Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication date: April 28, 2015
Pages: 304 pages
Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy’s shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she’s chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy’s world.
When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy’s death and everyone’s grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddy’s life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options—confess her deception or live her sister’s life.
…this was our secret… a secret sisters would keep.
This book earned a spot in my favorite books for 2015! The first thing that captured my attention is the cover text. “Two sisters. A fatal accident. A devastating lie. Which girl survived?” It was really intriguing because the two sisters were identical twins. Maddy and Ella were two different individuals when they started High school. Maddy became one of the popular crowd and Ella still stayed the same, quiet twin she was.
While reading the story I love how Ella helps Maddy in any way possible. Since they are identical twins she takes her sister’s tests for her so that she could pass even though sometimes she fails her own exam. She might have issues with her sister but when Maddy needs her she’ll always be there.
The tragedy that happened to them was really devastating. Losing someone, let alone your sister, after you two are arguing might not be a very good parting moment. You wake up one day full of grief, and from that, you take your sister’s life to be your own. It’s unintentional at first since she really didn’t know herself after waking up in the hospital. Being cobble up with people thinking that you are Maddy made it even worst. It was kinda fascinating to see Ella become something she’s not. The struggles she went through and knowing Maddy’s darkest secret she didn’t knew was also a roller-coaster ride for her.
Overall the book was easy to get through. You’ll get to know why Ella did it in the first place and you’ll see how the grief and longing envelope her. She hurt the people who loved the real her and she hurt herself too. I was glad when she finally came clean and fixed her sister’s mistakes. I think that was the greatest gift she could give to Maddy.
The book was full of rollercoaster rides, some characters are unlikeable but it’s still engaging and thought provoking. I love the twin sisters plot so much that I gave it a 5 star rating on Goodreads.
Thank you for reading up until here! Until then, cheers!