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Do twins begin in the womb?
Or in a better place?

Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical down to the dimple. As daughters of a district-court judge father and a politician mother, they are an all-American family—on the surface. Behind the facade each sister has her own dark secret, and that's where their differences begin.

For Kaeleigh, she's the misplaced focus of Daddy's love,
Hardcover, 565 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Danielle Muise Thinking of myself as a teen, this book would have been shocking and disturbing to me at any age below about 17 or 18. Definitely not for younger teen…moreThinking of myself as a teen, this book would have been shocking and disturbing to me at any age below about 17 or 18. Definitely not for younger teens. Older teens and adults are the best audience, in my opinion!(less)
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My grandfather was a prick. He was an alcoholic and a gambler. He had anger issues and extreme mood swings. He was liberal with his money at the race track and when he was out drinking with his buddies, but it was a big deal if my grandmother wanted a new dress or my mom needed a new pair of shoes. I always hated the way he treated my grandmother and my mother and hated the way they behaved when they were around him. I hated visiting my grandparents on Sundays after chur
Emily May
Feb 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2011
This book was... disturbing. Very disturbing. I really like the author's style and I think the use of verse is highly effective and contributes something to the story that I never imagined possible... but. And there is a but. I felt this book, unlike Burned which I loved, just went too far. It made me feel uncomfortable, too much so. I can't explain, I usually really like books that are controversial and stretch boundaries but... a man performing oral sex on his daughter while her twin watched a ...more
♛ may
DNF @ 65%

I legit only picked up this book bc the **plot twist** was said to be MIND BOGGLING and after searching through spoilers I found that, yes, it is a pretty good plot twist, but I could PHYHSICALY not put up with this book any longer.


The Writing
- I came looking for free verse poetry but the writing was bland and v v tiring
- when I wasn’t puking my guys out bc of how messed up the book was I was falling asleep
- also everything is so drawn out
- like plz edit through man

The Plot
- wh
Feb 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: More mature teens
Recommended to Thomas by: Read "Impulse" and decided to pick up this one
I have to say, this book is pretty amazing.

Basically it's about these two twins, Kaeleigh and Raeanne. They are half of the All-American family, with a dad who is a judge and a mom who is running for a position in Congress. But what lies beneath their facade is really dysfunction; and the worst, worst kind.

Kaeleigh, the introverted one, is being sexually abused by Ray, her own father, and also binges and cuts herself. Raeanne is the exact opposite and is more outgoing, but finds herself wanting
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

This book was amazing and it tore me apart :( I had a feeling I knew where it was going and it did but in a little bit of a different way. It's so very sad. This author can write some amazing ~ heart-wrenching books.. the sad thing is she knows a lot of this stuff from experience.

You have Kaeleigh and Raeanne that are twins and they both have such crappy lives that I almost have no words. It breaks me into pieces.


Eyes firmly planted on Dad
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'm struggling on what to rate this book its between 2 and 3 stars. I guess I'll give it a 2.5. It's a lot. First and foremost there are A LOT of triggers in this book, sexual abuse, cutting, addiction, eating disorders, mental illness. It's a lot to take in and it's a struggle to get through. So many times I had to set the book down because I just couldn't handle it and I had tears in my eyes. Anyone who wants to read this book I reccomend going into it with causation because it is so heavy and ...more
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Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I can certainly say that this is one of my favorite books now. In the beginning, I couldn't help but to think what the ending would be like. It never really gives you a sure-fire conflict. I mean, yes, one twin is molested by her father. The other is getting into a lot of trouble with drugs and boys. But while reading it, the whole time I thought maybe their problems would resolve themselves. Once I got to the ending everything made sense to me and I couldn't help but to stare at my wall for a f ...more
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

I doubt I'll ever cotton to the literary stylings of Ellen Hopkins (that faux-poetry thing drives me nuts; she's no Jacqueline Woodson, that's for damn sure) but I suspect Identical will strike a chord of truth for incest survivors and others who've grown up in exceedingly dysfuctional families like the one that identical twin sisters Kaeleigh and Raeanne endure here. About as subtle as unanesthetized oral surgery, and (for me, anyway) just as painful to endure.
Jul 17, 2008 rated it liked it
Okay so, WOW. I was first introduced to the power of verse writing when I read I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder. I love the rawness, no fluffy descriptions or unneeded stances, just pure emotion. Laci is a huge fan of Ellen Hopkins and she had been trying to get me to read one of her books for a long time. And it isn’t that I didn’t want to, I was just waiting for the right opportunity. And when opportunity comes knockin, you best answer the door.

I read a lot of books. And ones that m
May 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One family - damaged by tragedy. A father who drinks too much; an absentee, professionally-driven mother. Twin girls left in the middle.

Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical twins - each with their own deep, dark secret. One daughter attracts the inappropriate attention of their damaged father. The other daughter, usually ignored, takes part in riskier and riskier behavior just screaming to be heard. Both girls suffer in silence, living behind the facade of a perfect, all-American family.

Ellen Hop
Sep 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Hopkins fans
Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical twins, mirror images of each other. They share a terrible secret.

Kaeleigh is the good girl--she does well in school and has a lead role in the school musical. Ian, her sort-of boyfriend, loves her deeply. Her father loves her too, but not the way a father should.

Raeanne knows about her father's visits to Kaeleigh's bed. While a part of her wants to protect Kaeleigh, another part of her feels jealous because her father didn't pick her. She breaks rules at every
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing

* at all, jesus fucking christ
* it’s 100% better to go into this as blind as possible (aside from trigger warnings, that I’ll list below)
* it’s a novel written in verse, which is a format that I’ve never read before, but oh my gosh so cool?!!?
* it’s a lot more introspective than I’m used to, but it 100% works bless this
* I want to tell you all to go read this, but holy cow, this was probably the hardest book I’ve ever read in
Apr 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, poetry
This is one of those really hard books to review, because it's difficult to say if I really enjoyed it. It deals with twin sisters, one who is sexually abused by their father for years and the other who watches it from her bed.

It's a story dealing with sexual abuse, mental illness, drug abuse, alcoholism, eating disorders and promiscuity in teenagers, and at times it was really horrifying and difficult to read. But, Ellen Hopkins is really excellent at pulling you through the tough spots with so
This story is so disturbing I'm almost appalled at myself for enjoying it this much. The writing is great though, and the story too actually. Awesome really. I thought I knew what I was reading, and then she flipped it. Quite brilliantly. I should have thought of it. I loved that I didn't. It's so lovely to be oblivious. No, really. I usually expect plot twists, and I mostly find it tiring if there are none. Just not with this genre. Probably because it's just light, bland, nothingness most of t ...more
Anna Motteler
Sep 02, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Mature readers
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Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, ya-read
For the last several days since I finished Identical, I, A. have been trying to think of how best to review this first Ellen Hopkins read for me, and B. I keep finding myself thinking about Kaleigh and Raeanne and their stories. Oh, and I guess a C....Well, I've already ordered two more of Hopkins' books, and bought two at Half-Price Books. :)

Having never read Ellen Hopkins, nor a book written in poetry form, I was skeptical if I would like the style or not. My friend Janie recently read Identic
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it

Let me start by saying that when I read a book, I am usually certain about whether or not I liked it. However, that is not the case with this book. "Identical" is the first book I have read by Ellen Hopkins, and I'm very unsure what to think, or if I want to read any of her other books.

I have never particularly enjoyed verse writing, so when this book arrived and I saw that it was ALL in verse, I considered just leaving it in a corner to collect dust. BUT! Yes, there's a "but". After reading a c
aPriL does feral sometimes
''Identical' by Ellen Hopkins tackles a very difficult subject. A father decides his nine-year-old daughter will be great to have sex with whenever he wants sex. So, eight years after the abuse started, Kaeleigh is still the perfect daughter to him. She never says no to him. In fact, she apologizes to him. A lot. He reminds her she has to be clean and neat at all times. Sometimes she isn't. He must know where she is at all times. He demands respect. After all, he's a district court judge.

Where i
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Actual Rating: 1 and a half stars
I was kind and rounded up.

I finished this book last night and I'm still not entirely certain what I want to say about it or how I want to rate it. I wanted to sleep on it, mull it over - I'm still at a loss. So, I'm just going to start writing and hope that whatever spills out gives me an appropriate star rating.

What the back of the book says: "Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical down to the dimple. As daughters of a district-court judge father and a politician mo
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story is about two identical twins, Kaeleigh and Raeanne. Kaeleigh is being abused by her father and Raeanne is jealous of the attention she gets. It's messed up! The book goes through how each twin deals with the abuse and the additional problems that arise because of it.

It is hard for me to give a book about abuse 5 stars - I know, I know, the subject matter shouldn't really influence me like that especially since I chose to read it. This book was so well written though! Each twin's char
Jay G
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Kaleigh and Raeanne are identical twins, each with their own dark secret. Their mother is running in the upcoming election and their Daddy is a district-court judge. Kaeleigh is the focus of her Daddy's affection and Raenne craves the love she never received. Raeanne quickly turns to drugs, sex and alcohol to try and fill the void her parents created. With each sister spiralling out of
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3 stars for the odd book 'Identical', by Ellen Hopkins.

TW: This book contains numerous possible trigger warnings as it handles/includes various unfortunate events.


Okay, so when I was reading this I don't think that I was in the correct headspace to be doing so. I have exams coming up, school is picking up a lot, and I have a ton of family stuff going on. Therefore, I think I was reading this....blindly? It wasn't anything incredibl
• Lindsey Dahling •
This book was okay. It was fine. It was medium. Hopkins is notorious for luring her readers into dark, sensitive territories through poetic POVs of initially innocent, good-natured young women. I didn’t particularly care for this one, though. Identical seemed to go for shock value rather than any sort of complexity, so all of the characters felt highly generic regardless of the horrible abuse they suffered (and there is A LOT). Nothing ever went further than superficial. There is “cutting to fee ...more
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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This is not my first Ellen Hopkins book so I know by now not to expect fluffy bunnies and happily ever after endings. I know to expect a vivid depiction of exactly how life can be and is for some… but boy oh boy, this one really takes the cake.

Identical is the story of Kaeleigh and Raeanne, 16 year-old identical twins. Their father is a district court judge and their mother is currently running for Congress. On the outside their family is picture
As I opened up this book and looked at the writing I was like.. What the hell is this? It's a 565 pages of poems? This is gonna be weird and confusing.
I started flipping through the pages as fast as I could cause I must and needed to know how it ends. After page 3 I barely noticed it was in poem form and in the middle of the book I realized this author is a genius. Not only for how unique this book is but her writing style is highly addicting. **claps loudly for author**

2.5 stars for this one, but will round up to 3. While I found Ellen's writing hypnotic and it sucked me in, in a big way, I felt like this just seemed too....taboo. (Not going to lie. I figured out the plot twist by just reading the synopsis. )

I get that Ellen wants to tackle the very real problems of child molestation, pedophilia, drug abuse, mental illness....but it felt just very visceral and too much trying to shock you with horrific scenes.

I am no prude, but seriously, I can do without a s
Reading the book Identical was a very different experience for me, in an imaginative sort of way. It was very disturbing to hear all of the problems each "girl" were going through; with their father, their mother, grandparents, Ian, and schooling. Everything happening in their lives was so dramatic, nothing seemed to be good for either of them. It hurt me to have to hear all their complaints, espeically when it came to Kaeleigh. Every turn of the page was very suspenceful, knowing and waiting fo ...more
Janie Johnson
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was looking for a quick fluid read to end this month with and I am so glad I picked up this one. Wow, another great work of art by Ellen Hopkins. Whenever I read her stuff I am forced to feel! I experience a huge variety of emotions, from hatred to disgust to love and sadness. I can't help myself really, her words draw me to tears every time I read her works. She writes with such raw emotion, you can't help but feel everything she feels, everything her characters feel.

From the start you are le
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars

I don't know how I didn't see that ending wow not predictable at all. But there some hints but I didn't take it in omg
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