The Opposite Of Me by Sarah Pekkanen

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…

Sheila

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!

Books to be.... how fascinating!

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?)

Look at all those gorgeous covers!

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!

Sarah and I

Book Journey(New York!) map updated here

For a New York glossary of coffee terms check here

377 pages

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

St Cloud, MN

43 thoughts on “The Opposite Of Me by Sarah Pekkanen

  1. Wow! you guys traveled in to sacred territory. I can’t imagine sitting in front of all those “true” manuscripts. What if, God forbid, someone opened a window and the wind blew. Can you imagine??? No, let’s not imagine.

    I am really enjoying your journey. Before I pass to the other side, I hope to go to the BEA. Is it always held in NY???

    1. LOL Tea – I had not thought of that. 🙂

      To my understanding Tea the past two years it has been in New York but before that I think it was somewhere else. Anyone know the answer? I remember it being discussed but I cant recall where it was.

      It is in New York for 2011.

  2. I can answer that one, Tea…I attended BEA in 2008, and it was in LA.

    So I’m guessing that next year will be in another city. I hope it’s in California!!

    I’m going to be watching for that giveaway, Sheila!

    1. Oops – should have read all my comments before I tried to respond to Tea! Thanks Laurel!

      It is in New York at the Javits again next year. They had info posted during the show.

      As soon as I have the books in hand I will post it Laurel. I shipped them with everything else.

  3. Thank you soooo much for sharing. I am so envious of you hob-nobbing with the elite! You are impressive…you get so much done in a day! 🙂

    1. Oh good Dawn you didn’t see me yesterday at 4 pm when I came home with take out Chinese and curled up in my chair the rest of the day and evening and wrote reviews….LOL

      I really should have been outside mowing…. oh well…. 😉

  4. I have really wanted to read this one since I first read about it. I’ll have to pick it up soon. I thought I read somewhere that BEA 2011 will be in NY once again, but don’t quote me on that.

    It sounds like you had a great time and I am incredibly jealous!

    1. Hi Teresa – yes, in NY in 2011 BEA will be.

      Wow. That was a bit “Yodaish” wasn’t it?

      I may need to speak Yoda in a future meandering….LOL (apparently my mind is going to meander all day long!)

  5. Snooping around at a publisher’s, wow! That’s an interesting picture with all the covers, I didn’t realize they stored them separately (I thought maybe they store one copy of each finished book).

    Fascinating – and then getting some (more) books! When your books arrive, do let us know what they are.

    1. leeswammes, I will do a post – probably with the “Whats In My Mailbox” post Saturday evening/Sunday morning. Haven’t quite figured out how I am going to do that yet as I suspect it may be quite a few books if all arrive yet this week (fingers crossed).

      I may try a VLog but I am not sure because I am such a critic of myself I may die of embarrassment trying to make it look right – LOL

  6. I love the way you coined the word “Mothership” .. 🙂 The cover is impressive truly and I am hoping to read this soon.
    Do let us know what you have in the “bag of books”

  7. So glad you enjoyed this one — it sounds great! And the cover art is awesome. I found a copy in my office’s “take a book, leave a book” box and can’t wait to start.

  8. I loved the review and your description of your tour. Thanks for posting the pictures. I love book covers too. I was looking at the picture and trying to see if I could recognize any of them.

    For years my sister and I have joked that a particular Barnes and Noble in Indiana is like my temple. I have to make a pilgrimage there every time I go to visit my sister.

    I really want to read The Opposite of Me. I am currently on a library waiting list for it.

    1. I don’t drive through St Cloud without stopping there Christina. If my girlfriends and I go shopping in the area the know the B & N must be on the agenda.

  9. Those books are gorgeous! You can’t get that kind of feeling looking at a Kindle, but that’s just me. Sarah’s book was awesome! I can’t wait for her next publication.

  10. That is so cool that you were able to tour Simon and Schuster! Those pictures are great as it gives insight to the behind the scenes action of my favorite past time. 🙂 Thanks for the post and I’m looking forward to reading The Opposite of Me too.

    1. Hannah – I forgot to mention in my review that her acknowledgments in the back of the book made me cry. Very sweet. Cant wait to see what you think of her books!

  11. I’ll be looking for this book to read. Although not a twin, I was the smart one and always reminded that my sister was the pretty one. Does great things for your self-image and confidence.
    Am glad you got to meet Sarah and had such a great time.

  12. It was so wonderful to hang out with you and Kathy – what a great day (and I loved the tour, too – I’d never been to some of those secret publishing spots). Hope to see you again next year! xoxo

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