Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Book of the day: "The Opposite of Me"

In honor of International Chick Lit Month and our one year blogoversary, we're bringing you a book a day (and then some). If you've read the book and want to comment on this post with your thoughts, please do. If you haven't read it yet, we hope you'll take interest in it after hearing our thoughts. To make this fun, anyone who comments on any of these posts has a chance to be entered in a drawing for a special prize. The more posts you comment on, the more chances to win! (See here for contest details.)

"The Opposite of Me" by Sarah Pekkanen:
Twenty-nine year old Lindsey Rose has, for as long as she can remember, lived in the shadow of her devastatingly beautiful fraternal twin sister, Alex. Determined to get noticed, Lindsey is finally on the cusp of being named Creative Vice President of an elite New York advertising agency, after years of 80 plus-hour weeks, migraines, and profound loneliness. But during the course of one devastating night, Lindsey’s carefully-constructed life implodes.

Humiliated and desperate, she flees the glitter of Manhattan and retreats to the time warp of her parents’ Maryland home. As her sister plans her lavish wedding to her prince charming, Lindsey struggles to maintain her identity as the smart, responsible twin, while she furtively tries to put her career back together. But things get more complicated when a long-held family secret is unleashed that forces both sisters to reconsider who they are and who they are meant to be. (Summary courtesy of Sarah Pekkanen's website.)

Melissa A:
I read this book a year ago and I still think about it often. It was a captivating story that has become the start of an amazing career for Ms. Pekkanen. Thinking back on the story, I realize how much Lindsey has inspired me to make Chick Lit Central into what it is today. See my review for more of my thoughts on this novel.

Melissa P:
This book stayed on my mind for a while after I read it. I have a sister and sometimes it's hard not to compare yourself to your sister, but in the end, remember that it's you two against the world.

More by Sarah Pekkanen:


Wanda Z said...

I read the book a few months ago and loved it!! Sarah Pekkanen's second book, Skipping a Beat, is also a keeper.

Jeryl M. said...

Sounds like a good book.


Nina said...

Really looking forward to getting to read one of her books. I love the cover to Skipping a Beat!

Linda Kish said...

Sounds like a good book.

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S.Sabia said...

The Opposite of Me is a fabulous book. So is Sarah Pekkanen's second book, Skipping a Beat. I can't wait to see what she comes out with next!

Shaz Goodwin said...

I love it that from the book of the day I am discovering new authors - my list is growing steadily - gulp :)

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Heather said...

I really enjoyed this one!
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Sherry said...

So want to read it--it is on my to read list:)


Tiffany Drew said...

I really loved this book, especially since I have a sister and we haven't always been the best of friends. I loved this book so much that I passed it on to her and then to my mom to read. None of us could wait to get our hands on Skipping A Beat, which was equally amazing, maybe more. Can't wait for her next book!


Anonymous said...

This seems like a very interesting read. I did love Skipping A Beat!

Unknown said...

I love Sarah's books! Both the Opposite of me and Skipping a Beat were wonderful!! I can't wait for "these girls" to come out!!

Krystal Lynn said...

Sounds good. A friend of mine said she loved it. Hopefully she'll let me borrow her copy so I can save some cash.

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Literary Chanteuse said...

This sounds really good! I would love to read this.

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Tiffany Drew said...

LOVED this book! One of my favorite reads from 2010, and I loved Skipping A Beat just as much (maybe even more!). I can't wait for her next book.


Snitz said...

Just finished this book last night! It was better than I expected it to be!

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Bec said...

Again Melissa's comments about this book staying with you make me want to read this

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Anonymous said...

I loved this book and could personally identify with the characters.


Kat said...

I don't have a biological sister, so it's always interesting to get a glimpse into that relationship.


Sarah said...

I need to read this one too!