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On the eve of their thirteenth birthday, identical twins Chloe and Sue agree to get matching tattoos to prove their bond is stronger than DNA. So begins Twins, Marcy Dermansky’s funny and disturbingly honest debut novel, the extraordinary story of blonde, beautiful twin sisters trying to survive adolescence and each other.

Over the course of five years, Chloe and Sue overco
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 17th 2006 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published July 18th 2005)
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Nicola
Dec 11, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, teen
It’s clear to any reformed YA reader where the author got her idea for this novel: blonde, beautiful twin sisters and their college-age brother live out their teenage years in upper-middle-class suburbia. Sound familiar?

However, this is Sweet Valley High put through the chick-noir blender. Elizabeth’s passivity becomes masochism in the form of “good” twin, Chloe. Jessica’s penchant for recklessness is transformed into a destructive madness in Sue. Daniel, SVH’s Steven by another name, is a loner
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Donald
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Twins, there are (not surprisingly) two lead characters, one "good" twin (Chloe), and one who is slightly bonkers (Sue); they are clearly two sides of the same coin. We get alternating chapters in each twin's first-person narration that really show their different personalities. They may look identical, but that's were the similarities end. I won't rehash the whole plot here, but I love the unpredictability of the story (of all Dermansky's novels, actually). And a cool thing happens--the char ...more
Jenny
Apr 30, 2012 rated it liked it
read it now; this is my reaction and also a response to another reader's review. the people in this book are so bad you start to think, "this is ridiculous. nobody is this cruel in real life. bad parents are not just bad parents. there is not one perfect twin and one totally messed up twin." but then you start to think, "yes huh. people can totally be this cruel in real life. there are people who are so blissfully unaware of themselves and the effect they have on other people that they could eas ...more
Vicky
Mar 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
What ticks me off the most about this utterly depressing, melodramatic novel, is that twice on the cover I am told it is 'funny.' You're going to have to give me page and line number on which parts were supposed to be 'funny.' The girls leap from one psychotic episode to the next; neither are sympathetic characters until about 10 pages from the end and their parents are so unbelievable as to be mere cyphers to allow the author to put her twins in ever-more ridiculous situations. Ugh. Bypass.
Mary Bronson
I read this book many years ago in high school. I remember picking it up from the library and I enjoyed reading it. It was very disturbing and crazy but it is something not a lot of people think about. It is a great book about the harsh reality of growing up and thoughts a lot of young girls have. I might have to find another copy and re read it so I can get a fresh take on the book.
christa
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
What if instead of the smart and practical Elizabeth Wakefield girl reporter, there was a Chloe, a hardworking, soon-to-be popular teenager stunted by her enabling? And instead of that rowdy, boy-crazy Jessica Wakefield there was a Sue with the tendencies of a low-level sociopath, crippling co-dependency and a lack of self control?

And what if, when you were introduced to them, instead of giddy hopefulness about getting into the elite high school sorority, these twins were worried about the steri
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Justine
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I needed a quick read and this book caught my eye. I myself am an identical twin so I was very curious to what the story had to offer. I hadn't even finished the first page and I wanted to cry. I find this book honestly disturbing. I find myself to be able to understand Sue seeing myself in her place. How she describes Chloe is how I see my sister most of the time because I compare myself a lot to her. Both Sue's obsession and Chloe's want to individualize herself made this book almost unbearabl ...more
Emma Kinna
Jan 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazing-ya-s
This book was...gritty, harsh, deep, dark, bitterly hilarious. It's one of the best YA novels I've ever read. Two beautiful sisters with one thing in common- each other. They grow up, together and apart, each making her own mistakes and learning. They separate when Sue, who loves only her sister, goes too far, and Chloe, longing to be her own person, breaks away. They find their way back to each other slowly, working through hard times and heartbreaks. It's hard to describe what makes this book ...more
Beth Gordon
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
I found this book about the love/hate relationship between this set of twins disturbing. There's the type of disturbing that tells a good story, and then there's disturbing of bad, unsympathetic characters, with one in particular who should have probably been in a mental institution. I am fairly liberal with giving characters the benefit of the doubt, but I couldn't find much - if anything - redeeming about these girls. I kept asking myself why a person would even care about them.
E Singer
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really like this writer's style. Twins and Bad Marie's characters are unusual and compelling in such a way that you have no idea what they are going to do next. I find that refreshing. Twins also affirmed my belief that young people need people caring and watching out for them in order to succeed. This is not an action or suspense driven novel yet it was a page turner. Very much recommend.
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A longtime cult favorite of writers like Roxane Gay, and now Maria Semple, it doesn't seem like a stretch to say the THE RED CAR could be the book that brings her mainstream success." --Doree Shafrif feature on Marcy in Buzzfeed.


Marcy is the author of the acclaimed novels THE RED CAR, BAD MARIE and TWINS. Bad Marie was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers selection. Twins was a New York Times
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