Monday, March 15, 2010

(43) The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen

b The Opposite of Me was an absolutely delightful book.

At some point in time every woman out there has felt like they don't measure up. There was probably that one girl in high school that you wanted to be like. For Lindsey, it is her twin sister, Alex. Even though they are twins, their relationship is one more of acquaintances than twins.

Lindsey Rose is on the fast track to becoming a VP for a successful advertising agency when things go horribly wrong and she ends up fired. She leaves New York and her only friend, Matt behind to move back home to D.C. Her hope is to put her life back together and snag the man she has been dreaming about. Her high school bud, Bradley. Going home is never easy. But especially with her gorgeous, successful twin sister who is getting married to a real life Ken-Doll. It is bringing back all the old insecurities and resentments causing Lindsey to rethink the course she wants her life to take.

Sibling rivalry can be a great motivator for us to strive for success, but it can also be an ugly, ugly thing. In The Opposite of Me, Lindsey is so consumed by her desire to differentiate herself from her twin sister, Alex, that she can't see what it has done to the most precious relationship a woman can have. A relationship with her sister. It was painfully embarrassing to read Lindsey's jealousy on paper. She had everything going for her, but her desire to be better than Alex nearly destroyed her. Once she arrives at home and starts sorting things out and seeing Alex for who she really is, well that is when I really started enjoying the book. Seeing the both of them change and grow closer was truly wonderful. Making The Opposite of Me the perfect book for sisters, friends, and book clubs all over the world.


Lisa Mandina said...

Sounds like a good book. I'll have to put it on my goodreads "to read" bookshelf.

Charlotte's Web of Books said...

I think you would really like it, Lisa.

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