Book Review ~ The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen

Summary ~ Twenty-nine-year-old Lindsey Rose has, for as long as she can remember, lived in the shadow of her ravishingly beautiful fraternal twin sister, Alex. Determined to get noticed, Lindsey is finally on the cusp of being named VP creative director of an elite New York advertising agency, after years of eighty-plus-hour weeks, migraines, and profound loneliness. But during the course of one devastating night, Lindsey’s carefully constructed life implodes. Humiliated, she flees the glitter of Manhattan and retreats to the time warp of her parents’ Maryland home. As her sister plans her lavish wedding to her Prince Charming, Lindsey struggles to maintain her identity as the smart, responsible twin while she furtively tries to piece her career back together. But things get more complicated when a long-held family secret is unleashed that forces both sisters to reconsider who they are and who they are meant to be.

I was really excited to finally get a few days to read Sarah Pekkanen’s The Opposite of Me this week.  Reading this book was like coming home for me in regards to the setting and some of the characters.  I grew up in Silver Spring, MD which is a neighboring city of Bethesda in the Maryland suburbs just outside of Washington, D.C.  I used to work in Bethesda Row and got a kick out of reading a book that highlights landmarks and restaurants that I have been to, eaten at and driven by a ton of times.  The Opposite of Me introduces the reader to Lindsey and her high-octane life in advertising in New York City.  It’s a successful life that she leads but only in the work world.  Her personal life is empty of relationships with her family.  After a crazy day followed by an unfortunate evening, Lindsey finds herself home in Bethesda, Maryland with her tail between her legs.  Now we all know that life is what you make of it and that’s just what Lindsey does.  She starts fresh and learns more about herself, her folks and her twin sister than she ever knew before.  The relationship between Lindsey and her twin have been strained because of labels put on them by parents, teachers and life.

I chalk it up to coincidence that I read this book and am now planning on a visit to Pittsburgh with Hubby to see my little sister (two and a half years younger and an inch taller) in two weeks.  Sis and I have not been very close through our adult lives but now that Hubby and I are back in the States, I want to remedy that.  I am really excited about hanging out with Sis and BIL (Bro-In-Law) and seeing what their lives are like in P’Burgh.  Hubby and I haven’t been to their adoptive home town since their wedding in 2003.  We really liked the city and look forward to experiencing it even further on this trip. 

I really enjoyed reading Sarah’s debut novel, The Opposite of Me, and I hope you will give her book a chance too.  You’ll be glad you did!

{Rating ~ 4 out of 5}