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Identical by Ellen Hopkins
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Jan 07, 09

Read in January, 2009

This book is well-written and cleverly executed in free verse that sometimes forms shapes for emphasis. I couldn't help feeling manipulated by the way the intense, emotional content was dealt out. It was almost too much. Do teens ever really have ALL theses addictions at once? It's almost as if the author went though a list of teen problems and used up most of the list in this book. It was a compelling read, but it left me feeling icky at the end and all I can see now are the flaws.

It got a starred review from Publisher's Weekly and a lot of people liked it. Maybe I can't distance myself enough from the subject matter to see the strengths of the book clearly. I might feel differently in a week or two.
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