The Opposite of You by Lou Morgan

The Opposite of You

Bex and her identical twin sister Naomi used to be close. They used to be able to finish each other’s sentences, used to know exactly what the other was thinking. They were a matching pair.And then something changed.But Bex didn’t even realise until it was too late. When Naomi walks out of the house the night before their last GCSE exam and doesn’t come back, Bex has to th...

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The Opposite of You Reviews

  • Megan (YABookers)
    May 05, 2017

    Bex and Naomi used to be really close, as close as twins can be. However, something changed between them and they grew apart. Bex didn't really notice this change until it was too late. Until Naomi missed her last GCSE exam and no one could find her. Bex had to dive into Naomi's double life and their shared memories trying to find her. She realises that she didn't really know Naomi as well as the thought she did.

    started ou

    Bex and Naomi used to be really close, as close as twins can be. However, something changed between them and they grew apart. Bex didn't really notice this change until it was too late. Until Naomi missed her last GCSE exam and no one could find her. Bex had to dive into Naomi's double life and their shared memories trying to find her. She realises that she didn't really know Naomi as well as the thought she did.

    started out pretty good. It had potential, but ultimately, I think it failed in its execution. The 'mystery' was lacklustre, the characters undeveloped, the pacing was off and the ending was abrupt.

    What initially drew me to

    was 1) the cover and 2) the fact that it featured twins. I started out enjoying the twin aspect. I liked how it portrayed the relationship in terms of individuality. I understand that want, but also fear, of being independent and individual. As the book stated,

    As an identical twin myself, I really related to that feeling. Constantly being referred to as 'the twin's' and never your individual names. This relationship had potential. But I felt like the psychic connection ruined the whole relationship - it's an old and overused trope. I hate that it got made into something weird and paranormal. Especially because it seemed very convenient, in terms of solving the 'mystery'.

    The characters themselves could have been more fleshed out and developed. I felt like we didn't really get to know who Bex or Naomi really were, and I think that mainly came down to the length of the book, it was just too short.

    Ultimately, there isn't anything inherently wrong or bad about

    , because I've heard good things about this from other reviewers. The mystery or relationships just didn't really work for me.

  • Megan
    May 19, 2017

    While I really liked how this was written, I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would because I just don't think it was for me. The narrator seemed very young for her age, and was a couple years younger than me anyway, so at times it was too juvenile for my liking. The mystery was decent, but it could have been a lot more fleshed out in my opinion. I still quite liked it though.

  • Kirsty Hanson
    Apr 24, 2017

    I love reading books about family relationships and the thing that caught my eye with this book is that

    ; one who follows the rules, and one who doesn't.

    I love reading books about family relationships and the thing that caught my eye with this book is that

    ; one who follows the rules, and one who doesn't.

    I admit,

    . But it doesn't ruin the book at all.

    to it that I can't talk about because of spoilers, but there is a key thing about Bex and Naomi's relationship that was amazing and really well thought out on Morgan's part.

    , to have those times back where they could sit with each other for hours and just laugh about everything. Naomi felt replaced and so I can understand why Naomi would want to live a different life; she doesn't feel part of the one she's already in.

    . I would loved to see some more character development, some background building...

    I think this was because the plot was very fast and

    . Easily.

    and this meant that the characters got lost in a blur. I think that Morgan should have taken more time developing the plot and really could have dragged out some more of the dramatic bits to make it more gripping.

  • Steph
    Jun 09, 2017

    Tense, gripping and unnerving. The ending had me gripped. Poor Noom.

  • Keri (BooksWithKeri)
    May 10, 2017

    An interesting story about the person you pretend to be and the person you really are, with a not really explained twin connection.

    This isn't exactly what I thought it would be, but what I read kept me entertained so I'd say it's worth giving it a try. Some warnings however for underage drinking and recreational drug use as well as assault.

  • Kirsty
    Apr 30, 2017

    I just couldn't relate to them at all. I don't know if it's my age, but I just couldn't understand the decisions that the characters made. I found myself literally screaming 'WHY ARE YOU

    I just couldn't relate to them at all. I don't know if it's my age, but I just couldn't understand the decisions that the characters made. I found myself literally screaming 'WHY ARE YOU DOING THAT?!'. Bex was the sister I liked most, she came across as the most level headed (although, definitely not all the time) while her sister Naomi was so reckless, and very naive.

    Goodreads put's this in the 'mystery' category. To be honest, I wouldn't really agree with that. Even though Naomi does go missing, the reader knows what's happening, it's the other characters that don't,

    I also think this book has some elements of magic realism to it. There's kind of a strange twin thing that goes on and I'm not really sure how to categorise it.

    I did enjoy the plot of this book though, it wasn't a massively strong plot but it was still enjoyable. I don't think I've ever read about a runaway before so it was interesting to see things from that point of view.

    I thought the family element was going to be stronger than it was, it just wasn't there for me. I couldn't get along with the characters and couldn't relate with them at all. I think that maybe a younger reader than me would enjoy this, but for someone who isn't a teenager anymore I just couldn't agree with their decisions.

  • Trshava
    May 05, 2017

    *ebook given through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

    Wow! Even though it was a short one,this book did not disappoint me! I enjoyed it all the time! It could have been better written,but I liked the characters very much. All in all,a book I will recommend to anyone who likes a short good read!

  • CrazyCat (Alex)
    May 17, 2017

    What drew my attention to “The Opposite of You” was the beautiful cover and, of course, I always wanted to be a twin and have that special bond everybody always talks about. To be able to speak with each other in your mind and no one knows what’s going on. Bex and Naomi are those twins, from early age on, they talked to each other in their heads and were able to help without really being there. When they got older this bond got broken, by new friends and a lot of misunderstandings. But when Naom

    What drew my attention to “The Opposite of You” was the beautiful cover and, of course, I always wanted to be a twin and have that special bond everybody always talks about. To be able to speak with each other in your mind and no one knows what’s going on. Bex and Naomi are those twins, from early age on, they talked to each other in their heads and were able to help without really being there. When they got older this bond got broken, by new friends and a lot of misunderstandings. But when Naomi disappears, Bex finds out that only she can help find her sister before it’s too late. I liked the premises of the story and the take on twin sisters coming of age. The problem I had, was that I didn’t expect the story being made into something paranormal. That made it more unbelievable to me and I couldn’t enjoy the book like I thought I would. I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thanks to NetGalley and Little Tiger Group!

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