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On the eve of their thirteenth birthday identical twins Chloe and Sue agree to get matching tattoos to prove their bond is stronger than DNA So begins Twins Marcy Dermansky’s funny and disturbingly honest debut novel the It’s clear to any reformed YA reader where the author got her idea for this novel blonde beautiful twin sisters and their college age brother live out their teenage years in upper middle class suburbia Sound familiar?However this is Sweet Valley High put through the chick noir blender Elizabeth’s passivity becomes masochism in the form of “good” twin Chloe Jessica’s penchant for recklessness is transformed into a destructive madness in Sue Daniel SVH’s Steven by another name is a loner who does nothing but read books about the Nazis Twins though light on plot constructs a world that is dark and twisted where human cruelty is the norm In fact as the story wears on it really does begin to wear There’s a reason authors usually balance darkness with moments of levity – the reader needs that kind of safety valve or the story becomes unbearable Dermansky offers little in the way of such release for the readers of Twins Unhappiness congeals into misery and the reader is forced to crawl along in the emotional euivalent of mud for the majority of the novel Its rather understated ending feels anti climactic after all the build up or rather tear down because everything sucks all the time hereI’d like to say that the novel’s darkness reveals psychological insight Unfortunately the pop psychology of poorly parented children either internalizing their pain or running amok is rather heavy handed By the middle of the novel the angst that the characters suffer begins to feel like misery pornThough there are stylistic flaws – the author has a tin ear for dialogue and her plotting has a uality of “and then this happened and then this happened and then and then” – it’s not a poorly written book Unfortunately neither is it a good read Beyond the Pale upper middle class suburbia Sound familiar?However this is Sweet Valley High put through the chick noir blender Elizabeth’s passivity becomes masochism in the form of “good” twin Chloe Jessica’s penchant for recklessness is transformed into a destructive madness in Sue Daniel SVH’s Steven by another name is a loner who does nothing but read books about the Nazis Twins though light on plot constructs a world that is dark and twisted where human cruelty is the norm In fact as the story wears on it really does begin to wear There’s a reason authors The Black Ice Score (Parker, usually balance darkness with moments of levity – the reader needs that kind of safety valve or the story becomes The Black Painting unbearable Dermansky offers little in the way of such release for the readers of Twins Unhappiness congeals into misery and the reader is forced to crawl along in the emotional euivalent of mud for the majority of the novel Its rather Fire and Desire understated ending feels anti climactic after all the build The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox up or rather tear down because everything sucks all the time hereI’d like to say that the novel’s darkness reveals psychological insight Unfortunately the pop psychology of poorly parented children either internalizing their pain or running amok is rather heavy handed By the middle of the novel the angst that the characters suffer begins to feel like misery pornThough there are stylistic flaws – the author has a tin ear for dialogue and her plotting has a The Illusionists uality of “and then this happened and then this happened and then and then” – it’s not a poorly written book Unfortunately neither is it a good read

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Twins AUTHOR Marcy Dermansky

Extraordinary story of blonde beautiful twin sisters trying to survive adolescence and each otherOver the course of five years Chloe and Sue overcome breakups unhappy Hawaiian vacations unicycle lessons eating disorders pil I read this book many years ago in high school I remember picking it up from the library and I enjoyed reading it It was very disturbing and crazy but it is something not a lot of people think about It is a great book about the harsh reality of growing up and thoughts a lot of young girls have I might have to find another copy and re read it so I can get a fresh take on the book The White Nights of Ramadan unhappy Hawaiian vacations Beyond the Pale unicycle lessons eating disorders pil I read this book many years ago in high school I remember picking it The Black Ice Score (Parker, up from the library and I enjoyed reading it It was very disturbing and crazy but it is something not a lot of people think about It is a great book about the harsh reality of growing The Black Painting up and thoughts a lot of young girls have I might have to find another copy and re read it so I can get a fresh take on the book

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L abuse and their first painful explorations of love and sex Told in alternating voices Twins introduces two new unforgettable heroines on the verge in a spellbinding tale of teen angst obsession and redemption in the subur What if instead of the smart and practical Elizabeth Wakefield girl reporter there was a Chloe a hardworking soon to be popular teenager stunted by her enabling? And instead of that rowdy boy crazy Jessica Wakefield there was a Sue with the tendencies of a low level sociopath crippling co dependency and a lack of self control?And what if when you were introduced to them instead of giddy hopefulness about getting into the elite high school sorority these twins were worried about the sterilization practices of a tattoo artist at the local strip mall?This is where Marcy Dermansky has taken her pretty blonde protagonists in her wonderfully awful novel Twins It's like she took Sweet Valley High plopped it in New Jersey and all but doused it in pig's bloodSue strong arms her twin into getting a tattoo that says Sue while she plans to get one that says Chloe This is a 13th birthday marker funded by money Sue has been stealing from their father's wallet Sue wants a permanent record of their forever ness Chloe is reluctant but it is nothing that some waterworks from Sue the drama ueen can't fixThe story opens at a point in their relationship when Chloe is eager to shed her sister weight and forge her own identity She's snagged the interest of the popular crowd with her fluffy princess hair and lip gloss At 13 she is already dreaming about going off to college a different college than her sister Sue is jealous about sharing Chloe with this popular posse And frankly the posse isn't really feeling her either She's prone to violence and fits of rage She breaks the ringleader's nose with a tennis ball She is also anti authority and anti soap and dabbling in the art of bulimiaTheir parents lawyers who work in New York City are rarely home and throw hundred dollar bills at problems Sometimes they pull out legal pads and tape recorders before not solving anything Their older brother Daniel is a social misfit who also has his eye on the front door He's a Sue loyalist though although she fails to see that he has her backThe twins go through a lifetime of changes in a four year span They are together they aren't together They're grudgingly together Sue holding tight like a jealous boyfriend Then Chloe finds a way out of this obsessive relationship by discovering she's got a special talent And Sue hitches her star to a sexy stranger's wagon and finds a new path of her ownThe story is told in alternating voices as the twins race to find a new and specially tailored routes to rock bottomDermansky likes her characters flawed She likes to roll them in muck And like I said after lapping up her other novel Bad Marie she likes to rip the wings off of them And so far she is 2 for 2 in writing the sort of stories that make one cackle with evil glee Electing Judges unforgettable heroines on the verge in a spellbinding tale of teen angst obsession and redemption in the subur What if instead of the smart and practical Elizabeth Wakefield girl reporter there was a Chloe a hardworking soon to be popular teenager stunted by her enabling? And instead of that rowdy boy crazy Jessica Wakefield there was a Sue with the tendencies of a low level sociopath crippling co dependency and a lack of self control?And what if when you were introduced to them instead of giddy hopefulness about getting into the elite high school sorority these twins were worried about the sterilization practices of a tattoo artist at the local strip mall?This is where Marcy Dermansky has taken her pretty blonde protagonists in her wonderfully awful novel Twins It's like she took Sweet Valley High plopped it in New Jersey and all but doused it in pig's bloodSue strong arms her twin into getting a tattoo that says Sue while she plans to get one that says Chloe This is a 13th birthday marker funded by money Sue has been stealing from their father's wallet Sue wants a permanent record of their forever ness Chloe is reluctant but it is nothing that some waterworks from Sue the drama Encounters with Rauschenberg ueen can't fixThe story opens at a point in their relationship when Chloe is eager to shed her sister weight and forge her own identity She's snagged the interest of the popular crowd with her fluffy princess hair and lip gloss At 13 she is already dreaming about going off to college a different college than her sister Sue is jealous about sharing Chloe with this popular posse And frankly the posse isn't really feeling her either She's prone to violence and fits of rage She breaks the ringleader's nose with a tennis ball She is also anti authority and anti soap and dabbling in the art of bulimiaTheir parents lawyers who work in New York City are rarely home and throw hundred dollar bills at problems Sometimes they pull out legal pads and tape recorders before not solving anything Their older brother Daniel is a social misfit who also has his eye on the front door He's a Sue loyalist though although she fails to see that he has her backThe twins go through a lifetime of changes in a four year span They are together they aren't together They're grudgingly together Sue holding tight like a jealous boyfriend Then Chloe finds a way out of this obsessive relationship by discovering she's got a special talent And Sue hitches her star to a sexy stranger's wagon and finds a new path of her ownThe story is told in alternating voices as the twins race to find a new and specially tailored routes to rock bottomDermansky likes her characters flawed She likes to roll them in muck And like I said after lapping Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries up her other novel Bad Marie she likes to rip the wings off of them And so far she is 2 for 2 in writing the sort of stories that make one cackle with evil glee


10 thoughts on “Twins AUTHOR Marcy Dermansky

  1. says:

    After finishing this I have read all four of Marcy Dermansky's books and I can't think of another author who gives me so much pure reading pleasure Her writing is clear economical and witty and her plots are creative but I think her special skill is creating fucked up female protagonists of all varieties from the spinning out of control twin teens to the floating out of control Bad Marie my favorite to the thoughtful but at sea women in The Red Car and Very Nice I've seen this book labeled YA but if it is it's a deliciously twisted black version of the genre I think the teen me would have loved it as much as the now me


  2. says:

    It’s clear to any reformed YA reader where the author got her idea for this novel blonde beautiful twin sisters and their college age brother live out their teenage years in upper middle class suburbia Sound familiar?However this is Sweet Valley High put through the chick noir blender Elizabeth’s passivity becomes masochism in the form of “good” twin Chloe Jessica’s penchant for recklessness is transformed into a destructive madness in Sue Daniel SVH’s Steven by another name is a loner who does nothing but read books about the Nazis Twins though light on plot constructs a world that is dark and twisted where human cruelty is the norm In fact as the story wears on it really does begin to wear There’s a reason authors usually balance darkness with moments of levity – the reader needs that kind of safety valve or the story becomes unbearable Dermansky offers little in the way of such release for the readers of Twins Unhappiness congeals into misery and the reader is forced to crawl along in the emotional euivalent of mud for the majority of the novel Its rather understated ending feels anti climactic after all the build up or rather tear down because everything sucks all the time hereI’d like to say that the novel’s darkness reveals psychological insight Unfortunately the pop psychology of poorly parented children either internalizing their pain or running amok is rather heavy handed By the middle of the novel the angst that the characters suffer begins to feel like misery pornThough there are stylistic flaws – the author has a tin ear for dialogue and her plotting has a uality of “and then this happened and then this happened and then and then” – it’s not a poorly written book Unfortunately neither is it a good read


  3. says:

    In Twins there are not surprisingly two lead characters one good twin Chloe and one who is slightly bonkers Sue; they are clearly two sides of the same coin We get alternating chapters in each twin's first person narration that really show their different personalities They may look identical but that's were the similarities end I won't rehash the whole plot here but I love the unpredictability of the story of all Dermansky's novels actually And a cool thing happens the characters evolve and the good twin may not be so perfect and the bad twin may not be so fucked up after all Kudos to Demansky for keeping the separate voices of each twin so distinct


  4. says:

    i have read it now; this is my reaction and also a response to another reader's review the people in this book are so bad you start to think this is ridiculous nobody is this cruel in real life bad parents are not just bad parents there is not one perfect twin and one totally messed up twin but then you start to think yes huh people can totally be this cruel in real life there are people who are so blissfully unaware of themselves and the effect they have on other people that they could easily be this unlikable and effed up and then you start to think i really like how it turns out both twins are fucked up but in spite of the incompetence of everyone else in their lives they don't just fall apart and then you start to think i'm really hungry carl's jr is a terrible establishment and nothing they serve is real food and you start to think how grateful you are that this book is pretty short and you still have time to make yourself a decent snack also you think the ending was kind of a cop out Not done yet barely started but here's a talei was sitting in a coffeeshop starting to read this book thinking it was like a much darker depressing version of Sweet Valley High when in walk two blond teenaged IDENTICAL TWIN GIRLS just like the book i did not tell them how creepy it was that they walked in i also did not recommend that they read this book because it is completely inappropriate for actual identical twins to read i bet also full disclosure it was not a coffeeshop; it was Carl's Jr


  5. says:

    What ticks me off the most about this utterly depressing melodramatic novel is that twice on the cover I am told it is 'funny' You're going to have to give me page and line number on which parts were supposed to be 'funny' The girls leap from one psychotic episode to the next; neither are sympathetic characters until about 10 pages from the end and their parents are so unbelievable as to be mere cyphers to allow the author to put her twins in ever ridiculous situations Ugh Bypass


  6. says:

    I read this book many years ago in high school I remember picking it up from the library and I enjoyed reading it It was very disturbing and crazy but it is something not a lot of people think about It is a great book about the harsh reality of growing up and thoughts a lot of young girls have I might have to find another copy and re read it so I can get a fresh take on the book


  7. says:

    Dark twisted funny Marcy Dermansky is brilliant in every way


  8. says:

    What if instead of the smart and practical Elizabeth Wakefield girl reporter there was a Chloe a hardworking soon to be popular teenager stunted by her enabling? And instead of that rowdy boy crazy Jessica Wakefield there was a Sue with the tendencies of a low level sociopath crippling co dependency and a lack of self control?And what if when you were introduced to them instead of giddy hopefulness about getting into the elite high school sorority these twins were worried about the sterilization practices of a tattoo artist at the local strip mall?This is where Marcy Dermansky has taken her pretty blonde protagonists in her wonderfully awful novel Twins It's like she took Sweet Valley High plopped it in New Jersey and all but doused it in pig's bloodSue strong arms her twin into getting a tattoo that says Sue while she plans to get one that says Chloe This is a 13th birthday marker funded by money Sue has been stealing from their father's wallet Sue wants a permanent record of their forever ness Chloe is reluctant but it is nothing that some waterworks from Sue the drama ueen can't fixThe story opens at a point in their relationship when Chloe is eager to shed her sister weight and forge her own identity She's snagged the interest of the popular crowd with her fluffy princess hair and lip gloss At 13 she is already dreaming about going off to college a different college than her sister Sue is jealous about sharing Chloe with this popular posse And frankly the posse isn't really feeling her either She's prone to violence and fits of rage She breaks the ringleader's nose with a tennis ball She is also anti authority and anti soap and dabbling in the art of bulimiaTheir parents lawyers who work in New York City are rarely home and throw hundred dollar bills at problems Sometimes they pull out legal pads and tape recorders before not solving anything Their older brother Daniel is a social misfit who also has his eye on the front door He's a Sue loyalist though although she fails to see that he has her backThe twins go through a lifetime of changes in a four year span They are together they aren't together They're grudgingly together Sue holding tight like a jealous boyfriend Then Chloe finds a way out of this obsessive relationship by discovering she's got a special talent And Sue hitches her star to a sexy stranger's wagon and finds a new path of her ownThe story is told in alternating voices as the twins race to find a new and specially tailored routes to rock bottomDermansky likes her characters flawed She likes to roll them in muck And like I said after lapping up her other novel Bad Marie she likes to rip the wings off of them And so far she is 2 for 2 in writing the sort of stories that make one cackle with evil glee


  9. says:

    I needed a uick read and this book caught my eye I myself am an identical twin so I was very curious to what the story had to offer I hadn't even finished the first page and I wanted to cry I find this book honestly disturbing I find myself to be able to understand Sue seeing myself in her place How she describes Chloe is how I see my sister most of the time because I compare myself a lot to her Both Sue's obsession and Chloe's want to individualize herself made this book almost unbearable to read How they separate breaks my heart yet I enjoyed how Sue was able to find herself and mature to where she realized how mean her actions were to Chloe The end of the book was almost satisfying to me leaving me wanted At first I hated reading and couldnt stand to read any but something about it just drew me in It's the kind of book that once you start it you just can't simply leave it There's just so many mixed emotionsThis book gave me a lot to think about To me it set the importance of identity to twins that's usually understated in society Yes comparing twins is awful and to say they are the same person is even worse Package deal was the phrase that hit the most upon reading People really take for granted what twins are and don't really see that they are uniue and that they are their own person But although it has its hardships it does have its rewards Painful but a very good read


  10. says:

    This book wasgritty harsh deep dark bitterly hilarious It's one of the best YA novels I've ever read Two beautiful sisters with one thing in common each other They grow up together and apart each making her own mistakes and learning They separate when Sue who loves only her sister goes too far and Chloe longing to be her own person breaks away They find their way back to each other slowly working through hard times and heartbreaks It's hard to describe what makes this book so good; I think it's Dermansky's two captivating voices