Friday, March 26, 2010

The Opposite of Me


With my Kleenex box next to  me and a little Vicks Vapor Rub doing its thing, I finished Pekkanen's first book.  Wow.
I am blown away by talent.  I follow Sarah through her newsletter, distributed neatly in my inbox and one day I clicked on it and she was drawing readers in, offering a chance to win something if we would only preorder her new book.  I was drawn in and even though I'm supposed to be on a book-buying hiatus, I preordered it.  I don't even know what it was she was giving away nor do I care because I liked her book and it was worth it. 

Usually I take a few days to ponder the book or I don't have time to write a review right away but this time since I'm still laying in bed, breathing in the Vicks, I thought I would share the book love spontaneously!  I'm going to be somewhat brief just because it is brand-new and I want you to read it fresh and if I tried to explain all the intricacies of the plot I may fall asleep due to symptoms of the common cold. 


Two sisters, twin sister to be exact, grow up with out ever having that deep connection so many other twins or even siblings feel toward each other.  Linsdey is the smart one, having done well through grad school, now works at a very high powered NY ad agency.   She's in line to take over as the new VP of Creative blah-blah big wig job. Meanwhile, Alex, the beautiful sister is modeling and about to get married in their hometown, Washington D.C.  Their paths are destined to cross and they do and it's fun to be there, peeking in.

My Thoughts:

The book is told through Lindsey's view point and I have to admit the first section I was worried-Lindsey's character made me all jumpy and I didn't enjoy the feeling but later I realized Sarah had done her writing job well by making me feel  part of Lindsey's hectic NY lifestyle.  I just wanted to slow down.   Little flecks of humor emerge between the twins verbally-sparring with each other but the real comedic wit comes from their parents.  Woo hoo-what wonderfully-funny parents (embarrasingly funny-yes) but heck what are other people's parents really for except to help us see our own parents more humorously! Through all the relationships in this book it has a lot to say about families and relationships and how we live our lives altogether, without seeing each other fully.

See great characters+ great plot=easy read and Sarah Pekkanen achieved this on her first time!  Of course, like Hollywood fame she didn't just whip this out I'm sure plus she has tons of other writing credits to her name.  According to the interview in the back of the book, she is already working on a new book and I'm so glad!!  Once it has a title I can put it on my to-read list.

Buy the book or ask your library to purchase a copy-it is worth it.
Julie P. at Booking Mama's review and another great one can be found here-S. Krishna's Books.
Watch the You Tube trailer-nice without giving it all away.
Highly Recommended-Adult Fiction
5/5 peaceful stars

Happy Reading!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book. I've read some really good reviews on it and have put it on my wishlist. Take care of yourself. Colds are no fun.

Jenners said...

That' quite the review! I hope you are feeling better soon!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I loved reading your thoughts on this one. It sounds like a worthwhile read.