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Friday, January 3, 2014

Review: The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen

Title: The Opposite of Me
Author: Sarah Pekkanen
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publish Date: March 9, 2010
Source: Library

Why You're Reading This Book:

  • You're a fiction fan.
  • You like books about family.
What's the Story?:

From "Lindsey Rose has always lived in the shadow of her devastatingly beautiful twin sister, Alex. Determined to get noticed, Lindsey has put in years of 80-hour weeks and at twenty-nine is about to be named Creative Vice President of an elite New York advertising agency. Fate, however, has other plans and in one awful night, Lindsey's carefully constructed life implodes.

Humiliated and desperate, Lindsey flees the glitter of Manhattan and retreats to the time warp of her parents' Maryland home. Struggling to maintain her identity as the smart, responsible sister, she finds herself taking a job in a dating service - and having the time of her life. She is even beginning to have a real sisterly relationship with Alex ... until they both fall in love with the same guy. Then a long-held family secret is unleashed, flipping Lindsey into the one spot she never dreamed she'd land."

My Two Cents:

"The Opposite of Me" was my first Sarah Pekkanen book. I was happy that I finally got to read something by her and I know that I will definitely be reading more by here in the future. I love stories about family ties and I especially like stories about sisters. Pekkanen tells the story of two sisters who are fraternal twins although they are not especially close.

The star of this book really is the writing. The story is good but it is really Pekkanen's writing that brings the story and its characters to life. She writes really believable characters. The narrator of the story is Lindsey, one of the sisters, and she felt really real to me. You feel like she is almost talking to you, the reader, as a friend, which really pulled me into the story.

I also really liked that this book took place in Maryland and in the D.C. Metro area, which I am very familiar with. It was really cool to see places that I am so familiar with in this book. I thought the author did a really good job of capturing what this area was like. I love when I can find books set in this area that aren't political thrillers (believe me, it is difficult to do)!

Some parts of the book were a little disjointed. The end seemed very, very rushed. I almost wished that the big turn in the story (I don't want to give anything away) came earlier in the book so that things could be a little more resolved by the end of the book. Overall, this story was still very enjoyable to me.

Bottom line: I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a really realistic voice in a story about the familial ties that bind us.


1 comment:


    Is interfaith ministry a Christian concept found in Scripture? Yes, it is, however, the interfaith ministry found the Bible teaches converting men of all faiths or no faith at all to accept Jesus as The Christ the Son of the living God and the only way to the Father. The interfaith gatherings in the Bible were not a forum used to proclaim that there were many roads that lead to heaven. The interfaith meetings were not used a symposium to agree that all religions may lead to salvation.


    Acts 17:1-3...they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2 And accord to Paul's custom, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and giving evidence that Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, saying, "This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the Christ."

    At his interfaith meetings Paul did say we are all trying to reach heaven, but we are just traveling different avenues. The apostle Paul did not preach a compromised gospel.

    Acts 17:13 But when the Jews of Thessonica found out that the word of God had been proclaimed by Paul in Berea also, they came there as well, agitating and stirring up the crowds.

    If your teaching and preaching is not stirring up the crowds, is it possible, it is because your gospel message has been amended to mollify your listeners or readers?

    Acts 17:22-34 So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said. "Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. 23 For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, " TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.' Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you......32 Now when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some began to sneer, but others said, "We shall hear you again concerning this." 33 So Paul went out of their midst. 34 But some men joined him and believed..........

    When Paul was preaching at the interfaith conference at Athens what took place?
    1. He did not tell them it does not make any difference what you believe as long as you are sincere.
    2. He told them they worshiped in ignorance.
    3. Most rejected Paul's preaching.
    4. Some believed the truth of the gospel.

    The apostle Paul did not change the gospel to make it more palatable to the crowd. He did not tell them that all religions are approved by God.

    Galatians 1:6-8 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven , should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you , he is to be accursed!

    Paul was preaching to a interfaith/interdenominational group, the Judaizers at Galatia. Judaizers were Jewish Christians who were advocating keeping Jews customs in order to be saved. The apostle Paul did not say that all denominations could teach different terms for pardon. He said if they taught a gospel contrary to what the apostles taught that they should be accursed.

    1. FAITH: John 3:16
    2. CONFESSION: Romans 10:9-10
    3. REPENTANCE: Acts 2:38
    4. WATER BAPTISM: 1 Peter 3:21, Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38

    The apostle Paul was not a fan of interfaith/interdenominational meetings that advocated all faiths or that all terms of pardon bring about salvation.

    The apostle Paul believed in the ONES: (Ephesians 4:4-6)
    One body.
    One Spirit.
    One hope.
    One Lord.
    One Faith.
    One Baptism.
    One God.
    One Father.



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