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More of Me by Kathryn Evans

“Teva seems normal. But at home she hides an impossible secret: 11 other Tevas. Because once a year, Teva splits into two, leaving a younger version of herself stuck at the same age, forced to watch the new Teva taking over her life. But at 16, Teva’s had enough. She’s going to fight for her future – even if that means fighting herself.

Imagine all your friends growing up, moving on, and you being stuck in one year of your life… More of Me is an incredible, unforgettable story of identity, friendship, love and sacrifice.”

I shall be careful not to give away too much. If you do decide to read any of the ‘reviewed’ books I wouldn’t want to spoil the ending for you, or give away any other major plot twists, so I’ll try to be as vague as possible. However, these won’t be completely spoiler free so if that bugs you stop reading here.

Warning: You might consider the first three paragraphs mild spoilers. Please skip to paragraph four if you want to avoid spoilers – I’ve made it bold to make skipping faster.

What I thought:

As you might know I’m interested in Psychology, so when I came across this I thought it’s about a girl named Teva who has DID – Dissoaciative Identity Disorder, formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder – who has 11 personalities.

It is not. This is about a girl named Teva who quite literally splits her body in two, every year around her birthday. I won’t tell you why so you can discover it for yourself, but it’s fair to say I wasn’t expecting that. Throughout the book I kept searching for hints that my original thought was correct, that it’s a psychological condition (Teva herself searches for evidence), and I was so convinced several times that it was, but it’s not.

Kathryn Evans has done a beautiful job of fooling me twice!

The different ages of Teva are very well done and very believable. They all act according to the age they are stuck in, and are understandably upset about their situation. Their mother – a woman I feel deep sympathy for – won’t let them outside because she’s terrified of what would happen should others find out about Teva. So only one Teva, the oldest, goes to school while the others stay hidden away.

Teva is confused, thinks she’s losing her mind, and she is desperate to end her condition, so she can live a full life rather than being locked away in their house. Somehow, Evans has made the impossibility that is Teva’s life believable. I felt for her right away and hoped that she’d find a way to end the very painful seperations.

I liked the two guys in her life. Tommo is such a sweetheart and I rooted for him all the way, whereas I didn’t like Ollie. Don’t get me wrong – I liked the character, but I didn’t like the person. He’s so controlling, like he can’t bare the thought of her having other friends beside him. Although, I’ll admit, I warmed to him later on. I hated that Teva felt guilty about annoying Ollie, almost like she agrees that she shouldn’t be talking to other people.

But I’m possibly painting Ollie in a worse way than he deserves now, so let’s stop before it gets out of hand.

As some of you might know, I work in a library. I don’t know how this is treated where you live, but here, when you use a quiet study area, you shut the hell up. You can whisper if you like, but nothing louder than that may leave your lips or we ask you – kindly – to shut up, so when Teva decided to call her best friend Maddie from the quiet area my reaction was to glare at the screen and think YOU WILL DO NO SUCH THING! in my best authoritative voice.

The ending made me cry, a lot. I was off sick when I finished this book, and didn’t even realise my cat was meowing at me until she jumped up on my lap and rubbed her head into my tears. Don’t finish this in public. You’ll want privacy and chocolate. I can’t stress that enough. It did wrap everything up well, but the feels were real.

I loved this book so, so much. Even though it wasn’t at all what I had expected, it was exactly what I had expected and so much more. It was an excellent, fast read and I can’t recommend it enough. It was amazing in every way, it really was. Go buy it now if you haven’t already, you won’t regret it. I can’t remember the last book I read this quickly, but I kept needing to come back to it and read on. This is how you debut, people!

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