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Both of Me

Regular Price: $16.99

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Format: Hardcover

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In this contemporary YA novel by award-winning author Jonathan Friesen, Clara has spurned attachments since a tragedy she blames herself for. Then she meets Elias, who lives half his life in an imagined world called Salem and who knows her secret. Clara sets out to learn what the Salem Elias knows—and finds herself falling for Elias’s other half.

It was supposed to be just another flight, another escape into a foreign place where she could forget her past, forget her attachments. Until Clara found herself seated next to an alluring boy named Elias Phinn—a boy who seems to know secrets she has barely been able to admit to herself for years.


When her carry-on bag is accidentally switched with Elias’s identical pack, Clara uses the luggage tag to track down her things. At that address she discovers there is not one Elias Phinn, but two: the odd, paranoid, artistic, and often angry Elias she met on the plane, who lives in an imaginary world of his own making called Salem; and the kind, sweet, and soon irresistible Elias who greets her at the door, and who has no recollection of ever meeting Clara at all. As she learns of Elias’s dissociative identity disorder, and finds herself quickly entangled in both of Elias’s lives, Clara makes a decision that could change all of them forever. She is going to find out what the Salem Elias knows about her past, and how, even if it means playing along with his otherworldly quest. And she is going to find a way to keep the gentle Elias she’s beginning to love from ever disappearing again.

Contributor(s) Jonathan Friesen
About the Contributor(s) Jonathan Friesen

Jonathan Friesen is an author, speaker, and youth writing coach from Mora, Minnesota. His first young adult novel, Jerk, California, received the ALA Schneider Award. When he’s not writing, speaking at schools, or teaching, Jonathan loves to travel and hang out with his wife and three kids.

UPC 025986731885
ISBN-10 0310731887
ISBN-13 9780310731887
Publish Date Dec 23, 2014
Weight (lbs) 1.1110
Height 8.75
Width 5.88
Length 256
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Blink
Price $16.99
Format Hardcover
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Jalynn
Overall Rating
This book was a little different for me. But as a reviewer I owe it to my readers to give them my best opinion. I felt bad for Clara because she thought in some small way she was helping the main character Elias with his dissociative identity disorder. This is a YA book centered around something that we don't hear a lot about these days, dissociative identity disorder.

Elias is the one that has the disorder and Clara met him by accident as a result of their bags getting mixed up on a plane ride. Clara is soon pulled into Elias' world and suddenly realizes that there are two Elias', and no I don't mean twins. She starts to have feelings for this man and that is only the beginning of her problems with this individual.

This book was a little hard to keep up with and frankly I felt like it was just too much for a teen to read about. The writing was done pretty well and I felt like the author was well researched but I felt like the disorder itself is a little too deep for young adults or even children as young as teens. Both characters are very strong and very deeply woven into the tapestry of the overall story.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. (Posted on 12/3/2015)

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