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The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen
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May 11, 2010

really liked it
Read in May, 2010

I was so glad not to have another "oh a woman in her 20s stuck in a dead end job and gives it all up, to move to somewhere exotic and find herself." I can't afford to go somewhere exotic and find myself, I want someone who discovers herself in her normal environment. Lindsey, the main character who has has a plan for her life and what happens when a mistake derails all of that, and it doesn't seem unrealistic. You move back with your parents, you have to deal with the sibling you ran away from, you fall back into old familial patterns and definitions. With siblings it is easy to say "okay you are the pretty one, so I am going to be smart." You want to be known as a separate person. The goals and definitions that Lindsey has for her life are based on making herself separate from her sister. When she moves home she has to decide on what definitions she wants to use to describe herself and that it doesn't have to be an either/or situation, they can both be pretty and smart.

Very good read. Well crafted characters.
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