Hello readers, and welcome back to Sabrina’s Book Corner! This week we are going to be discussing The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen.
Lindsey is on the verge of getting everything she wants. She is about to be named vice president at her marketing firm, something she has worked endless hours and suffered countless migraines to achieve. Lindsey’s hardworking attitude stems from comparisons to her utterly beautiful twin sister Alex.
Alex is a model, and she has everything she could possible want out of life. Since Alex seems to so easily get what she wants, Lindsey has always worked twice as hard to get the upper hand. But just as she is about to step out of her sister’s shadow, disaster strikes.
Lindsey loses everything: her job, her life in New York, and her reputation. Determined not to let this calamity define her, Lindsey moves back home with her parents. However, she doesn’t want to be seen as a failure for losing her job, so she lies to her parents about why she has moved back home.
Lindsey convinces her parents that she has been asked by her firm to search for a place to open a branch near her hometown. The transition back to living at home is a crazy one for Lindsey. As she tries to come to terms with her situation, Lindsey learns things about herself, her sister, and how their lives effected each other.
Pekkanen showcases what it means to start over and how disasters sometimes help us find who we are truly meant to be. The Opposite of Me is a smart and funny novel about the complexities of sibling relationships, and it is a quick and enjoyable read as well.
— Sabrina Parr, Poetry Editor