Thursday, May 11, 2017

Gemini By Sonya Mukherjee|Review

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on July 26th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Pages: 366 
Format: Hardback

Seventeen-year-old conjoined twins Clara and Hailey have lived in the same small town their entire lives—no one stares at them anymore. But there are cracks in their quiet existence, and they’re slowly becoming more apparent.

Clara and Hailey are at a crossroads. Clara wants to stay close to home, avoid all attention, and study the night sky. Hailey wants to travel the world, learn from great artists, and dance with mysterious boys.

As high school graduation approaches, each twin must untangle her dreams from her sister’s, and figure out what it means to be her own person.

My Thoughts

Not what I was expecting at all. 
Initially, I was incredibly intrigued by the idea of conjoined twins. And as someone who isn’t a huge fan of romances, I was willing to give this one a shot out of sheer curiosity. 
That was a mistake.
Right away you are informed a new kid coming the Hailey’s and Clara’s school. And as boy crazy as teenage girls can get, immediately, you know this guy isn’t going away anytime soon, even no matter how hard you wish for it.
Initially, I liked the idea of the dual perspectives, until I reached the third chapter. The girls were exactly the same despite a few differences in appearance. Their voices were indistinguishable. I often had to flip back to recall who I was reading for. And in all honestly, their chapters were pretty much the exact same thing. Yes, they are conjoined but do they each have to have their own paragraph about the same thing that is completely useless to the story. 
Speaking of useless. What was the point of Max? I mean really? All he did was create a little bit of tension and chemistry. He wasn’t original. He had no purpose in this book. What. So. Ever. 
The concept was very intriguing, especial for a young adult novel. I imagined this book being about self-discovery, acceptance, and self-love. But in reality, it was nothing bit high school drama. And the high school tropes were very prevalent. Who wants to read about a stereotypical high school when the real story is about conjoined twins?

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