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Poppy wants to go to college like everyone else, but her father has other ideas. Ever since her mirror twin sister, Lola, mysteriously vanished, Poppy’s father has been depressed and forces her to stick around. She hopes she can convince Lola to come home, and perhaps also procure her freedom, by sending her twin a series of eighteen letters, one for each year of their liv Poppy wants to go to college like everyone else, but her father has other ideas. Ever since her mirror twin sister, Lola, mysteriously vanished, Poppy’s father has been depressed and forces her to stick around. She hopes she can convince Lola to come home, and perhaps also procure her freedom, by sending her twin a series of eighteen letters, one for each year of their lives. When not excavating childhood memories, Poppy is sneaking away with her girlfriend Juniper, the only person who understands her. But negotiating the complexities of queer love and childhood trauma are anything but simple. And as a twin? That’s a whole different story.


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Poppy wants to go to college like everyone else, but her father has other ideas. Ever since her mirror twin sister, Lola, mysteriously vanished, Poppy’s father has been depressed and forces her to stick around. She hopes she can convince Lola to come home, and perhaps also procure her freedom, by sending her twin a series of eighteen letters, one for each year of their liv Poppy wants to go to college like everyone else, but her father has other ideas. Ever since her mirror twin sister, Lola, mysteriously vanished, Poppy’s father has been depressed and forces her to stick around. She hopes she can convince Lola to come home, and perhaps also procure her freedom, by sending her twin a series of eighteen letters, one for each year of their lives. When not excavating childhood memories, Poppy is sneaking away with her girlfriend Juniper, the only person who understands her. But negotiating the complexities of queer love and childhood trauma are anything but simple. And as a twin? That’s a whole different story.

30 review for Dear Twin

  1. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Like Tegan and Sara's HIGH SCHOOL, really captures the headf*ckery of twinship and all the crap people project onto twins (my own writing about twins and twinship exploits all that stuff in a way that I hope is self-conscious and critical?), written by someone who is a twin. This is fiction, but feels very grounded in personal experience, even as the story is refracted through multiple literary and pop culture sources. Nabokov's Lolita a major one -- if Lolita had a twin who wrote her a novel, t Like Tegan and Sara's HIGH SCHOOL, really captures the headf*ckery of twinship and all the crap people project onto twins (my own writing about twins and twinship exploits all that stuff in a way that I hope is self-conscious and critical?), written by someone who is a twin. This is fiction, but feels very grounded in personal experience, even as the story is refracted through multiple literary and pop culture sources. Nabokov's Lolita a major one -- if Lolita had a twin who wrote her a novel, this would be it. Plus a super sweet, occasionally cloying queer romance offering lightness in what is ultimately a painful story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Lozano

    A modern Perks of Being A Wallflower Addie Tsai’s Dear Twin is a work of fiction with a lot of hard truths about coming-of-age and not quite knowing what to do when everything about your future feels like it’s on standby.

  3. 4 out of 5

    J

    What a gem of a novel. I had the opportunity to read an early draft of Dear Twin and diving back in after its publication has been such a treat! Tsai's writing is lush, thoughtful, and quiet. I was rooting for Poppy from start to finish. The mystery of what happened to Lola had me racing towards the end, and I love how the story slowly unfolds through letters. Poppy and Juniper's relationship is *chef's kiss* and there's nothing better than a happy ending for two queer characters of color. 5/5.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Clark

    I'm an only child. I've never wanted a sibling. In this YA hybrid -- parts autofiction, parts love letter, parts thriller -- I knew I was right. This novel is a door you want to open, a provacative tale that upsets sisterhood, queerness, and what it means from the very spine of the thing to escape.

  5. 5 out of 5

    mg

    Hands down one of my favorite books of 2019. And I read a LOT of queer books in 2019... I just want to shout to the world how freaking amazing this book is! Addie Brook Tsai beautifully dances in the intersection of queer, twinness, and Asian life while deftly navigating romance and family life. The prose of this book is truly stunning and I wish I could get it into more hands so others can be as moved as I was by this book. If you like character-driven novels with a great deal of queer introspect Hands down one of my favorite books of 2019. And I read a LOT of queer books in 2019... I just want to shout to the world how freaking amazing this book is! Addie Brook Tsai beautifully dances in the intersection of queer, twinness, and Asian life while deftly navigating romance and family life. The prose of this book is truly stunning and I wish I could get it into more hands so others can be as moved as I was by this book. If you like character-driven novels with a great deal of queer introspection that are beautifully written, please don't pass this one up.

  6. 5 out of 5

    P.

    Reading the acknowledgements section made things clearer - this is like reading someone's therapy sessions but fictionalized. I don't know how much fictionalized but the emotion behind it all feels so internalized and specific that I could read along and feel happy or tense or sad for the characters but it was more like reading a journal where the person is using their own shorthand for themselves. I was glad that queer love triumphed even though I can project to a couple months in the future wh Reading the acknowledgements section made things clearer - this is like reading someone's therapy sessions but fictionalized. I don't know how much fictionalized but the emotion behind it all feels so internalized and specific that I could read along and feel happy or tense or sad for the characters but it was more like reading a journal where the person is using their own shorthand for themselves. I was glad that queer love triumphed even though I can project to a couple months in the future when the couple will have to deal with issues of co-dependency.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary Candelario

  8. 5 out of 5

    Selin

  9. 4 out of 5

    Oliver

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rebs

  12. 4 out of 5

    B

  13. 5 out of 5

    AnneMarie

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lana

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carter

  17. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

  18. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Palacio

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brynnawren

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maritza Rico

  21. 4 out of 5

    Verkiezen

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carri

  23. 4 out of 5

    Smash

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mia

  25. 5 out of 5

    Trista Crow

  26. 5 out of 5

    Reagan Elly

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ruben Degollado

  28. 4 out of 5

    Edd Tello

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joanna Eng

  30. 4 out of 5

    Abby Povill

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