Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Review - The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen

Title: The Opposite of Me (Amazon)
Author: Sarah Pekkanen
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Release Date: 2010
Pages: 377
Genre: Fiction
Source: Library

Lindsey Rose has always lived in the shadow of her devastatingly beautiful twin sister, Alex. Determined to get noticed, Lindsey has put in years of 80-hour weeks and at twenty-nine is about to be named Creative Vice President of an elite New York advertising agency. Fate, however, has other plans and in one awful night, Lindsey's carefully constructed life implodes.

Humiliated and desperate, Lindsey flees the glitter of Manhattan and retreats to the time warp of her parents' Maryland home. Struggling to maintain her identity as the smart, responsible sister, she finds herself taking a job in a dating service - and having the time of her life. She is even beginning to have a real sisterly relationship with Alex ... until they both fall in love with the same guy. Then a long-held family secret is unleashed, flipping Lindsey into the one spot she never dreamed she'd land.

The Opposite of Me is a smart, funny and poignant novel about the desire to have it all, the relationships that define us and the complicated, irreplaceable bonds of sisterhood
. (Goodreads)

Kim’s take –

I really liked this book about how changes we can’t control in our lives may seem devastating but could lead to more that you could dream of. It’s also a great story of the often challenging relationships between sisters.

Lindsey and Alex are fraternal twins. Alex got all the looks and was the center of attention everywhere she went. Lindsey got the brains and has always felt non-existent in the presence of her sister. When Lindsey’s well laid plans for her career turn disastrous in one evening, she can’t stand the thought of the embarrassment of staying in Manhattan and moves into her parent’s home. Not wanting to disappoint her parents with her job loss, she tells them that she is in the area to scout a new location for her firm.

Cynical about her sister’s television program, modeling, and upcoming wedding, Lindsey is unable to change the animosity she feels for her twin. And it only grows when Alex seems to be spending more and more time with Bradley, Lindsey’s best friend growing up and the man she is pinning her romantic hopes on.  

On the evening Lindsey is trying to show Bradley she wants to be more than friends and is rejected, the true nature of the relationship between Alex and Bradley becomes crystal clear after Alex is involved in an accident.

But Lindsey’s feelings for Alex soon begin to change when Alex goes through some life changing medical procedures to save her life. Lindsey begins to realize how they are more alike than she realized and that Alex’s picture-perfect life is not as easy or happy as it appears. After finding a document in the attic, the information learned, leaves both of them questioning the beliefs in the identities they have held their entire lives and may lead them to the happiness they have both been searching for.

This was a great book with characters you could relate to. There were so many characters in the book that I was rooting for. And they were mainly people looking for love through a different kind of dating service, Blind Date. Their descriptions just made you want them to find love and be happy. 

I would have preferred to have a few more pages at the end to see what happened more on Lindsey's side of the story. But I guess you have to base your assumptions on the last few pages. Which isn't a bad thing but it left me wanting more!

I have two other books from Sara Pekkanen and can’t wait to read them!

Kim’s Rating – 4/5


  1. I loved Skipping a Beat so I picked this up. I look forward to reading it. Thanks for the review!

  2. This is a really good review. The book seems really interesting and I'm putting this book in my to-read list. Thanks!

  3. This could be the cover shot for your blog! Thanks for the review, I have not heard of this title before, but I may have to check it out.

  4. Sounds really interesting, I'm going to try to get my paws on it!