The Opposite of Me
By Sarah Pekkanen
(Washington Square Press, Paperback, 9781439121986, 400pp.)
Publication Date: March 9, 2010
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 is the author of The Opposite of Me and Skipping a Beat. Her work has been published in People, Reader's Digest among others.. A former D.C. model, Sarah lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her husband and three young sons.
"Pekkanen's wry voice and engaging characters—the bumbling parents are especially lovable—keep things fresh" —People (3.5 out of 4 stars)
"With her smart, soulful novel, author Pekkanen explores the place where self and sisterhood intersect." - Redbook
"It's warm, it's whimsical, and it's a winner." --The Courier Mail (Australia)
“Fresh, appealing…the story is at turns funny and poignant.” — Booklist
“Pekkanen's involving debut is an honest examination of the limits we place on ourselves, with well-drawn female characters.” —Kirkus
“If a book makes you think and be introspective, well that’s magic, and The Opposite of Me has done just that. Pekkanen has hit the nail on the head with her unique premise and original observation on what makes us who we are…an absolute must read” —New York Journal of Books
“Fresh and funny and satisfying. A terrific book about sisters that actually made me laugh out loud. I was completely drawn into Lindsey’s world and rooted for her from beginning to end.” — Jennifer Weiner, New York Times bestselling author of Best Friends Forever and In Her Shoes
“Pekkanen's debut is heartfelt and richly drawn. With a delicate touch, she had me believing and sharing every laugh and every tear - it was a completely satisfying read. I look forward to more from this talented writer.” — Beth Harbison, author of Hope in a Jar
“Sharp-tongued. . .a spot-on portrayal of the existential dilemmas of young adulthood.” — Washington Post
"Sweet, smart, and funny" — Cosmopolitan.com