Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Review: The Girls

The Girls by Lori Lansens is the story of 29 year-old conjoined twins Rose and Ruby Darlen. As they approach the milestone of being the longest living craniopagus twins (conjoined at the head) Rose decides to begin her autobiography. The story is told mostly by Rose, but Ruby also sporadically writes her point of view on significant events in their lives as well.

The reader finds themselves immersed in the fascinating lives of the conjoined twins living in a small Ontario town with their adoptive parents. The retellings are amusing and at times horrifying.

What I liked about The Girls is how their story was told from each of their perspectives. While Rose was the dominate narrator it was nice to read of Ruby's impressions. The Girls was a novel that truly took me into someone's life that I could never imagine. Ruby and Rose were quirky and endearing characters who will stick with me for a long time.

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