Lindsey and Alexandra Rose are twins—fraternal twins, of course. And they couldn’t be more different from one another. Not only do they look different, they have assumed very distinct roles and purposes in life: the responsible one and the beautiful one.
Living in New York and working for an advertising agency has been a dream of Lindsey’s for a long time, and she finally seems to almost have it all. She prides herself on her work ethic, which borders on workaholic behavior at times, but she delights in hearing the continual praise about her accomplishments.
Alex lives in Washington, D.C., and has a glamorous job as a TV personality, with occasional modeling gigs.
Whenever the two sisters are together, Lindsey feels herself disappearing into the shadows, with her sister taking up all the space and air in the room. Consequently, the two have not talked nor seen each other much in years.
When Lindsey is vying for a huge account, and also hopes to be appointed to a vice president position in her agency, her world looks like it’s finally coming together perfectly. Then something happens to ruin it all—a huge disappointment, a subsequent scandal, and a loss that sends her catapulting home to Bethesda, Maryland where her parents live.
Over the next few months, Lindsey is reminded once again about how it feels to be around Alex, and the feelings are not happy ones.
What will it take to finally draw the sisters together? Will they ever move beyond the rivalry that has stalked them since they were children? And what family secret will change their perspective about everything they believed about themselves and each other?
I must admit that I didn’t like Alex very much. Perhaps I was too empathetic about Lindsey’s feelings and the disappointment of being “less than.” Maybe I only saw the selfish side of Alex. Or maybe I actually only could see Lindsey’s point of view. But when things started to change, and when some of Alex’s feelings came out, I could see that the two of them were not as different from one another as they’d believed.
The Opposite of Me: A Novel is the kind of family story that shines a light on parenting issues, sibling rivalries, and the hard lessons that we all have to learn along the way. Five stars.