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 Identical by Ellen Hopkins
Posted: Oct 27 2008, 09:10 PM

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It's funny- I don't read all that many novels in verse (Sonya Sones excepting), and I don't actually read that many edgy problem-novel type books, but for some reason, I really like Hopkins. Previous to this, I'd only read IMPULSE, which I thought was very good. IDENTICAL, though, really blew me away. Hopkins develops two distinct voices and characters, and the way things play out in the end of the book caught me completely off guard- which almost NEVER happens. This is definitely a disturbing read (extreme sexual abuse, among other things), but it was the little details (and the ending) that stayed with me for days after I finished it.

Has anyone else read it? I'm dying to talk about it...
Posted: Oct 29 2008, 10:00 PM


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I have Impulse in my shelf. I really want to read this one. Everyone says how it's disturbing yet addicting and amazing... actually, that's my kind of book. I like edgy issues and verse is really interesting to read in. I hope I get to read this book soon... in the meantime I know someone else has to have talked about it.

Remember to warn if there's spoilers!
Posted: Nov 9 2008, 10:54 PM

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^ I have Impulse on my shelf also, and I am saving it for the right time... because I know that it's not something light and easy to read. If I like Impulse I'll probably read the rest of hers from oldest to newest, so I won't get to Identical for awhile, but I have a feeling I'll get to it eventually smile.gif
Posted: Nov 22 2008, 06:11 AM


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Ah, ironically enough I just finished Crank. Before that I've read.. Burned and Impulse.

I liked them, but I hate how such bad things happen to all of the characters. >_<
Posted: Jun 22 2009, 12:14 PM

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I have read it!

******** SPOLIERS AHEAD smile.gif *************** AHHH **********

soo, i think one of my favorite things was the differnet types of poems she had. I loved how when switching people she had words that connected and then how those could be read within the poem and on thier own and they still told a story. And, it was cool to see how the same words could end up meaning totally different things. And then I really liked how some of the poems made pictures or spelled words.

As for the content...I thought it was good. Definitly a mature topic, but I liked it because the end of the book wasn't wrapped up in a neat little bow telling the reader everything would be okay. And books like that are always such a relief b/c there are so many over dramatic and terribly perfect books out there. However, I do wonder how realistic this is. I have never been sexually abused so I can't tell you how legit those emotions are. Nor have i ever done drugs. Therefore, I wonder if this story was based on sterotypes... hmm...
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