Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee -- Review

Monday, November 21, 2016


Title: Gemini
Author: Sonya Mukherjee
Pages: 336
Publishing: July 26th 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 1481456776

Summary:


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.


Review: 


What an interesting concept for a novel! There are so many contemporary young adult novels out there and I was really hoping this would stand out from the rest. I have to say, I was slightly disappointed. It's not that I didn't like the story, I just think it could have been fleshed out a little more. As much as I enjoyed getting to know the characters and their individual identities, I felt that Mukherjee could have expanded much more on the characters. It seemed like it was just a graze over the surface of what the book could have been. 


The twins were unique and interesting, but I really wanted to know more. The first two-thirds of the book were spent describing each of the girl's high school crushes, and the last third of the book is where Mukherjee begins to bring up the difficult subjects. I would have loved to skip over some of the high school fluff and get to know how the girls handled having different dreams and different plans for their futures. 


All in all, it was a cute and quick read. I enjoyed it for the most part, but I really expected a little bit more meat and a little less fluff. I liked the book, but I don't know that I will be recommending it to many people. 


Rating 3/5








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