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The Opposite of Me : A Novel

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Started reading The Opposite of Me at 10 AM and finished it at 5:25 PM I haven't read a book in one day in a long time! I couldn't put it down. It is a story about how life isn't always what it seems. Two sisters reinvent themselves completely and are better people in the end because of changing who they are. Some of the changes are out of there control, but all has a way of working out. Pekkanen is a wonderful writer and once I started reading I had to finish the story. Make sure you ahve plenty of time if you pick up this book, you won't want to lay it down.

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A funny, poignant debut novel about the complicated bonds of sisterhood. When Lindsay's controlled life falls apart and she's forced to move home, she uncovers some revelations that call into question the identities she and Alex have developed their whole lives. A "fresh, funny, and satisfying" (New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner) about the complicated bonds of sisterhood.

Twenty-nine-year-old Lindsey Rose has, for as long as she can remember, lived in the shadow of her ravishingly beautiful fraternal twin sister, Alex. Determined to get noticed, Lindsey is finally on the cusp of being named VP creative director of an elite New York advertising agency, after years of eighty-plus-hour weeks, migraines, and profound loneliness. But during the course of one devastating night, Lindsey’s carefully constructed life implodes. Humiliated, 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 piece 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.

Specifications

Publisher
Washington Square Press
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
400
Author
Sarah Pekkanen
ISBN-13
9781439121986
Publication Date
March, 2010
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.25 x 5.31 x 1.00 Inches
ISBN-10
1439121982

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When I first began Th...

When I first began "The Opposite of Me: A Novel" I thought, "Oh no, another book about a stressed out workaholic New York woman who loses her job and finds out what she really wants in life...boring!". Then I progressed in the book and realized it was so much more than that, and that I loved it! I actually did laugh out loud at some of the comments Lindsey makes in her head and got a little weepy towards the end (most of this happening in the confines of my office so I am sure my coworkers now think I am crazy!). This is such a great read that I plan to recommend it to many of my reader friends. I cannot relate to the complicated, mixed-bag-of-emotions relationship between Lindsey and Alex, but the book is written so well that you don't have to have experienced what the characters are going through to really feel what they are feeling. I just can't praise it enough. You will finish the book feeling calm, clear and highly satisfied!

OMG - Loved this book!...

OMG - Loved this book! The only issue --I have read ALL Sarah's books and savored this one as carefully as the last delightful crumb. I enjoyed her humor, style, and the characters which were so realistic (Lindsey was my favorite as can relate to the workaholic tendencies (being in the advertising arena) loved her journey in recreating herself with the makeup, new clothes, the dating service, her new home, and her new friendship/partnership with May). The parents were a riot (I thought I had the only weird parents). Did not like Alex in the beginning; however, you learn to really like her by the end. Amazing story of two sisters finding their way back to one another. Loved the happy ending! Would love to see a sequel and continuation of Alex/Bradley and Lindsey/Matt to see where they end up -exciting journeys. Highly recommend this read and all Sarah's books - they are five star quality . She reminds me of Jennifer Weiner (also another favorite author)--Wickedly funny, sassy, and insightful.

Started reading The O...

Started reading The Opposite of Me at 10 AM and finished it at 5:25 PM I haven't read a book in one day in a long time! I couldn't put it down. It is a story about how life isn't always what it seems. Two sisters reinvent themselves completely and are better people in the end because of changing who they are. Some of the changes are out of there control, but all has a way of working out. Pekkanen is a wonderful writer and once I started reading I had to finish the story. Make sure you ahve plenty of time if you pick up this book, you won't want to lay it down.

From My Blog...Deligh...

From My Blog... Delightfully witty and endearing, The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen is a beautiful story that will capture the reader's heart. Lindsey is the smart twin and Alex is the pretty twin, or that is how they were raised. Lindsey has it all as an add executive at a prestigious New York firm, until one slip-up found her without a job and returning home to her parents and her sister. Alex is a successful model, works in television and is about to be married causing all the old jealousy and inadequacies Lindsey has felt her entire life to return. The Opposite of Me is told by Lindsey in a bright, witty, and absolutely charming manner. The book starts out as a rather light and predictable read until Pekkanen takes the reader through some very serious issues with her characters and which point the novel picks up speed and intensity. I found myself truly enjoying The Opposite of Me and could not set the book down (we order takeaway) as I wanted to know what would happen to Lindsey, Cheryl, Alex, Bradley and Matt. I adored Pekkanen's writing style and would recommend The Opposite of Me to any reader, especially reading groups.

Lindsey Rose is at the...

Lindsey Rose is at the top of her game. At 29, she's on the path to become the youngest VP Creative Director at her advertising firm. All she has to do is nail this top ad campaign and it's pretty much in the bag. Lindsey is convinced she has nothing to worry about. That is until an announcement blindsides her and sends her crashing on a path she never thought she would find herself on. With her career and future in shambles, Lindsey decides to leave Manhattan and return home to Maryland to live with her parents while she tries to figure out her next step. There's just one small problem: her parents aren't aware of the REAL reason she came home. She can't tell them, she thinks, as she doesn't want to disappoint them. You see, Lindsey has a twin sister Alex. Alex is the beautiful, outgoing sister and Lindsey has lived (not so comfortably) in Alex's shadow as the smart sister. Lindsey has lost her New York City apartment and status of her job, so keeping her "smart label" is all she has right now. The Opposite of Me is a story about Lindsey and Alex told through Lindsey's eyes. The reader is privileged to learn about their relationship through flashbacks and current events. Pekkanen does an amazing job with describing Alex from Lindsey's perspective, leaving the reader to form his/her own opinion about Alex. I have to admit, never once did I dislike Alex. I thought there would be more to her than what Lindsey thought she knew and I was happy to learn there was. Both sisters have lived their lives by a label that was placed on them. As adult women, both have allowed these labels (either subconsciously or consciously) to shape their lives. When the sisters share a life-altering event, they are finally able to rewrite the script for their lives. What I liked best about The Opposite of Me was I felt I was being told a story instead of reading a story. I easily pictured myself as one of Lindsey's high school friends and we bumped into each other on M Street in Georgetown. We grab lunch and catch up. Lindsey then proceeds to tell me about New York and why she's now back home. Early in the novel, I was lost in the story as the hours slipped by. I think fans of Emily Giffin will love Pekkanen's debut novel. Ms. Pekkanen is currently working on her second book. I do hope she brings back these characters in the future. Without spoiling the ending, I want to know what's next for them! Highly recommend.

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