More of Me
Usborne (2016), YA
Once a year Teva splits in two. The newer version of herself takes over her life, while the younger version is trapped at home with the rest of her past selves, all stuck at the age they were when they split. Teva tries to maintain the illusion of having a normal life – school, friends, boyfriend – and keep everyone from discovering her terrible secret. Her mother has warned her about how the world would react to their freakery.However, as Teva approaches her seventeenth birthday, she decides the split won’t happen again. She wants to live her life and have a future. She’s going to fight with all her strength, even if it means fighting against herself.
A strange and startling read, More of Me gets under the reader’s skin. The premise – twelve girls sharing one identity, the new self ripping itself from the old self – is original and chilling. Evans does not leave out any of the squirm-inducing detail. I won’t deny that parts of this book really freaked me out. I felt some of the secondary characters could have been developed more (particularly Tom) and that the revelations towards the end (while clever) happened rather speedily. However, overall this was a gripping read, and one I won’t be forgetting anytime soon!
Originally reviewed for LoveReading4Kids