Published by Full Fathom Five Digital on November 11th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary
From the moment Laura Rivers steps foot into Englewood High, she notices the stares—and they aren’t the typical once-overs every pretty new girl endures. The students seem confused and…spooked. Whispers echoing through the halls confirm that something is seriously off. “That new girl looks just like her,” they say. It turns out Laura has a doppelgänger, and it isn't just anyone—it's Sarah Castro-Tanner, the girl who killed herself by jumping into the Navasink River one year ago. Laura is determined not to let the gossip ruin her chances of making a fresh start. Thanks to her charming personality and California tan, she catches the eye of Englewood’s undisputed golden boy, Charlie Sanders, and it’s only a matter of time before they make their relationship official. But something is making Charlie and his friends paranoid—and Laura soon discovers it has to do with Sarah Castro-Tanner. What really happened to Sarah? Why is Charlie unraveling? And how does Laura Rivers fit into it all? After all, she’s the dead ringer for a dead girl.
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This book is so so so good that it actually scares me, till I never want to read it again.
I’m scarred for life. I’m never trusting anyone anymore.
Like, why you gotta do this to meeeee. HAHAHA. But anyway, WOAH. In all honesty, this book went from 0 to 100 pretty damn quickly. No chill, bruh. I have only read one other book that has a similar gut punch realization as this book, and that’s Black Iris by Leah Reader (see my review). So, if you’ve read that book, then you have GOT to read this book too. This book will blow your fucking mind out and you’ll just be sitting there like a goldfish. Yeah, like me.
I like Laura Rivers. A whole lot. I actually sympathize with her, because, hello, can you imagine being a doppelganger for a dead girl? *shudders* Laura was, fantastico, in my opinion. View Spoiler »Until it turns out that she was Sarah, THE dead Sarah, and I totally saw her in a new, crazy light. GOD. « Hide Spoiler She was really chill, and it turns out that she had a curious nature to her. And boy, she stood her ground. She did not let any boy, and queen bee to step over her head. SHE. STOOD. HER. GROUND. *round of applause*
This whole book went from trying to unravel the whole mystery around Sarah’s suicide, to revenge and vengeance and hatred. By the time I actually read till the last page, I think I was bloody speechless. The whole book had tons of powerful messages and I am actually gonna tell you about them (don’t worry, they’re spoiler-free).
- Be who you are, and don’t get sucked in by other people’s opinions. Honestly, seeing Laura actually standing up for herself, and that new motto of hers, I want so much to not care about other people’s opinions. Also, I love how it shows how fake and weird people can get, no matter how silent or cheerful you are. Like, if you’re too cheerful, they’re calling you an attention-seeker. But when you’re too quiet, they think you’re mentally ill. SIGH.
- People totally judge you. Everybody judges. This, I do admit, that I’m actually guilty of. In this book, it shows a girl who tried so hard to make a boy like her, such that she hid behind an email account, portraying herself as someone else. And you know what, PEOPLE LIKE HER. But the moment they realized who she is, their opinion suddenly changed. And I say I’m guilty of that, because I, too, have a change of heart the moment I realized who she was. You’ll understand, once you read this book.
Guys. You really have to read this book. And let it mess up your mind. REALLY. Don’t miss out, okay?