Monday, August 17, 2009

DupliKate by Cherry Cheva

DupliKate by Cherry Cheva

Release Date: September 29, 2009
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 256
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Kate is your typical stressed senior. She's determined to get into Yale sot hat she and her boyfriend Paul will attend college together. But that doesn't leave much time for Kate, amidst SAT prep, favors for recommendation-writing teachers, and a personal statement that's got Kate blocked. So when she falls asleep in front of her computer which is frozen on a lame simulation game, she's shocked to wake up to a duplicate version of herself named Rina. Could this be the way for Kate to achieve her goals? Or is Rina a wake-up call for Kate?

DupliKate is a novel about an over-scheduled teenager trying to get through high school and into a great college.

The two guys in Kate's life are Paul, her boyfriend, and Jake, the guy she used to be close friends with until Paul convinced her that spending time with him wouldn't get into a good college. When I met Paul, I really enjoyed reading about how sweet he was toward Kate and liked his overall attitude, but when I read that he had pulled her away from Jake, I started to stray away from him and began to find Jake's witty comebacks more entertaining.

Throughout the book, Kate is fully dedicated to Paul, her school work, and getting in Yale, but her thoughts and life change drastically when someone enters her life: a computer-generated copy of herself. At first, she comes to enjoy having a double, because Rina (her double's name; Kate and Rina are both short for Katrina) takes care of several things that Kate doesn't have the energy or time for. I kept thinking while reading about this that it was a bad idea, and soon enough, Kate thought so too, because she wasn't living her life; her boyfriend was going on dates with Rina, her friends were hanging out with her, and her assignments were written by her double, as well. I felt sorry for Kate, and agreed with the decision she made in the end. I supported it all the way and was glad that she got her happy ending.

I really liked the fact that book was about finding yourself. As I was reading about all of things Kate had to put herself through to get into the same college as her boyfriend, Paul, I thought that she was one of those girls that could handle a lot of pressure. But as the story went on, I noticed that she wasn't. And that all of the things that were on her schedule were wearing her out. I immediately felt for her and wanted her to settle things out when she found herself again.

While the novel was brilliantly written and hilariously funny, I was bored at some points toward the end. Kate's thought just seemed to drag on and I wasn't interested in hearing her think about something she had already thought about multiple times. Thankfully, that little boring patch wasn't hard to read through or long enough that it ruined the whole book for me. I got over it in no time.

DupliKate really made me think about my future. It was a great novel to read when you're just entering or already in high school. It was a light read, but one that will make you think.

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28 comments:

ReggieWrites said...

Fantastic review! Looks amazing!

*Samantha* said...

I've heard a bit about this book today actually. I haven't gotten ahold of a copy, but it sounds pretty cute. Your review was making me totally think of Rory from Gilmore Girls! lol. Great review!

Jenna said...

nice review. If you could answer a question i have on my blog that would be great. :) thanks x.
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penney said...

Great review Danielle, it sounds good. Thank you
Penney
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Laughing Stars said...

This sounds like a light, funny and unique book. Love your review!

DeNiSe MaDnEsS said...

I really wasnts splannsinsg sosn giving this book a try I really didnt like the cover but the story sound somthing that i can see myself going through
Denise

Rebecca N. said...

I like your review! I'll have to check this book out....

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Tam said...

Good review! Enough detail to spark interest but not so much you don't need to read the book. I also roamed around the rest of your site and I really like it!

Armenia said...

Light and funny...nice review. I will have to check this book out.
Thanks

anndrreaaa said...

Never heard of it 'til now, surprisingly. Sounds like a funny, easy read. Not sure if it would float my boat but it never hurts to try! Maybe I'll read it.

Casey said...

Thanks for the review! I haven't heard much about it but it sounds like a light and fun read. Love the cover.

haley said...

I've heard about this, it sounds really good. kind of the everyday struggle people go through thrown into the fictional world... cool beans.

Ashley said...

I think I heard of this once. I might try it, but I don't care for the cover. The title is creative though!

Kelsey said...

I loved She's So Money by Cherry Cheva, so I'm really looking forward to reading this. Nice review(:

Beleth said...

It looks very interesting. Thanks for the review, i'll give it a try :D

Watching said...

I've never seen it before, but it seems kind of familiar, probably because of the style of the cover...seems pretty popular...the style that is.
I like funny books though^^ I can tell it's probably going to be funny since the summary starts off by her computer freezing from her playing a simulation game XD Yeah so anyway, I'll have to pick this one up from the library.

Ashley said...

sounds good, cant wait to read it!

Annabelle said...

Hm, sounds interesting. I've been hearing a few things about this book, might check it out.

pirate penguin said...

I'm curious about this one. I started reading Cherry Cheva's other book a long time ago... but I couldn't finish it on time and had to give it back. I also knew that this book was written by the same author... I feel like picking up both books again! xD

nice review though! it was very articulate :)

Melissa D said...

can't wait to read!

~The Book Pixie said...

This sounds interesting. I'd always ignored it cause I didn't like the cover. I know, shame on me. I think I may read it.

~Briana

The Bookologist said...

I have been dying to read this book, I love your review!

Froggy said...

Great review! I need to add this to my get list! :)

Froggy

Jenn said...

Thank you for the review! I definitely know what you mean by getting bored when the character just keeps on saying the same thing towards the end...
I'll see if I can find this book. (:

Meliam said...

Awesome Review! This book sounds realy good!

-Melia

Paradox said...

This book sounds really original and fun! I'd pick this up if I get a chance.

Emilee said...

This book sounds really good, I've never even heard of it but now I think I need to go get it.

Alexa said...

This book sounds really good. I have to add this to my TBR pile.