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Doppelgangers are monsters, hardwired for murder.

They are not supposed to have doubts, but this one does. He wishes he could be different. More human, maybe. But even that can't stop him from killing people so he can take their places and live their lives. He has to do it; it's who he is.

But when the doppelganger murders a small-town teenager, assumes his shape, and takes over his life, he's shocked by the world he steps into. Engulfed in a ...

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Overview

Doppelgangers are monsters, hardwired for murder.

They are not supposed to have doubts, but this one does. He wishes he could be different. More human, maybe. But even that can't stop him from killing people so he can take their places and live their lives. He has to do it; it's who he is.

But when the doppelganger murders a small-town teenager, assumes his shape, and takes over his life, he's shocked by the world he steps into. Engulfed in a whirlwind of peer pressure, messy family dynamics, and a provocative relationship with a beautiful girl, he quickly learns that there's more than one way to be human, and many ways to be a monster.

Told in the tortured voice of a most extraordinary teen, this contemporary gothic romance brews a captivating combination of violence, desire, and atonement. Here is the story of a monster yearning for a human life.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
After sixteen years of being abused and neglected by his mother-who made him strangle a puppy-a young man leaves his isolated home in the woods to make his way in the world. Unlike other young men, however, he is a shape-shifting doppelganger, destined to stalk and kill humans, taking over his victim's lives until holding the form becomes too painful. As hard as he tries to resist his natural urges, he ends up killing a drunk, belligerent high school football player, Chris Parker. He falls in love with the rhythms and people of Chris's life, including his girlfriend, Amber, as he tries to fix the things that Chris never got the chance to fix. As his new life and his old life collide, "Chris" must decide if he can give up everyone he has come to love in order to protect them. This brooding story of literally stepping into someone else's shoes combines romance, horror, and angst to create a distinctive story of redemption. The abusive relationships in Chris's family are portrayed with realism and sensitivity. Although the novel has moments that require a certain suspension of disbelief and the final conflict seems rushed, the novel is an enjoyable read that should greatly appeal to fans of the supernatural and is recommended for public and school libraries. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, HarperCollins, 272p., and PLB Ages 12 to 18.
—Angela Semifero
Children's Literature
A doppelganger is a double; in legend it is often a harbinger of death. In this book, doppelgangers are actually a race of beings that exist by killing humans and taking over their lives. In general, they do not question the need for killing. But the hero of this story is different. "Weak" and "sensitive" his mother called him—how will he make it on his own? His mother has kicked him out of the cabin they have called home. He is wandering, from the woods to the railroad yard, where he boards a train. Does he miss his mother? He hardly knows. She was a different person each time he saw her—a different face, a different personality, sometimes gentle, sometimes mean, never loving. He will kill of course, it is in his makeup. The first time, he kills a dying man so that it does not seem to matter as much. For his second kill, he kills a teenage boy, Chris, and has to take over his life. Physically, the nameless doppelganger is an exact double, so it should not be that difficult. Chris is a football star with a beautiful girlfriend. He does well enough in school, although not so well that the doppelganger will be noticed. From the very beginning, things start to go wrong: Football is a much more physically violent sport than he expected. The coach is furious when his star linebacker does not follow his plan. Chris is benched for the next game, making his father furious. There may have been a scout out there; now, how can he expect to get a scholarship? His parents cannot afford to send him to college on their own. His father's fury turns to physical violence, not only against Chris, but against his mother and his younger sister, Echo. Shift the scene to his first encounter withAmber, the girlfriend—at least Chris thought she was his girlfriend. Amber is not so sure. She loves him, but she has begun to be afraid of him. He has not abused her—yet. Shift the scene again, to the schoolroom. The English class is reading Macbeth, and while the original Chris may not have thought about it very deeply, this Chris sees parallels in his own life. Now he feels torn; he knows that he will have to kill again soon, but he is actually beginning to love these people. What is he to do? The introduction of a female doppelganger is a little contrived, as is the final confrontation with his father and their possible reconciliation. Despite these problems, in general, this is thought-provoking read. Recommended. 2006, Eos/HarperCollins, and Ages 12 up.
—Judy Silverman
School Library Journal
Gr 9-Up-What makes someone a monster-actions or instincts? In this story, a doppelganger is a shape-shifter that kills its victims, claims their identity, and takes over their lives from a month up to a year. When high school jock Chris Parker attacks a helpless old man by the tracks, he makes a fatal error. The doppelganger that takes his place is a different person. As this Chris Parker learns about the family he is living with, he begins to ask some probing questions-does being a monster mean hitting your family, ignoring abuse, or accepting it? If such behavior is instinctual, does that make it acceptable? As the teen embraces his current form and falls for the deceased Chris's girlfriend, he chooses to do something about the monsters around him. Can love make a difference in life-even if you are a monster? Does everyone deserve a second chance? This is a compelling horror story about making choices and the difference that certain decisions can make in life.-June H. Keuhn, Corning East High School, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
What teenage boy doesn't feel uncomfortable in his own skin? Who hasn't wished he could wake up as the high-school football hero, dating the prom queen? Our hero (who goes nameless throughout the majority of the story) suffers from this insecurity more than most: He's a doppelganger, born to kill humans and then take on his victim's persona for a period of time before moving on to the next life. Pushed out of his isolated childhood refuge by an uncaring, but true to nature, mother, he takes his first plunge into the world of humans, not wanting to live the life he's been prepared for, but pushed into it by young bullies. All of a sudden, he is the football hero (if only he could figure out how to play the game) and falling in love with the most beautiful girl at Bakerville High. Things should have been great, but it doesn't take long for him to realize that walking in someone else's skin doesn't mean an easy life, because everyone, even football heroes, has problems. An interesting read that deals with growing pains, peer pressure and making decisions that might be unpopular, but are undoubtedly right. (Fantasy. 12-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062007322
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/9/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 849,951
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 428 KB

Meet the Author

David Stahler Jr. received his bachelor's degree in English from Middlebury College in 1994 and later earned a graduate degree from the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College. His other provocative works for young adults include Truesight, The Seer, and Otherspace. He teaches in Vermont, where he lives with his wife and two children.

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Doppelganger


By David Stahler Jr.

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 David Stahler Jr.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060872330

Chapter One

I met Amber two days after I throttled her boyfriend, Chris Parker. A week later we were in love. Or rather, I was in love with her. It took a while on her part. After all, she thought I was him.

Let me explain -- I am a doppelganger.

Not many people have heard of us before. We're a pretty secretive race. So secretive, in fact, that I don't even know that much about us myself. Most of what I know about my kind I learned from my mother, and she wasn't all that informative. I can't even tell people my name. I don't have one. Not one I was born with, anyway. My mother always said names are worthless to a doppelganger. So the whole time I was growing up, she was she, and I was me, and that's as far as it ever got.

The problem is that doppelgangers are loners. We don't keep in touch. We don't call each other or send postcards. We would never e-mail. There's no annual doppelganger convention or home base or family reunion. When you're a doppelganger, you're on your own.

Maybe there just isn't much to know about us. We're pretty simple, actually -- primitive, one might say -- which is how we've managed to survive for so long.

But there are a few things to know. The most important is that we're shape-shifters. We can change the way we look,the sound of our voice; we can even change our sex, though we usually prefer not to. We're like chameleons, but taken to a higher level.

And it's a good thing we are shape-shifters, because in our natural state we're ugly as sin. Really hideous, to the point where we can barely stand to look at ourselves, let alone others of our kind. A doppelganger mother will even turn from her own child in disgust. I'm sure it's hard to imagine such a thing -- after all, a human mother will love even her ugliest child -- but with us it's true. It must be an evolutionary thing or something. If so, it works pretty well -- a doppelganger can rarely be found in its natural form. I can count on one hand the number of times I saw my mother in her own skin. Who knows, maybe I've just blocked the other times out of my head. Between the mottled, almost transparent flesh, the bulging eyes, and a face with no nose or mouth other than a few slimy slits, you've got the makings of a real freak. Actually, all those drawings of aliens recreated from people's so-called abductions -- those things with the egg heads and spindly arms -- they're not aliens, they're doppelgangers. And those people who think they were abducted didn't go anywhere -- they were just lucky enough to have survived. That's my theory, anyway.

Which brings me to another important doppelganger fact: We're killers. Of people, that is. We prey on your race -- stalking you, watching your moves, the places you go, learning the patterns of your life. Then, when we think we've got it down, we find a nice quiet little corner to strangle you in and take over. At least that's how it's supposed to work. Sometimes things get a little messy.

But if we're really good, no one can tell it's not you. We look like you, sound like you, even act like you. We take your life and live it in your place. And then, when we get bored or someone seems to be getting too close to the truth, we move on. Though, to be honest, we can only hold a form so long before we start to lose it. It takes a lot of strength to hang on to somebody's life. After a while it even starts to hurt.

Of course, the letting go can be just as bad. Trust me, I know.

Does this sound awful? Are we evil creatures? Monsters? I've been asking myself the question since I was old enough to wonder, and I still haven't figured it out. My mother would say no. In her view, our people have nothing to do with the concepts of good or evil. "Foolish human conventions," she once called them. In her mind, we do what we do because that's who we are.

"Are we bad?" I remember asking one afternoon as I watched her break the neck of a rooster for our supper. I was eight, I think, and had recently learned the truth about doppelganger ways. "Are we bad for killing?"

She looked at me in disgust. "You've been watching too much TV," she said, tossing me the limp bird to pluck. "That's a foolish question. The kind a human would ask."

"Well, are we?" I pressed.

"Is the tiger evil when it kills the zebra? Is the shark malicious for biting the swimmer? Does the bee sting out of wickedness?" she said.

I took her meaning. She felt it was our nature to kill -- nothing more, nothing less. And it's true, it's not like we doppelgangers want to take over the world or enslave the human race or anything like that. Far from it -- we prefer to live quietly, below the radar. Still, it troubled me. Not because I didn't believe her, but because I did. Because I believed a doppelganger was supposed to obey its nature. That's what bothered me. For even back then, I wasn't sure if I'd be able to live by killing. Not like her. Anyway, that's about it. There's only one other important thing to know about doppelgangers that I can think of. Since we keep to ourselves, we don't run into each other very often, but when we do, we know it. Even in human form, we can tell. It's like we can sniff each other out. If two doppelgangers of the same sex happen to meet, they'll more than likely ignore each other and move on. But if a heganger and sheganger come together, they're going to mate. It's practically unavoidable -- nature's way of ensuring the continuation of the species, I guess. My mother told me all about it not long before she kicked me out.

Continues...


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  • Posted January 6, 2012

    Amazing!! A Must Read!!

    Doppelganger, a book that David Stahler put out into the world for everyone to enjoy. A misfit teenager with no real identity or contact to the world beyond his cottage, struggles to find his way through life. With a mother who finds disappointment in everything he does, and an identity he must steal for himself what was he supposed to do?

    "He" was all alone in the world until he was told that he was old enough to fend for himself. As he ventures out into the world that's so new to him, he must be cautious. He soon finds an old man whom is drunk and close to dying so that becomes his first victim. Soon enough what he saw was not his own hideous face it was the face of an old man with wrinkles. Not long after that transformation he gets jumped by a high schooler named Chris and a few of his friends. Even though he knows almost nothing about Chris he soon takes his life and copies his face and becomes "Chris".

    For the first time he goes to high school but finds out that he is dating a popular cheerleader and that he is also a popular football jock. Never has he ever experienced love before so he doesn't know what to do when she starts asking questions. This new family that he has entered he know is quite messed up. His father who is a drunk tries to be in control of everything and everyone, his mother is a meek and timid wife who will never stand up for her kids even as they're being screamed at and almost beaten, and his sister innocent young girl who tries to do everything her father asks but in the end always does something wrong and the cycle repeats.

    This was a book I started and just couldn't put down. It was so captivating how "he" lives in fear that someone might discover his true identity and know that he killed Chris. David Stahler has written an amazing book that even adults will like.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Hi

    The book is really good! He is also my uncle so yeah

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

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    Okay

    Overall a good book. The plot would somethimes get tangled with the romantic attempts--which were often and vaguely annoying--but it was there nonetheless. You really got a feel for the characters, and the author didn't skimp on emotion. But that may have been the problem. You could tell the book was written to get a point across. But it was less horror and more romance. When i picked the book up at a yardsale and read the back, i was expecting something scary, not cutsey. In any case, you feel for the characters, and th plot is at least moving. I,d take it or leave it.

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

    Really good book

    My name is Xavier and I saw this book thinking it would be a kid going through a hard time in life by the way the cover looked. When I read the back of the book I realized it was about a creature.The book has lots of mysteries and it has a plot that will blow your mind away. If you are a person how like to read books about mysterious beings this book is good for you. At the beginning of the the book it tells you the life the Doppelganger had. Let me tell you it was not that great of a life. The Doppelganger and his mother had no name. The way they look was so ugly that even there own mother had a hard time looking at the child. When his mother had to live all the action started really happening like killing and taking the form of another person living there life as theme, but will he be the first Doppelganger in the whole nation of Doppelgangers to get caught. His mother always say he was different. The only way to find out is to read the book. I think that this book should get a five star rating because it is a outstanding book. Thats about it get the book and read it and have fun!!!!!

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  • Posted May 12, 2009

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    A new type of teen book that will captivate you.

    Doppelganger, a thrilling horror-romance is a novel I severely enjoyed reading. It's the journey from a monster to a human, and how many humans can be monsters. The protagonist of the book, a doppelganger who took over a teen aged boy's, Chris Parker, body and is now living the boy's life, is considerably human. He's thrown into the social hierarchy of the high-school world after killing the original Chris Parker in self-defense and partial instinctive need. Throughout the course of the book, you follow the new Chris Parker's adaption to the world around him and how he changes it according to his own beliefs.

    The book delves into the controversial world of domestic abuse, child abuse and the all-too common but not often explored story of a broken home. It's writing style is odd, a new look that gives you an uneasy sort of intimacy with the protagonist. And just when the life of Chris Parker seems dismal and unrepairable, the old Chris's girlfriend, Amber, is brought into the picture. The simple event of meeting Amber causes the doppelganger to fall in love, something strictly forbidden in the unwritten code of the doppelganger.

    In the entirety of the story, the new Chris battles with his own consuming undeniable needs and that of his strange human beliefs. He's a hopeless hero, a killer who is more of the ideal human than most of society can claim. The writing style, in particular, is vivid. It's descriptive but still leads the way into the reader's own imagination and captivates you from page to page. It's wonderful in it's portrayal, sick and horrible in it's own beauty. It's a fairy-tale romance in a sort, as you watch the broken and destroyed Parker's slowly become cautionary closer through a series of horrible events.

    Chris's own life turns a full three-sixty as he quits from being the star player of his school's team, and turns a once fragile and tragic relationship with Amber into one stronger than most human couples know. The new Chris shows that everything is able to change for the better or worse, and it's possible to deny even the most primal of urges when there's something worth protecting.

    In all, this book is imaginative, captivating and reaches out and grabs the reader. It's revolutionary for the teen reader and in dept into subjects most authors refuse to touch.

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  • Posted May 4, 2009

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    It kept me guessing and it made me want to keep reading.

    The story was odd and so out of place which made this story amazing. I have recommended it to man people, even my english teacher found it good. The story of Chris is so sad and how his life is just ended by th Doppleganger is terrible. I loved the closeness he had with his little sister. The story is very small town but as it continues it draws you and you just want to know what happens next. Totally a 4/5 in my opinion.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    Doppelganger is a strong, character-driven storyline told from a fresh point-of-view that I think most readers would be able to relate to.

    The book is about a doppelganger. Doppelgangers are nameless, immoral creatures who lurk in the shadows in search for someone's life to live. But not before they kill them...

    On the surface, the book sounds like a fantasy and I understand that fantasies aren't for everyone but it manages to keep a strong sense of realism throughout the entire book. The story, in itself, is a very character-driven story. It's one of those rare cases where the characters ARE the plot and yet it still manages to keep you interested throughout the pages.

    The story is told from the POV of a doppelganger. The protagonist doesn't go by any name. At least, not until he meets Chris. Without giving too much away, the protagonist takes the form and life of Chris and starts to take in the world around him. His narration is very innocent but there's still a sense of natural knowledge and the instinct of the dangerous creature he really is. He's anything but a simple one-way character.

    The story is sometimes marked as a gothic romance but I think the romance is merely a subplot to the real plot. The real plot is the discovery of life for our doppelganger protagonist and how he learns the complexities of humans and start to understand the complexities of himself. The love story with Amber seems like more of a convenience if anything. I think the true love story in the book is the relationship between Chris and his little sister, Echo.

    The story is very racy, I believe. It portrays a broken home right down to the core. It isn't overly dramatic with hollering at all times and police reports of domestic violence everyday. I think this is one of the more better broken-home portrayals I've read in a while. They had their ups-and-downs but you could still sense that they were family at the end of the day.

    The writing, unfortunately, felt a little lazy or rushed sometimes. I felt like some details could've been explained just a little better but maybe that's just me nitpicking. David Stahler Jr. isn't exactly one of the most experienced writers but he didn't fail at writing a compelling piece. That's a task that even the most critically-acclaimed writers can't achieve.

    Overall, the book was excellent. A great story from the first page to the very last. It was emotional, controversial, and downright chilling. This is going to be a story that will take a while for me to forget.

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Reviewed by Karin Perry for TeensReadToo.com

    "He" doesn't have a name. "He" isn't one of us. "His" species lives among ours without us even knowing. "He" is a monster. "He" is a doppelganger. A doppelganger is a shape shifter, but before a person can be copied, they must be dead. <BR/><BR/>Growing up, he lived in an isolated cabin in the woods with only his mother and television for company. He spent much of his time alone reading because his mother went out to change skins often. He never knew what she was going to look like when she came home. Finally, at the age of sixteen, his mother kicked him out. She didn't want to be tied down to him any more and felt he was old enough to take care of himself. <BR/><BR/>At first when he leaves the cabin he is frightened. He'd never killed before, but knew he couldn't survive looking like his true self. He hears a train in the distance and approaches it, not knowing what he'd find. A hobo, who isn't well, happens to be riding the rails. He puts his hands around the hobo's neck and kills him, then assumes his form, leaving the dead man on the train to be discovered later. He spends several weeks in the hobo's form, traveling from town to town, but when he stops in Bakersville his life takes a turn he's not prepared for. <BR/><BR/>While sitting by a fire on the edge of town as the hobo, he is approached by three high school boys who start to poke fun and be cruel to him. Two of the boys lose interest and leave because one boy in particular, Chris, starts to go over the line and looks like he is going to harm the hobo. Once the other two leave, "he" kills Chris, wraps his body in plastic, stuffs him in a storm drain, and assumes his shape. Once in Chris' skin, he heads back to meet the other two boys and goes home. <BR/><BR/>As Chris, he falls in love, feels some family attachment, and learns that humans can be monsters, too. Once you get into this story, you won't be able to put it down. David Stahler has written a fantastic young adult fantasy that will have you questioning the definition of good and evil.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2007

    Phenomenal!!!!!!!

    This is a truly magnificent book. I was torn by the main character's oddly human-like sentiments, and his over-powering instincts. The main character seems to be warring inside. The ending caught me off guard, which was interesting, since normally endings are easy to predict. All in all, an excellent book. I would highly recommend it to anyone of any age.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2007

    Courtesy of Teens Read Too

    ¿He¿ doesn¿t have a name. ¿He¿ isn¿t one of us. ¿His¿ species lives among ours without us even knowing. ¿He¿ is a monster. ¿He¿ is a doppelganger. A doppelganger is a shape shifter, but before a person can be copied, they must be dead. Growing up, he lived in an isolated cabin in the woods with only his mother and television for company. He spent much of his time alone reading because his mother went out to change skins often. He never knew what she was going to look like when she came home. Finally, at the age of sixteen, his mother kicked him out. She didn¿t want to be tied down to him any more and felt he was old enough to take care of himself. At first when he leaves the cabin he is frightened. He¿d never killed before, but knew he couldn¿t survive looking like his true self. He hears a train in the distance and approaches it, not knowing what he¿d find. A hobo, who isn¿t well, happens to be riding the rails. He puts his hands around the hobo¿s neck and kills him, then assumes his form, leaving the dead man on the train to be discovered later. He spends several weeks in the hobo¿s form, traveling from town to town, but when he stops in Bakersville his life takes a turn he¿s not prepared for. While sitting by a fire on the edge of town as the hobo, he is approached by three high school boys who start to poke fun and be cruel to him. Two of the boys lose interest and leave because one boy in particular, Chris, starts to go over the line and looks like he is going to harm the hobo. Once the other two leave, ¿he¿ kills Chris, wraps his body in plastic, stuffs him in a storm drain, and assumes his shape. Once in Chris¿ skin, he heads back to meet the other two boys and goes home. As Chris, he falls in love, feels some family attachment, and learns that humans can be monsters, too. Once you get into this story, you won¿t be able to put it down. David Stahler has written a fantastic young adult fantasy that will have you questioning the definition of good and evil. **Reviewed by: Karin Perry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2007

    A reviewer

    There doesnt seem to be many reviews. Unpopular book you think? Mabey... BUT ITS GREAT! Great book for anyone. Kept me up reading this till 4 AM. GET IT! its great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2006

    Doppelganger- not just for horror and fantasy fans

    Do not take the title the wrong way- I read this because I was looking for a good albeit scary horror/fantasy read. I didn't find it scary, but it was undoubtedly good. Instead of comparing it to other horror novels I have read, I would compare it to the realistic teen fiction genre (although the story is about a monster who murders people and invades their bodies)- books like Kevin Brooks' Candy and Looking for Alaska by John Green. The unique thing about this book is that the titular monster, described above, is the main character of the novel. His mental struggle between good and evil, and the ties to Shakespeare's Macbeth, are some of the most intelligent and interesting plot points, and although it might be excessively 'weird' for those who are not used to it, I found it extremely thought-provoking and touching. Not to mention that it is just a general good story, with enough romance and a little bit of gore to make it a worthwhile read.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fantastic young adult urban fantasy

    In their natural form they are hideous monsters who are shapeshifters taking the form of the person they kill. They have no conscience and they live among us without us being aware of it. They can¿t hold their assumed shape indefinitely so when they revert to their natural form they leave behind people who never know what happened to those who disappeared. One doppelganger (they have no names) has just been kicked out of his home by his mother and the first person he kills is a wino who wants to die. --- In that form he reaches Bakersville where a high school football star Chris Parker beats on him until he kills him and takes the teen¿s form. He takes over Chris¿ life and notices that ¿his¿ father verbally abuses and physically hits ¿his¿ younger sister Echo. He wonders who the real monster is as he tries to protect Echo and maintain a relationship with Amber who he has come to love. He makes a place for himself but he knows that it can¿t be permanent because he will shift back into his natural form soon. --- DOPPELGANGER is a fantastic young adult urban fantasy in which the one who calls himself a monster regrets what he has to do while his human ¿father¿ is the real fiend who abuses those he should cherish. The doppelganger is an interesting creature who is unlike the rest of his race because he doesn¿t like to kill, wants to know love and other good human emotions, and genuinely cares about the Parker females. Amber is his biggest regret because he knows that in the near future he will lose her but he also realizes ¿you¿ve got to accept the best of a bad situation¿, which in his case is his entire life. --- Harriet Klausner

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