REVIEW OF: DOUBLE IDENTITY, by Margaret Petersen Haddix

Reviewed by: Claire A

Bethany, a curious teenager who loves swimming and is always looking for the right answers, had lived a pretty decent life. Her parents always bought Bethany exactly what she wanted. She grew up this way until she was dropped off at her aunt’s house. This particular aunt had never met or even seen Bethany before and Bethany had never met her either. Bethany’s mom and dad force her to live with her aunt and try to survive without being spoiled by her parents. She is now living in the 21st century in a small town in Illinois. When mysterious events occur in Bethany’s life, she is very curious and becomes confused about her extraordinary history. In my novel, Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix, I learned about how Bethany recovers her past by learning about her future.

“He wants to ruin my life.” I was really intrigued by the way the author includes suspense. It seemed as if every chapter ended in a cliffhanger. This book made me feel excited, curious, and adventurous. I love how the antagonist, Dalton Van Dyne, is written really mysteriously. I never wanted to put this book down. Margaret Peterson Haddix truly has a gift. Her word choice fit perfectly with the theme and created a beautifully woven storyline. Throughout this story, I could honestly relate to Bethany and her constant struggle.

I loved this book and I’m assuming that I’m not the only one. I recommend this book to anyone over eight. Although nothing bad is spoken, some graphic events and ideas were displayed. I believe any reader looking for a good fit book would enjoy this book as much as I did.