Monday, March 7, 2016
Greenwillow Books, 2015
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: All Teens
Grace and Tippi. Tippi and Grace. Two sisters. Two hearts. Two dreams. Two lives. But one body.
Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins, joined at the waist, defying the odds of survival for sixteen years. They share everything, and they are everything to each other. They would never imagine being apart. For them, that would be the real tragedy.
But something is happening to them. Something they hoped would never happen. And Grace doesn’t want to admit it. Not even to Tippi.
How long can they hide from the truth—how long before they must face the most impossible choice of their lives?
What a unique subject to cover! I loved that it was in verse, too. I felt like Crossan authentically captured the twins’ thoughts and feelings. I learned so much about conjoined twins - something I had never really given much thought to before. I’m such an introvert myself, the thought of constantly being with someone sounded foreign and exhausting. But for Tippi and Grace, it just was. I had no idea about the constant health problems that conjoined twins face, either.
The repercussions took a toll on the rest of the family, too. It was understandable, as the family had a lot going on. However, adding in the other problems took away from Tippi and Grace a bit, and made the book a little too much like an Ellen Hopkins book. On the other hand, the twin’s positive interactions with new friends helped to balance that out.
Overall, I enjoyed it.