

Lindsey has always been labelled "the smart
This book employs many hallmarks of chick lit: working gal in the big city too busy for love, a best friend/sister who is perfect (or is she?), a love interest who likes said best friend/sister, and a massive career change. There's nothing revolutionary here but it's a sweet, fast read. The writing is very conversational and "cute," which I think some people would adore (I did like it) and others might not. It was pretty predictable in the way that chick lit can be (you know the ending, but you' ...more
Goodreads Description- Twenty-nine-year-old Lindsey Rose has, for as long as she can remember, lived in the shadow of her ravishingly beautiful fraternal twin sister, Alex. Determined to get noticed, Lindsey is finally on the cusp of being named VP creative director of an elite New York advertising agency, after years of eighty-plus-hour weeks, migraines, and profound loneliness. But during the course of one devastating night, Lindsey’s carefully constructed life implodes. Humiliated, she flees ...more
Nope. Not for me. Nothing redeeming about the lead character Lindsey. Whiny, jealous, fast-track on the career. 29 year old girl has to re-invent and re-evaluate herself before *gasp* it's too late! She's twenty-freaking-nine years old!
She's the "smart" twin. The other is the "gorgeous" one. The author makes the sisters seem ancient. And in addition, the parents are portrayed as fuddling, mumbling, hard of hearing close to the retirement home helpless people. They are the parents of girls that
Liz Fenton
I Loved this book! I was lucky enough to get my hands on an advance copy and was hooked from page one, when we are thrown into the life of ambitious advertising exec Lindsey Rose as she prepares to receive the promotion of a lifetime.

When things don't work out exactly as planned, Lindsey is forced to move back in with her parents and face the many issues she has with her seemingly perfect twin sister.

Poignant and funny, THE OPPOSITE OF ME is a must read for any Giffin or Weiner fan. I couldn't p
A really fun, enjoyable read, even if the plot didn't unfold quite as I'd suspected. Not the typical "jealous sister" story readers might be expecting.

I really wish Lindsey had just quit on the spot after the whole promotion fiasco. I don't think the snafu with her coworker was necessary or fit with the rest of the storyline. At best, the guy could have at least fessed up to his other office conquests and pointed out he had a history of such, to save a bit of face.

I had a feeling about Matt...

Read, Run, Ramble
Wonderful and fabulous new author! I loved this book and Pekkanen really brought me in and made me feel what it might have felt like to have a sister, a twin sister. Refreshing, funny and heart-wrenching, this book made me smile, laugh, and cry. I cannot wait to see what Pekkanen releases in the future - she is definitely one to watch!
Lisa Steinke
Loved, loved, loved this book! FANTASTIC!!! Sarah is a brilliant and talented writer. She's right up there with the Allison Winn Scotch's and the Emily Giffin's of Chick Lit/Women's Fiction. Definitely add this book to your "must read" list and when it's available in March, buy yourself a copy! It's worth it!
Amanda J
May 01, 2011 Amanda J rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Sophie Kinsella &/or Marian Keyes
Recommended to Amanda J by: May 2011 BB Book Club
An enjoyable quick read. I thought the author did a nice job of weaving the story around the title, the meaning of which evolved as the you approached the ending.
4.5 Stars

Lindsey Rose is at the top of her game. At 29, she’s on the path to become the youngest VP Creative Director at her advertising firm. All she has to do is nail this top ad campaign and it’s pretty much in the bag. Lindsey is convinced she has nothing to worry about. That is until an announcement blindsides her and sends her crashing on a path she never thought she would find herself on.

With her career and future in shambles, Lindsey decides to leave Manhattan and return home to Maryland
Jeanne Jenkins
WOW, what a wonderful book. I read it in about 4 days, mostly in bed just before falling to sleep. I must confess that I bought the book, knowing that it was about two sisters, to see if it would give me a hint as to why my sister and I don’t really get along. We live 1 hours away from each other, and when I spend the weekend, we are ok for two days, but the third day is iffy. I did find out by reading The Opposite of Me that maybe we aren’t so different from all sisters. Lindsey and Alex seem ...more
Twenty-nine-year-old Lindsey Rose has, for as long as she can remember, lived in the shadow of her ravishingly beautiful fraternal twin sister, Alex. Determined to get noticed, Lindsey is finally on the cusp of being named VP creative director of an elite New York advertising agency, after years of eighty-plus-hour weeks, migraines, and profound loneliness. But during the course of one devastating night, Lindsey’s carefully constructed life implodes. Humiliated, she flees the glitter of Manhatta ...more
The Opposite of Me is about sisters and their triumphs and tragedies. Lindsey and Alex are fraternal twins with nothing in common except having shared a uterus for nine months. Lindsey is a successful marketing exec in New York, while Alex is a model and TV personality in the DC area. Lindsey always strived to be smarter than her sister because she was always overlooked since they were small children. When everything goes terribly wrong at work, Lindsey is forced to make changes she never imagin ...more
Jessica Lawlor
The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen tells the story of two sisters who couldn’t be more different.

Lindsey Rose is a workaholic. She works at a NYC advertising agency, where she is highly successful. Competing with the office whore for the biggest account and a huge promotion, Lindsey feels on top of the world. When she loses the account AND the promotion, she makes a huge drunken mistake by making out with one of her colleagues and gets fired.

She moves back home to Maryland, where she’s told he
Whitney Teal
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This is what I wrote in Library Journal:

Twin sisters are forced to come to terms with their strained relationship and their respective major life changes. Lindsey, the “smart” one and advertising executive, is reeling from a catastrophic career derailment, while “pretty” Alex, the model and budding television presenter, is preparing for her wedding to a wealthy, handsome man. Fleeing the scene of her New York embarrassment, Lindsey ends up back in DC in her parents’ house, with nearby Alex and t
Lydia Laceby
Originally Reviewed at Novel Escapes

I liked The Opposite of Me, but I’m afraid I didn’t love it as much as I wanted to. There are rave reviews for this debut, but unfortunately I was disappointed. Pekkanen’s writing has been compared to Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffin, and while I could see that, it fell flat with me for several reasons. I don’t know if it was because of all the hype surrounding this release, but it definitely didn’t blow me away as much as Jennifer Weiner’s Good In Bed, but th
Meg - A Bookish Affair
3.5 stars. "The Opposite of Me" was my first Sarah Pekkanen book. I was happy that I finally got to read something by her and I know that I will definitely be reading more by here in the future. I love stories about family ties and I especially like stories about sisters. Pekkanen tells the story of two sisters who are fraternal twins although they are not especially close.

The star of this book really is the writing. The story is good but it is really Pekkanen's writing that brings the story an
I was so glad not to have another "oh a woman in her 20s stuck in a dead end job and gives it all up, to move to somewhere exotic and find herself." I can't afford to go somewhere exotic and find myself, I want someone who discovers herself in her normal environment. Lindsey, the main character who has has a plan for her life and what happens when a mistake derails all of that, and it doesn't seem unrealistic. You move back with your parents, you have to deal with the sibling you ran away from, ...more
Caitlin Moyer

The Opposite of Me was a great, quick read that kept me turning pages and wondering what would happen next.

I don't want to give any of the plot away, but there were quite a few twists and I truly did not know which direction the book was going to take at many different points in the story.

I was thoroughly enraptured in the book for a good two days--so much so that Pekkanen's description of popcorn and honey actually sent me to the kitchen to try it--then right back to the book to devour that as
This is a book about love, relationships, failure and starting over.

The story is of two fraternal twins named Lindsey and Alex. The two girls are complete opposites in almost every way. Lindsey is the self-described ugly duckling, the smart one who is jealous of her pretty, popular, model sister. After losing her dream corporate job in New York, Lindsey moves back to her hometown. The move doesn't seem to go well in the beginning. Her sister is obviously falling for Lindsey's high-school crush
Lindsey has pushed herself her whole life to try to be something while living in the shadow of her sister. She knows she will never get noticed like her sister so she always strived to do well in school and work in order to be the smart sister. When Lindsey gets fired from her job she decides to move back home. Home to where the boy she has always been friends with lives, who she know has feelings for.

It is a good read about the struggles we may face in life and how it is up to us to take a "ju
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Apr 10, 2010 Tiffany rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone!
I absolutely loved everything about this book! It captured me, lured me in, brought me through nearly every emotion. I identified with the characters, especially Lindsay, as she struggled to claim her own identity, who she was and who she wanted to be. The book is a page turner and is very enjoyable to read. Sarah, you did a wonderful job! I highly suggest anyone read this book, especially if you have a sibling, a friend, a relative.... anyone who you may have compared yourself too through the y ...more
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