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.

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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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