There's just a lot you don't think about when it comes to the issues that conjoined twins face. I first became more away of this when I read The Girls, by Lori Lansens (which I still highly recommend.) Grace, our narrator, is trying to be a teenager. Her sister, Tippi, is always with her, since they are literally joined at the hip and share their lower body.
At the beginning of the book, their parents are having financial difficulties and tell the girls they must go to school instead of being home schooled. This is quite a change for them. But they end up making a couple of friends and they actually enjoy school, engaging in some typical teen activities.
Their father has lost his job and spends much of the time in an alcoholic stupor. Their younger sister wants nothing more than to dance, and she's taken a job teaching so that she can pay for her studio time. Grace and Tippi feel very guilty, because it's their medical bills that are sucking up all the funds.
Another issue is that Grace has become attracted to their friend, Jon. But the girls have agreed they can't fall in love. Their health becomes the foremost concern, and that's all I'll say about that.
Don't let the "written in verse" part keep you away. One reads very easily, keeps your attention, and is very quick. One is a heartwarming, emotional story that will keep you thinking long after you've turned the last page.
Published by Greenwillow, September 15, 2015
eARC obtained from Edelweiss
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