DupliKate

DupliKate

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by Cherry Cheva
     
 

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To Do List:

  • Ace SATs
  • Ace finals
  • Ace AP physics project
  • Avoid murdering lab partner
  • Submit Yale application
  • Resolve possibly evil twin situation

Due date: December 15th
Countdown: 11 days

By the time Kate Larson accidentally fell asleep at three a.m., she'd already

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Overview

To Do List:

  • Ace SATs
  • Ace finals
  • Ace AP physics project
  • Avoid murdering lab partner
  • Submit Yale application
  • Resolve possibly evil twin situation

Due date: December 15th
Countdown: 11 days

By the time Kate Larson accidentally fell asleep at three a.m., she'd already done more work in one night than the average high school senior does in a week. Getting into Yale has been her dream for years—and being generally overworked and totally under-rested is the price of admission. But when she opens her eyes the next day, she comes face-to-face with, well, her face—which is attached to her body, which is standing across the room. Wait, what?

Meet Kate's computer-generated twin. Kate doesn't know why she's here or how to put her back where she belongs, but she's real. And she's the last thing Kate has time to deal with right now. Unless . . .

Could having a double be the answer to Kate's prayers? After all, two Kates can do more work than one. Or will keeping her twin a secret turn her dream future into a living nightmare?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Myrna Dee Marler
Seventeen-year-old Kate Larson is clearly on the path to an Ivy League school. She is over-scheduled with AP classes, charity work, committee work, and the demands of her friends and boyfriend. She is not falling asleep until 3:30 a.m. and waking up at dawn to meet all her commitments. Unfortunately, her boyfriend does not think she is spending enough time with him, and her girlfriends are often miffed because she stands them up when she gets off schedule. Enter the kind of magic everyone would like from time to time. A mysterious computer game produces a clone, a clone that at first Kate hides from the world, but gradually comes to realize that her duplicate would often come in handy. However, to her chagrin, the duplicate seems all too eager to take over pleasing the boyfriend duties and shopping with the girlfriends. She begins to see a side of her duplicate she does not much like and has to find a way to get her alter ego back into the computer box. To do so, she must show her own ruthless side. This is fun, escape reading. No deep message here except perhaps that high achieving seniors are killing themselves slowly from exhaustion. Reviewer: Myrna Dee Marler
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Katerina Larson is an overachieving high school senior whose only goal is to get into Yale, where her boyfriend is all but guaranteed a slot. So begins this light and funny novel. Cheva creates a believable character in Kate, who is trying hard to do what she thinks is right. When her double magically appears, zapped from a Simslike computer game, she actually can be two places at once. As Kate crams for tests and writes papers, she sends her double, Rina, out to hang with her friends and boyfriend. On top of dealing with her stressed-out, overscheduled life and her wild and carefree twin, Jake, her buddy from middle school, is now her physics partner, leaving her more confused than ever. Though this is lightweight territory, there is a strong message here about being true to yourself and balancing fun and work in your life. Teens faced with that ever-popular science-fiction reading assignment but who can't stand sci-fi will embrace this title. Cheva seamlessly combines contemporary realistic fiction with a twist and ends the tale with both Kate and Rina headed in the right direction. A quirky title with an appealing cover that features the real Kate and her digital doppelganger, this is sure to fly off the shelves.—Shari Fesko, Southfield Public Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
With the Yale application deadline looming, Kate is stressed to the max as she attempts to balance her AP coursework, a needy boyfriend and her personal essay, which she just can't seem to start. So when Rina, her sassy twin, pops out of Kate's computer and into her bedroom, Kate feels her grip slipping-until she realizes that having a twin has benefits. Kate learns that she created Rina as her simulated self several years before in a computer game, where she's been trapped ever since. Overjoyed to be sprung, Rina is happy to adopt Kate's crushing workload, but when she gets too close to Kate's friends and boyfriend, Kate knows she must send Rina back or she'll kiss Yale and life as she knows it goodbye. Cheva introduces an intriguing concept that will resonate with today's overcommitted teens, and she punctuates Kate's narration with Rina's diary entries ("Kate thinks my taste in clothes sucks. But...you know what her style is? Boring"). The premise is never truly flushed out, however, which creates holes and contributes to an ultimately predictable story. (Fiction. YA)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061288548
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/29/2009
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Cherry Cheva (full name: Cherry Chevapravatdumrong) is the author of She's So Money. Cherry is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and currently lives in Los Angeles, California, where she writes for the animated series Family Guy.

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