Tippi and Grace. Grace and Tippi. For them, it’s normal to step into the same skirt. To hook their arms around each other for balance. To fall asleep listening to the other breathing. To share. And to keep some things private. The two sixteen-year-old girls have two heads, two hearts, and each has two arms, but at the belly, they join. And they are happy, never wanting to risk the dangerous separation surgery.
But the girls’ body is beginning to fight against them. And soon they will have to face the impossible choice they have avoided for their entire lives. @goodreads
Wow. This was a really good story about conjoined twins Grace and Tippi, and it was sad. Before I start I want to add an excerpt from the book that I thought was funny and Tippi is the one with the snarky attitude :)
A guy with a gray beard and
a teardrop tattoo below his eye
emerges from a bathroom door
in the corner of the kitchen.
"Fuck me," he says,
dropping a cigarette onto the tiled floor
and grinding it down into tobacco dust
with the heel of his boot.
fuck me," he repeats,
as sweetly as if we'd been offered
But thank you anyway."
This is a book of fiction but we all know there are conjoined twins out in the world. This is a wonderful story about Tippi and Grace and the things they go through as one, but two.
The girls parents are quickly running out of money from all of the medical bills it takes for Tippi and Grace. Their father lost his teaching job, can't seem to find another, and has turned into an alcoholic. Their mom works at the bank and much as she can and their sister whom they call "Dragon" is a ballerina in training. Their grandma lives with them as well trying to help out with her small check.
The girls mom tell them they have to start going to high school this year since she has to work so much, etc. They are freaked out of course because they try to keep hidden away from people. As you can imagine they are not very nice to them, saying mean and hurtful things. I will never understand people like this, but anyway..
Tippi and Grace end up with two wonderful friends in the school who have issues of their own. This would be Jon, who Grace has a little crush on, and Yasmeen. They are very good to the girls and even get them to do things they shouldn't really. I won't go into too much since you should read the book! :)
Everything seems to be going good until their mom loses her job as well and since their dad can't find work and just drinks and drinks it seems like they are going to have to move. But Grace finally talks Tippi into doing a documentary of their lives. This producer has been hounding them for years to do this, but Tippi never wanted to... but now it's dire straits and if they want to stay where they are with their friends and keep their sister happy in her ballet studio they will have to do this. So... on with the reality show.
Things take a drastic and crushing turn not long after the show starts. The end of this book is very sad, that's all I'm going to say. It's also very much worth reading in my opinion.
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