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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Poppy wants to go to college like everyone else, but her father has other ideas. Ever since her mirror twin sister, Lola, mysteriously vanished, Poppy’s father has been depressed and forces her to stick around. She hopes she can convince Lola to come home, and perhaps also procure her freedom, by sending her twin a series of eighteen letters, one for each year of their liv ...more
Published November 1st 2019 by Metonymy Press
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Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: coming-of-age, queer
Like Tegan and Sara's HIGH SCHOOL, really captures the headf*ckery of twinship and all the crap people project onto twins (my own writing about twins and twinship exploits all that stuff in a way that I hope is self-conscious and critical?), written by someone who is a twin. This is fiction, but feels very grounded in personal experience, even as the story is refracted through multiple literary and pop culture sources. Nabokov's Lolita a major one -- if Lolita had a twin who wrote her a novel, t ...more
Sarah Lozano
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A modern Perks of Being A Wallflower Addie Tsai’s Dear Twin is a work of fiction with a lot of hard truths about coming-of-age and not quite knowing what to do when everything about your future feels like it’s on standby.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a gem of a novel. I had the opportunity to read an early draft of Dear Twin and diving back in after its publication has been such a treat! Tsai's writing is lush, thoughtful, and quiet. I was rooting for Poppy from start to finish. The mystery of what happened to Lola had me racing towards the end, and I love how the story slowly unfolds through letters. Poppy and Juniper's relationship is *chef's kiss* and there's nothing better than a happy ending for two queer characters of color. 5/5.
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Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm an only child. I've never wanted a sibling. In this YA hybrid -- parts autofiction, parts love letter, parts thriller -- I knew I was right. This novel is a door you want to open, a provacative tale that upsets sisterhood, queerness, and what it means from the very spine of the thing to escape.
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hands down one of my favorite books of 2019. And I read a LOT of queer books in 2019...

I just want to shout to the world how freaking amazing this book is! Addie Brook Tsai beautifully dances in the intersection of queer, twinness, and Asian life while deftly navigating romance and family life. The prose of this book is truly stunning and I wish I could get it into more hands so others can be as moved as I was by this book.

If you like character-driven novels with a great deal of queer introspect
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Reading the acknowledgements section made things clearer - this is like reading someone's therapy sessions but fictionalized. I don't know how much fictionalized but the emotion behind it all feels so internalized and specific that I could read along and feel happy or tense or sad for the characters but it was more like reading a journal where the person is using their own shorthand for themselves. I was glad that queer love triumphed even though I can project to a couple months in the future wh ...more
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Addie Tsai teaches courses in literature, creative writing, and humanities at Houston Community College. She collaborated with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater on Victor Frankenstein and Camille Claudel, among others. Addie received her MFA from Warren Wilson College, and she received her doctorate in Dance from Texas Woman’s University. Her queer Asian young adult novel, Dear Twin, will be published b ...more

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