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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 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: 9/29/2009
  • Pages: 242
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Intersting book

    :) cool book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012


    This book is rlly good i highly recommend it

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  • Posted May 27, 2011


    Im just starting this its really good

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  • Posted March 1, 2011


    dont read this book it is the worst book i have ever read it sucks i wouldnt give it a star but i have to

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  • Posted February 27, 2010

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

    Kate Larson is busy enough for at least two people. She's on the fast track to get into Yale, but she has to work twice as hard as her boyfriend, Paul, to guarantee her entry. Paul is a legacy and the top of their high school class, so he's a shoe-in. But according to Kate's research, Yale has only ever admitted two people from her high school in any one year. There are other students with just as decent grades as Kate, and she HAS to get in. She and Paul have been planning on the two of them going to Yale together.

    It's the last few weeks before winter break and finals and projects are piling up. And Kate can never say no, so she's taken on the added responsibility of reviewing senior essays for one of her teachers. She hasn't even been able to make a dent in her own Yale application essay, and she has to review fellow students'!

    So, when Kate wakes up one morning to find an identical replica of her, she almost screams. But this one is wearing lip gloss, pink, and, could that possibly be, glitter?! Kate figures she has to be dreaming, until she remembers the night before and her attempt to delete the SimuLife icon on her computer. It kept asking for the disk, which of course Kate couldn't find, and the end result was a real life Rina in her room.

    With Kate stressed out with all her end-of-term work, she decides to deal with Rina later. She creates a comfy space for Rina in her walk-in closet, and sets her up with the complete works of Harry Potter. It doesn't take long for Rina to get bored, and convince Kate to let her help her with her busy schedule. It starts simply enough: Rina attending a school board meeting in Kate's place. It blossoms into allowing Rina pose as Kate with Kate's friends. Finally, Rina stands in for some time with Paul. But when Kate catches Rina making out with Paul, she knows it's gone too far and has to come up with a final solution.

    I'm always hesitant to read the follow-up work of a young author when their first book was fantastic. But as with SHE'S SO MONEY, DUPLIKATE was great. Kate, like Maya, is expected to succeed. But unlike Maya, Kate's expectations are all self-imposed. Though the story may be somewhat predictable in what will happen, the way Ms. Cheva gets there is well worth the ride.

    Told with wit and spunk, Kate tries to stay honorable in the face of Rina's persistence. For anyone who always wished there were two of them, read DUPLLIKATE - and be careful what you wish for.

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  • Posted August 14, 2009

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    A funny and charming book for Teens!

    Duplikate was a funny and cute book that I adored!

    The concept of having computer-generated twin was an interesting topic that I don't think I've seen before in a book. Even though it was unique, it still kind of scared me. Since, I kept thinking about the possibility of this occurring in real life. I mean with technology getting more advanced every day, this could possibly occur in the future. But even with saying that I still loved how Rina and Kate kind of became "sisters" from this ordeal because their constant bickering proved several laugh out loud moments and I adored how close they became because of this.

    Kate was a character that I could relate to on many levels. One being the all the stress she had from school and her trying to achieve the goal of her live: getting into an Ivy League school. Seriously, you should see me during the school year, I get so worked up/ stressed over tests, quizzes, and extracurriculars just like Kate. Overall, I think having Kate being a character that girls can relate to will earn many brownie points in readers' eyes all around. Also, I really enjoyed reading about Rina and Jake.

    Cherry Cheava's writing also was a high point. Since, it flowed extremely well which lead to the story going by in an extremely fast pace, allowing me to finish Duplikate in one semi-long sitting.

    In all, Duplikate was a great story that had a fantastic message of "Don't overwork yourself, since you only have one life to live" to go along with it. I highly suggest you all pick this up when it comes out!

    Grade: B+

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