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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,034 ratings  ·  238 reviews
Seventeen-year-old conjoined twins Clara and Hailey have lived in the same small town their entire lives—no one stares at them anymore. But there are cracks in their quiet existence, and they’re slowly becoming more apparent.

Clara and Hailey are at a crossroads. Clara wants to stay close to home, avoid all attention, and study the night sky. Hailey wants to travel the worl
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Sophia The theme is self discovery and self acceptance. Also, there's a focus on the importance of friendship and loyalty.

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Emily May
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
He was Cute with a capital C. Cute in a sweet-looking, gangly, 97-percent-grown-but-still-3-percent-boy kind of way, with deep blue eyes like the sky before sunset, when it’s just about to throw itself open and let in the stars.

This was not what I'd hoped for. Despite featuring rarely-seen characters and subjects, Gemini manages to feel all too familiar. If you're looking to read a thoughtful, moving book about conjoined twins with distinct personalities, try One by Sarah Crossan. Because Gemi
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Cait • A Page with a View
The story is narrated through the dual POVs of Hailey and Clara as they come to terms with growing up, possibly dating, where/how to go to college, and who they are as individuals. Both of the twins, as well as all of their friends, were completely believable teens! Their mother has been telling the twins they're "completely normal" and is sort of in denial about their future, but even her character is totally relatable because she's only acting out of love and concern.

Everything felt really rea
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Laurie Flynn
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was gripped the instant I heard the premise for this book. As someone with a sister, I know how difficult it is to put words to the special bond siblings share when they’re incredibly close. I’m talking emotional closeness, mental closeness, the kind where you can practically read each other’s minds and show up to an event dressed the same by accident. But in GEMINI, Sonya Mukherjee tackles all of this and so much more. Because the main characters in her book, Hailey and Clara, aren’t just sis ...more
Jennifer Bardsley
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When Gemini debuts on July 26, 2016 it will tug at your heart because Sonya Mukherjee has crafted a book that will make you feel everything from elation to despair. Clara and Hailey desperately wish they could ask their crushes to the Sadie Hawkins dance without it being a big deal. But of course, it is...because they are conjoined twins.

Clara is the practical one, who wants to live her life without being noticed. Hailey is the artistic twin, with pink hair and dreams of traveling the world. Tog
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Sana
Dec 06, 2016 marked it as d-n-f
Yeah, this ain't working out.

I just can't finish this book. I'm not feeling anything and I'm not really grasping the whole idea of the conjoined twins.

It's a DNF.
Jay G
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Hailey and Clara are 17 year old conjoined twins. They're very different from each other. Clara is more reserved and loves the stars. She dreams of one day going into space. Hailey is more outspoken, with pink hair, who dreams of art school. They've spent their whole
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
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True story, conjoined twins are something I enjoy reading about a lot. There are such a finite number of people on earth who can ever understand what it is like sharing a body with another human being, and I find it incredibly impressive when authors manage to get into this headspace. Obviously I can't say for sure, but Sonya's portrayal of both girls felt incredibly authentic.

I really e
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Morris
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3 1/5 stars

“Gemini” is a groundbreaking ya novel about conjoined twins. It was an interesting read that took me beyond my preconceived notions.

Clara and Hailey are conjoined but as different as two people can be. One is an artist and one is an astronomy genius. Told in alternating viewpoints, it highlights how differently they think and see their situation. Topics such as relationships and bullying are tackled, as well as the more mundane tasks in life that are more difficult for
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Jenn Bishop
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shy Clara yearns to see what Earth looks like from outer space. Pink-haired in-your-face Hailey wants to further explore her artistic side. But the two sisters face limitations that none (or very, very few) of this book's readers ever will. They're conjoined twins. Their parents made careful choices early in their lives, before either of them could make them for themselves--not electing to perform surgery that could have significantly lessened their quality of life, moving to middle of nowhere B ...more
Emily Mead
Aug 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I mean it was okay. Nothing on ONE by Sarah Crossan.

But Hailey and Clara felt very similar in terms of voice - I struggled keeping up with whose POV it was. And it was not exactly an exciting plot. Just didn't feel very much connection to the story or the characters (ESPECIALLY the mum who was over-the-top controlling - like not in a protective way but in an awful, hurtful way).

Disappointed TBH but I still did like the ending.
Amirah I.
Mar 05, 2016 marked it as to-read
Marking this as "to-read" just bc I'm a gemini lol
Traci Chee
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I knew from the first page of this story that I would follow Clara and Hailey anywhere. Clara's voice was so engaging (and as I later learned, so distinct from her sister's, whose narration was equally compelling) that I felt like I was meeting new friends instead of reading characters in a book. Mukherjee's storytelling is so effortless that the book feels like one of those conversations that lasts for hours, where you discover all sorts of new things about the person you're talking to--and abo ...more
Karen Fortunati
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The relationship of two sisters who are conjoined twins is the heart of this beautiful debut by Sonya Mukherjee. High school is hard enough - navigating academic demands, college/career decisions, relationship and friend drama and the independence that growing older achieves. But all that is complicated tenfold by the physical tethering of sisters Clara and Hailey to each other. Mukherjee's characters are rich and nuanced and completely individual. I especially loved the family dynamic and how t ...more
Sarah Glenn Marsh
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Masterful.

This book had me hooked from page 1, even though I don't normally read contemporaries; a big reason for that was the sheer level of emotion, the connection I felt with the book's two main characters/narrators, Clara and Hailey. Even though I don't share their circumstances, Sonya Mukherjee makes it easy to empathize with both girls through her stellar writing. Each girl's POV is distinct and important. Even the side characters in this book are fully realized and have back stories that
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Parker Peevyhouse
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Totally engrossing--I couldn't stop reading. The storyline mostly involves conjoined twins Hailey and Clara figuring out what to do when they graduate from high school. They've spent their whole lives in a tiny town where everyone knows them, but they both have big dreams (art school, astronomy) that would take them into the larger world, where people aren't always kind to them. They're both also having their first romantic experiences--a really complicated thing to maneuver when you can't exact ...more
{Tracy Thai}
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
(Ah! I hadn't been posting my reviews on here for so long! Sorry, sorry!)

This book was honestly really cute. And interesting. And really mind-blowing because how couldn't there be more books about this topic? I had this copy for a few weeks now, and I've been on this huge book hangover for some strange reason. But the moment I picked up this book, I was literally addicted. It was really good! I have no other words to describe it cause the topic, the situation, in this book is pretty hard to try
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Rahul Kanakia
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I tore through the book this morning after getting it on my Kindle a week ago. From the very beginning I was hooked by the voice of the book: it's really fresh and down-to-earth. These are two girls who are exceptional in their situation, but they're still just like anybody else: raised in a small town in California, they have their own unique (and individual) dreams and desires.

Where the book shone, I think, was in the depiction of the town. It didn't go for the easy hooks and the easy plot poi
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Ashley Blake
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
A unique and wise story about acceptance, bravery, and loving yourself. So good!
Rachel Reeves
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

As a mother of teenage twin girls, I was very intrigued by the premise of this book. Thinking about how different my girls are, how they don't always get along so well, how they have such different passions, etc., made me curious to read this story about conjoined twin girls. I came in with many questions about their relationship and how life worked for them day in and day out, and Mukherjee did
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Grade: D

One Word: disappointing

Conjoined twins Hailey and Clara enter their senior year of school and for the first time, begin thinking about their independence, dating and perhaps even separation, much to the chagrin of thrift overprotective mother.

Who isn't fascinated by conjoined twins and how they live their lives? GEMINI is a glimpse into two lives. Sonya Mukherjee did her homework researching the experiences she brought to life in Hailey and Clara. The down side was that GEMINI contained
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Janet McNally
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful book that is written with both deep empathy and great imagination. I love sister stories, but I've never read one like this before, because no matter what Hailey and Clara do, they can't have separate lives. Their sisterly bond is physical instead of emotional, and the story that follows feels utterly real but also absolutely surprising. It's such a fresh take on the teenage desire for identity, and the language is gorgeous. We get to hear from both sisters, and their voices ...more
Adriana Mather
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Humor, drama, and beautiful writing!

The two protagonists, Hailey and Clara, in GEMINI are both clever and hilariously funny girls! They are also conjoined twins. This makes this coming of age story especially poignant. Mukherjee has done an amazing job addressing issues like dating, future hopes and dreams, and privacy in the face of the constant presence of another person, even if that other person is a beloved twin.

This book was gripping. And it asked all of the hard questions. Bravo!
Kelly
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Two Paws Up!

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through Edelweiss. This review contains minor/vague spoilers!)

When I was younger, if I couldn’t sleep, I would mentally trace the stars of the Gemini constellation. Dad had taught us to find it when we were as young as six or seven, keeping us up late on certain clear winter nights, when Gemini would be easiest to spot. He didn’t know that much about constellations, but for some reason he needed us to memorize every part o
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Ashley
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, 2016, ebook, library
3.5 stars, but I'll round up because it was cute. I mean, it was your typical teen book about high school and what happens after, boys, friends, and not really knowing your place in the universe. Just this book happened to be about conjoined twins, which was neat, but I did kind of have a hard time picturing how they looked. I even Googled to see how they'd be joined, but it didn't help my imagination. Also, I found both Clara and Hailey's voices and characteristics to be identical, so it was a ...more
Rosalyn Eves
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I devoured Sonya Mukherjee's debut, GEMINI, in an afternoon--it's a compulsively readable book that made me laugh, made me cry, and ultimately, made me glad to live in a beautiful, complicated world full of possibilities.

The story follows the dual POVs of Clara and Hailey--twins who share almost everything but their own interior world, thanks to a posterior conjoinment. Their shared lower nervous system means they can even feel through the other's legs. Despite their closeness, the twins are di
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CatchTheseWords
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: disabled-char
Wow, I've never read anything like this before.

I honestly want to reach through the pages and give both twins a huge hug, and high five. And then reach through the internet and hug the author.

Because this book got it. It got what it's like to be a teen, for everyone you meet to feel awkward around you. It got how people value you for the story of struggle you apparently bring, rather than your abilities. In short, it got what my life was like as a teen, and in many ways still is.


“Yes,” I said, e
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Kat Helgeson
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh. Oh. Oh wow.

To begin with, a book about conjoined twin sisters was not something I expected to see this year. Even when I picked up GEMINI, I was thinking, okay, it's probably about stargazing! So wow. Amazed me right out of the gate.

What impressed me even more was the way Mukherjee constantly made me feel like I was reading a story about two sisters. Which, of course, is exactly what I was reading. But the fact of being conjoined was so natural and so everyday for protagonists Clara and Hai
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Heather Meloche
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hailey and Clara are conjoined twins, attached at the lower spine. Historically, people like them have been turned into circus acts or freak shows, and these girls, who in every other way are normal teenagers in their senior year, have to overcome all the fear, curiosity, and disgust that surrounds them. I think one of the best things I can say about Sonya Mukherjee's amazing work is that often, I forgot the characters were conjoined twins. The author dragged me right into Clara and Hailey's hea ...more
Terri Robinette
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I began this book with trepidation. The challenges the two sisters faced were beyond my comprehension. Their love for each other exuded off the pages. Each wanting the best for the other. Yet, how could that be accomplished when one would not exist without the other? One wanting to fade into the background, "be normal", stay at home, fall in love and study the stars. The other wanting to embrace everything life had to offer, to @#$ with "normal", live in a large city, fall in love and become an ...more
Kathleen Glasgow
Gemini is a touching, sweet, and ultimately heartfelt story of sisters, love, and realizing maybe the best place for you is right where you are--with family. Hailey and Clara are smart, funny, creative, thoughtful--and conjoined twins. Mukherjee does a bang-up job describing the day to day rituals that make up being physically tethered to your sister--their lives are difficult, but caring parents have made things easy and stable. I loved that the POV switches from sister to sister--this gave the ...more
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