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  • Posted January 9, 2010

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    Reviewed by Lauren Ashley for TeensReadToo.com

    Emily the Strange is back in her second novel, STRANGER AND STRANGER. The last mystery has been solved and now her, her mom, and her awesome cats are off to another oddly-titled city. Once there though, Emily finds a way to duplicate herself and now has an OtherMe to deal with.

    Things seem great at first: the two of them work on a Master Prank, turning everyone in the town strange; Emily finds a secret sewer to design a mural on (though she keeps this to herself); and each generally enjoys having a copy of the other.

    However, things get bad when OtherMe believes she is the real Emily and turns into EvilOne. Can Emily stop things before her cats abandon her forever and she's stuck with all the blame? And just who exactly is her strange neighbor, Venus Fang Fang? More than she seems, of course!

    Emily the Strange is not for everyone. The story isn't realistic in any way, but that's what makes half the fun. She's a strange little girl who loves cats, drawing, and being scientific. She hates company though, so having a double is bound to get annoying for her no matter what...if only that double wasn't a complete evil being.

    I had a hard time getting through this book in places. I feel the first book flowed a lot faster, while this one seemed a bit more on the "Oh gosh, get on with it!" side. If people are fans of Emily, they are bound to love it. If you're not, or not yet, then obviously you should stick with the first book first and see what you think of the style.

    I do love that the EMILY THE STRANGE books include fun drawings on basically every page and that it's told in a diary format. Those make it fun to read even during the boring bits.

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  • Posted January 4, 2010

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    Not as good as Lost Days

    As opposed to the previous book in the Emily series, The Lost Days, Stranger & Stranger is not as engaging. Specifically, I felt like there were way, way too many lists, and the story as a whole was a bit difficult to follow. On top of that, it takes too long to get to the exciting part of the story, which is where the two Emily's split and carry on different stories. The Lost Days has range to the story, since the reader is spending much of the book, along with Emily, trying to figure out who she is and why she's there. There are several plot twists, and a lot of content that the reader has to piece together throughout the book. Stranger & Stranger, is, to be honest, a bit boring in comparison, and I feel like even though the concept is interesting, the actual implementation is lacking a bit. If you want a good Emily book, or just a good book in general, read The Lost Days. Hopefully the next in the series will be better, and will have less lists and more story.

    -Lindsey Miller, www.lindseyslibrary.com

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