Title: The Originals
Author: Cat Patrick
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
A riveting new story from Cat Patrick, author of Forgotten and Revived.
17-year-olds Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey Best grew up as identical triplets... until they discovered a shocking family secret. They're actually closer than sisters, they're clones. Hiding from a government agency that would expose them, the Best family appears to consist of a single mother with one daughter named Elizabeth. Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey take turns going to school, attending social engagements, and a group mindset has always been a de facto part of life...
Then Lizzie meets Sean Kelly, a guy who seems to see into her very soul. As their relationship develops, Lizzie realizes that she's not a carbon copy of her sisters; she's an individual with unique dreams and desires, and digging deeper into her background, Lizzie begins to dismantle the delicate balance of an unusual family that only science could have created.
I'm not entirely sure how I feel about The Originals. It started off pretty good, but it never really featured anything special. I was constantly waiting to "get to the good part", but it just cruised along at a constant level for me.
I did enjoy reading about the sisters Ella, Lizzie and Betsy and the way that they shared one life was interesting. However, the why of it was a disappointment to me. I was expecting some crazy and insane secret, but the big reveal ended up feeling a bit ho-hum to me.
Also, Lizzie gave her complete trust to Sean so quickly! Maybe I'm secretive and a bit paranoid, but I would never tell all my secrets to a boy I knew a briefly as Lizzie knew Sean. Although, Sean did seem to be a pretty good guy overall.
Overall, The Originals wasn't a bad read by any means, but I really was hoping for more.
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