Review: The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen

This is an unofficial SheKnows Book Club selection. I was happy to have interviewed Sarah back in March (which can be found here) and to receive a review copy of the book.

Here’s a blurb of the story:
Twenty-nine-year-old Lindsey Rose has, for as long as she can remember, lived in the shadow of her ravishingly beautiful fraternal twin sister, Alex. Determined to get noticed, Lindsey is finally on the cusp of being named VP creative director of an elite New York advertising agency, after years of eighty-plus-hour weeks, migraines, and profound loneliness. But during the course of one devastating night, Lindsey’s carefully constructed life implodes. Humiliated, she flees the glitter of Manhattan and retreats to the time warp of her parents’ Maryland home. As her sister plans her lavish wedding to her Prince Charming, Lindsey struggles to maintain her identity as the smart, responsible twin while she furtively tries to piece her career back together. But things get more complicated when a long-held family secret is unleashed that forces both sisters to reconsider who they are and who they are meant to be.

Sarah Pekkanen has written a winner with her debut novel. I laughed and I cried, which is always a good sign that I was somehow touched by a novel. I very much enjoyed the character of Lindsey. Sure there were times that I wanted to smack her upside the head to knock some sense into her when she was being particularly dense or stubborn, but she was very much a real woman and not some Barbie that does no wrong. Lindsey finds herself running home to regroup and has to deal with the family she’s not particularly close to anymore and some buried feelings. Add into the mix the loss of her career and a farce of a love life and a novel is born.

I have to say that slowly my prejudice against “chick lit” novels is being changed. It appears I’ve read a few clunkers in the past that gave me an unfair dislike of the genre. But having read two good ones in a row (Pieces of Happily Ever After and The Opposite of Me), I’m happy to keep trying more in the genre.