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Three Black Swans

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  1,696 ratings  ·  267 reviews
Lives are in the balance in bestselling author Caroline B. Cooney's newest young adult thriller, "Three Black Swans."
Missy and her cousin Claire are best friends who finish each other's sentences and practically read each other's minds. It's an eerie connection--so eerie that Missy has questions she wants to put to her parents. But she's afraid to ask. So when Missy hears
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published August 24th 2010 by Delacorte Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Kelsey I think it was to fool the readers into believing they were only twins, not triplets.

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Sep 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read many reviews about this book. Many people didn't like it. When I first started to read it I was a bit confused and I thought that it moved too slowly. But I like Caroline Cooney so I mustered on. And I'm glad I did! The book turned out to be rather phenomenal- one of those books that keeps you thinking about it for a long time after you finish reading it. After a slow beginning the book sped into overdrive and I couldn't put it down. Missy and Claire are first cousins who seem to feel a l ...more
Jan 25, 2011 rated it liked it
The last half of this book, "Three Black Swans," by Caroline B. Cooney, was very suspenseful. I really enjoyed it. The differences in how the characters felt about their situation was very clear.

However ---
1. The delayed introduction of a main character, Genevieve, until page 73 was very disconcerting. I stopped reading the story, thinking some mistake had been made. I closed the book three times. I looked at the page numbers thinking that the binding somehow misplaced a number of pages. It thr
Oct 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
One of the worst books I have ever read in my entire life, And trust me- I've sat through the Twilight series.
I mean, kudos, the idea was actually pretty original. This book is basically about cousins Missy and Claire. When Missy is given the assignment to create a hoax, she plays her cousin off as her long-lost identical twin. Which brings me the the point that if she's her cousin, then why did everyone fall for it? I mean, the author spends a good chunk of the book talking about how they spend
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Cecilia London
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Meh. Cooney's writing isn't nearly as good as I remember but...the last time I read her was over twenty years ago. ...more
Sarah Sammis
Sep 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Sarah by: Ms Yingling Reads
Three Black Swans by Caroline B Reiner takes its title from The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Basically, a black swan is a highly improbably event that actually has happened. Taleb describes these events as: unpredictable, with a massive impact, and something we want to explain to make them seem less random or unpredictable.

In the case of Three Black Swans, the title is a spoiler unto itself — three identical sisters separated at birth with shenanigans involved in their adoptions. The rev
Jennifer Rayment
Mar 19, 2012 rated it liked it
The Good Stuff

Story is fast paced with plenty of cliffhanger type moments
Some interesting ethical questions could be brought up for discussion
The three young heroines are likeable and there is some nice character development
Liked the relationship between Genevieve and her grandmother
Good little mystery, makes you keep guessing what is actually going on
I want Genevieve's grandma to be my grandma
The Not So Good Stuff

Story jumps arount in terms of point of view which was very confusing
One of the m
Author of numerous suspenseful novels, Caroline Cooney does it again in this fast past family drama. Yes, you read that correctly, fast paced family drama. Short chapters with cliff hanger endings will keep even the most reluctant readers turning the pages. When sophomore Missy Vianello's teacher uses famous hoaxes to inspire her biology students, Missy sees a perfect opportunity to use her uncanny resemblance to her cousin Claire, a Junior at another school, to play a hoax on her classmates, an ...more
Tiffany Neal
May 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I noticed that there were lots of 2-3 star reviews on this one. I really can't be sure why because I picked up the book yesterday and was so intrigued by the story line and plot that I tore through the pages trying to figure out what was going on. I loved the back cover with the explanation of what black swans are, and I never read the inside cover, so I had no idea what the book was about.

There were some places that felt ingenuine or slightly unbelievable - the fact that no one noticed how muc
Feb 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Not my favorite Caroline Cooney book. This realistic fiction book tells the story of two cousins, Missy and Claire, who are very close and have a "strong family resemblance" in their appearance. Missy receives a Science assignment that she needs to research a hoax and present it to the class. She decides to bring her cousin to her school during the morning announcements and declare to the entire school that she found her "long lost twin." During her third hour Science class she tells everyone th ...more
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, reviewed
This was quite a good book! Although it was a little slow in the beginning somewhere along the way it started to pick up and get really interesting! The story was slightly confusing but as you read it more everything makes sense. I really want a sequel or something so I know what happens next! It was good but I didn't like how the author introduced a significant so late into the story.

Missy and Claire have always been close from the beginning. Even though they're cousins they've always been eer
Dec 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Whenever I pick up a Caroline Cooney book, I'm reminded of what it was like to be 15. There's just something about her (and Lois Duncan for that matter) that takes me back to my high school days. I was surprised to see that she had a new book out, so I decided to give it a whirl. Cooney has made an effort to stay current - YouTube and Facebook are prominent fixtures in this book about separated sisters who reunite courtesy of social media. By the way, no one quite captures the emotions of hyster ...more
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was a great book, it had such a entreating story. It started out from one girl listening on the radio about separated twins, then she found her separated twin, then they found the last piece to the puzzle, their triplet. The story kept getting better and better, the different girls living their own lives then they finally meet. This book however, kept getting repeated, how each of the three girls kept going back to the video of the "twins." All in all, I give this book a 4 out of 5. ...more
Riya Shah
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Honestly this book disappointed me very much. When I picked up the book, it was mainly because I love Cooney's works and was excited to read another book by her. But the beginning of the book starts out very slow an unfortunately it doesn't get any better. I thought the whole bool was very predictable, and it was a bit of a waste of time to read. ...more
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
I used to love Caroline Coney's books when I was younger (probably Jr high aged), and thought I'd enjoy this as a guilty pleasure YA novel. It just didn't draw me in like I thought, it seemed silly and totally unbelievable. Too many cutesy coincidences and too much talking about texting. No thanks. ...more
Barbara Maguire
Jan 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Three Black Swans didn't engage me the way some of her other work has done. It seemed rather predictable, without the twists and turns of plot I expected. ...more
Claire Nicole Blackmore
This story takes place in New York and areas around it. Two cousins, Claire and Missy, start to question whether their close “family resemblance” is really just a coincidence or not. Missy needs a subject for her hoax project in biology, so who better to call than her identical cousin Claire. The two girls decide to pretend that Claire is Missy’s long lost identical twin sister, but what happens when a video of the two “sisters” is put on YouTube for the whole world to see? Will families crumble ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Missy and Claire are so close they can practically read each other's minds and seem to intuitively know the other's feelings even hundreds of miles away. In fact, Missy believes their bond surpasses the cousins-turned-best-friends speech their parents have been giving them since they were young. After all, if that were the case then why is her mother always pointing out their differences and acting threatened when people mistake them for twins? Missy decides her science class's hoax experiment i ...more
Kylie Barragan
This book starts off with a teen girl named Missy and she lives in New Jersey. One of her closest friends is her cousin Claire, the funny thing is that they look very similar and could pass as twins, this comes in handy later. One day at school while she was in one of her classes she has a project where she has to develop a hoax, with this she decides to create a fake scenario where she meets her long lost twin, who would be Claire because they look so much alike. Once they plan it out they mee ...more
Doan Nguyen
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
"Three Black Swans" by Caroline B. Cooney was an enjoyable but at some parts confusing read. This book is a young adult mystery/thriller.

The main characters Missy and Claire start noticing how they really resemble each other, they both look identical and have similar personalities. They both believe there is more to them being so similar. Not too far away, a girl named Genevieve finds a video of Claire and Missy and also notices how they all look so alike. The three girls start digging into the
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Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Three Black Swans
by Caroline B. Cooney
Realistic Fiction
276 pages

Three Black Swans is a book on the story of two people that begin to question their identity, and bring in a third person that they haven’t even heard of before. It begins with two people named Missy and Claire, who are supposed to be cousins. However, everyone insists that they both look the same and they thinks the same thoughts at the same time, the highlights of their weeks are when they have a sleepover with each other every we
Oct 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not afraid to admit this – I am a huge book cover judger. I judge books by the cover and I don’t ever regret it. I was mildly hesitant to pick up this book mainly because the cover just looks absolutely atrocious and boring. It just screamed “not interesting – retreat immediately” to me. However, I picked it up because I read the synopsis and it was relatively interesting. After a slow start, just a chapter or two, it picked up super quickly and I could not put it down. I am so glad I read ...more
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"Black Swans: events that are hugely important, rare, and unpredictable, and explainable only after the fact."

One day, Missy Vianello hears someone on the radio talking about babies, and she starts to wonder about her family. Missy and her cousin, Claire Linnehan, have been best friends since they were little. They choose the same type of clothing most of the time, and they can even finish each other's sentences. It's so weird to Missy that she has so m
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
May 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Julia B
Aug 22, 2010 rated it liked it
My Thoughts: What has happened to Caroline B Cooney? When did she get all sentimental and happy ending-y? When did it become not enough for the main character to just survive? Man main characters are spoiled these days. the main characters (that's right, plural) in this story
a) survive the ending
b) are never in physical or emotional danger at any point
c) come out of the experience with two triplets each that they didn't know existed
d) have wealthy, loving families that never doubt
Emi Guzman
May 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Like Molly by Any Other Name, I chose Three Black Swans because of it's cover. There are three silhouettes of black swans, and it came across as mysterious to me. I totally felt like reading a mysterious book, but when I started reading it, it was nothing that I would've ever expected. The story begins with "cousins," Claire and Missy, putting on a big hoax in front of Missy's school by pretending to be long lost twins who've finally found each other. It occurs to both girls that what they thoug ...more
Mar 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: attempted-to

UGH. FINALLY FINISHED. I had to tie myself into a chair and force myself to finish it though.

Well, it wasn't THAT bad, I suppose.

I thought this book could've been so much more. And the whole concept of twins(!) is cool. But this book just dragged it out. And the characters really annoyed me. -__-

For example, Claire. UGH. She's just so stupid. She is so determined that she and Missy aren't twins, but it's so obvious that they are! And she just keeps on going, NO. I DON'T WANT TO BE YOUR TWIN M
Nov 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
Black Swans: events that are hugely important, rare, and unpredictable, and explainable only after the fact."

This story is about two cousins, Missy and Claire. The girls have been best friends since they were little. They would finish each others sentences, pick out the same clothes without knowing it, and even get asked if they were more than just cousins. One day, Missy hears someone on the radio talking about twins, and she starts to wonder about her family. But there's no way it could be tr
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Caroline Cooney knew in sixth grade that she wanted to be a writer when "the best teacher I ever had in my life" made writing her main focus. "He used to rip off covers from The New Yorker and pass them around and make us write a short story on whichever cover we got. I started writing then and never stopped!"
When her children were young, Caroline started writing books for young people -- with rem

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