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Adult/High School -Schein recalls saying, "I feel like I've lost a twin," during periodic bouts with depression. However, Bernstein lived "blissfully ignorant" prior to learning about the existence of her sister. Reunited at the age of 35, these identical twins embarked on a journey to uncover the story of their separation. Research into their genealogical background revealed an ethically questionable study on identical twins performed by the doctors associated with the agency that facilitated their adoptions. In alternating voices, the women detail their emotional struggles as they navigated their developing relationship and the realities of the circumstances surrounding their birth and separation. As their relationship evolved, they marveled at their extensive similarities, but also dealt with the confusion and pain associated with their new identities. Their stories are enhanced by the anecdotal and scientific information they gathered while searching for the motives of the study they unknowingly took part in as adoptees. Ultimately, the authors came to terms with their new personae, and, through that process, redefined their notions of the bond they share. Teens will be pulled in by the mystery surrounding the study and the identity of the authors' birth mother. The questions and evidence fueled by the nature vs. nurture debate will interest those fascinated by the roles DNA and environment play in human development and spark interesting book club and classroom discussion.-Lynn Rashid, Marriots Ridge High School, Marriotsville, MDCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.