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Everything repeats.
You. Your best friend. Every person you know.
Many worlds. Many lives--infinite possibilities.
Welcome to the multiverse.

Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather's stories of parallel worlds inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never be
Hardcover, 428 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

Cliffhanger warning

Parallel universes are a tricky topic in fiction. I've read my share of them, and the majority have been fairly horrible. They tend to be poorly explained and in the end, I am left with more questions than the answers I was given. The failures stem from the lack of scientific backing, or rather the lack of make-believe-science backing. I can believe either, so long as the "evidence" for such a parallel universe presented makes sense to me, and in that sense, this book's parall

First of all, I just want to say that I am astounded at how many times Sasha cries. Her sobbing/tearing up/flat out weeping/crying does absolutely nothing for the story, I never felt for her in the moment (frankly, all I gave her was an eye roll after I realized that this crying was becoming a thing for her) and 90% of her crying/ tearing up happens in reaction to something not worth sobbing over.

Second of all, the taglines for the book on the back cover "Everything repeats. You. Your best
Jessy MelodyofBooks
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Alas, another mediocre and disappointing novel. I sometimes want to believe that I just generally expect too much from books. But seriously. How on earth do you make light of a book that had a stupid and painful protagonist, predictable story line, poor world building, ridiculous romance and pretty much no plot progression? Answer: you can't.

The Main Character:

Most crappy books are crappy because they have crappy lead characters. Tandem, was defin
Actual rating is 3.5 stars -- This is a PRE-REVIEW. My full review will likely be posted on here closer to Tandem's release date (maybe a few months--one, two, three at the very most), but for now, here is a brief run-through on how I felt about Tandem.

Tandem is a palindrome of sorts--it starts off fantastically, then it soon gets into 'really good' territory, then it gradually recedes into 'average' territory, then it goes back up into 'really good' territory, and ultimately ends fantastically.
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm really excited for everybody to get to read this! It comes out on October 8, 2013, which is not that far away at all. It's pretty different from what I've written in the past, but I think that anyone who's read and loved my other books will see the parallels (GEDDIT? PARALLELS? Because it's a book about parallel universes?! You get it) with ALL UNQUIET THINGS and THE OPPOSITE OF HALLELUJAH in terms of themes and language, even if the stories are very different. Blah blah blah--I hope you lik ...more
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OK, This time, for sure- I'm done. I tried getting through this 3 times now and I'm done. Good-bye! ꒰๑˃͈꒳˂͈๑꒱ノ*゙̥
Tandem is that poor yellow slug from Monsters University. He's late on the first day of classes so he starts running. He's pumping his little arms and squinting with fierce concentration, determination radiating from him!!! But he doesn't move very fast. Cause, he's a slug. That's Tandem for you. Tandem is that poor yellow slug who missed the first day of classes. The idea of Tandem i
That was... the biggest load of crap I have ever, and I do mean ever, read.


"Everything repeats.
You. Your best friend. Every person you know.
Many worlds. Many lives--infinite possibilities.
Welcome to the multiverse.

*casually turns on "I Wanna Know What Love Is" by Foreigner*

Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Tandem by Anna Jarzab

Nose Graze — Young Adult book reviews

Tandem is a fun and original new take on parallel universes! I think this book really proves how you can take a similar idea and twist it into something totally different. I got hooked on the idea of parallel universes after reading Parallel by Lauren Miller. But despite both books being about parallel universes, they are both completely different. Actually, now that I think about it, if anything, the parallel universe concept in Tandem is similar to
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
Forget about black – Stockholm Syndrome is the new sexy. Well, at least according to Tandem and a Ms. Sasha Lawson (though I’m sure a certain Gemma would agree).

Thomas, one of the love interests, not only kidnaps her but also lies to her about who he is and emotionally manipulates Sasha. Either he is so good at his job or Sasha is so stupid that she ends up being so conflicted about her feelings that she completely loses any sense of self preservation that she ever had.

"I rescued it," he sai
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
This book was so interesting, I'm really disappointed the third book will never be published. I was going to read the second one, but I feel like the ending to that one will probably be worse than how this one ended, so I might try to save myself some emotional turmoil.

Sasha Lawson always thought she was an average 16 year old. Until she's pulled through something called the Tandem into an alternate universe where she's a royal princess. Her grandfather is a theoretical physicist and her parent
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Did not finish at 42%.
I hate to be that person who would completely trash a book however I cannot stall this review any longer. The first thing you need to know is that Tandem is the best book to read during exams. It’s so dull and boring that it even makes studying seem to be a much more attractive option. Improved marks are guaranteed!

With a combination of stressful end-of-high-school-exams-that-will-determine-your-entry-to-university-and-pretty-much-
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
I loved Tandem. I'm looking at other reader reviews and wonder if they read the same book that I did. Tandem was incredible. A brilliant blend of science fiction, suspense and romance. I was highly anticipating it's release, the premise of a parallel universe isn't all too common in young adult, and it certainly didn't disappoint. Sasha had lost both her parents, and raised by her estranged grandfather, who she now couldn't imagine her life without. She's
Apr 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Tandem is an incredible novel. It combines the science fiction element of parallel universes with the makings of a diverse fantasy world, which had the potential to either be a complete success or an utter failure. Thankfully, even with a bumpy beginning, the novel managed to dazzle me completely. Anna Jarzab managed to succeed in combining these two sub-genres with her novel, and has introduced me to a world and characters that are utterly fascinating.

In this book, there are plenty of universes
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sasha is an ordinary high school student until she's taken across worlds to impersonate a kidnapped princess. She's none too thrilled about this, given that she wasn't asked and didn't even know that there were parallel worlds.

I thoroughly enjoyed TANDEM, Anna Jarzab's third novel and her first foray into science fiction/fantasy. I liked that it built slowly. The action is confined to Earth and Aurora, but Jarzab doesn't forget that her story is based on infinite possible worlds. Despite the fai
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 stars! To be honest, i dont think i read this at the right time. I was super busy and there was a lot of similarities to another parallel worlds series that I've read, so I didn't enjoy this as much as i probably would have.

However, that doesnt mean i didnt think it was a good book. Overall, the plot was quite exciting and i quite enjoyed the writing style. I didn't like the main character that much but i really love one of the side characters, Callum! The book ends on a cliffhanger, and i thi
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Tandem had a lot of good things going for it, and as long as you can suspend your disbelief and not take it too seriously, it is very enjoyable!

I loved having an MC that actually questioned what was going on around her, not believing the 'truth' from the first guy who gives it too her - she needs to see it to believe. She had real motivations, and while others thought it was a bit Stockholm Syndrome-y, I would disagree.

My biggest pet hate in Sci Fi is when the authors don't know their science an
Crysa James
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf
Had to put this one on my DNF list. I'm sure it's a good book. It's just not one for me. Although the author pens an eloquent world, there wasn't enough action to hold my interest. ...more
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own, arc
I received this book as an ARC copy from my local library in exchange for writing a review for them. In addition, I am writing a review here.

This book was a mess. The beginning was very confusing, and I feel that the world building was brought on in an unorganized fashion. Now, I read a lot in the summer. It's basically all I do (sadly) and so I have read almost 17 books this summer. On average, after I start a book, it takes me 4 to 5 days to finish it. Tandem took me over a month.

That said, t
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I got into Tandem thinking it is a dystopian novel, however I find out it involves parallel worlds, analogs, and a politically unstable monarchy in a parallel world to earth. I've mentioned before that I haven't read much parallel world novels (other than Pivot Point by Kasie West) so this was a great book to broaden my knowledge of this genre. Tandem, while not without flaws, was a pleasant and satisfying read with a whooping 430 pages that might not have all been exciting, but the concepts beh ...more
Big fan of this book. Love the concept. Love the ideas. Love the execution.
Love/Hate the main character, but can't blame her for doing the stupid shit she does. If I were kidnapped and forced into a parallel unmoved by my prom date, I might make stupid choices too. Came to love her at the end. Hate her analog. Want to know what an analog is? Read Tandem. Ha. Lol.
So I've always been a sucker for parallel universe books. I thought about the idea on multiple occasions that there are an infinite num
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Normally I would say that this sort of read just isn't something I pick up willingly. I normally don't gravitate towards sci fi and fantasy reads but lately, lately, that isn't the case at all. In fact, I am pretty sure I can no longer claim to shy away from the two genre as it seems I suddenly have great interest in them and in fact have been loving what I have tried for the most part.

I don't even know why I shy away from it because some of my favorite shows and stories growing up were in the
Review originally posted at A Book So Fathomless.

I bought Tandem around this time last year while I was down at the beach for the weekend. I’d never heard of it before but the beautiful cover drew me in. Of course, I bought it and then it sat on my shelf unread for a year. Basically, that was stupid.

I don’t think I’ve ever managed to finish a book with parallel universes in before – I usually find them too confusing or just not interesting enough. This was different. It just hit me right in the
May 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
I got this book as an ARC from BEA and I also met the author, who was very nice. That's why I wish I could rate it higher, but honestly It's one star. I give it two simply because of the creativity of the world Jarzab has built.

I don't give up on books, I really try not to, I usually give a book 100-150 pages before I consider giving up: and with this novel I was begging for page 100. I'm a big fantasy fan and it takes a lot for me to venture into sci-fi apart from Nix and Star Trek, so this was
Nathan Siegel
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sasha is just a regular highschool girl living with her grandfather. That is, until she meets Grant at the local bookstore, who asks her to prom. On prom night, the most magical night of a girl's life, Sasha's life gets just that- magical. Grant pulls her into another universe; a parallel world where some people are identical to people on Earth. There, Sasha is forced to play the part of Princess Juliana, her doppelgänger and also the princess who, unbeknownst to the kingdom, has been kidnapped ...more
Hannah Segan
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, we're alone; but other times, we're not.
Sasha Lawson is sixteen and lives with her grandfather. Nobody's asked her to prom yet. But while she's at her favorite book store, her crush, the most popular guy in school, asks her to go with him.
At first, it's a dream come true. But when prom comes around, she's transported to another universe; one where she has to pretend to be a princess to set two countries to peace.
Now Sasha has to act like the princess, or risk her life. Meanwhile, the
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I grew up reading lots of "portal" stories, where someone steps through a portal into a parallel universe/other world etc.; they were one of the staples of golden-age science fiction. I haven't seen that many of them in recent YA, though.

In the beginning of the Tandem, despite the really well-drawn characters and excellent writing, my excitement was muted a bit by what seemed like a set-up I had seen a lot of times before (even if not recently); but this book turned out to be not only a
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
YOU GUYS. READ THIS BOOK. I know that sometimes you see a gorgeous cover and think "will this really live up?" In this case: YES. Tandem is a fresh, interesting take on parallel universes that I think will appeal to both sci-fi lovers and people who may not think the genre is for them. It's hard to even categorize this book in a genre as there is plenty of romance (Thomas! Swoon!), mystery, and action with bits of sci-fi weaved throughout. Anna Jarzab will completely bring you into this world (b ...more
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This year I'm going to be a little more liberal with my 5 star ratings, instead of being stingy. On last years very strict rating system, this would have rated a 4.

I really liked it, it was a enjoyable story with good characters. I definitely can't wait for the next one to see what happens next. Really enjoyable!
Aug 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
3.5 stars
I did not expect to like this as much as I actually did. SO MANY FEELS
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Anna Jarzab is the author of All Unquiet Things, The Opposite of Hallelujah, Tandem, Tether, Red Dirt, and Breath Like Water. She lives in New York City and works in children's book publishing. Visit her online at and connect with her on Twitter and Instagram @ajarzab. ...more

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