The Originals (Hardcover)

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     Cat Patrick emerged as a recognized young adult author fairly recently, with her 2012 debut Forgotten, which tells the story of a girl who remembers the future instead of the past. This was followed quickly by Revived, the tale of a girl who has died five times and been repeatedly brought back to life. It is apparent to her fans that Ms. Patrick isn't scared of addressing experimental themes- and her latest young adult novel, The Originals, more than lives up to this reputation. 
    The Originals is the story of Elizabeth Best, or rather, of Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey Best- three clones, who masquerade (under their mother's orders) as a single girl named Elizabeth. They split their day into three equal parts, and never leave the house together. Life wasn't always like this for the girls, who used to live like identical triplets. But their mother is hiding something- something that caused this greater level of secrecy to become necessary. The Best girls deal with their strange life pretty well, all things considered. They've become adept at blending in, at pretending to be someone they're not: Elizabeth. But everything changes when rebellious Lizzie falls in love, causing each Best girl to realize that she yearns to embrace life as an individual. But will the girls ever be free of the shadow of Elizabeth? Can they ever be originals? 
    This book is a phenomenal look at the concepts of individuality, as well as a fantastic coming-of-age read. Don't miss it! Best for ages twelve and up. 

— Lily

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A riveting new story from Cat Patrick, author of Forgotten and Revived.
17-year-olds Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey Best grew up as identical triplets... until they discovered a shocking family secret. They're actually closer than sisters, they're clones. Hiding from a government agency that would expose them, the Best family appears to consist of a single mother with one daughter named Elizabeth. Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey take turns going to school, attending social engagements, and a group mindset has always been a de facto part of life...
Then Lizzie meets Sean Kelly, a guy who seems to see into her very soul. As their relationship develops, Lizzie realizes that she's not a carbon copy of her sisters; she's an individual with unique dreams and desires, and digging deeper into her background, Lizzie begins to dismantle the delicate balance of an unusual family that only science could have created.

About the Author


Cat Patrick is the author of Forgotten and Revived. She lives in the Seattle area with her husband and twin daughters. When asked about how she comes up with the concepts for her novels, Cat explained that she has a love for "high school strange."

Praise For…


* "Patrick is making a niche for herself with high-concept romantic thrillers about girls whose realities are far from the norm, and her third novel may be her best yet...[it] will keep readers riveted."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The pacing and suspense are just right, the teen dialogue sounds real, and characters both young and old are believable. This is a read that many teens will enjoy."
-VOYA

"Readers will enjoy the quick pacing and speculating on science's ethical dilemmas. Provocative."
-Kirkus Reviews

"Have you read Cat Patrick yet? If not, you should. The Originals is a unique exploration of identity, familial love, and bioethics wrapped into a universal coming-of-age story and an enchanting high school romance."
-Gabrielle Zevin, award-winning author of Elsewhere, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, and the Birthright series

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316219433
ISBN-10: 0316219436
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 7th, 2013
Pages: 296
Language: English
 

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