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Twins by Marcy Dermansky

October 29th, 2006 (03:03 pm)
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Fascinating, twisted characters make for an interesting psychological drama in Marcy Dermansky's debut novel.

Though outwardly identical in childhood, the twins' differences grow more and more apparent through their teen years. One yearns for them to stay the same forever, while the other wants to be her own person. The narration is passed back and forth between them, allowing each girl to tell her side of the story, chapter by chapter.

The story covers five years in the characters' lives, from eighth grade through twelfth grade. A lot of time, a lot of trauma. The older they get, the farther apart they become, both emotionally and literally. By the time the book comes to a close, the sisters have been through the wringer and back again.

It is a story unlike any I've read in recent years. Dermansky sheds some light on the darker side of the teenage psyche. She has created a story which is both intriguing and disturbing. If you are drawn in by the first chapter, you are liking to stay hooked until the end.

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