THE OPPOSITE OF ME By Sarah Pekkanen

First, congratulations to the winners of recent EDIWTB giveaways! The winner of Facebook Fairytales is Ann F., and the winner of You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried is Larissa Fair. Enjoy!

Second, here is a book I want to read: The Opposite of Me, by Sarah Pekkanen. Pekkanen is a local author (she lives in Maryland), and this is her first novel. It is about Lindsey, a Manhattan ad exec who loses her job and moves home to Bethesda – and her beautiful twin sister. From The Washington Post:

Pekkanen From strangers' insensitive comments to high school bullies' cruelty,
Lindsey learned early to flex her brain as a foil to her sister's
beauty. 'Alex was the star, and I wasn't even in her orbit,' Lindsey
tells us. So when the twins' orbits collide as adults, it's high school
all over again — with Alex's homecoming crowns and football player
boyfriends replaced by Washingtonian magazine cover shots and a dashing
fiance.

But then each sister's life plan changes drastically. Lindsey decides
not to go back to advertising after a chance meeting with an
entrepreneur whose matchmaking business proves much more appealing. And
Alex suddenly falls for Lindsey's friend from high school, just as
Lindsey is also falling for him — a decade too late.

The Post says that while The Opposite of Me is a bit contrived at times, "such sentimentality is counterbalanced by sharp-tongued zingers and
Pekkanen's spot-on portrayal of the existential dilemmas of young
adulthood." Swapna of S. Krishna's Books calls The Opposite of Me "a fun, sweet book that will have readers hooked as they go on a
turbulent emotional journey with Lindsey, hoping she will come to terms
with her issues with Alex and find happiness within herself."

Adding to the TBR pile…

4 Comments

  • April 13, 2010 - 4:16 pm | Permalink

    I’ve got this one and am dying to read it!

  • April 14, 2010 - 8:52 pm | Permalink

    I have had my eye on this one since it came out – I think it sounds great!

  • nicole langan
    April 16, 2010 - 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Will add this to my pile, thanks!

  • April 22, 2010 - 12:08 pm | Permalink

    I have this one as well and hope to read it soon…thanks for the update. I hear she was at one of the recent literary festivals in the area.

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