Twins: A Novel

Twins: A Novel

by Marcy Dermansky


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On the eve of their thirteenth birthday, identical twins Chloe and Sue agree to get matching tattoos to prove their bond is stronger than DNA. So begins Twins, Marcy Dermansky’s funny and disturbingly honest debut novel, the extraordinary story of blonde, beautiful twin sisters trying to survive adolescence and each other.

Over the course of five years, Chloe and Sue overcome breakups, unhappy Hawaiian vacations, unicycle lessons, eating disorders, pill abuse, and their first painful explorations of love and sex. Told in alternating voices, Twins introduces two new unforgettable heroines on the verge, in a spellbinding tale of teen angst, obsession, and redemption in the suburbs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060759797
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/17/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 636,682
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Marcy Dermansky is a MacDowell Fellow and the winner of the 2002 Smallmouth Press Andre Dubus Novella Award and the 1999 Story magazine’s Carson McCullers short story prize. Her stories have been published in numerous literary journals, including McSweeney’s, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Indiana Review. Dermansky is a film critic for and lives in Astoria, New York.

What People are Saying About This

Jerry Stahl

“Twins is spectacular, weird, extraordinarily real, and funny in ways they don’t have names for.”

Janice Eidus

“Dermansky is a lyrical, gifted, and original writer.…With a style that’s extremely accessible and lots of fun.”

Frederick Barthelme

“A startlingly beautiful love story… A thrill to read… The most detailed, disturbing, and loveable oddball romance you’ll ever read.”

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Twins 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was good from the first page all the way to the end. It was like watching a movie I could not put it down. I can't wait till she comes out with another book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Twins' is guessed it, twin sisters Sue and Chloe. Chloe is four minutes older, and in Sue's mind, Chloe received all the advantages from the start. The story follows them through their high school careers..starting when they are 13 years old and get matching tatoos, to their senior year of high school as they are both contemplating college. More than just the story of sisters, this is a story packed full of emotions. Aside from the love and devotion shared between the sisters, we experience several of the not-so-good emotions with them as well: lonliness, frustration, envy, hatred..some are typical of teenage angst, others are downright disturbing. We're along through the rides as the sisters struggle to discover themselves and understand the world they live in. We're there through heartache, eating disorders, sexual discoveries and violence. Nothing is held back in 'Twins.' As a result, its somewhat disconcerting. It's raw and edgy in its own right, and its entertaining at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed it from the first page.
jacobappleton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great read about teen issues of anorexica, bulimia, homosexuality, puberty and everything in between
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I am twelve years old. I dont know if I should read this. Im going to turn thirteen in four months so would it be okay for me?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic! I could not put my nook down! The author cleverly weaves the classic twin myth (good twin vs evil twin) in with the modern pitfalls facing all young women. Definitly a must-buy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, fine with me.
kelsey_callaghan More than 1 year ago
Twins by Marcy Dermansky was an excellent book to read. I think I enjoyed the book so much because I am a teenager! These sisters, Chloe and Sue couldn't be any more different from each other. Chloe is the good girl who has hygiene, brushes her hair, works hard at school and stays physically fit. Sue is the total opposite of Chloe and rarely brushes her hair, doesn't shower often enough, has her own stench, and lacks in effort towards school. The book starts out with the thirteen year old twins talking in their room. Sue suggests they both should get tattoos of each other's names written into their backs. Chloe explains how dirty the procedure to get a tattoo is while Sue continues to beg. Since Chloe is such a nice pushover, she decides to get the tattoo on the back of her neck to please Sue. From that point on Chloe is run and forced by Sue to do everything! Sue is uncomfortable with the fact that Chloe is prettier, smarter, cleaner, and skinnier. Sue forces Chloe to eat ice cream or more pieces of pizza so they will always be the same weight and look the same. Eventually Sue gives up on trying to stay like her identical twin and runs away to stay with her brother's girlfriend who's away at college. While Sue runs off and discovers who she is, Chloe is staying home alone. Chloe and Sue's parents have gotten their own place in Manhattan and rarely come home. Chloe decided she's tired of being the "smart pretty girl" and starts her rebellion phase with allowing friends and her boyfriend to live with her in the house. Away at college, Sue has a realization that she shouldn't strive to be perfect like her twin, but original in a healthy way. The sisters both love each other, but want their own lives as well.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is nothing like bridget jones' diary or the shopaholic series which i expected it to be. it is much more dark and serious but still deffenetly intriguing. the story changes when you're not expecting it to which kept me hooked. it's a good read... but probably not a beach read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Critics are sometimes told by their readers, 'You have a big mouth, writing reviews that trash other people's work. Do you think you can do better?' The statement is, of course, absurd. Are we not allowed to call a New York Yankees pitcher a bum without getting on the mound ourselves to prove our superiority? Still, sometimes, not often, a critic shows an ability to do better than some of the creative people she¿s panned. Marcy Dermansky, a writer whose gracefully articulated film reviews appear on the prestigious medium, can do more than simply criticize the work of others. Dermansky's new book, 'Twins,¿ captures the torments of adolescence¿the jealousies, the sexual experimentation, conflicted attitudes toward school, the food hangups, the relationships with self-absorbed parents: in short, the difficulties of growing up and separating from your roots in order to establish your own personhood. That the two principal characters in the novel, Chloe and Sue, are identical twins is no accident. When individuals share the same DNA, it¿s natural for them to nurse intense rivalries If one 16-year-old, Chloe, excels in basketball, actually trained by a kind fellow who was a high-scorer with the New York Knicks, we understand the frustration of sister Sue, who compares herself unfavorably to her sib in every way. If Chloe is more outgoing, a little prettier, and better able to attract the attention of others, then Sue is confined to the hell of a slow, internal burn. Perpetually in Chloe¿s shadow, Sue can scarcely be blamed for clinging to Chloe, to entreat the young woman with cries of you-and-me-against-the-world, OK? The story is laced throughout with humor. Sue teaches a course in Bulimia 101: ¿You lean over, put your finger down your throat, fast, and it comes.¿ Her views of high school sound familiar enough: ¿School was a waste of time. I hated school more than I hated Chloe. The kids sucked, the teachers sucked, the homework sucked.¿ As the young people progress in age, grades and extra-curricular sexual adventurism, you¿ll inevitably decide which kid you like better: the grandiose Chloe or the more average Sue. To achieve closure, Dermansky skillfully, without a hint of contrivance, does not allow Sue to maintain a dependency on her more flamboyant sister. During their eighteenth year, Sue and Chloe are far different people than they were at twelve. By the conclusion of this goofy, poignant, and elegantly finessed debut novel, you¿ll have changed a bit yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
its a little different and i don't like it one bit..the cover's the most interesting thing about it!