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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press (March 9 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439121982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439121986
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.8 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #281,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Pekkanen's wry voice and engaging characters—the bumbling parents are especially lovable—keep things fresh" —People (3.5 out of 4 stars)

"With her smart, soulful novel, author Pekkanen explores the place where self and sisterhood intersect." - Redbook

"It's warm, it's whimsical, and it's a winner." --The Courier Mail (Australia)

“Fresh, appealing…the story is at turns funny and poignant.” — Booklist

“Pekkanen's involving debut is an honest examination of the limits we place on ourselves, with well-drawn female characters.” —Kirkus

“If a book makes you think and be introspective, well that’s magic, and The Opposite of Me has done just that. Pekkanen has hit the nail on the head with her unique premise and original observation on what makes us who we are…an absolute must read” —New York Journal of Books

“Fresh and funny and satisfying. A terrific book about sisters that actually made me laugh out loud. I was completely drawn into Lindsey’s world and rooted for her from beginning to end.” — Jennifer Weiner, New York Times bestselling author of Best Friends Forever and In Her Shoes

“Pekkanen's debut is heartfelt and richly drawn. With a delicate touch, she had me believing and sharing every laugh and every tear - it was a completely satisfying read. I look forward to more from this talented writer.” — Beth Harbison, author of Hope in a Jar

“Sharp-tongued. . .a spot-on portrayal of the existential dilemmas of young adulthood.” — Washington Post

"Sweet, smart, and funny" — Cosmopolitan.com

"This story hits the ground running and keeps going...an engaging read that delivers" —The Free Lance-Star

About the Author

Sarah Pekkanen is the internationally bestselling author of The Opposite of Me, Skipping a Beat, These Girls, The Best of Us, and Catching Air, as well as a series of linked short stories for ereaders. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers. She lives with her family, including a rescue dog and cat, in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BookChick TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 22 2010
Format: Paperback
Lindsey Rose feels like she's finally going to get out of her gorgeous fraternal twin sister, Alex's, shadow: after many long hours spent working at an advertising agency, she is in line for the vice presidency. She'll be the youngest vice president that her company has ever had, and she will have everything that she's ever wanted in life. One devastating night takes it all out of her grasp, and she heads home to Maryland with her tail between her legs.

Lindsey has always been labelled "the smart one", while her sister has been labelled "the pretty one", so Lindsey decides not to tell her parents that she has lost her job and everything that she has worked so hard for, and instead decides to keep up the charade that she is scouting out a new location for her former employer.

As if living with her parents and being unemployed isn't bad enough, Lindsey is forced to become involved with Alex's wedding plans to Prince Charming. Watching her sister, who has always had everything handed to her on a silver platter, preparing to walk down the aisle nearly breaks her resolve to re-invent herself. However, when an old family secret is revealed, and when Alex faces some unexpected challenges, Lindsey and Alex discover that things are not always what they seem to be and they both come to see themselves and their role in their family in an entirely new way.

I love "The Opposite of Me"'s gorgeous cover. I mean, I'm not one to generally judge a book by its cover and all that, but it certainly helps when the cover is as appealing as this one! The picture on the cover is of the back of the heads of two women, one a brunette and one a redhead, and when we learn that Lindsey is a brunette and Alex is a redhead, it made sense.
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Lindsey lives in the shadow of her beautiful fraternal twin sister, Alex. Lindsey has moved away from home and made a name for herself in an advertising agency in New York, until one bad move on her part, causes her to lose her job. She decides to move back home with her parents and where her sister, Alex, still resides and is planning her wedding to her "perfect" fiance. Lindsey has also decided not to tell her family or friends the truth about why she had to move back home which only adds to her challenges.

It is back at home that Lindsey discovers that things are not what they seem for her sister and that they both have a lot to learn about each other and the lives they have made for themselves.

I liked this book. It was fast paced enough to keep my interest and it was funny as well. I would read another book by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lydia - Novel Escapes TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 23 2011
Format: Paperback
I liked The Opposite of Me, but I'm afraid I didn't love it as much as I wanted to. There are rave reviews for this debut, but unfortunately I was disappointed. Pekkanen's writing has been compared to Jennifer Weiner and Emily Giffin, and while I could see that, it fell flat with me for several reasons. I don't know if it was because of all the hype surrounding this release, but it definitely didn't blow me away as much as Jennifer Weiner's Good In Bed, but then again, not much could live up to one of my favourite chick lit novels.

I really enjoyed Pekkanen's voice. It was fresh and felt like a friend was telling me a story which made the novel easy and fun to read. The first part of this chick lit tale, set in New York City, flew by and I felt the frantic life Lindsay led with her long hours and pressure to advance her career. When she moved home, I immediately felt the change of pace and thought this was very well done by Pekkanen because it was such a dramatic change. The beginning of this novel had me hooked, but it was once she left for home that things started unravelling for me.

I became annoyed at Lindsay's jealousy of her sister and at times didn't understand it, maybe because we weren't shown any actual interactions with Alex for such a long time so I couldn't see firsthand why she felt this way. I don't have any sisters, so was left wondering if that's why I couldn't relate, but Kathryn does and she felt similarly. And to be fair, I actually didn't relate much to Weiner's In Her Shoes either, so maybe novels about sisters don't engage me much.

This chick lit tale wasn't as predictable as I feared it might be part way through, which was nice, and I enjoyed several of the other characters, but found they were lost in the shuffle.
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I had no idea what to expect with this book, didn't even know what it was about; I just bought it based on the cover! I was surprised with how much I enjoyed it. I'm a fan of Sophie Kinsella and I found the writing style similar. There isn't as much humour as with Kinsella's books but all in all it was a good read and I will definitely read more from this author.
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By Swimmer on May 20 2013
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I really enjoyed this book - it was entertaining and I could definitely see what motivated the characters and how we all think we know our families so well but often we don't know everything about them. Lindsey was fun and I liked that she realized she needed to let go of some things and that dwelling on the past can stop you from enjoying your present or future. I also liked that she didn't know everything and learned from her mistakes. The serious part of the story felt well integrated and not just a plot device - it felt natural. Will definitely look for more from this author.
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