Why Can't I Be You
By Allie Larkin
(Plume Books, Paperback, 9780452298378, 297pp.)
Publication Date: February 26, 2013
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At one time or another, everyone has wished they could be someone else. Exploring this universal longing, Allie Larkin follows up the success of her debut novel, "Stay," with a moving portrait of friendship and identity.
When Jenny Shaw hears someone shout "Jessie " across a hotel lobby, she impulsively answers. All her life, Jenny has toed the line, but something propels her to seize the opportunity to become Jessie Morgan, a woman to whom she bears an uncanny resemblance. Lonely in her own life, Jenny is embraced by Jessie's warm circle of friends--and finds unexpected romance. But when she delves into Jessie's past, Jenny discovers a secret that spurs her to take another leap into the unknown.