- Publisher: Highbridge Company
- Format: CD-Audio | 7 pages
- Dimensions: 124mm x 152mm x 30mm | 227g
- Publication date: 27 August 2008
- Publication City/Country: Minneapolis, MN
- ISBN 10: 1598877356
- ISBN 13: 9781598877359
- Edition: Unabridged
- Edition statement: Unabridged
- Sales rank: 1,202,187
In the latest hard-hitting YA novel by the "New York Times" bestselling author, 16-year-old identical twin girls must come to terms with their abusive father. Kaeleigh and Raeanne are 16-year-old identical twins, the daughters of a district court judge father and politician mother running for Congress. Everything on the surface of their lives seems Norman Rockwell perfect, but underneath run deep and damaging secrets. Kaeleigh is the good girl her father's perfect flower, something she has tried so hard to be since she was nine and he started sexually abusing her. She cuts herself and vomits after every binge, desperate to feel something normal. Raeanne uses painkillers, drugs, alcohol, and sex to numb the pain of not being Daddy's favorite. Both girls must figure out how to become whole, but how can they when their world has been torn to shreds? Writing in her characteristic narrative poetry style, Ellen Hopkins shows once again how well she knows today's teens and the issues that matter to them."
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Hopkins' word sculpture and verse patterns are just as keen as ever, creating shapes and secret messages. . . One thing is for certain you won't soon forget this story. " The Trades""
Back cover copy
Do twins begin in the womb? Or in a better place? Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical down to the dimple. As daughters of a district-court judge father and a politician mother, they are an all-American family on the surface. Behind the facade each sister has her own dark secret, and that s where their differences begin. For Kaeleigh, she s the misplaced focus of Daddy s love, intended for a mother whose presence on the campaign trail means absence at home. All that Raeanne sees is Daddy playing a game of favorites and she is losing. If she has to lose, she will do it on her own terms, so she chooses drugs, alcohol, and sex. Secrets like the ones the twins are harboring are not meant to be kept from each other or anyone else. Pretty soon it s obvious that neither sister can handle it alone, and one sister must step up to save the other, but the question is who? "