Mon, October 8, 2012

What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang Review

What’s Left of Me book cover

What’s Left of Me book cover

What’s Left of Me
By Kat Zhang
Publication date: Sept. 18, 2012
Harper, 358 pages
Source: Publisher

What’s Left of Me tells the story of a fifteen-year-old girl fighting for her right to survive in a world where two souls are born into each body and one is doomed to disappear. Pitched as The Golden Compass meets Girl, Interrupted.

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t…

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable–hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet…for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.

— Goodreads.com description

I just adored What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang. You guys, this one’s a thinker!

First of all, the concept is creepy as hell. Let’s just address that straight up. In this society, everyone is born with two souls who share a single body. In time, one becomes dominate and the other one just fades away. Only, Eva never faded. AHHH CREEPY. CREEPY CREEPY CREEPY. But, like, also brilliant.

Because what Kat Zhang is able to do with this concept is to invite us into Eva’s sheltered, lonely world. As a reader, you feel how trapped she is, day in and day out. It’s quite heartbreaking. But it’s so inspiring to also feel her resilience to be heard and to see how Addie sacrifices everything, as difficult as it is, to give her other half a chance at life.

I’m not sure where this series will go from here — the ending is uplifting but so uncertain. I can’t wait to see what Zhang has in store for Eva and Addie next.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

PS: To those who have read this book: Did it make you want to watch “Abby and Brittany” to see how the conjoined twins might be dealing with similar issues? I haven’t seen it yet, but it definitely made me wonder.

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: family, kat zhang, paranormal
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  1. Juhina said:

    This book does sound fantastic. I’ve read a similar book which is the host by stephenie Meyer so I know how amazing such a plot could be made!

    great review, and I’m also excited that the ending was uplifting!

    – Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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  2. Candice @ The Grown-Up YA said:

    Wow. Just wow. This is a totally creepy plot that is just begging to be read! I also just got the cover and saw the two faces. Mind = blown!

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  3. Anna @ Literary Exploration said:

    My friend said something about this one not living up to her expectations so I’m a bit hesitant to read it, although I’m still really looking forward to it!!! Great review 🙂

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  4. April Books & Wine said:

    I do enjoy thinking and a creepy concept!

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  5. Tara said:

    OMG my grandma told me about Abby and Brittany and I have been obsessed with the show. Now I totally have to bump this book up on my list.

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  6. Lori said:

    I’m trilled to hear that you liked this one! I’ve been so curious about it.

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  7. Magan @ Rather Be Reading said:

    I wish I had felt the love for WLoM the same way you did. I didn’t connect to it and the characters frustrated me a bit. I will continue to read the series; maybe my timing was just a bit off?

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  8. Jen said:

    DUDE I had totally written this one off previously but now that I know you loved it? HUZZAH.

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  9. Becky@Cardigans Coffee and Bookmarks said:

    This is sitting on my bookshelf, waiting for me to finish all the horror books I checked out, lol. I am so excited to read it and I’m very glad you found it creepy, since that is my favorite kind of book.

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  10. Rebecca Lockhart said:

    I loved this book! Reminded me of the host at first, but quickly changed my mind. Great read, creepy, but also really sad.

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