Twins by Caroline B. CooneyI’m having so much fun rediscovering these again - some I can recall better than others. I’m pretty sure that I didn’t have this one as a teen.
The story is so outlandish, it’s the type of plot that I would recall instantly during a re-read.
So I’m pretty sure that this is the first one that I’ve read along with the ‘Teenager Scream’ podcast that’s actually a first time read.
Twins Mary Lee and Madrigal are inseparable, until Mary Lee is forced to move to a boarding school.
After an accident that sees Madrigal killed and a case of mistaken identity, Mary Lee has the opportunity to live her dead twins life.
It’s not quite as perfect as she has first though...
Such a crazy plot, the story moved along quite quickly.
Obviously I didn’t have the nostalgic vibes whilst reading this one, but it was still quite enjoyable.
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The main characters in Crossan's affecting story are joined at the hip and are under constant medical and psychological care. Now is a golden time for minorities in children's fiction, with Sarah Crossan's One currently exploring the relatively unchartered fictional waters surrounding the topic of conjoined twins. Her main characters, year old Grace and Tippi, talk, joke and feel very much like other US teenagers. Yet they still attract ignorant or unkind comments, finding a note stuck to their school locker reading, "Why don't you go back to the zoo? Grace and Tippi have two heads, four arms but are joined at the hip. Home-schooled and under constant medical and psychological care, this support is threatened when their mother loses her job and already unemployed Dad can't stay off the booze.
And probably really fun to read about if you are one, too! The idea of having never spent a moment alone in the womb, only to emerge into the world and maybe be best friends or maybe clash hard; maybe have everything in common or maybe have nothing; maybe look exactly alike or maybe look nothing alike; maybe be the same gender or different genders…every assessment of commonality feels like its own interesting facet to be explored. Here are seven of our favorites that do it best. Add to Bag. It just so happens, her new girlfriend has the perfect, cute friend for Molly who just might end her unrequited streak and keep her and Cassie in the same social circle.
Oh, Point Horror! Oh, the memories! Having to read the first few pages of the next chapter before I dared to turn the light off, just to get past the scary cliffhanger that each chapter ended on and reassure myself that the plucky heroine was still ok. Which, of course, made me love them all the more. After browsing the shelves for a while, I picked up Twins — one I had particularly strong memories of. I assume this one appealed to me when I was a teenager, enough so that it was the only one on the shelf at the Swan that I could actually remember some of the plot of, because I am a twin myself. Not identical of course — and as far as I know, my twin is not evil — but still, stuff about twins always grabs my attention.
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In fiction there are lots of scary twins. Just think of those creepy little girls in The Shining. In the real world, most twins consider themselves lucky to have a companion who shares their genes and their history. But for some twins, like Jennifer and June Gibbons, that unique bond becomes more of a curse. In the end, June and Jennifer decided one of them would have to die so the other one could go on living.