Grace and Tippi are twins – conjoined twins.
And their lives are about to change.
No longer able to afford homeschooling, they must venture into the world – a world of stares, sneers and cruelty. Will they find more than that at school? Can they find real friends? And what about love?
But what neither Grace or Tippi realises is that a heart-wrenching decision lies ahead. A decision that could tear them apart. One that will change their lives even more than they ever imagined…
Told from Grace's perspective, this is a very strange and completely unique as we hear how it feels to be conjoined at the hip. It mostly highlights the difficulties and the differences that means for a normal life and how the girls struggle to feel normal in a world that is determined to shun them.
It was beautifully written, and so very sad. Even just the everyday troubles of showering, dealing with a new school, medical bills, it was all so overwhelming and it was a miracle that they had even lived this long! Also learn the impact of the obvious have on their family. They have a little sister who loves to dance but is usually ignored for her weird big twin sisters; their mum struggles but tries to stay positive, and their dad doesn't deal so well and drinks a lot.
As we hear more from them, you realise that they are just like twins, even if they share legs and some intestines, they have their own personality. It was heart warming learning the impact they had on their family and friends, the hope they inspired, but the ending broke my heart. Grace and Tippi's story was awe-inspiring and beautiful and horrible but you have to read it. So much emotion was conveyed in so few words and the girls' story will leave you humming with love.
Published 26th August 2915 by Bloomsbury. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my copy in exchange for an honest review.
Would you say it was similar in tone to 'Wonder'? I always worry about fiction books that deal with disabilities or 'other'ness, that they could make these problems seem trivial, but the premise is definitely intriguing.ReplyDelete