Double by Jenny Valentine

Title: Double
Author: Jenny Valentine
Series: N/A
Publisher: Hyperion
Release Date: 2/21/2012
Length: 256 pages
Format: Hardcover
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Challenges: N/A
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
Purchase: Hardcover | Kindle | NOOK | ePub

When the sixteen-year-old runaway Chap is mistaken for a missing boy named Cassiel, his life changes dramatically. Chap takes on Cassiel’s identity, gaining the family and friends he’s always dreamed of having. But becoming someone else isn’t as easy as he hoped–and Chap isn’t the only one hiding a secret. As he teeters on the brink of discovery and begins to unravel the mystery behind Cassiel’s disappearance, Chap realizes that he’s in much deeper danger than he could have imagined.
After all, you can’t just steal a life and expect to get away with it.
Award-winning author Jenny Valentine delivers an explosive mystery where dark secrets, betrayal, and loss pave the way for one teen’s chance at redemption.

Double is a brilliant young adult thriller, a rare thing to find. It was so much more than I expected. When I first read the synopsis, I thought “that could be good” and I was yearning for something new. It’s easy to get bogged down by all the paranormal and dystopian books in the YA section. It was so nice to read something totally different that will still appeal to a young audience.

The mystery surrounding Cassiel’s disappearance is immediately gripping. Chap, as he calls himself, doesn’t care what happened to Cassiel. He just knows he’s stealing the life Cassiel left behind. Chap is pretty mysterious himself. He’s not even sure who he is. The book is full of suspense and keeps the reader on the edge as Chap pieces the truth together. It’s full of shocking and dangerous discoveries that put Chap in a more frightening situation than he bargained for.

I can’t really go into much without giving things away. Trust me, you don’t want that. This book is made of suspense and dishing out spoilers would just ruin everything. Just know that I loved it, and I recommend it. It’s a pretty quick read and it will suck you in before you know what’s happened.

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  1. This book sounds phenomenal! I’ve added this one on GR; it’ll be a nice change from the current trends in YA.

    • I actually read it last year and wrote this review then, but I remember being really taken with it. I can still remember most of the book too, so that’s good.


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