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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,992 ratings  ·  423 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Giselle Boyer and her identical twin, Isabelle, are as close as sisters can be. They are each other’s strongest source of support even as their family life seems to be unraveling and their parents are considering divorce. Then the Boyers have a tragic encounter that will shatter everyone’s world forever.

Giselle wakes up in a hospital room, injured and unab
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 29th 2015 by Scholastic Press
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jv poore
Preamble be damned, Untwine begins in the present and with purpose. Mum and Dad aren’t getting along. Identical teen-aged twin girls are tight, but right now, each is feeling a bit out of sorts. Everyone in the family car, each in a funk. And they are running late. Suddenly--another vehicle slams into them. The tightly knit family is shattered; metaphorically and then, quite literally.

Realistic fiction with a fresh focus features a situation that anyone can relate to. Rather than opening with an
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Kels
Whatever is after this world, I pray that there's room for the four of us to always sit together."


This was a heart touching, but incredibly boring read for me. The first couple of chapters and especially the first sentence reminded me of If I Stay by Gayle Forman (which I loved), but unfortunately this novel doesn't bring anything new or exciting to the scene of YA contemporary, realistic fiction.

The writing does have an easy, structured flow to it, but the pacing is so dreadfully slow and th
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Diane S ☔
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Have always loved Danticat's adult novels so when I saw this one targeted form the Ya group I had to grab it. She did a wonderful job.

Two twins, soon to celebrate their seventeenth birthday, Isabelle and Giselle, close as can be though they have differences, in friends, in interests. A car ride to the concert, where Isabelle will play her flute, will change everything forever for, this family.

A novel about grief, recovery and how to move ahead when one is missing. A strong family unit with s
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kazually
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
dnf at page 22

the writing is kinda nice, but i'm kinda just not in the mood to read one of these types of books. there's not any dialogue happening and it's pretty boring.
Book Riot Community
Danticat is one of the most amazing, critically acclaimed writers working today and this, her third young adult novel, does not disappoint. It is a tremendous story of twin sisters and a tragic accident that leaves one of the sisters, Giselle, trapped in her body with no way to communicate. While unable to talk, Giselle spends her time reflecting on her family and her sister, what those things mean in a higher sense, and whether she wants to return to the world she once knew. This book is incred ...more
Jazmen
May 19, 2015 rated it liked it
The same haunting, devastating sadness that is Breath Eyes Memory. Danticat weaves a heartbreaking tale of sisterhood, life and love in Untwine with her usual haitian flair.

Untwine tells the story of twin teenaged girls, Isabelle, and Giselle. Two twins whose lives are forever changed by a car crash. Trapped in the confines of her unyielding body, Giselle is forced to deal with her past, her future, and the seemingly inability to now deal with it all.

What's remarkable about Danticat, is that d
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Taryn Pierson
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I actually coughed up the cash to buy this book in hardcover, because it just looked so beautiful. The light blue background, the tree branches, the hearts, the poetic title...it spoke to me.

Of course, the morning I put the book into my work bag also happened to be the same morning I failed to tightly seal my coffee thermos, which was—you guessed it—also in my bag.

You win some, you lose some.

Fortunately, by lunchtime the book had mostly dried, so no reading time was lost in the tragedy. And not
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Barbara
There were parts of this book (the middle) that were 3 stars for me, and parts (towards the end) that were 5. This is Danticat's first young adult novel. It is the story of identical twin sisters, Giselle and Isabel, aged 16, living in Miami, whose parents are Haitian immigrants. It is impossible to describe many details without spoilers, except that the book opens with a tragic event.

Identical twins often have rituals, and sometimes eccentric behaviors. Giselle and Isabel have a love of "glori
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Beverly
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Profoundly stunning were the words that came to mind when I finished the last sentence in this poignant and tender story dealing with sisterhood, family, love, loss and grief. Readers quickly learn that sixteen-year-old Haitian-American identical twins, Giselle and Isabelle were born holding hands and now as a car crashes into their SUV on their way to Isabelle’s concert their last interaction with each other will be holding hands making the title so appropriate as the reader journey’s with Gise ...more
Dominic
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Untwine is a quiet novel—perhaps too quiet for many readers of YA novels—but Danticat is a still a master. Danticat is a master of the impressionistic novel, and some of her novels (several of them written as intertwined short stories) stand as all time favourites. Untwine comes up too short of that caliber novel, perhaps because she seems forced, written a YA novel, to develop a plot-driven story around a tale that is much more reflective, about the journey of dealing with grief.

What Danticat
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Maggie
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was bored the whole time reading this and skimmed most of the book. I was expecting more, but there was nothing about this book which drew me in.
Michelle Glatt
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautifully heart-wrenching story of a teen who loses her twin sister in a car accident and her family's attempts to survive in the aftermath of such a tragedy.
Sarah
Oct 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
also posted on my blog sarahsbookaddiction.wordpress.com

NOTE: I do mention If I Stay quite a bit in this review and it does contain spoilers, so if you haven’t read If I Stay, I wouldn’t suggest you to go any further.

When I picked up this book, I was deprived of contemporary. I hadn’t read one in a while, so I was beyond excited to read this. The title and synopsis sounded so intriguing and totally heart wrenching I couldn’t wait to dive in.

First off I just wanted to say comparing books is terri
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Jacquelyn
Mar 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Untwine was an okay read. The beginning was *super* similar to If I Stay which I enjoyed but I was sort of hesitant to see what would come of everything. The book was very predictable and somewhat boring but the writing and pacing was really quick so it sort of made up for it. I didn't feel any true connections to any of the characters so that was one of my major disappointments. The ending was nice but I guess I was just wanting more? I don't know. I just felt that it was a very predictable boo ...more
Clara Biesel
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not a book I would have necessarily reached for, but I'm so glad I did. It's YA, and it's a family drama of a teenage girl whose identical twin sister dies in a car crash. It was a very moving portrayal of grief, and a warm story, and one of the best YA books I've ever read set in 1st person present tense, a choice I usually hate, despite its prevalence in YA. Here it and its flashbacks are smooth and clear without clumsy, "I am narrating my thoughts of inexplicable yet necessary exposition." He ...more
Rosie Waters
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
8/10. There's nothing better than starting a book you've heard nothing about, and loving it. This book was really beautiful - no, it wasn't an entirely exciting storyline, and it didn't have stand-out writing, but it was just a lovely, and heartbreaking story that was easy to read
Marceline
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I chose this book without having heard of it before, but I had confidence I would enjoy it because I’m a big fan of the saucer. I listen to it as an audiobook, and I would highly recommend that because the narrator captured all of the voices wonderfully, but most of all infused the mix of French, Creole and English seamlessly.
This is one of those books that I would recommend to anyone, whether you’ve read this author before or not. It takes on a very emotional subject, but there is such a great
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Suz
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
While reading this book I was compelled by the family of characters to continue til the conclusion. Parts were very boring and almost devoid of emotion when I expected to be beyond sad as the event unfolds. It almost annoyed me. Then there were other parts that were so beautifully written; a memorable quote with perfect insight. The last part of the book is very moving. I totally agree with other reviewers that parts of the book were 2 stars and others were 5 stars. Those moments kept me reading ...more
Eleni
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing

In Untwine, Edwidge Danticat tells a story about 2 18 year old twin sisters who are going through a hard time in their life. Their names are Isabelle and Gizelle. Their parents are divorcing and they are imagining what their life would be like not together as a family. One day their whole family is going to Gizelle’s dance recital and on the way there, they get into a car accident. Read the book to find out if the sisters will be untwined forever.
In Untwine, I think the author did a good job e
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Barbara
Sixteen-year-old Giselle Boyer and her twin sister Isabelle are close despite the fact that each sister has her own talents, tastes, and interests. When a car crash results in Isabelle's death while they are en route to a school concert, Giselle awakens in a hospital bed and finds herself unable to speak or move. As her family rallies around her, at first thinking that it is Isabelle who has survived, Giselle wonders if it is worthwhile to try to go on. After all, she has lost the one person who ...more
Jessica | Booked J
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“People say that things like this happen in slow motion, as though you suddenly become an astronaut in the antigravity chamber of your own life. This wasn't true for me. Things were speeding up instead, and I did my best to slow them down in my mind.”

As a note, a finished copy of this novel was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.

In a tune similar to that of If I Stay, readers can expect to have their hearts break in half a
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Cate Hagarty
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a story about the truest love and about the deepest loss. It is the story of the pain you feel when you lose the person you love the very most in this world, your other half, your better half, the person who completes all your sentences and fits your clothes and gets you at your most basic. When you lose that person, first you have to figure out if you want to live anymore. Recovery is rough going in a hospital bed from which you float in and out of consciousness while the remaining peop ...more
Emily♥
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
You know how you see the synopsis for a book and instantly know you have to read it? Even if it is sure to break your heart?

Double yes.

Add this one to your list of heartbreakers, because it is spectacular.

Untwine got to me. It poured right into my soul as I devoured this book into my heart.

I knew what I was getting into. Anyone will the minute they read the back cover of Untwine. It’s sure to go only one way, and yet you’re still not ready for it once it finally happens.

I loved this book.

I love
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Melissapalmer404
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Book #86 Read in 2015
Untwine by Edwidge Danticat (YA)

In graduate school, I read a book by this author and loved it. Several years ago, I read another YA book by her and loved that too. Therefore, this one was a no-brainer to request for review. It did not disappoint. Isabella and Giselle are identical twins. On their way to a school concert, the unthinkable happens and the twins, along with their parents, are in a horrific car crash. One twin lives; one twin dies. How does the family cope with t
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Kristen (kaymaldo)
I really, really wanted to like this book. Even though the premise started off like an If I Stay knock off, I liked the way the author talked about the culture and diversity that the family comes from. Outside of that, this was just a really boring read. It's written in a kind of memoir style, which is fine for a memoir, but I really wanted to see more conversation instead of constant internal monologues and thoughts. I tried to get through this book, but just ended up skimming through it till ...more
Bailey
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Untwine by Edwidge Danticat is a story about two sisters, twins. It's a very sad book, and full of mystery about a mysterious event that changed one sister's life, and ended another's forever. The best character is Giselle, one of the twins. She is devastated about the tragic event that took place, but she is not afraid to face what's real, even if it means that part of her is and always will be missing. This story is very realistic and could definitely happen to anyone, but it's not something t ...more
Jherane Patmore
Oct 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: rebelwomenlit
I enjoyed this book for the themes. I wish I got to know the family a bit better, they seem brilliant and lit! I'd love a prequel from the perspective of the parents.
I would recommend this for persons who like YAs that deals with death.
Emma
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was probably tearing up the entire time I read this...no joke.
Cristina
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book made me cry
Alicia Farmer
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
It seemed like Danticat's heart wasn't in this. I kept thinking it felt like a response to a writing prompt. It was mainly about a young woman's immediate survival and recovery from an accident that kills her twin sister. But there are side plots that involve young romances and then, oddly, a police investigation into whether the accident was accidental at all. It felt pretty piecemeal.

This book reminded me a lot of another YA book I listened to several years ago, "If I Stay." I saw several othe
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Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti and moved to the United States when she was twelve. She is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; and The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner. She is also the editor of The Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States and The Beac ...more
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“People say that things like this happen in slow motion, as though you suddenly become an astronaut in the antigravity chamber of your own life. This wasn't true for me. Things were speeding up instead, and I did my best to slow them down in my mind.” 1 likes
“Isabelle didn't need to call my name. Not because of the twin telepathy thing people always talk about, but because we were holding hands. We were holding hands the tightest we have ever held hands in our entire lives. We were holding hands just as we had on the day we were born.” 1 likes
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