Picture this: you’re 17 and you’ve just found out that not only is your father alive, but you have a twin sister. What would you do? And what if your twin came to stay with you, pretended to be you, and tried to steal your boyfriend?
Double Identity is a modern day twist on The Parent Trap, but in this case the sisters aren’t friends and don’t want to live together. Not to mention that one sister could take the starring role in Single White Female.
Theology: To be saved, you have to be in a position to need a Savior
God may love all of us the same, but the twins in Double Identity don’t love Him the same. Bree has grown up in church, follows Christian principles, and repeatedly tries to love her difficult sister in a Christ-honoring way. Cassie, on the other hand, has grown up worshipping money and what it can buy her, and has been raised in a permissive household by a father that doesn’t know what to do with her.
Double Identity handles some issues teens face these days (see social issues). You have one out-of-control twin contrasted to a Christ-controlled twin. It’s easy to see which is the better/easier/preferable lifestyle. It’s also gives us a chance to understand how the out-of-control twin ended up where she is in her life. A lot of times, it’s not until we reach the end of ourselves that we realize we need a Savior.
Rating: at least PG-13
This book is intended for older teens. As you’ll see in the next section, there are a lot of issues that are meant for a more mature audience.
Social Issues: sex, drugs, alcohol, cutting, manic-depression
This book is about one really messed up kid who looks for anything that can fill the God-sized hole in her soul. That includes sex, drugs, alcohol, and cutting. Part of this exploration occurs because she has some psychological issues that require medication which she refuses to take.
The sex scenes are not graphic, nor are they set up in a way to advocate premarital sex. Just the opposite. The role model in the story (the good twin) strongly advocates abstinence and sobriety.
I would have no problem with my daughters reading this book once they get older (currently in elementary school). I believe Double Identity and books like it offer a great opportunity to talk to our daughters about the issues they might face and wouldn’t want to talk to us about. But you would need to read it too–never a bad idea.