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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  5,216 ratings  ·  592 reviews
Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey Best grew up believing they were identical triplets.

Then they learned the truth...

and no one else can know.

Now, to the outside world, the Best family appears to consist of a single mother with one seventeen-year-old daughter named Elizabeth. Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey take turns going to school, pursuing extracurriculars, and even dating.

Then Lizzie
Hardcover, First Edition, 296 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Little, Brown and Company
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
It’s probably obvious from the cover that The Originals is about clones. Therefore you might expect it to be this hard core science fiction, probably gearing towards dystopia with concrete world building and well established background and plotline. If you have such expectations, I suggest you lower them a bit if you’re planning on reading this book. If you do, there are greater chances that you’ll end up enjoying the novel like I did.

I believe this book is written for younger readers. I could a
Book Sp(l)ot
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, arc, 2013-release
Needs this now.

Would need it even if it weren't Cat Patrick because that synopsis.

But it is Cat Patrick.

And I've read Revived. And Forgotten. (And I'm still madly in love with them.)

Oh, I want/need/really, really, really want to read this.

*eyes calendar*

edit: Wait! This has a cover now? And no one told me? For shame.

edit 2 (the actual review):
Some families have secrets, some more shocking than others. Lizzie, Betsy and Ella's secret most likely more shocking than any secret your family's been k
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Thank you Hardie Grant Egmont for sending me this review copy. No compensation was given of taken to alter this review. All quotes were taken from the ARC copy with means that they might be altered or removed in the final print.

After some time in a reading slump, I finally decided to pick up The Originals because I knew that this would be the ultimate book to get me back on track. And it sure did. Cat Patrick has this spectacular gift for writing contempora
♥ Sarah
Jan 09, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
You're probably not at all surprised with my rating if you've seen my status updates. I almost quit reading. Twice.

Sadly, the story had great potential, and I really liked the beginning, until the story went from mysterious, gripping, and sometimes-witty, to a hormonal teenage whine-fest. After the "love interests" were brought in, the story went from a 4 star read, to a .555 star read. In other words: very poor execution.

Firstly, the "description" for this book was not at all accurate. Becaus
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
Cat Patrick is an author you can always count on for her ability to create something unusual and almost unique in design, which is why I always pick up her books without hesitation.

And while this may not have been as well put together mystery wise as some of her stronger books, it was still every bit as engaging and entertaining and all of her work and therefore, still a winner by my score. This really was a fun read that took no time at all to plow through and enjoy.
Apr 23, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: writers-female
You know you love an author when you haven't even read the books plot yet, or even been given a cover and you immediately know you can't wait to read it.
*sigh* and now the loooong wait begins
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Who among us hasn't wished at one time or another that they had clones? I know I did. There would be so much more time in the day, because we'd share tasks, share the tedium of going to work, leaving the rest of the clones more time to relax because there'd be two or more people doing the task of one. Which then leaves behind the question of fairness, who would do the pleasant tasks, who would do the unpleasant ones, how would things be allocated? And that's not to mention the mess of the love l ...more
shady boots
Mar 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Anti-climactic, but a harmless, quick read. I liked it.
May 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: y-a, sci-fi
What kid didn't have those dreams of having a twin that you could switch places with occasionally to trick teachers and parents? In this book, Lizzie has two clone sisters that share her life. They live as one girl, splitting each day in to three parts that they take shifts living. So, since Lizzie sucks at math, her sister has to take the math classes while she gets to take creative writing, which she loves. Sounds pretty fun, huh?

Until two different sisters meet two different boys. And they ca
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen-fiction
Interesting concept, rubbish writing.

Characters are so flat that it's difficult to care about what happens to them. When will young adult authors stop thinking that music and clothing preferences are a shortcut to building character?!!

Mentioning Facebook and iPods? Way to shorten the lifespan of your book.

It was alright and I got through it pretty quickly - I just wish it had been written better.


Oh, and could she just not be bothered about Betsey having any life at all? I kept thinking
Rachel Luginbuhl
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was ok was just....

Great idea, I was very interested in the book, but it just had huge gaping holes in the plot and everything was just tied in such a nice little bow. The book only takes place in the span of a few months and in that time they manage to comfortably break everything about their life structure and just not seem to care. Really you've been living as one person for almost 9 years and just like that, oh hey, I think I'll tell this guy I've known for a month that I'm a clone. No
Courtney Wells
Feb 04, 2015 marked it as to-read
Here's the kinda easy to please nerd I am ->>> you tell me three girls whose names are all derivatives of "Elizabeth" are pretending to be one girl called "Elizabeth" and I'm gonna throw my money at the author to see how that plays out.

I know, I know!!! It's totally trivial but it's straight up my brand of humor at times. I'm sure a bunch rolled their eyes but it's clever! If you had to share an identity with two other people wouldn't it be a little awesome if you all had a connection to that n
Jan 27, 2013 marked it as to-read
I liked this cover more:

Oct 05, 2012 rated it liked it
One of the reasons I love Cat Patrick is because I find her so hard to explain to other people. Whenever I ‘pitch’ a Cat Patrick book, I can never do her justice in trying to explain her unique contemporary/magical-realism-esque plots that make her a sort of Isabel Allende or Alice Hoffman for the younger set. That being said, with each new book that she brings out, I’m afraid she’s starting to lose that quirky edge and magic realist spin.

‘Forgotten’ was about a girl who remembers her future, b
The was a fun read, that kept me flipping pages and wanting to keep reading to see how it would end. Clones are a subject matter I find intriguing, and with this book having three of them living as though they were one person was unique. I was a little disappointed with the ending, while it wrapped everything up it felt like it was lacking something and that's the reason I'm only giving it 4 stars. ...more
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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The Originals is a unique book covering the life of three identical clones – Lizzie, Beth and Ella who all live one life under their mother’s direction. I enjoyed the blend of contemporary, sci-fi and mystery, it is a really unique concept that I haven’t seen explored before in YA fiction.

The concept of these three girls living the life of one person, Elizabeth Best, was quite extreme, as they each split up the day into 3 seg
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
I am very disappointed with this book. The plot sounded unique and amazing, but the execution of it didn't do it any justice at all.

I hated all of the characters. They are completely unforgettable and two-dimensional. They only lack logic at times. For example, their mom supposedly is trying to keep them hidden as well as possible because she fears that someone is still after them. Their mom wanted to protect them from anyone who may be hunting them down because she escaped her old lab with her
Apr 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, own
The idea was fresh and unique, and I'm a big fan of Cat Patricks work. I think her writing is simple and draws you in, and I like that all her books are pretty quick reads. Cat Patrick is one of my favourite authors, and while I enjoyed this book, I feel like she let me down a little.

While I have a problem with every insta-love situation, I thought that this situation was ridiculous. I know you can be drawn to some people, but considering Lizzie knew her 'mum' could be in danger of going to pr

Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars

I really enjoyed this book during the first little bit, but my annoyance began to grow as it continued toward the end. I really liked Lizzie's voice, and her budding relationship with Sean made me swoon like I love to do in young adult novels, but there was just something missing overall that didn't quite hit the mark for me.

Lizzie is one of three sisters who are identical. But they're not triplets...they're clones. The three girls--Lizzie, Ella and Betsey--are being forced (by their mo
I was surprised but most definitely pleased with this one. There were obviously some major questions at the beginning of the story (the largest being centered around the fact that these girl clones were attending school one third of the time instead of living like triplets. However, the author did a fantastic job weaving the explanations into the story. She really covered all the bases there).

I love how intense and spy movie like the story got about midway through. Once the Elizabeth gi
Anna Kay
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Jen Ryland
The Originals begins with a simple and compelling premise that even a non-scientific layperson can grasp right away. Imagine being a clone, one of three identical sisters. You were created illegally and the authorities may be aware of your existence, so you and your sisters have to hide. You have to share one life, to take turns being one person. Nothing is ever your own. You have to agree with your sisters on what to wear every day, how to fix your hair, who you can be friends with.

Lizzie, the
Emma Lohman
Jul 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
In my experience with reading Cat Patrick's books, the concepts have always been strong in theory, but poor in execution. I will give this book credit for the initial idea of having three clones living as one person. However, the praise ends there.

Cat Patrick ruins any great idea for a book by relegating it to an inane, seen-it-before-in-every-high-school-movie setting with bland, easily forgettable characters. It's like taking Harry Potter and focusing on the Yule Ball for the entire
Apr 18, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: present
Now this sounds epic! I love this author. She manages to blow me away with unique and epic sounding books every time. Loved Forgotten, can't wait for Revived and now this one :). ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author is the mother of twins so it’s all the more interesting that she chose to write about triplets. Three identical girls who the outside world knows as one person — Elizabeth Best.

As the narrator, Lizzie is the sister we get to know best. At the high school where each sister attends a part of the day, Lizzie is the one who is good at creative writing and not so much at math or science.

When she meets Sean Kelly and is taken aback that he really notices her, Lizzie’s transformation from t
Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it
"Until then, I'd thought I was a triplet.
Little by little, it all came out after that.
And now, little by little, I'm starting to wish I could send it back to wherever it came from."

Would it be cheesy for me to say that The Originals was very original? Because it really was. The whole concept was unprecedented, at least I've never read anything like it. At the beginning of The Originals the concept was a bit disorienting and hard to buy but the author certainly made it work and answered all quest
3.5 stars

Ella, Lizzie and Betsey make up one person. Elizabeth Best. They may look like triplets but they're actually clones living in hiding. Their overly obsessed protective mom makes them live a life as one, so the girls separate their days by thirds. That is, till Lizzie did something unthinkable. She fell in love.
The girls are so use to their every day routine that they wouldn't even think twice about changing it. But when Sean looked at Lizzie in a way that made her feel alive and noticed
Lizzie, Ella and Betsey may look like triplets but in fact the three of them are all clones created illegally by scientists in a genetics research lab. Their mother was the egg donor and gave birth to them but their DNA was all copied from another child. When she found out that two of her babies would be destroyed their mother ran and the family have been in hiding ever since. Worried that they will be discovered she has become obsessed with protecting the girls and she insists that they pretend ...more
Joy (joyous reads)
Nov 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Very cool concept. I'd have liked it more if the author gave it a little hint of suspense. I read it in four hours, tops - which goes to show that it had me by the nose, regardless.

Quick Story:

Clones, Lizzie, Betsey, and Ella Best have lived a third of their lives since they've learned they weren't triplets. They were a product of the only successful cloning hidden from the world. Every day, they take turns in living the life of one Elizabeth Violet Best; which was working for the most part, unt
SJH (A Dream of Books)
Cat Patrick is one of my favourite authors. I would read literally anything she writes. This is her third book and yet again she does not disappoint with an original plot which throws up plenty of ethical questions for readers to consider. In 'The Originals' the story centres on three girls who give the appearance of being sisters but are actually clones. What I loved about this was that Cat never takes the story too far into the realms of science and although this is touched upon, the girls are ...more
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Cat Patrick is the author of the upcoming middle grade novel, Tornado Brain, as well as several books for young adults including Summer 2011 Kids Indie Next List pick Forgotten, which sold in 23 countries; ALA 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers selection Revived; The Originals; and Just Like Fate (with Suzanne Young).

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