Imagine doing one of those DNA tests and finding out you have a full sister, two years older, but you never knew it. Abby Day is astounded, angry, hurt, and above all, curious. The sister, Savannah (called Savvy), contacted Abby after she too got the DNA test and learned of their relationship. Abby and Savvy meet at a park, and after their initial shock over how much alike they looked, agreed to arrange to spend the summer together at a camp so they could try to figure out what happened and why.
Abby and Savvy don’t get along initially. There is a full-on “Parent Trap” story arc as they first plot against each other, but then form an alliance to get to the bottom of what happened.
Side plots concern their love lives, and how not communicating their true feelings results in each of them risking losing what (and whom) they want most. Other themes, including what constitutes friendship and the role honesty should play in such relationships, are well-handled.
Evaluation: If you loved “The Parent Trap” (and who doesn’t?!!) you’ll also love this update and variation for young adults. The characters all might be a little too perfect when not acting out from their pain, but if you are looking for a sweet story and funny break from the dire problems of the world, this story will entertain you, and like “The Parent Trap,” would make a great movie.
Published by Wednesday Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, 2021