Author: Sarah Crossan
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Source: I received an e-ARC on Edelweiss from Greenwillow Books in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my thoughts and opinions.
Release Date: September 15th, 2015
Tippi and Grace share everything—clothes, friends . . . even their body. Writing in free verse, Sarah Crossan tells the sensitive and moving story of conjoined twin sisters, which will find fans in readers of Gayle Forman, Jodi Picoult, and Jandy Nelson.
Tippi and Grace. Grace and Tippi. For them, it’s normal to step into the same skirt. To hook their arms around each other for balance. To fall asleep listening to the other breathing. To share. And to keep some things private. The two sixteen-year-old girls have two heads, two hearts, and each has two arms, but at the belly, they join. And they are happy, never wanting to risk the dangerous separation surgery.
But the girls’ body is beginning to fight against them. And soon they will have to face the impossible choice they have avoided for their entire lives.
When I found out this book was about conjoined twins, I was so pumped. I think that learning about conjoined twins is so fascinating. I used to watch a TV show about these sisters who were conjoined twins (I forget the name of it) but I loved seeing how they did every day tasks and how they had to adapt because of this. I knew I was going to have to read it. Then, I found out it was written in verse and I love books in verse! They are always so quick and I think that if a book can tell such a great story in such few words, that's talent.
This was such a unique book. It was the first time I read a book that dealt with the topic of conjoined twins so I found it to be a very interesting topic. I loved seeing their perspective on the situation. Even with their hard situation they kept such a positive outlook on life and I loved that. I read lots of YA contemporary books where the main character has some sort of disease/medical condition and they spend their days complaining over it. In some ways, I can definitely see that being understandable but these characters having a positive outlook was very refreshing!
As you can probably guess, this book was a very heartfelt and emotional ride. I really felt for these characters and I wanted the best for them. I also thought that the use of verse was very interesting and it added a whole new level of creativity to the story! Some books I read that are written in verse I think would have been better if they were written normally but the verse definitely worked for this one. It also makes this book a very quick read so it's so easy to sit down and read it all at once and get so emotionally invested into the story and the characters.
I know some people really enjoy books that deal with twins so if you enjoy that topic, definitely have this one on your radar! It was a very interesting twist that I'd never seen before in the young adult genre. I would highly recommend this one!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars