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  • Title: The Girls
  • Author: Lori Lansens
  • ISBN: 9780316066341
  • Page: 376
  • Format: Paperback
  • Meet Rose and Ruby sisters, best friends, confidantes, and conjoined twins Since their birth, Rose and Ruby Darlen have been known simply as the girls They make friends, fall in love, have jobs, love their parents, and follow their dreams But the Darlens are special Now nearing their 30th birthday, they are history s oldest craniopagus twins, joined at the head by aMeet Rose and Ruby sisters, best friends, confidantes, and conjoined twins Since their birth, Rose and Ruby Darlen have been known simply as the girls They make friends, fall in love, have jobs, love their parents, and follow their dreams But the Darlens are special Now nearing their 30th birthday, they are history s oldest craniopagus twins, joined at the head by a spot the size of a bread plate When Rose, the bookish sister, sets out to write her autobiography, it inevitably becomes the story of her short but extraordinary life with Ruby, the beautiful one From their awkward first steps Ruby s arm curled around Rose s neck, her foreshortened legs wrapped around Rose s hips to the friendships they gradually build for themselves in the small town of Leaford, this is the profoundly affecting chronicle of an incomparable life journey.As Rose and Ruby s story builds to an unforgettable conclusion, Lansens aims at the heart of human experience the hardship of loss and struggles for independence, and the fundamental joy of simply living a life This is a breath taking novel, one that no reader will soon forget, a heartrending story of love between sisters.
    The Girls Meet Rose and Ruby sisters best friends confidantes and conjoined twins Since their birth Rose and Ruby Darlen have been known simply as the girls They make friends fall in love have jobs love

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    1. I have never looked into my sisters eyes I have never bathed alone I have never stood in the grass at night and raised my arms to the beguiling moon I ve never used an airplane bathroom Or worn a hat Or been kissed like that I ve never driven a car Or slept through the night Never a private talk Or a solo walk I ve never climbed a tree Or faded into a crowd So many things I ve never done, but oh, how I ve been loved And, if such things were to be, I d live a thousand lives as me, to be loved so [...]

    2. Onvan The Girls Nevisande Lori Lansens ISBN 316066346 ISBN13 9780316066341 Dar 368 Safhe Saal e Chap 2005

    3. Ugh I had to force myself to finish this book This is a book about twin girls conjoined at the head, written alternately by each girl in autobiographical form Here are the things that made me not like this book 1 Way too much emphasis on the intended publication, or hope thereof, of the finished product I cannot believe a real editor would not edit all that out.2 I did not understand why it took them 30 years to figure out that some sort of wheeled assistive device would drastically improve thei [...]

    4. Reviewed by Me for TeensReadTooIn what has to be the best blend of heartbreaking sadness and unbelievable joy, author Lori Lansens has managed to write a novel about two girls that you will not soon forget if ever After I finished THE GIRLS, I felt many emotions, but the strongest was that I had just read the story of two of my best and dearest friends And even though I know that this story is fiction, I can t help but think that somewhere, two girls share a life that is a lot like that of Rose [...]

    5. I love when I finish a book and it stays with me for days afterward as I continue to wonder about the characters and what may still be happening even though the story in the book has ended This is going to be one of those books I can t think of one negative thing to say about any aspect of this book I loved the characters, ALL of them I loved that the author told the story as if Rose and Ruby were writing an autobiography I had to remind myself it was fiction numerous times.Simply an amazing, mo [...]

    6. I won t be finishing this, life is too short A character and someone on greads said it best it doesn t matter if the book is well written, it will sell because it s about conjoined twins Yep.This story is unique in its premise a back and forth of two conjoined twins who have learned that they are dying but the execution was a real disappointment The actual complicated layers of such a situation never being alone, never being able to fully choose for you, never being perceived as your own person [...]

    7. The cover reminded me vaguely of the cover ofThe God of Small Things they re both pretty artsy flowers on the water things but there s really very little that s similar about the two books, except that they re good And they have twins in them.The Girls is amazing The edition I bought has a little reader s guide questions section at the end, which I started to read because I kind of didn t want the book to end seriously, it was really good and one of the questions was something to the effect of W [...]

    8. Beautifully written story of two sisters who are conjoined They live in a small town, where everyone knows them as The Girls As with any other sisters, they are very different people but unlike every other set of sisters, they are often viewed as one The author has done an amazing job of creating two completely seperate voices and manages to weave a haunting story based on two characters perspectives who are literally at the same place, at the same time always Rose, Ruby and their families and f [...]

    9. One of the least engaging books I have read in a very long time I found the main characters of Rosie and Ruby to be exceptionally boring and slightly annoying It literally felt as though I was reading someone s mundane diary, dreary boring details that may make up a good diary for the writer however do nothing for an outside reader.

    10. I admit I was attracted to this book because it was about conjoined twins But, the fascination quickly wore off and I was left wondering when the characters were going to come to life and become compelling beyond their conjoinment The story never came to life for me.

    11. What a moving book Completely worthwhile, with characters you really love Uncle Stash and Aunt Lovey and wisdom and humor Surprising and unlike anything I ve read before And there s even a little Eastern European section that I didn t expect hooray What is it about sadness that can be so fulfilling p.30 Funny how you can measure time by pets that were not even your own p 40 It was Aunt Lovey s belief that all ordinary people led extraordinary lives, but just didn t notice p 102 I wanted a round [...]

    12. The Girls Ruby and Rose are conjoined twins They each have their individual personalities, with their own likes and beliefs.The book is touched with their humor and their adoptive parents who were so selfless in their love and care for the Girls.Each chapter is filled with events in the Girls lives with parents and friends.It was a real page turner.

    13. I read this concurrently with Jane Hamilton s A Map of the World and, although they are completely different books, found the settings so powerfully similar that I kept getting the books confused The same kids detassling corn in the summer holidays, the same orange red carpet in the same early 19th century decrepit farmhouse, the same neighbors with tragically dead kids it wasn t a bad thing, it was just weird , as though I were reading two different news stories from the same local newspaper.An [...]

    14. I finished this astounding book a week ago and wanted to comment as to how the characters and their story have lingered The Girls is about Rose and Ruby twenty nine year old craniopagus twins Fused at the skulls with their heads facing slightly different directions, they have separate bodies The novel chronicles their attempt to forge ordinary lives despite extraordinary circumstances Lori Lansens excels at personifying their different personalities and their individual and collective reaction t [...]

    15. At first I liked the idea of including both sisters voices in the book It made for a nice structure, with Ruby blurting out the present while Rose plodding unveiled the past, and if Ruby hadn t been there to throw in some excitement, I think I would have left the book unfinished But having finished it, I think I would have enjoyed it if Ruby s contributions had been left out altogether.Rose is bogged down by trying to be a proper writer, and I found her musing about tone, theme, and narrative s [...]

    16. I never expected to like this book as much as I did I thought that I d probably get frustrated and maybe stop at 100 pages inN Was I wrong This book was fantastic Read like gossip and as though it was true The Girls is written as an autobiography but it s totally fiction A story of conjoined twins who try to live their lives in the most ordinary way as possible.Can you imagine being attached to your sister when she gets in trouble When you re mad at her When you are trying to plan a surprise bir [...]

    17. This is an intriguing look at what life would be like for two people with distinct personalities living inseparable lives My favorite quote from the book is regarding Aunt Lovey It was Aunt Lovey s belief that all ordinary people led extraordinary lives, but just didn t notice Think of how profound that is I think applies particularly well to the story of these girls Although they had a very unusual medical condition joined at the head from birth , Ruby and Rose led ordinary lives They lived on [...]

    18. I found this book while browsing through my public libraries download section I was looking for a book to try out on my new Nook LOVE my Nook I didn t really need a book i wanted to read it was just a learning exercise But this one look somewhat interesting so I gave it a try I can only say WOW I love love love this book I still have about 10 pages left to read and I am taking it really slow because I do not want it to end All of the characters are terrifically drawn Lansens description of the l [...]

    19. I was a bit slow to get into this book, but once Ruby s contributions began I was hooked I LOVED the side by side descriptions from each sister about the events of their life their often contradicting accounts were quite hilarious too This story is one of Love, Family, and overcoming adversity and I enjoyed it so much that I can confidently say this is one of my favourite books of my life thus far I thoroughly enjoyed Lori Lansens book A Mountain Story as well Her characters are very relatable a [...]

    20. Rose and Ruby are twin sisters Craniopagus sisters This is Rose s autobiography and Ruby s by default It is the story of their incredible lives that are so simply lived It is the story of their aunt and uncle again by default that raised them, and loved them, and loved each other I truly enjoyed the simplicity of their stories that showed compassion, compromise, longing, hope and forgiveness.

    21. This book I love love loved it It will stay with me for a long time Such fabulous and memorable characters Highly recommend.

    22. Though I hesitate to say that the content of The Girls will stay with me for years to come, the premise surely will, and that s definitely saying something A novel about conjoined twins in Northern Ontario, writing a joint memoir a written account of their lives, alternating voices and periods in time knowing that their death is imminent There s certainly a hook there While there are revelations along the way, both big and small, the novel has a calm composure to it Where most books have plot an [...]

    23. We ve been called many things freaks, horrors, monsters, devils, witches, retards, wonders, marvels To most, we re a curiosity In small town Leaford, where we live and work, we re just The Girls.Rose and Ruby Darlen are 29, and the world s oldest surviving craniopagus conjoined at the head twins When an aneurysm in Rose s brain provides the sisters with a deadline, Rose decides to finally write her autobiography, and although Ruby has never been interested in writing, she is cajoled into a penni [...]

    24. I was hesitant about reading this because it was something that a friend had recommended to me and not something that I would have chosen myself I was also not certain of exactly what it was initially i.e whether it was a true story there was no clue of plot etc I have to say that I found this book extremely muddled in structure as it just seemed to consist of anecdotes from each twin s life and so there was no overall plot and fatally no sense of direction Therefore it was difficult to continue [...]

    25. Who would have thought of writing a novel about Siamese twins Lori Lansens takes the unlikely premise of twin girls joined at the head and manages to create a well written novel so believable that I never once questioned its verisimilitude which is saying a lot for a detail oriented cynic like me Rose and Ruby are the world s oldest living craniopagus twins, joined at the skull Their lives are inevitably intertwined they can t even go to the bathroom alone and yet, they are fiercely separate and [...]

    26. Still have no idea in which language to review originally in English books that I read in French Sorry English friends C tait bon Honn tement, j tais pas s re de vouloir le lire je l ai achet sans trop regarder, dans une m ga vente de biblioth que, o j ai juste pris le temps de spotter Tiens, un livre d alto avant d acheter ce qui explique aussi la traduction parce que j ai z ro int r t pour les livres du style regardez la b te de cirque Mais justement, on tait loin de La Magnifique Et Terrible [...]

    27. Fiction The tale of two sisters, siamese twins, joined at the head Presented as a first person narrative, Rose and Ruby Darlen take turns writing their autobiography The book is mostly written by Rose, who fancies herself a writer and takes it all very seriously, determined to tell her life story in chronological order Ruby, on the other hand, doesn t see the point of an autobiography at all because technically it isn t an autobiography if there s two of you but she doesn t want her opinions lef [...]

    28. Ruby and Rose are identical twin girls born conjoined at the head Their birth mother flees from them after they are born, and they are taken in by the attending nurse, Lovey and her husband, Stash, a native Slovak The girls grow up in a small Canadian border town, and as they learn that they are dying, they decide to write their autobiography The story spans their growing up and their life together, as well as Lovey and Stash s lives together I really, really enjoyed this book, it was probably o [...]

    29. A brilliant portrait of two conjoined twins penning their autobiography, with two such distinct yet tentative voices The story of Rose and Ruby and their life with adoptive parents Stash and Lovey Darlen is a tale of ordinary small town life but also of this extraordinary pair of people who share a connection bordering on the mystical Joined at the head, they share a critical vein common to both their brains which connects them in every way Maybe their ability to read each other s mind and say t [...]

    30. I had heard interesting things about this book, and it s author, through the yearly book talk that local bookstore owner Laurie Greenwood gave at our yearly Teachers Convention I had added it to my to read list and then forgotten about it, but fortunately I came across it at a garage sale this summer for only 3 so I picked it up One would think that a story about conjoined twins growing up in southern Ontario would be rather dull or weird or both, but this was a fascinating book It is told in tw [...]

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