by Trisha Leaver
published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Releases April 28, 2014
The BlurbElla 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.
My Two CentsIn my great attempt at adding more YA into my reading log for 2015, I was happy to find this great read. The writing is smooth and the character development of Ella is done well. I think I would have enjoyed a bit more from her in the emotion department, but I enjoyed the story overall. It was particularly fun finding out more and more of Maddy's little secrets.
In other news, look at that cover! I think it's fantastic!
A note to grown ups: This is a story for more mature YA readers as there is mention of both drug use and sexual situations.