Book Title: The Originals
Author: Cat Patrick
Number of Pages: 304
Genres: YA Fiction, Romance, Sci-fi
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Brief Synopsis from Goodreads:
A riveting new story from Cat Patrick, author of Forgotten and Revived.
17-year-olds Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey Best grew up as identical triplets... until they discovered a shocking family secret. They're actually closer than sisters, they're clones. Hiding from a government agency that would expose them, the Best family appears to consist of a single mother with one daughter named Elizabeth. Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey take turns going to school, attending social engagements, and a group mindset has always been a de facto part of life...
Then Lizzie meets Sean Kelly, a guy who seems to see into her very soul. As their relationship develops, Lizzie realizes that she's not a carbon copy of her sisters; she's an individual with unique dreams and desires, and digging deeper into her background, Lizzie begins to dismantle the delicate balance of an unusual family that only science could have created.
Bottom Line: A could've been interesting plot turned into a gooey teenage romance. Not worth reading again.
This is the story about three girls named Lizzie, Betsey, and Ella, that are clones of another girl (that is referred to as the Original.) Because cloning is technically illegal, the girls hide in public by doing a third of each day, mornings, afternoons, and evenings. For almost nine years, the girls go through life like this, accepting it as a normal fact of life.
Then Lizzie meets a boy and everything changes.
(gags.) Why is every teenage heroine nowadays a boy crazy, lovesick girl with no thoughts except for her boyfriend?!?!?!
This book could have been so amazing. The sci-fi aspect was very interesting. I thought, just once, I could get a cool scientific story, and instead I got a character named Sean Kelly that I didn't even grow to like, and a cheesy romance that was so very disappointing. Sean was always sputtering cheesy pickup lines and kissing Lizzie. Seriously, girl, find a new guy that actually plays a little bit of hard to get. And then, after knowing him for like, a week, you tell him your biggest secret because of a little crush? Way to put your whole family in danger.
Overall, I did not find this book interesting. *Tosses book into the corner.* It had a lot of holes in it concerning the cloning, and a lot of parts were like, "WHAT?"
Cautions for Parents: NA
Review: 3 stars