Identical is a mature read about one family's tragedy. The book deals with drug and alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, addiction, and dark hidden family secrets.
Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical twins with their own set of deep secrets. Their family was almost normal, until a fatal accident leaving their mother injured and causing distance between their parents. Kaeleigh is the 'good girl', who has been taken advantage of by their alcoholic father since she was young. Raeanne feels unwanted in her home because she does not receive the attention she wants from her father, leading her to rely on drugs, alcohol and boys. In the middle of all this, there are so many other problems that the girls have to deal with, including eating disorders, finding the right boy, and conflict between their parents. All of these things and more are what led the girls to their separate lives. The book is full of drama and questions that will keep you reading until the very end.
I loved the way the book was written, with each page written in a different style of free-verse poetry. The book switches between Kaeleigh's perspective and Raeanne's perspective, which allows the reader to see inside the lives of both troubled girls. The topics that the book explores, while sometimes graphic, lead the reader into the tortured world of these two identical twins. The title of the book ‘Identical’ is very relevant to the story because the book centers on identical twins. While reading the book, I realized that the title can be powerful, showing the reader that even though the twins are the same on the outside, their lives can be very different. This book is very powerful, and the end will leave you breathless. I recommend this book to mature readers 14 years of age and older.