Hi everybody! We’re posting this a little bit late…but oh well. So this is one of our other weekly memes that we’ve started – When I First Saw You. When I First Saw You (WIFSY) is a meme hosted by Sailing Through Books. This is one of the memes we’ll be doing altogether, rather than on our own, on rotation. Today’s meme however is just Vibha and Lynette (Mia was busy).
Every week, Sailing Through Books picks a new cover from a YA book, a book which we’re unlikely to have probably heard of before. Going from just the cover, we need to write a synopsis or a blurb for the book, without cheating and looking at the ACTUAL blurb. Once we’ve finished, we can look at the real synopsis, compare the two and prepare our verdict. It was really fun to write, we absolutely enjoyed it! If you want to do it, too, all you need to do is link back to Sailing Through Books, and write a blurb!
This week’s cover was Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee. Don’t you think it’s a beautiful cover?
Gemini is a book about two girls, Chloe and Lucy, who are twins. They have always been the best of friends, doing everything together, until one day they are pulled apart from each other. This story is about how the two girls learn to cope on their own without each other.
Twins Cassie and Poe were never close. Different schools, hobbies, friends, they rarely did anything together. The only time they were with each other, was on Saturday nights, when they’d go up on a hill with their father, stargazing. Poe would paint watercolours of the sky and the stars, and Cassie would find all the constellations. On those nights, everything else would seem like a dream.
But on the twins’ 17th birthday, their father has a terrible accident. With their mother abroad, unable to make it back, and their father’s life fragile, Cassie and Poe must really come together.
A tale of love, family and fantasy, Gemini is a must-read for all YA-lovers.
Okkkk and this is the actual blurb (From Goodreads):
In a powerful and daring debut novel, Sonya Mukherjee shares the story of sisters Clara and Hailey, conjoined twins who are learning what it means to be truly extraordinary.
Seventeen-year-old conjoined twins, Clara and Hailey, have lived in the same small town their entire lives—no one stares at them anymore. But there are cracks in their quiet existence and they’re slowing becoming more apparent. Clara and Hailey are at a crossroads. Clara wants to stay close to home, avoid all attention, and study the night sky. Hailey wants to travel the world, learn from great artists, and dance with mysterious boys. As high school graduation approaches, each twin must untangle her dreams from her sister’s, and figure out what it means to be her own person.
Told in alternating perspectives, this unconventional coming-of-age tale shows how dreams can break your heart—but the love between sisters can mend it.
Lynette: I thought it would be something like this, as the name of this book is Gemini, which is the twin star sign. The cover is also quite simple but sweet and pretty, similar to a friendship. The actual book is somewhat similar to my idea, as it is about twins who learn how to be without the other twin and be independent, but I did not think it was going to be about conjoined twins. It sounds like it may be quite a deep but heartwarming book about sisterly love, dreams and hope. I may read it, but I will most likely not go out of my way to find the book.
Vibha: Ok…well at least I got the bit about the twins right! Otherwise there’s pretty much no other similarity between my synopsis and the real one. However, I really like the sound of this book, and will definitely by adding it to my TBR. I’ve always found conjoined twins interesting. In fact there is another book on my TBR about conjoined twins which I hope I’ll read soon. And I loved the cover too, it was beautiful. I loved the watercolours, and it was so simple, yet so…not-simple! What did you think about my synopsis?
– L & V