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Seeing Double: Twins in Teen Fiction

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Over the last few years while I’ve been reading young adult books for our Best Books For Teens committee, I noticed many books featuring twins as characters. Sometimes they had a strong emotional or spiritual connection, sometimes their personalities were total opposites of each other, and sometimes they could even impersonate each other. Here are ten YA novels featuring twins—sometimes as friends, sometimes as enemies, but always as family.

One
Identical
There Will Come a Time
I'll Give You the Sun
The Secrets We Keep

One by Sarah Crossan
Tippi and Grace are literally joined at the hip. They are conjoined twins who have different hopes and different dreams, but they’ve always shared the same body.

Untwine by Edwidge Danticat
When Giselle wakes up in the hospital, she’s so badly injured that she can’t speak or move. All she can do is remember what happened before, and remember how she and Isabelle were holding hands when the red minivan hit their car.

Identical by Ellen Hopkins
Raeanne and Kaeleigh seem perfect to the outside world, because they are part of a perfect family. But the girls are holding on to secrets that threaten to destroy that perfect world.

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
There used to be five people in this family. Now there are only three, unless you count the urn that contains Rose’s ashes.

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Jude and Noah are twins who are filled with both love and jealousy for each other. Can either one succeed if the other fails?

The Fall by Bethany Griffin
Madeleine Usher is eighteen years old, and she’s just been been buried alive. How did she get to this place, and how can she escape?

There Will Come a Time by Carrie Arcos
Mark and his twin sister Grace were in a car accident. He survived, she didn’t, and now he’s trying to deal with the empty space she left behind.

The Third Twin by CJ Omololu
Lexi and Ava are twin girls who used to imagine that they had a third identical sister. When they were little, it was easy to blame “Alicia” for anything that went wrong.

The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver
Ella was always the good, shy twin and Maddy was always the outgoing, popular one. Then one night a tragic accident ends one life and changes another.

Damage Done by Amanda Panitch
Julia survived the school shooting that took place when her brother brought a gun to school. How much does she really remember about what happened?

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And Fangirl!

Don't forget twin sisters Cath and Wren - who go through a rough patch as the more social Wren separates herself from more shy Cath. She also reaches out to their estranged mother and disdains the books and writing of Simon Snow fan fiction that used to obsessively spend time on together.

And The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

In which a twin sisters with dreams of singing careers survive a horrible boating accident and one sister loses her voice completely and must start over and the other is able to go on to pursue the dream alone.

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