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Review: The Originals by Cat Patrick

I glance at the three baby portraits in thick wooden frames.
I feel a familiar prickling on the back of my neck.
Because I know there's another picture somewhere - and the baby in that photo looks identical to the babies on the wall.
Somewhere, there's a photo of the original.

Ella, Betsy and I look like sisters: triplets, you might think.
But that's not what we are at all.
We are clones in hiding. We split our lives and exist as one person in the outside world. And we've always been happy.
But now I've fallen head-over-heels in love . . . and that changes everything.
Because, to let love in, I need to be allowed to be Me

My Thoughts
Just a quick review today on this one.

Cat Patrick is one of those authors I always seem to enjoy and I find her writing style really suits me and I find myself devouring her books pretty quickly. To a certain extent this book was no exception. I loved the ideas and the characters and I couldn't wait to find out more about what was happening. This book is the story of three clones living in hiding by pretending to be the same person. Each of the girls takes a third of the day she she gets to go out into the world and live a part of one life. As you can imagine it is a really interesting set up. They can't get too close to people, they have to follow strict routines and when they aren't out during their designated time slot they are stuck at home being homeschooled. Despite the problems the whole thing works. That is until two of the girls start to fall for different boys. Obviously 'one person' can date both of them and they have to decide which boy to go for.

As I said I really did enjoyed the concept behind the book and it had some really nice ideas about identity and being your own person which was especially interesting because the girls where technically the same when it came to DNA but actually were very different. However the reason why I didn't love this book was because of the ending. The whole thing resolved too nicely, too quickly and I felt like the author copped out a bit to give everyone a happy ending.

All in all definitely worth a read especially if you a already a Cat Patrick fan but certainly not my favourite book of hers. 


Zoe said…
I LOVE Cat Patrick so I'm very eager to read this one! I'm sorry that the ending disappointed you but I' glad you enjoyed it overall :)

Thanks for the great review!
Anya said…
Still have this one to read, now I'm gonna have to watch out for that ending! Great balanced review :)
I really love Cat Patrick's writing too! I just got this one from the library and I'm super excited to start on it. That's a bummer that the ending felt like a bit of a cop out, but I think I'll still enjoy it. :)

Julia @ That Hapa Chick
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