Title: The Girls
Author: Lori Lansens
Summary: (From Goodreads) Rose and Ruby Darlen are closer than most twin sisters. Indeed, they have spent their twenty-nine years on earth joined at the head. Given that they share a web of essential veins, there is no possibility that they can be separated in their lifetime.
Born in a small town in the midst of a tornado, the sisters are abandoned by their frightened teenaged mother and create a circus-like stir in the medical community. The attending nurse, however, sees their true beauty and decides to adopt them. Aunt Lovey is a warm-hearted, no-nonsense woman married to a gentle immigrant butcher, Uncle Stash. The middle-aged couple moves to a farm where the girls – “not hidden but unseen” – can live as normal a life as possible.
My Rating: 6/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: For the most part, I didn't like the book. After all the hype about how amazing and wonderful it was, I was disappointed. I agree there is an amazing and beautiful connection between the two sisters, one of which most will never experience. And they share that connection with the readers very well. But that's where it ends. I found there story to have a lot of pointless sub stories, and to be very morbid at times. Some parts seemed to not necessary for the story line, and just thrown it there. Without spoiling anyone, it's mainly things they witnessed they shouldn't have. I don't think they were necessary. It made me not want to carry on with the story. It was sad, learning of peoples reactions, and knowing with the situation they're in, they didn't have as much freedom as the majority of the world takes for granted, but that is often overshadowed by the un-needed sub stories and information that doesn't carry their story forward, it just appears to be stuck in there.
Would I recommend it to read: Although I didn't enjoy the book, I can see why so many do. It does, tell a wonderful story of love and friendship between "The Girls" so I would say read it, it is story where you can take something out of it. For me there was just to much pointless fluff, in between the actual story.
What to read next: Memory Keeper's Daughter, Time Traveller's wife. Although I can't speak for the first one my self (only for what I've been told and read) both stories share that beautiful love connection between characters in the story, and also make you think about life.