Monday, July 25, 2016

Book Review: Gemini (YA)

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee

To be published on July 26, 2016.

Goodreads Summary:
In a powerful and daring debut novel, Sonya Mukherjee shares the story of sisters Clara and Hailey, conjoined twins who are learning what it means to be truly extraordinary.

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.


Told in alternating perspectives, this unconventional coming-of-age tale shows how dreams can break your heart—but the love between sisters can mend it.

My Review:
Sonya Mukherjee's Gemini is a book about conjoined twins that portrays them as two teenage girls wrestling with their identities, the end of high school, and their future - just like every other high school senior. The issue of them being conjoined just exacerbates the struggle.

Hailey and Clara have different interests and different dreams. Hailey is an artist, and she longs to leave their small mountain town and go out and see the world (first stop: art school). Clara is more reserved. She's obsessed with astronomy, and she doesn't like to be stared at, so she'd like to stay in Bear Pass forever. Everyone in their small town has known them their whole lives, so the novelty has worn off. Their mother has done an excellent job preventing photos or videos of them leaking out to the public and educating everyone on their condition.

They have some great friends who see them as individuals, but the majority of people do not. It's like being a twin to the extreme because they cannot get away from each other. They have to wake up in the middle of the night to even have a private thought. I cannot even image, and I am an identical twin.

This book was very well written. I loved the alternating voices of the two girls. The issues are fairly typical for a contemporary YA book, but the conjoined twin angle was SO interesting. The parents are present and realistic even while being a little annoying at times. This was a great read.

My Rating: 4 Stars


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10 comments:

  1. This sounds like it could be quite a powerful read, which is always great for a debut novel. Thanks for sharing your thoughts :-)

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    1. Yes, I was quite impressed with it - especially since it's a debut. Much more than the classic contemporary YA read.

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  2. I've noticed that you mention NetGalley in some of your reviews. Could you explain a bit about how NetGalley works?

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    1. Sure! NetGalley.com is a website where you can create an account and request eARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) from publishers. Most come in Kindle format, but some require Adobe Digital Editions to read. In your profile you write a quick bio and then list where you will publish reviews. You could probably even be approved and just review on Goodreads, especially if you request less popular titles. I LOVE it! I get to read so many books for free, and I don't have a physical ARC that I have to figure out what to do with.

      Edelweiss (http://edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com/) is a similar service, but I haven't used it yet because the interface is not as user friendly.

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  3. Thanks! That's such helpful info and even more motivation to get a blog going :)

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    1. You're welcome. Yes, free books are great incentive. :)

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  4. Interesting! I saw this one Netgalley but I'm not sure I knew about the conjoined twin aspect, this sounds like it would be a thought-provoking read!

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    1. I had actually forgotten about the conjoined twin aspect by the time I read it, but I'm sure that's why I wanted to read it. I am a little obsessed with twin stories since I am a twin. It was VERY interesting. Check it out if you get a chance.

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  5. I have been hearing so much about this book! It flew under my radar, so I guess I need to circle back and pick it up.

    Kate @ Ex Libris

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    1. Yes! :) I read a review for it a long time ago, so I was surprised to see it on NetGalley because I'd assumed it come out already. It's definitely worth a read.

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