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For as long as she can remember, Sarah's family life has revolved around her twin sister, Annie-the pretty one, the social one, the girl who can do anything. The person everyone seems to wish Sarah-with her crippling shyness-could simply become. When Annie suddenly chops off her hair, quits beauty pageants, and gains weight, the focus changes-Annie is still the star of the family, but for all the wrong reasons. Sarah knows something has happened, but she too is caught in her own spiral after her boyfriend breaks up with her and starts hanging out with one of Annie's old friends. Annie is intent on keeping her painful secret safe. But when she and Sarah start spending time together again for the first time in years, walls start to break on both sides . . . and words that had been left unsaid could change everything.
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Carol Lynch Williams is the award-winning author of numerous books, including The Chosen One and Miles from Ordinary. She won the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship. She facilitates children's writing conferences at Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University. Carol lives in Utah.
Elise Arsenault is a classically trained actor, singer, and voice-over artist. She has worked throughout the country with various regional theaters, including Merrimack Rep, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Ivoryton Playhouse, Imagination Stage, and the Discovery Theater at the Smithsonian Institute.
Gr 8 Up—Because of her crippling social anxiety disorder, Sarah has been perfectly happy yielding the spotlight to her pageant queen twin sister, Annie. But as she'd struggled to cope with a secret, Annie has quit pageantry and gained a lot of weight. With their family falling apart and Annie being bullied at school, can Sarah help her sister shine again? Narrator Elise Arsenault provides an engaging voice for Williams's characters, bringing their personalities to life. Although Sarah and Annie seem immature, they experience growth throughout the book. Although simplistic, the plot covers emotionally difficult topics with tact, and Arsenault navigates the story's intricate details easily. VERDICT Recommend to listeners who enjoy such authors as Sarah Dessen and Laurie Halse Anderson. ["While this is an overall engaging read, the strange decisions both protagonists make, the overbearing parents, and the constant message that being overweight is the worst thing that can happen to a girl will put off many teens": SLJ 8/15 review of the Blink book.]—Kira Moody, Whitmore Library, Salt Lake City, UT
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