“Pekkanen’s involving debut… is an honest examination of the limits we place on ourselves, with well-drawn female characters.”
“Fresh, appealing … the story is by turns funny and poignant.”
“It’s warm, it’s whimsical, and it’s a winner…”
“If a book makes you think and be introspective, well that’s magic, and The Opposite of Me has done just that. Pekkanen has hit the nail on the head with her unique premise and original observation on what makes us who we are…an absolute must read” - New York Journal of Books
"With her smart, soulful novel, author Pekkanen explores the place where self and sisterhood intersect." - Redbook
Reminiscent of Jennifer Weiner’s “In Her Shoes” and Emily Giffin’s “Something Borrowed,” this funny, poignant debut novel explores the desire to have it all, the relationships that define us, and the complicated, irreplaceable bonds of sisterhood.
Twenty-nine year old Lindsey Rose has, for as long as she can remember, lived in the shadow of her devastatingly beautiful fraternal twin sister, Alex. Determined to get noticed, Lindsey is finally on the cusp of being named Creative Vice President of an elite New York advertising agency, after years of 80 plus-hour weeks, migraines, and profound loneliness. But during the course of one devastating night, Lindsey’s carefully-constructed life implodes.
Humiliated and desperate, she flees the glitter of Manhattan and retreats to the time warp of her parents’ Maryland home. As her sister plans her lavish wedding to her prince charming, Lindsey struggles to maintain her identity as the smart, responsible twin, while she furtively tries to put her career back together. But things get more complicated when a long-held family secret is unleashed that forces both sisters to reconsider who they are and who they are meant to be.
Published by Washington Square Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster