Friday, June 11, 2010

Book Tour, Giveaway, & Review: The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen

First line: As I pulled open the heavy glass door of Richards, Dunne, & Krantz and walked down the long hallway toward the executive offices, I noticed a light was on up ahead. 

From the back cover: Twenty-nine-year-old Lindsey Rose has, for as long as she can remember, lived in the shadow of her devastatingly beautiful fraternal twin sister, Alex. Determined to get noticed, Lindsey is finally on the cusp of being named creative vice president 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 put 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.

My thoughts: I absolutely loved this book. Maybe it was because I could relate to some of the themes of the story - expectations, sibling rivalry and the search for perfection - or maybe because it was such a fun, enjoyable read, but I had a really hard time putting it down. Being the oldest of seven, it is easy to fall into the stereotypes given to us by parents, teachers, coaches. I found the main characters, Lindsey and Alex, to be wonderfully complex. They journey through sisterhood, life, love and loss (not always what it may seem) to find out that they are not what they think they are. They also find out that the grass is definitely not always greener on the other side. Reading this book, you will experience a host of emotions - laughing out loud, crying, cheering, cringing - all perfectly balanced, not too funny, not too sad. Page after page, you are hooked with unexpected plot twists right up to the very end. This is a stunning debut novel and I will certainly be keeping an eye out for Sarah Pekkanen's next book.

About the author: Sarah Pekkanen is the women’s fiction author of The Opposite of Me, published by Atria (a division of Simon & Schuster) March 9, 2010. The book, a Redbook magazine March book pick, received rave reviews in People magazine (3.5/4 stars), The Washington Post and more. Sarah lives in the Washington D.C. area and is currently working on her second novel. Find Sarah on Facebook and on Twitter.

I received a complimentary copy of The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen from BookSparks PR to review. 


Crystal at BookSparks PR has provided one copy of this awesome book for readers of this blog! All you have to do is follow my blog and leave a comment. Be sure to include your email address in your comment.

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Thanks to everyone for entering! Good luck!

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  1. I would love to win this book!! It sounds so good.

  2. This sounds wonderful! I'm going to check for it at my library. Thanks for the suggestions.

  3. This sounds great! I'd love to win!

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  4. This book sounds really good. I've heard of it and people who have read it have loved it!


  5. Thanks for the contest, this book looks so great!

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  6. This book sounds like a great one to read.


  7. This book sounds like a great one to read.


  8. This book is on my wish list. Great review! Please count me in for the giveaway and thank you for the opportunity! I am a follower...

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  9. I have seen Sarah's book many times and really was interested in reading it..maybe THIS time will be my lucky charm...I am most definitely a follower.

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  10. Well, I forgot the name of the book, but I remembered the name of the blog! So I now have this on hold at my library. Thanks!

  11. I would love to win this - thanks for hosting!

  12. Sounds like a good one!

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  13. Sounds like a great pool read!

  14. I have had my eye on this one for a while! Would love a chance to win it.

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  15. Sounds like something I would read. I really like it so far!

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