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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite
DupliKate by Eliza Whitten is a college romance novel that will appeal to every young adult. Olive had a twin sister, Kate, in whose shadow she lived. Kate had a perfect life with the boys and the buzz while leading the pack that mocked her sister. High school was a nightmare for Olive, but college was bearable for her until her sister transferred. However, she had met Aiden, Duke, and Emma, who loved her and boosted her confidence. But would that be enough? When her beautiful voice and her sister’s dance moves landed them top spots in a mega show as competitors, Kate asked Olive to quit. Olive was caught between a triangle of not disappointing her cheerleaders, doing something for herself, and pleasing her sister. The line is drawn. What would it be?
DupliKate by Eliza Whitten is an interesting and educative novel. I loved the plot so much because it was unique and relatable. Comparison, they say, is the killer of joy. It may not be a twin, but a sibling, colleague, classmate, cousin, or even a neighbor that makes us second guess ourselves. We often mull over the perfection of others so that we cannot see how amazing we are. The development was terrific, making the characters flawed yet unique and consistent. Many young adults deal with anxiety, panic attacks, low self-esteem, bullying, awkwardness, etc. All these issues were touched on as the story progressed. I loved the easy dialogues, witty banter, stylish writing, and clean editing. In a time when the average young adult tries to fit in, this book is a reminder that the world is beautiful because no one else can be you. Thank you, Eliza!