Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee
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.
Things you can’t do when you’re permanently attached to your twin sister’s back:
• Rock climb
• Be ignored by strangers
• Kiss a boy (Stupid thing that my sister believes. Are you really letting her write this? – Hailey)
Clara and Hailey love each other, and they’re comfortable in their conjoined bodies. It’s the stares and whispers they could do without.
Hailey’s a pink-haired artist who longs to explore the world and question every limitation. Clara’s an aspiring scientist who would rather stay home, avoid strangers, and study the night sky.
Yet Clara has secret, impossible dreams, like seeing Earth from space, and falling in love with a guy who could actually love her back.
Then telescope-loving Max comes to town, and Clara starts to question her definition of “impossible.”
Soon, both Clara and Hailey are forced to ask: Is it possible to pursue their dreams together? Or should they consider the risky, life-threatening surgery to separate them? And what does it really mean for each sister to be herself
Publishes in US: July 26th 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: ya contemp
Source: earc from Simon teen via Edelweiss
Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free.
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I wanted to read Gemini because I think that conjoined twins are fascinating, especially the ones that are different from each other, or have separate interests and goals. They were once the same cell, identical twins that the cells didn't split, so the DNA is the same, but something in them and their upbringing and their own minds diverge.
Hailey and Clara are indeed very separate identities with different thought processes and ways of looking at life. Hailey is more upbeat, she has pink hair and a tattoo. Clara is more practical and down to earth.
It is a neat perspective because they have their own routines and life this way is normal for them. They gave daily challenges including physical limitations but also respecting their sister who is their constant companion. What one wants to do, sometimes the other has to be bored, when one talks to a friend or a boy, the other cant give them time or escape if they don't like the person.
It wasn't what I expected but still had its good points.
My question to you, my lovely readers:
Would you separate if part of a conjoined twin pair?