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The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen
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Jun 17, 2010

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This book is classified as chick-lit, but I feel the classification demeans the book. This is not another one of those quickly read and forgotten whimsical chick-lit books. Pekkanen "jumps" into heady subjects such as our perspective of self based on parental opinion and our view of the meaning of success. The story centers on twins: Alex, the beauty, and Lindsey, the brain. But what if these labels are incorrect, does each girl continue living the sham? How many individuals can break that preconceived mold of life? Many of the characters were well developed: Lindsey, Bradley, May; but some needed more refinement: Alex and Matt. The setting was not as rich as I have experienced through other Maryland writers. Pekkanen presents a very interesting outlook on the life of those "beautiful" people who seem to sail through life without a care. I could feel my own desperation paralleling that of Lindsey when her life seems to be falling apart.

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