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the opposite of me book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

29-year-old Lindsey Rose has always felt inferior to her drop dead gorgeous fraternal twin sister, Alex. Unlike Lindsey, Alex has never seemed to have to work very hard for anything. Lindsey, on the other hand, has thrown herself into her demanding career at an elite advertising agency in New York. When the promotion she has worked so hard for all these years slips through her fingers, a spontaneous and reckless act costs her everything. Desperately needing a change of scenery and desiring to lay low for awhile, Lindsey temporarily decides to move back in with her parents in Maryland.

As Alex prepares to marry her perfect match, Lindsey finds herself in the midst of an identity crisis. Fate throws her into a new career path as a romantic matchmaker, she discovers a shopping addiction for trendy clothes and makeup, and she just may be in love with Bradley, her best friend from high school. Still inwardly competing with her perfect sister, Lindsey keeps the truth about her job situation a secret and hides her new wardrobe in the back of her closet. When Alex’s seemingly perfect life starts to crumble, Lindsey learns some startling facts about both Alex and herself; maybe she and Alex have more in common with each other than she ever imagined.

The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen realistically depicts sibling rivalry, jealousy, and love. The protagonist, Lindsey Rose, is an unapologizing, yet sympathetic jealous sister. At times, the reader will really be able to relate to Lindsey, especially if the he or she has a sibling of the same sex. Other times, however, Lindsey seemed rather unreasonable with her complaints and outlooks on situations. Thankfully, the good in her far outweighs the bad, or the book would not have been such a likable read.

Since the book is told from Lindsey’s perspective, I was prepared to really dislike Alex. When she was finally introduced, I found myself liking her instead. As an outsider looking in, I was able to see positive characteristics in Alex that Lindsey had ignored. I didn’t like the turn of events which brought Lindsey and Alex closer as sisters, and I disagree that Lindsey would have transformed as easily as she did into the caring sister. Overall, I was pleased with the plot line and the growth of both Lindsey and Alex in this debut novel from Sarah Pekkanen.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

This book was provided free of any obligation by SheKnows Book Club. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.