Double

Double

Book - 2012
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When sixteen-year-old Chap is mistaken for a missing boy, he leaves the home where he has been living temporarily and takes on this new identity, not knowing that it is as dangerous and uncertain as the life he has left behind.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781423147145
1423147146
Branch Call Number: YF VAL NVD
Characteristics: 246 p. ; 22 cm

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jmli
Aug 08, 2017

For the first time in a while, I've found a book that's matched my expectations. I didn't think too highly of Double, but nonetheless, there were parts that surprised me (in a good way).
In the book, mystery is rather scarce. It's kind of predictable at times, but there are twists and turns as the plot goes on. The actual plot starts at, like, 40%. In that 40% of the book, the narrator (Chap) goes on about his childhood and what he knows about himself. The main character's past sparked a load of emotions for me, and I was almost getting a little teary.

To me, it was pretty unbelievable that Edie and Helen believed Chap. He made mistakes multiple times, but no one seemed to notice. There were loopholes in his claims and the way he acted in general. The author makes excuses that the family is just "seeing what they want to see" and not "looking" or they're desperate, but honestly? They lived with Cassiel for 12 years, and they couldn't even tell this guy was an impostor.

What I disliked the most is that all of the mystery is ruined almost immediately. As soon as Chap arrives at his new home, things are revealed.

I think that there were many aspects that could've been improved in Double, but I have to admit that I liked the writing, and the characters were fine. I'd recommend it to anyone intrigued by identity themes and finding oneself.

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abookworrm2
Jul 23, 2014

its an amazing book. it gives you prespective in diffrent angles of life. diffrent than most book but it has a great and unexpecteed ending.

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emmadragons
Oct 26, 2013

incredible twists and turns

ChristchurchLib May 07, 2013

"For homeless 16-year-old Chap, the opportunity to impersonate a boy missing for the past two years seems too good to be true. But when Chap, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the long-lost Cassiel Roadnight, joins the Roadnight family, he discovers that his dream life may end as a nightmare. As Chap unravels the family's secrets, he wonders what really happened to Cassiel - and if the other boy's fate will soon become his own. This nail-biting thriller offers readers plenty of twists and turns before reaching its surprising and satisfying conclusion." May 2013 Teen Scene newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=629709

zarig1 Dec 09, 2012

Nice book

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ReadingFanatic09
Feb 20, 2012

An unexpected twist at the end of Double made this book into an intriguing read. While I had trouble getting into the story, I have to credit at least a bit of my reluctance to the fact that I read a very similar storyline recently and that comparison wasn't sitting well with me. That being said, Double is a well-written mystery that I think will keep readers engaged throughout. Some people may see the twist toward the end coming, but I'll freely admit that it quite surprised me (in a very good way).

Double's mystery and twists will definitely ensnare the right reader like it eventually did for me. The first part's focus on Chap's inner turmoil at deceiving the Roadnights and his memories of Granddad are a bit on the slow side, but the story picks up quickly after the reader meets Floyd and Chap delves into the mystery of Cassiel's disappearance. The right amount of twists and turns in the later half of the book keep the reader on the edge of his/her seat until the end.

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jmli
Aug 08, 2017

Violence: Minor fighting

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jmli
Aug 08, 2017

Coarse Language: Cussing (minor)

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jmli
Aug 08, 2017

jmli thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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jmli
Aug 08, 2017

A homeless boy tries to get his ideal life by pretending to be someone else.

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jmli
Aug 08, 2017

"Imagine getting something so precious, something you've wanted all your life, and then being so afraid of it, you can never enjoy it because you can't stop worrying it's going to break. That's how it was. I didn't know how to have this thing, this family. I didn't know how to have it and not destroy it."

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