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Posted May 8, 2012
The book had a slow beginning, but it was worth it just to get to the end. The mystery part was awsome, but I feel that Jenny Valentine spent to much ofthe book getting to the mystery by talking about Chaps past, present, and furture. Other than that, it is worth the read.
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Posted March 18, 2012
Great mystery books are always fun to read. Chap has never had a typical life, living first with his recluse grandfather and then on the streets and in homes for boys. An ordinary life has always been out of reach, but now, mistaken for a missing boy, he takes on a new identity and a new family. As Chap learns more about the boy, Cassiel, whose identity he has stolen, he uncovers secrets and mystery while trying to conceal his true self.
Double could be enjoyed by anyone over the age of thirteen. There is very little violence and no “mature” content. Valentine’s writing is not specific to any gender or age. Chap’s thoughts are fascinating. They are written as a teen boy would think. Chap questions his situation and wonders if what he is doing is morally wrong. He struggles with whether or not he should confess. Trying to solve the mysteries contained in this book is more than entertaining. Why are Chap and Cassiel identical? Did Cassiel runaway, or was he kidnapped? These questions accompany a reader through their experience until the end of the novel.
Posted March 1, 2012
It took me a little while to get pulled into this story, but once I did, it flew. It took the entrance of ONE character to light the whole thing on fire--brilliantly done, Jenny! From that point on, the mystery unravels at a surprising and shocking pace. And the ending . . . wow. Awesome.
I highly recommend this one for lovers of contemporary YA mystery.
Posted August 29, 2011
Nobody goes into a youth hostel and Cassiel leaves. Somewhere inbetween, the boy that enters is falsely recognised as 14 year old Cassiel, who went missing 2 years previous. The boy, a first tries to protest, but Cassiel has everything he's never had. A family that love him. Friends. A life. He stops protesting and enters the not so perfect life of Cassiel Roadnight. His life remains a intense murky mystery that the boy has to solve. Double is the fantastic novel written perfectly by Jenny Valentine that will keep you on the edge of the seat, wanting more as she takes us on the journey with the boy.
I thought this book was excellent. It's just pure fiction that is hard to come by in YA anymore. There is not a romance or paranormal element in there which I think is ceartinly refreshing. The book, in someways, alternates between the current day and Chap's memories of him and his Grandad. As much as the decision he made was unquestionably wrong, Valentine manages to create a understanding at to why Chap chose to act the way he did.
Constantly feeling guilty with taking Cassiel's life, Chap accumaltes feelings for the family. He actually cares for them. Although they look the same, Cassiel and Chap are different. Whilst he is so thankfull for his new family and would do anything to helpthem, Cassiel was greedy and ungrateful. When Floyd comes along that's when the mysetery really starts as questions arise. Floyd claims that he was the last person to see Cassiel. Soon cracks start to show in the 'perfect' family. As Chap learns more he realises people in the his new family aren't really who they seem to be which takes him into dangerous territory.
There is another part of the story and that is the mystery sorrounding Chap's former life. This is the part that upset me the most. His life was shrounded in loneliness which I just think is heartbreaking. He dotes on his Grandad and you can realy feel the love they have. Even this was not true, just another mystery in Chap's life.
I read this book in one sitting, whilst having a migraine. I just wanted to know the answers so much so I decided to plough through it. I thoroughy enjoyed it and I'd recommend it to anyone. It is a short, thought provoking and heart wrenching read
Posted June 21, 2014
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