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The Double Life of Cassiel Roadnight

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  1,467 Ratings  ·  256 Reviews
When the sixteen-year-old runaway Chap is mistaken for a missing boy named Cassiel, his life changes dramatically. Chap takes on Cassiel's identity, gaining the family and friends he's always dreamed of having. But becoming someone else isn't as easy as he hoped—and Chap isn't the only one hiding a secret. As he teeters on the brink of discovery and begins to unravel the m ...more
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Published August 2010 by Oakhill
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Lexi Deitrick The main character of this book is a boy named Chap who was mistaken for a lost boy named Cassiel Roadnight. He pretends too be Cassiel so he doesn't…moreThe main character of this book is a boy named Chap who was mistaken for a lost boy named Cassiel Roadnight. He pretends too be Cassiel so he doesn't get caught.(less)
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3.5. Stars.

Double is both a who-dunnit and a tale of a sad lonely boy on his own in England. At first, Double appears to be a case of mistaken identity, but really that storyline is just to pull the reader in. The premise is crazy, unbelievable. – a teenage runaway (Boy #1) who is living in a home for runaway children is thought to be the lost son and brother (Boy #2) of a family that lost a son of theirs two years ago. And this runaway boy (Boy #1) is able to convince the family of Boy #2 – th
Quick review for a quick read. So I read this book a long time ago, and just forgot to write a review for it. I actually liked "Double" as it was my first read from Jenny Valentine, but thinking back upon it, I don't know if - despite its intriguing premise - it was all that memorable, particularly with how the resolution came across, but at least it was plausible.

The story revolves around a boy who ends up assuming the identity of another boy who's gone missing. Chap is someone on the run and s
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
Double is one of those books that has been sitting on my shelf for quite a long time now. Finally, I was able to pick it up and was surprised by the mystery that is inside this book. I actually thought that Double is your typical Young Adult story that tackles about love and family and such but I was oh so wrong because though there is family on the story it lies more on the mystery, deceit, secrets, murder and money. The plot is interesting and the setting has the “mystery” feels into it.

Chap h
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
From the summary and the seriously creepy cover, I expected Double to be a thrilling, action-adventure ride. In fact, it's not. There is mystery and suspense, but the bulk of the novel was surprisingly understated. Actually, I liked Double better for that, for not taking the easy way out and focusing on the more obviously dramatic side of things.

Chap made a good narrator, very well conveying his own sense of discomfort and fear. He obviously isn't completely innocent, but he considers every acti
Elise (The Bookish Actress)
3.5 stars. This mystery revolves around Chap, a boy who looks identical to a boy who disappeared last year.

Jenny Valentine makes this book very tense, even despite a fairly simple plot. It's hard to figure out who did what, even though none of the twists are quite that surprising. The book is very well-paced.

While the characters aren't particularly special, they definitely feel like real people. It's easy to root for them, despicable and deceitful as they are. Chap especially is easy to like,
Clare Cannon
Mar 17, 2011 Clare Cannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 13-18 years
Shelves: 13-15yrs, young-adult
The Double Life of Cassiel Roadnight manages to deal with heavy themes in the style of a light, satisfying read.

It is important to note that the cover, the easy-to-read formatting and the simple storytelling style all seem to be directed at a younger audience (perhaps 10 to 12), yet the serious themes and occasional bad language are more suited to an older readership (I'd suggest mature 13s to 18).

As a good murder mystery the story is built on lies and secrets, murder and money, and there's even
Sep 20, 2016 SpookySoto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este es una historia corta, rápida y fácil de leer. Me mantuvo todo el tiempo interesada en saber cómo terminaría todo, me atrapó desde el inicio.

Me recuerda mucho la historia de un documental que vi hace un tiempo. The imposter, (se los recomiendo).

De cambiarle algo, me hizo falta un capítulo más o un epílogo, pero igual disfruté mucho de esta historia. Recomendada.
"When I stole Cassiel's life, I thought it would be better than mine. I thought he was happier and healthier and more wholesome than me. I thought he had a loving, stable family. I wanted what he had. Now I had no idea what that was. I had no idea who any of them were.

When I only knew for sure that I was lying, how could I trust anybody else?"

Sixteen year-old Chap is a young man with no real name, no discernable past, and no future. He’s lived a large portion of his life being shuffled between
Aug 20, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was going to give this book 3 stars because it IS a 3 (3.5) stars type of book. But I enjoyed it SO much after Lost in Time that I decided to give it solid 4 stars. It's a book that caught my attention on Amazon a couple years back. It looked kind of good and I bought it. But as it happens with many books like this, it fell forgotten in my bookshelf while I was trying to catch up with other reading. I found it again this summer so I took it for holidays.
This is an interesting book. Not really
Jul 30, 2012 Kendra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably my favorite of the teen mysteries I've read the past month or so. Strangely, this is the 3rd book I've read where the MC is a teenage boy who poses as the long-lost child victim who has suddenly returned to his family (Counterfeit Son and Dead To You being the other two) after a years-long absence. In each book, as the boy returns to his "family" questions arise about the genuineness of his identity and the events of his past. This is really all the three books have in common as ...more
Chap is nobody - no family, no real name, no home. One day, in exchange for two meals and a roof over his head, he goes to a shelter and there things radically change: he's the spitting image of Cassiel Roadnight, a boy missing for two years. Something compels Chap to agree that he is, in fact, Cass and so his adventure begins.

Of course, he isn't and the differences in personality and size (although in two years, boys do grow!) raise a few suspicions (much like in the movies "Sommersby" and "Mar
Robin Stevens
Apr 02, 2015 Robin Stevens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really excellent reboot of Josephine Tey's Brat Farrar. That just so happens to be one of my favourite books of all time, and I'm pleased to say that this lives up to its memory. Both books are prince-and-pauper mistaken identity tales with murderous twists, and in both, the mystery really is the whydunit rather than the who. This is great for murder mystery fans, whether or not they've read Tey.
Me gustó mucho. Bien Cinematográfico.
Oct 18, 2012 Hinode03 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Un poco lento durante más de la mitad del libro, aunque tiene un buen final
Megan Fermo
Sep 07, 2012 Megan Fermo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I should've abandoned this book long before I finished it.


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You see, I have this thing. A knack of suspecting every character that has a single of dialogue in a book. Its my own personal thing that I think caught after my obsessive LOST and Harry Potter years, but that's not the point. And I'm not saying that just because every character didn't turn out as epic and imaginatively written as I'd gathered doesn't make an author lame or anything. What DOES make an author
Aug 29, 2011 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed for . Will be posted nearer to publication date.

Nobody goes into a youth hostel and Cassiel leaves. Somewhere inbetween, the boy that enters is falsely recognised as 14 year old Cassiel, who went missing 2 years previous. The boy, a first tries to protest, but Cassiel has everything he's never had. A family that love him. Friends. A life. He stops protesting and enters the not so perfect life of Cassiel Roadnight. His life remains a intense

Quando si parla di narrativa per ragazzi, non si può non citare le splendide e avventurose storie di JENNY VALENTINE, bravissima e super premiata, scrittrice britannica.
IO SONO NESSUNO è un thriller per ragazzi, scritto ottimamente, con un livello di suspense e adrenalina crescenti. I teenager impazziranno per il protagonista di questa storia, il misterioso Chap. La sua identità è avvolta nel mistero. Chap non sa bene chi è. Ha ricordi confusi e, per tutta la vita, non ha fatto altro che scappar
Jul 17, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-quick-picks
Review will be published at Owl Tell You About It closer to publication date.

Double is a brilliant young adult thriller, a rare thing to find. It was so much more than I expected. When I first read the synopsis, I thought “that could be good” and I was yearning for something new. It’s easy to get bogged down by all the paranormal and dystopian books in the YA section. It was so nice to read something totally different that will still appeal to a young audience.

The mystery surrounding Cassiel’s d
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Happy Release day to Double! Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read and review Double. This book captured my eye very early on and I was glad I was able to read it early.

Jenny Valentine is BRILLIANT! I could not out down Double. I needed to keep reading until I found out what happened. Man oh man Double had me on the edge of my seat and the ending was EPIC!

Chap is in a home after losing his grandfather when someone recognizes who he is. Only he is not sure who he is. He knows he has no f
Savannah (Books With Bite)
This is one of those mysterious book that keep you sucked in from the very first word of the page. I love mysterious. But what I loved the most about it, is being able to follow along a trail of secrets, dark pasts and murders.

Imagine you finding out that the life you been living is the lie. Your parents are not your parents and nobody knows who you are. Chap feeling bemused by all of this decided to continue living the lie he already lived. I mean,whats the point? You've been living a lie this
This review part of two other mini reviews on my blog.

2 1/2 rating!

Double has an interesting premise, but the story itself was, for the most part, boring. Chap doesn’t really start to unravel Cassiel’s life and why he went missing until page 200, and there’s only 256 pages of this book. The last 50 or so pages really were interesting, although I felt a tad bit rushed, and I needed to know what had happened to Cassiel and Chap. I just wish the action started earlier, because otherwise this thrill
I read this book in less than 3 hours and then proceeded to dream about the storyline all night long. Towards the end of the book it started to become a little less realistic (although maybe not? the final twists in the book did explain some other coincidental story lines so depends how you view that I suppose). However, any book that causes me to think about the plot for hours later and become so interested in what's going on that I skip watching my favourite show gets a 5 star rating for me. I ...more
It was between 2 and 3 stars, but it's going down the more I think about the plot.

The MC is annoyingly repetitive. The old brother is the worst villain ever. The no-friend Lloyd was like a master jedi with all the answers to solve all the problems. The mother was creepy. Only the sister was interesting and Granddad. I would have loved to hear more about Granddad, but well it wasn't his story... sadly. And this story was really, really predictable and ridiculously simple for a mystery.

It had so
Oct 09, 2015 Verena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I was not eager to read the whole book, just judging from the first pages of it. I'm glad that I did though. As soon as you get used to Cassiel's way of thinking, always considering the background of his actions, you can enjoy an exciting story with deep characters and some really unforeseen plot-twists. Or maybe I just always missed the clues.
Heather Panella
I would have given this one 2 1/2 stars if that was possible. The writing seemed to get better from the beginning to the end, and I was pleased with the plot twists that eventually came about. A very quick read (finished in two hours). Teens will enjoy this one!
Mar 16, 2016 Zahra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Seriously people! Everyone!!!!
Totally amusing, can't let the book down. At first I thought I made a terrible mistake buying the book, but then almost at 65% of the book things started to happen. I like how the events are turning up to you in every chapter. Totally loved it.
Pinky Cat
Nov 25, 2014 Pinky Cat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-fav
Fab !!!! Wow ! it was so cool !
May 30, 2016 Linley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star-reads
Good book to choose if you are studying 'Identity' as a theme. Neat story, a little slow to get going, but comes right as the mystery deepens.

Recommended to Y9/10 and won't take long to read.
Erin Britton
Cassiel Roadnight has just been discovered at a hostel for homeless teenagers in London. Cassiel is sixteen years old; he has brown hair and blue eyes and is quite tall for his age. He was last seen by his family at the Hay on Fire festival on November 5th two years previously. Despite having been positively identified from a Missing Persons poster by two overly helpful social workers and being about to be reunited with his sister Edie, Cassiel is not really feeling himself. The reason for this, ...more
Oct 23, 2013 Belisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jenny Valentine moved house every two years when she was growing up. She has just moved house again, probably not for the last time. She worked in a wholefood shop in Primrose Hill for fifteen years where she met many extraordinary people and sold more organic loaves than there are words in her first novel. She has also worked as a teaching assistant and a jewellery maker. She studied English Lite ...more
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