So here’s my story…. I won Sarah’s contest for the BEA Convention. At that point I had not read Sarah’s book but it was on my radar to be read. On my way to the airport I stopped at the Mother Ship (Barnes and Noble) to pick up her book. And this is the story…
The Opposite Of Me is about two fraternal twin sisters, Lindsey and Alex. Lindsey has always been known as the smart one and at twenty-one holds down a coveted job at an advertising agency and is well on her way to promotion. Alex, is used to turning heads wherever she goes. A true beauty, she is prepping to walk down the aisle with the perfectly gorgeous man.
And then… suddenly everything changes. I can’t go into details but I can say I really enjoyed this book. The relationship between the sisters is a wonderful setting for this book. We as readers are following Lindsey through the book and we are really following what it is like to be the sister to Alex the beauty. There is a point early on in the book where Lindsey has a child hood memory of a stranger seeing the twin girls and commenting on Alex’s beauty and how sad it is that Lindsey did not have her sisters looks. This is a scar within Lindsey that stays with her long into adult hood.
For many reasons, the book spoke to me and I flew through the pages enjoying the well-developed characters and story line. I finished the final pages while sitting in Central Park in New York.
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So…. on to some other good stuff! I met Sarah Pekkanen at BEA in New York where she picked up me and Kathy (Bermuda Onion) for a tour of Simon and Schuster. The tour was so fantastic. We were escorted past security up into the editor’s office where we sat and heard about the publishing process. On the back shelf was a pile of papers that were to become books soon. Sarah’s next book was in that pile (lower left side) labeled as “Sarah Pekkanen – no name”. SQUEEE!
We were each given a bag of books that was super exciting! They are being shipped but off the top of my head I remember there is a Jennifer Weiner book or two in the bag as well as about 6 others.
Then we walked through to peek at some of the offices and a wall that had all the book covers from every book they have published. For someone like me who loves book covers…. I wanted to touch them all! They were gorgeous! (did I mention I wanted to touch them?)
After the tour we went back to the Javits Center and Sarah joined us at the Book Blogger Reception. She also gave us signed copies of her book and enough for my roommates and – enough to do a give away for two signed copies! The giveaway will be announced soon, the books are being shipped to me with my other BEA stash and I want to have them in hand before I post the giveaway.
My final thoughts on the book is that Sarah Pekkanen is an author to keep an eye on. She has two more books coming up and I will be watching for them and will keep you informed as well!
Book Journey(New York!) map updated here
For a New York glossary of coffee terms check here
Cover Story: Its good – the two girls facing away from the cover is a good way to show they are the same yet different. You can not see their faces and it leads into the book well.
I purchased my copy of this book at Barnes and Noble
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