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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Beautiful Lies, by Jessica Warman

Rachel and Alice are an extremely rare kind of identical twins—so identical that even their aunt and uncle, whom they've lived with since their parents passed away, can't tell them apart. But the sisters are connected in a way that goes well beyond their surfaces: when one experiences pain, the other exhibits the exact same signs of distress. So when one twin mysteriously disappears, the other immediately knows something is wrong-especially when she starts experiencing serious physical traumas, despite the fact that nobody has touched her. As the search commences to find her sister, the twin left behind must rely on their intense bond to uncover the truth. But is there anyone around her she can trust, when everyone could be a suspect? And ultimately, can she even trust herself? 

(I'd love to give you a picture of the cover page, but I can't seem to snag that from NetGalley. If that changes, I'll update this review.)

This book was pretty wow. Which twin are we following? Who is talking, which one is really hurt? And why doesn't anyone realize it what's going on? How do you tell someone to take you seriously, when you've given them no reason to?

Jessica Warman has it together. This is a edge-of-your-seat kind of YA story that isn't over the top and ridiculous. There's enough almost super-natural (not paranormal, just "above the natural") feel to the story in the shared physical distress to get one wondering and thinking. 

I read Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liars series before it was cool (and before it was on ABC Family). Beautiful Lies reminds me of that story, only more believable and approachable for the average, every day, non-private school in New England. Rachel and Alice and their families are REAL people with real life problems, not fake.

Excellent read all around. I'd love something new in this same vein. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook galley from Bloomsbury Children's Books through the netGalley publisher/reader connection program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

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