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Separated @ Birth: A True Love Story of Twin Sisters Reunited

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  585 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Imagine one day opening Facebook and reading a message from a stranger that says, "I think we might be twins...don't freak out..." It all began when design student Anais Bordier viewed a YouTube video and saw her own face staring back. After some research, Anais found that the Los Angeles actress Samantha Futerman was born in a South Korean port city called Busan on Novemb ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 13th 2014 by PUTNAM (first published October 30th 2014)
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Julie Ehlers
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: twins
I had my doubts about this book, but as an identical twin myself, it's pretty much inevitable that I'm going to read any "separated at birth" story--there's just too much that's fascinating about what twins discover about themselves and each other when they finally meet. And indeed, the best parts of this book concerned the twins, the American Samantha and the French Anais, discovering each other, getting to know each other, researching their adoptions from South Korea, meeting each other's fami ...more
Lori
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I was a goodreads first reads winner of this book. I was glad I got the chance to read this book about two girls who were separated at birth. Anais Bordier and Samantha Futerman were born in Korea in 1987. they grew up for 25 years not knowing they were identical twins that were separated after being born. Anais was adopted and grew up in France. Samantha was adopted and grew up on the east coast in the USA. at 25 a friend of Anais saw a video of a girl that looked just like Anais. soon Anais co ...more
Mary
Feb 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
This book could have been condensed into one paragraph and saved me a lot of wasted time:

"We love ourselves. We love each other. We are very excited about finding each other. Our parents love us and spoil us. We love them back. Even though we are intelligent, we act like airheads. We hope to make some money off our story and Sam hopes it will boost her acting career. We do not know how to write a long or complicated sentence. We both hate cooked carrots but raw ones are okay. By the way, we are
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George
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS STORY.

“I could have had a mental breakdown when I found out about Anaïs. I could have gone into a deep depression about the meaning of life […] But what would be the point? When I least expected it, I have found someone to be happy with for the rest of my life. I have been given a gift…”—Sam (p. 229)

First I watched the documentary, 'Twinsters,' on Netflix—which I stumbled upon in the StumbleUpon App, on my iPad—which I learned about while reading Kevin Kelly's book, ‘The
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Jeanette
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Told from each girl's perspective, this is the story of identical twins who find each other at age 25. Neither knowing that they had a twin and being raised through adoption on different continents. It is 2.5 star, but I could not raise it up. There is such redundancy, even within exact wording, and not enough twin study data. Parts were interesting and yet the eventual combinations of visits and family entwining events became more central than any aspect of twin study. The twin study in analysi ...more
Kimberly Dawn
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: asian
4 stars for enjoyment factor.
katyjanereads
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
1. It took me forever to read this book because I was constantly researching and then explaining things to my husband. Maps, YouTube videos, IMDB, Wikipedia pages, news clips, their documentary information, looking words up in the dictionary, figuring out there was such thing as Facebook message spam and then having to go check mine and change some privacy settings, looking up books that were mentioned and maybe adding them to my reading list, more YouTube videos, looking at their pictures in th ...more
Jen
Sep 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, firstreads
I won this via GoodReads Firstreads.

I really enjoyed this book, but I have some reservations about it. It is a happy feel-good story about how two adopted Korean women found out that they were twins and what happened after that fact was discovered. I liked the parts leading up to and directly after they met, BUT the whole documentary thing seemed in slightly poor taste. I guess I'm just tired of the American "reality TV" thing, but the movie seemed over the top. The book, with maybe some pictur
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Claire
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received Separated @ Birth as part of a Goodreads giveaway.

Samantha Futerman and Anais Bordier, adopted from South Korea as infants, grew up on opposite sides of the Atlantic, with Sam just outside of New York City and Anais in France. One day in 2012, however, a friend sent Anais, then a twentysomething fashion design student in London a link to a YouTube video featuring Sam, a budding actress living in L.A.--and Anais' mirror image. Told in alternating chapters from each woman's point of vie
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Barb Burrowes
Mar 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
The story itself is compelling and joyous. However the writing is sophomoric and trite to the point that it because nauseating. Target audience: junior high girls who wish they had a secret twin sister out there.
Helena Fairfax
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Review to follow on www.helenafairfax.com ...more
Amerynth
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I watched the movie "Twinsters" a few years ago and didn't realize that Anais Bordier and Samantha Futerman had also written a book about their experiences. The pair, both Korean adoptees, found out they were twins at the age of 25 -- a circumstance made all the more remarkable by the fact Sam was raised in New Jersey and Anais in France and both had adoption paperwork saying they were single births. Thanks to the internet, they reunited.

While neither is a natural writer, I'm glad to have read "
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Hannah
May 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Poor writing, weak narrative structure. I enjoyed learning about the state of adoption in Korea and how identical twins are studied in the U.S.
Jessica
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Imagine one day opening Facebook and reading a message from a stranger that says, "I think we might be twins... don't freak out..."

I was introduced to the women in this book Samantha and Anaïs through their Kickstarter Page 'TWINSTERS' that had gone viral last year. I was fascinated by their story: two sisters, one an American actress living in California and the other a french fashion design student living in London found each other through social media. By the time I got around to their kicks
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Staci
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adoption-reads
A true story told from the two distinct voices of young women separated at birth in South Korea, and adopted to different countries. The tale of how they found each other at age 24, how they grew up, how they each processed their adoptions, their reunion, the joining of their adoptive families, and their search for birth family in Korea.

A very sweet story, a lovely read. They are adoptees who are very peaceful about the lies in their adoption paperwork, which felt surprising, and the gooshy hear
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Christine
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book more. I had seen an ad for the documentary and didn't get a chance to see it, so when I saw this book on the New Books shelf at the library, I snapped it up.

I was really disappointed in this book. It would be one thing if it were cut in half by length and existed as some sort of shared blog between the girls. It's another thing to slog through this book--my goodness. It would be great to se more about the twin study--but I'm guessing it wasn't included in an in-
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Emma
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After seeing their documentary "Twinsters," I knew I wanted to read this book. It's about twin sisters that were unknowingly separated at birth in South Korea. Anais grew up in France as an only child, while Sam grew up on New Jersey. By chance, one of Anais' friends see's a YouTube video of Sam, who is an actress, and realizes how much she looks like Anais. This is the story of their life and how they found each other after being separated for 25 years. They talk about their childhood and backg ...more
Laura
This book was amazing. I was drawn to this book not only by the story (twin sisters separated at birth who find each other thanks to modern technology and social media) but as the older sister of an adoptee. As I read their story, especially as they told their adoption stories, I found so many similarities to my brother's adoption. That story was already so real to me because I lived it, an eyewitness, but it was really nice to see the adoption story told by the adoptees, told stories over and o ...more
Kelly Case Burroughs
Being a twin (not identical and not separated at birth) I found this to be a really interesting read and throughly enjoyed it. The book goes back and forth with Sam and Anaïs perspectives throughout the journey of discovering one another and their first meet, and then their visits after that. There is a documentary they created called Twinsters that I watched right after finishing this book. I highly recommend reading the book and then watching the documentary. The book goes into details about t ...more
Beth Gonzalez
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspiring and Uplifting Love Story of Sister Reunited

Have you ever wished for a twin? Imagine clicking on a YouTube link to find a person who looks just like you. Further investigation shows that this mysterious woman shares your birthday and birthplace. This is just the beginning of the story of two strangers who discover they are identical twins. I saw the movie and loved it but the book answered many of the questions I still had about the girls and their story. Sam and Anais are two of the br
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Kathy
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an astounding story! Two adopted young Korean women, one living in France and the other in America, discover through social media that they are identical twins. They wrote this book together and together they delineate the joy, the fear, the shock, the excitement and the surreal feeling of meeting each other, meeting each other's families, their travels to Korea to try and find out more about their birth family, and the adjustments to be made in their own lives. Some of their "matching" tra ...more
Mimi
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This nonfiction book tells an amazing and love filled story! Twenty-five year old Anais Bordier lives in France. She had been adopted by her parents from South Korea. One day a friend of hers sends a you tube link of an American actress named Samantha who looks just like Anais! Anais finds Samantha on Facebook and messages her. Samantha had also been adopted from South Korea and the girls discover they were born on the same day! Could they possibly be twins? Read this heartwarming book and be en ...more
Kim
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Saw the documentary and was really touched by the true life story of these identical twins who were separated at birth and adopted to families in different countries who found each other through social media. The book goes more in depth and also shows the side of Anaïs more than the documentary. Great read, great story. Highly suggest both the book and the film.
Christopher Guen
May 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I sought out this book after seeing Samantha and Anaïs's documentary, Twinsters. It's such a fascinating story and I was eager to find out more. The book is a bit repetitive, but it also does give a little more insight into the internal thoughts that were going through each sister's head as the possibility of having a long-lost twin became more of a reality. ...more
S.
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An incredible account of their journey discovering each other and of themselves! Their personal reflections throughout the novel really brings you in as a reader, and connects you with their experience. A must read. Looking forward to their film now!
Carlene
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Moderately interesting. Twin researcher Nancy Segal's books on twins separated at birth are much more enlightening (and written better). I felt I was reading something written by teens and agree with Mary's recent one paragraph condensation of this book. ...more
Adrienne
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
a great feel good story. amazing how these sisters found each other and have started to forge their relationship!
Lynn
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story! Truly inspiring.
Jeff Miller
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Saw movie Twinsters and them read this book
So much more stuff went on and happened during & after the documentary was finished. MUST READ
Jasmine
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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