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…
From Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this moving and beautifully crafted novel about identity, sisterhood and love ultimately asks one question: what does it mean to want and have a soulmate?
Being conjoined, Tippi and Grace share everything in their lives and it is unimaginable to people how they can tolerate being together for that amount of time. But the truth of it is they would be lost without each other. Like most families, Tippi and Grace's parents are finding it hard to manage three children. Their younger sister 'Dragon' is a ballet dancer and very different to them and tries to work to help out the family even though she is younger; something which Grace and Tippi don't feel comfortable with. When money runs out and the girls can't be home schooled anymore their lives are about to change forever.
The novel is told from the point of view of Grace and is told completely in poetry, much like Crossan's previous novel 'Weight of the Water.' I found that I actually really liked this style of book and finished it within one sitting. The pace was fast moving and developed the story quickly. Grace's feelings and emotions transcend to the reader in a really lovely way and I found myself laughing and crying with her.
I loved exploring the connection the girls had through the course of this novel, something which we may not always know about is fascinating. They are wonderful girls with a kindness second to none. In school, I really liked the secondary characters who have some amazing secrets to contend with too and just show you how lovely humans can be. Their loyalty is second to none and I really admire their friendship with two girls who are often seen as one. I found Jon a particular delight and his dedication to Grace in particular was beautiful.
Overall, the girls must find it in themselves to comprehend what life would be like without each other and make an important decision which will dramatically change their lives forever. Pick it up, read it. Don't let the poetry put you off - it is a beautiful read!