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The Opposite of Me

Author: Sarah Pekkanen
Originally Published: 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source: received copy from publisher

The Story

At the age of 29, Lindsey is up for a MASSIVE promotion at work. But when a co-worker plays dirty, Lindsey makes a mistake that costs her career. Soon she is back to living with her parents, trying to fix her life. Along the way, she learns more about herself, her twin sister, and life in general. When she discovers that she was never exactly who she thought she was, she must completely reevaluate her life and exactly what she wants to make her happy.

The Reaction

I will totally admit that this book pleasantly surprised me. I was expecting some flakey fluff that I would read but wouldn’t really get in to. Boy was I wrong.

The characters were very realistic and enjoyable, not flakey at all. The main character, Lindsey, was both someone I could relate to, and didn’t want to strangle for making bad decision after bad decision after bad decision. Even those bad decisions she DID make, you could at least understand WHY she made them. I think a portion of the reason I could relate to Lindsey so well, was due to the fact that she was a graphic designer (as that’s what I am), so when she was talking work, I got what she was talking about. By the time things started to get a little rocky, I was already vested in her and what she was going through. And the way that she actually grew throughout the book, the way she really came in to herself, was so much fun to read.

This was a very funny book too – Pekkanen is a very humorous and witty writer. It’s surprising that this was her debut author, in all honesty. The characters were very well developed, none of them were flat and one-dimensional. The story itself wasn’t predictable – there were quite a few moments where I didn’t see the turn of events happening at all, which was refreshing. So many chicklit books are SO predictable. Plus, she conveyed so easily what the characters were feeling – when they were heartbroken, I was heartbroken as well.

I really wish I could go further and more in depth in this review, but I’m sick and really need to end this before it stops making sense due to being on cold medication and my brain being all muddled.

The Bottom Line

This was a very surprising read, and I would definitely recommend it. It’s a very good summer read, and I am definitely completely looking forward what Pekkanen will write in the future.

Other Reviews

Booking Mama, She is Too Fond of Books, Hey Lady! Whatcha Reading?, S. Krishna’s Books. Have you reviewed this book on your blog? Let me know and I’ll add your link.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 10:29 am July 11, 2010.
Category: Chick Lit
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  • trish

    Yay! So glad you liked it! I know what you mean that what you were expecting was not what you got! I really like Pekkanen’s writing style, which helped the book as well.