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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  631 ratings  ·  82 reviews
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
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 17th 2006 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published July 18th 2005)
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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
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
Apr 30, 2012 rated it liked it
i have 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 co ...more
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.
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
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.
Apr 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Couldn't put it down. I'll let my erudite friend Greg say it for me:

"A great novel aboutthe lives of twin sisters (in present day, east coast US) from age 13 to age 17, showing each sister's POV in alternating chapters. Not only does the author keep the two personalities separate, but she manages to present the psychology of twinness in a very entertaining and credible way."
Rosie Day
May 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always been fascinated by twins, so was very excited when I found this. The other reason I bought it was the blurb; "The Breakfast Club meets Heathers in this anti-chicklit novel". You just described my ideal book! And I wasn't disappointed; it's dark, it's funny, it's filled with coming-of-age angst and grit. One of my favourite books.
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.
Apr 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Loved it, but the language was extremely repetitive.
Heather Tucker
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good god, this book gutted me. I loved it.
From the second my Friend and I read "The Breakfast Club meets..." I think I was sold on buying this book! I've only seen The Breakfast Club movie and not read the book.[Scratch that...there is no book...I was always under the impression there was a book...but searching it on Waterstones brought up something COMPLETELY different!] anywhoooo....

The Story starts at the twins 13th birthday and ends where they are around 18/19 and shows all the way through their developmental path, which was really
Justin Matott
Sep 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A review I did for the Rocky Mtn News

Author's background: Dermansky's short stories have appeared in numerous publications, including McSweeney's. She's a film critic for and lives in Astoria, NY.

Plot in a nutshell: Twins Chloe and Sue tell their story in alternating voices, both struggling in very different ways with two-times the identity issues most teenagers face.

Chloe, the "golden" twin, is the object of Sue's obsession. Sue seethes in her growing stew of both worship and hatred o
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is exactly the book I was looking for. The underground machinations of rich, latchkey teenage girl suburbanites. What are they up to, anyway? Cutting each other down, stealing clothes, exploring sex, drugs and each other, surviving high school. With non-existent parents who drive matching silver Mercedes' and work at the same law firm, this set of self-absorbed snotty twins turn to each other for all the answers. Their relationship is ultra competitive and fueled by jealousy and borders inc ...more
Bivisyani Questibrilia
This book has been hanging out on my shelf for as long as I could remember. The cover has always intrigued me but, for some reason, I'd never reached out to read it. As usual, I didn't bother to look at the synopsis at the back of the book. If I have, it would probably fail in describing what this book is all about fully anyway. Upon first reading it, I thought it was about a twin who is obsessed with her sister and another twin who hates her and wants to get as far away as possible. But it was ...more
Lauren Strasnick
Mar 21, 2007 rated it liked it
the first half of this book hurt to read. one twin is soooo unlikeable, so obsessive and manipulative and DERANGED, that really, it took some serious discipline to keep reading. Thankfully, whenever i'd reached my limit with one twin, the chapter would end, the narration would change, and instead of being lead along by the crazy twin, there, suddenly, was the passive, perfect twin narrating the book. which worked. i'm not usually into alternating voices, but here, it really served the narrative. ...more
Jul 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
This is an ugly story about pretty girl. It has many of the 'first novel' faults: it's messy and at times painfully redundant. In a book titled Twins I don't know why Ms. Dermansky felt the need to reminds that the girls were identical twins on nearly every other page. We get it.

I didn't find any part of the book funny, which bummed me out as promises of humor prompted me to select this tome from my library's shelves. There were comical bits...but in the completely farcical way i.e., "there's n
Elizabeth Desole
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
So, I must admit that I was drawn to read this by the creepy twin photo on the cover (which didn't make it to the final edition-just the advanced proof). The book didn't deliver the creepy that I was hoping for. Oh, it had it's own creepiness though. There was definitely a strange repressed incestuous aspect to this book.
Although I mostly enjoyed reading this (decent pacing), it got really mired in the sandtraps of YA fiction. The characters are so over the top. Of course they are tall and beau
Nov 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-read
There’s a certain kind of glee that comes in discovering that the new writer you’ve recently fallen in love with has another book you can read. We need a work for this. When I was eighteen and first read John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany I nearly crapped my pants with joy when I realized he had six other books I could read.


I was pretty close to pants-crapping-excited when Marcy Dermansky’s Twins landed in my hot little hands. I loved Bad Marie (so did Christa), and to have another boo
Kristen Buck
I thought this book was really cool. Marcy Dermansky wrote this book about twin girls who are basically living life on their own in their teenage years. They parents never spend time with them and their brother is a nerd so they are face with figuring the world out. Chloe and Sue are identical twins but with completely different attitudes. Chloe is outgoing and wants to have a normal teenage life when all Sue wants is to have her world revolve around Chloe. In this book they figure out that they ...more
Monica Canongo
Nov 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
There are only a handful of books in every decade that truly capture the essence of what it is like growing up at the time. Marcy Dermanskys Twins manages to do just that. The story is told from two points of views. Sue is the rebellious and possessive one, and Chloe the ‘good twin’. The story spans about 6 years from when they just turned 13 until they are around 19. Their story is told in separate perspectives, sometimes humorous other times tragic. These separate vantage points tell their st ...more
Oct 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Story of teenage twins, Chloe - the 'good' twin, and Sue - the 'bad' twin. The book is about the various trials of adolesence, such as trying to fit in at school, boyfriends, worries about looking good, etc., all of which are made harder for these girls by Sue's crippling dependency on her sister, and Chloe's alternating reluctance and desire to cast Sue off completely.

Interesting story, but towards the end, it started to become too unbelievable. I also didn't like reading about Sue's treatment
Jul 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twins is about two identical twins, Sue, and Chloe, who are trying to survive adolescence. On their 13th birthday they go and get tattoos of eachother's names to show they are bonded by more then DNA. Sue completely looks up to Chloe, and when Chloe starts making other friends, Sue and Chloe grow more distant. Over 5 years the Twins go through many things. From eating disorders, no supervision, and their first experiences with love and sex. Both the girls find adults who help them on their path ...more
Emily Patchett
Nov 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
I didn't really like this story. Sue, One of the twins was always talking about Chloe, her twin, and always said that she didn't need friends, or family, because Chloe had Sue. It felt like Sue was overly obsessed with Chloe and I didn't like it. People always liked Chloe better and said that she was the prettier, even though they were identical, and that Chloe was smarter than Sue, and I didn't like how they played favorites between the twins. Sue always threatened Chloe if she did something Su ...more
Oct 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: book clubs.
I picked this book up in a charity shop for 80p, it was money well spent, I read the book in one sitting. It is descibred as "teen lit for grown ups" and due to the sexual content I would have to agree.
This book follows identical twin sisters through their teenage years, they learn about friendship, family, each other and themselves.
Born into a wealthy family you would expect them to be happy and secure; its not the case.
The book is written from the point of view of each sister so you get a
Dec 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The book twins was crazy, everything was a twist and the author did a really good job making connections to real people throughout the whole story. Its about identical twin sisters who go through there teenage years doing different intersting things. She in detail desribes their thoughts and makes it strangely realtble. I really enjoyed this and i think so would any other teenager because of the fun storys and issues these sisters go throguh together, and in the end they end up being tied togeth ...more
Hannah Hemi-Robinson
This book was kind of crazy if I'm being honest. Sue's obsession with her twin sister Chloe is not normal and kind of freaks me out because I have an older sister, but would not personally try to be like her in every way. This book is extremely honest and doesn't shy away from explicit scenes, really showing in depth the world some teenagers live. It was a pretty interesting read to see what happens to the twins as they go their separate ways and how they grew individually. Sue is a very unique ...more
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Marcy Dermansky is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The Red Car, Bad Marie and Twins. Very Nice will be released on July 2, 2019.

The Red Car was named a Best Book of the Year by Buzzfeed, San Francisco Chronicle, Flavorwire, and Huffington Post. Bad Marie was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writer's Pick, a finalist in the Morning News Tournament of Books, and named one of th
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