Getting Away With It by Julie Cohen
Paperback: 544 Pages
Publisher: Headline Review (October 28, 2010)
Synopsis: A gorgeously romantic, funny and heartbreaking read for anyone who’s ever run away from home – and found their way back…
Liza Haven couldn’t wait to escape the small village where she grew up with her perfect identical twin sister, Lee. Her life in LA as a stunt woman is reckless, fast and free – and that’s just the way she likes it. But when a near-fatal mistake drives her home, she finds Lee gone and everyone in the village mistaking her for her twin sister. Liza has to deal with her ailing mother, the family ice cream business, and Lee’s dangerously attractive boyfriend. Liza’s always been the bad twin, but as she struggles to keep up the masquerade and puzzle out where her sister has gone, she realises it’s not so simple. She’s spent her whole life getting away with it – is it finally time to face up to who she really is and where she really belongs?
* * *
I am not sure how this book fell into my lap, but I am so happy that it did. The book follows Liza Haven, the troublemaker twin who fails in comparison to her perfect identical twin sister Lee. When Liza returns home to her small town that was always too small for her, everyone assumes she is Lee, who has mysteriously disappeared. Now is her chance to experience the love and admiration that her sister has always received. So she takes Lee’s spot and pretends to be here!
I loved Liza’s character – she was sarcastic and real! She walks off the page and into your life and immediately you sympathize with her being the misunderstood twin, who could never live up to her perfect sister. But how perfect is Lee? Pretending to be her sister, Liza gets an intimate look into her sister’s life and who she really is.
This novel is touching, fun and engaging read. At almost 600 pages, it is a long book, but I never once felt that it was too long or drawn out – on the contrary, I didn’t want the story to end! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fun and light read that is filled with love and true emotion.