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The Midnight Twins by Jacquelyn Mitchard
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Aug 31, 09

Read in September, 2008

Mallory and Meredith are identical twins born so close to midnight on January 31st that they were actually born on separate days and in separate years. And while they are very different - Mallory is a tough girl who is into soccer and hangs out with the boys, Meredith is a girlie girl who is into cheerleading and fashion - from the time they were born they were inseparable, considering themselves two parts of one whole. The girls even have twin telepathy, which their mother began to suspect when they were toddlers. On the night of the twins' thirteenth birthday, there is a terrible fire in their aunt's home where they are babysitting their younger brother and cousins. The girls rush to save the little kids, but inhale so much smoke that they are unconsious for several days. When they wake, they realize that their lives have changed forever. Their connection is different now - Mallory is having nightmares in the daytime, and while Meredith is loathe to admit it, she is, too. In a mystery that threatens to either tear the girls apart or bring them closer than ever, Meredith and Mallory must use their unwanted gifts to find out if the horrible things they have seen are actually happening in their sleepy northern town.

While the concept of The Midnight Twins is a good one, Mitchard struggles to flesh it out in time for the climax, after which the denouement drags along for far more pages than it needs to. The voice is solid, the points of view changing smoothly and with purpose, but there is something to be desired in the plot. Mitchard plans on writing future Midnight Twins books, and it is my hope that these are more refined than her first effort with these characters.
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