Hoo boy, do I have a lot to tell you about this book! Let me give you a little back story before I tell you about The Opposite of Me.
First, I’ve known Sarah Pekkanen since about February 2009 when she introduced herself on my blog. I checked out her site and signed up for her newsletter. When I got her first newsletter, I was hooked. I was like, I’m TOTALLY into this author, and I can’t believe her book doesn’t come out for another 13 months! So we chat every once in a while, and I love her more every time she sends out a newsletter (about once a month), and then the next thing I know I’ve got a copy of The Opposite of Me in my hot little hands! And I can hardly contain myself and I can’t wait to crack it open. And then I go to hospital because dang if my side isn’t KILLING ME, and next thing I know I’m being admitted for appendicitis and lucky for me I brought the book I was reading AND The Opposite of Me, because you never know when you’ll need an extra book, right? So I basically read The Opposite of Me in one sitting, because I had nothing to do other than hope my urinary tract started working right.
The Opposite of Me is about Lindsey and Alex, fraternal twins who are completely different. Alex is beautiful, and to make up for the fact that she’s not as beautiful as Alex, Lindsey works long and hard to become successful. Just when success is within her grasp and she’s about to be named the creative vice president of an advertising agency, a poor choice leads to her getting fired and running away to her parents’ home so she can try to salvage what she’s spent so long building. Lindsey is forced to confront her family’s history and take a look at why she is where she is.
Pekkanen has taken a dynamic that I’m utterly fascinated with, despite the fact that it doesn’t pertain to me at all: the dynamics of sisters. Also, the family dynamic and how roles are assigned and taken on is developed well. I found myself thinking of my own family dynamic and how I ended up being “the smart one”.
When I started reading The Opposite of Me, I couldn’t help but see that Pekkanen has a fantastic voice, whether she’s writing you an email, a newsletter, or a novel. She’s very funny and wry.
I hate predictable story lines and tidy stories. My heart was sinking as I read The Opposite of Me, and wondered if Pekkanen would let me down for the first time by doing the very thing I hate: being predictable. I was pleased when I realized that things weren’t as predictable or tidy as I thought they might become (though it does have its fair share of tidiness).
As I mentioned, Pekkanen has a great sense of humor in her writing. She can take an ordinary situation and make you giggle at the humor in it, humor that you didn’t see before, but which is now blatantly obvious.
I predict that The Opposite of Me will be wildly popular, and Pekkanen is undoubtedly an author to keep your eye on.
Rating: 90 out of 100