Blast from the Past: The Girls

The Girls by Lori Lansens
8/15-24/2006 — 433 pages — fiction (conjoined twins, adoption, Canada)
Borrowed from: public library


This book was definitely like no other I’ve ever read. I used to think a lot about how cool it would be to be a twin and I really want twin boys, but I never considered being a Siamese twin. The way I pictured Rose and Ruby was like a woman holding a baby on her hip, only the baby was practically a full grown woman. So then I guess Ruby’s head is attached to Rose’s more at the side. But anyway…

It would definitely be difficult to be a conjoined twin and nowadays you hear about little babies being separated by the request of their parents. I honestly don’t know what I would do if that happened to my twins. If there could be a low risk operation I probably would, but if there’s any kind of risk I’d be hesitant. But what if the survival of one depended on killing the other? Controversial, even inside my head.


Blast from the Past is a weekly post I write that focuses on a book I read long before I ever had a blog about books. While I didn’t “book blog” until a couple of years ago, I’ve kept a reading journal of sorts for about 6 years. Blast from the Past is essentially just my way of digitalizing my old book journals–and reminding me what I thought of books long since read. I think it will be a fun way to look at how my reading selections have changed and what I like most in the books I read.


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