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Stranger with My Face

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  7,420 Ratings  ·  446 Reviews
Laurie was at home, but her boyfriend swears he saw her on the beach with another guy. Her family insists they see her coming and going when she's been out of the house for hours. Who--or what--is taking over Laurie's life?
Paperback, 235 pages
Published September 1990 by Laurel Leaf Books (first published 1981)
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Jun 15, 2008 Amber rated it liked it
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?
Aug 19, 2010 Imogen rated it it was ok
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
Dec 20, 2008 HeavyReader rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, scary
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
Feb 06, 2008 Paula rated it liked it
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
Apr 19, 2011 Lena rated it really liked it
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
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
Jun 17, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's another Lois Duncan book I read several times as a youngster. I remembered a few things from it and realized this book formed my love and desire to live:
On a sweet little island where I need to take a ferry every day to go to school and whatnot
With my house perilously perched on a cliff to take in the best sea views
Where I would write all day as a job on my typewriter, click-clacking away.

Sometimes I wonder what books are going to seriously shape my own kids' lives. (I guess you could say
Sep 10, 2012 JenniferJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2012
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
Kat Williams
Feb 12, 2015 Kat Williams rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I'm not going to waste my time reading this dated, often racist and size-ist, and altogether ludicrous teen novel. I bought it bored on a cold, empty winter day. We do crazy things when holed up in an ice cave for months on end. The purchase of this book is high on my list of wintry follies. Suffice to say I will never finish this. And now that spring is here I have no desire to have this sitting among my things, creating added clutter. Be off with you Stranger! I don't care about you nor your e ...more
Ashely Nicole
Nov 04, 2012 Ashely Nicole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-absolute-favs
Once again, Lois Duncan gave me a book I could not put down. I loved it! Can't wait to read more like it :)
Feb 13, 2017 Andrew rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the premise of the novel. It has some elements that will certainly hold a reader's interest: astral projection, evil twins, disfigured boyfriends, and the like. It's a fun little read, if you're looking for a short book to pass the time.
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
Nykia Burdine
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
Sarah! Smith
Sep 16, 2009 Sarah! Smith rated it it was amazing
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Jun 20, 2016 C. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, vintage
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Jun 28, 2012 Liz added it
A rather spooky childhood favorite!
May 26, 2012 Mckaylamay rated it liked it
it was ok. It wasn't Duncan's best book, but it was still creepy on some parts.
Halcyon Daze
Feb 28, 2014 Halcyon Daze rated it really liked it
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 . . .

Laurie Stratton: Our Duncan heroine for this book. She's a mature, thoughtful girl who loves her family. I mean, she's really
Oct 31, 2016 Nathalie rated it liked it
This book is about a girl named Laurie who losses her friends trust because they say that they saw her on beach but she couldn't have been there because she was home sick. What I liked about the book was that Laurie finds out truth that she was adopted and has a twin because her having a twin makes so much sense that people are seeing someone that looks like her but isn't her.Also she now knows why she doesn't look like the Strattons her foster family and why the Strattons don't adopt both. I wo ...more
Jan 22, 2017 Elaine rated it it was ok
This book is young adult so I must keep that in mind with my review. I read it as a teenager and remembered it being one of my absolute favorites. Its kind of suspenseful and mysterious. But rereading as an adult I was thoroughly disappointed. I had considered giving it to my teenage niece since I remembered loving it so but I definitely won't now. Maybe its a product of the 80's but there is way too much teenage shallowness and focus on body image and judging - not a positive influence for a te ...more
Jenily Garcia
Feb 06, 2017 Jenily Garcia rated it really liked it
"Stranger With My Face" by Lois Duncan is a really cool book. This 17 year old girl name Laurie has a dead sister who is trying to kill her. No surprise. Every suspense book has someone trying to kill someone, like no lie. But the thing is that the spirit wasn't doing anything to her until the middle book. So far this is my favorite suspense book. This author shows an important theme in this book, and that is not everyone gets the "perfect life" they dream they would get. Which is true. This boo ...more
Jan 30, 2017 Jessica rated it liked it
Every now and then I pick up a spooky book off the shelf at the library. Lois Duncan is old school, and it was entertaining for me to read the way her characters talk...lots of phrases that were used in the 80's that we don't use anymore, like "I'll phone you" instead of "I'll call you". This book didn't disappoint in the "spooky" category.
Feb 19, 2017 Kristi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-2017
I've loved this book since I was a might be labelled young adult, but it can be enjoyed by all ages.
Oct 11, 2016 Jessi added it
When school started everything changed for Lisa a 17-year-old girl, who becomes friends with Helen and later she finds out that she has a double life. She’s adopted and her blood mother died. Her evil twin sister, Lia, comes to haunt her and as Lisa tries to fight back her evil twin she falls in love with her friend Jeff. Lisa tries to learn how to teleport and she tries to find out where she comes from and where she is going. Lisa puts her loved ones and her own life at risk.
This book had many
Dec 13, 2016 Kavanand rated it really liked it
Another seventh grade favorite. Lois Duncan's books hold up pretty well.
Dec 26, 2016 Alexa rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Excellent YA read! Lois Duncan is always a good bet.
Ben C
Oct 16, 2013 Ben C rated it really liked it
Book Review
By: Ben C
The book I read was “Stranger with My Face” by Lois Duncan and I have to say that this was the most unique book in many ways. This book earned in my opinion a 4 out of 5 star ranking and caught my attention when it seemed to be at a weak spot. One reason this booked earned this ranking is because this book was very exciting and unpredictable. An example for this is when towards the end when it is starting to get a little boring because no important happenings were taking pla
Oct 05, 2016 David rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks, 2016
I made it halfway through this book only moderately interested in the story before concluding that I'm just no longer interested in Lois Duncan's books. Not that I didn't enjoy the previous 3 plus, to a point, this one, but thematically they're all similar. And at some point, not being nor ever have been a teenage girl certainly affects the relevance of these books to me. This isn't a bad read, just not for me.
Taylor Robinson
Jan 16, 2017 Taylor Robinson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Woahhhhh this book is a major throwback. I think I read this when I was in...the 7th grade maybe? Got it from the library because, at the time, I thought the cover was cool (I no longer think the cover is cool). I don't remember a ton, but I do know that it involves evil twins, a love triangle of sorts, and astral projection.

I remember being underwhelmed by Stranger with My Face when I read this as a 13 year old. So a 19 year old? Meh.
Aug 31, 2011 Josephine rated it did not like it
Shelves: library-book
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
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Lois Duncan (born Lois Duncan Steinmetz) was 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 grew up in Saraso ...more
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