Ohh, I enjoyed this book SO MUCH.
“The world must not know about our freakery”.
Teva’s life seems normal: school, friends, boyfriend. But at home she hides an impossible secret. Eleven other Tevas.
Because once a year, Teva separates into two, leaving a younger version of herself stuck at the same age, in the same house…watching the new Teva live the life that she’d been living. But as her seventeeth birthday rolls around, Teva is determined not to let it happen again. She’s going to fight for her future. Even if that means fighting herself.
If you want to read a book that is utterly unique (and I mean UNIQUE) and really fascinating, pick up a copy of this. More of Me is unlike any other book I’ve read and I absolutely sailed through it.
Teva has to battle with the every-day problems of your typical teenager: struggling with school work, getting into a good college, making friends, and keeping her relationship on track. She even has to deal with arguments and tensions that come with a large family – pretty normal for someone whose family is not mostly duplications of herself.
The book keeps you gripped throughout as Teva searches not only for answers as to why she is afflicted with this appalling condition, but for ways to stop it happening again so that she doesn’t end up like her former selves: imprisoned in a house while the newest Teva gets to go out and life a normal life, for just one year. Sixteen-year-old Teva is determined to not let it happen again to her. She wants to keep hold of her life and keep going.
The brilliant thing about this book is that the author, Kathryn Evans, has managed to take such a unique concept – one that obviously took some amazing literary imagination to begin with – and make it completely believable. She’s also managed to imagine how this condition would affect a young girl and put it in such clear and poetic language so that by the end of it Teva has your heart in the palm of her hands. Even the language that describes Teva’s love for her boyfriend Ollie is beautifully unique in its style:
“Walking up to Ollie was like being pulled into his orbit of normal. He looked up and saw me, his face cracking into the widest smile…I couldn’t help but be lifted by it….
when he gently touched the tip of his nose to my nose; when he twined his fingers into mine, our hands palm to palm, and held me in his gaze…sometimes I thought he half powered my life.”
Teva’s mother has a difficult life: she has to look after, hide and protect all of the reincarnations of her daughter, at each different age of her life, and I can’t begin to imagine what it would be like inside her head. To begin with, it sometimes feels like she is distant or only thinking of herself; but it couldn’t be further from the truth and as the truth unfolds the reader realises just how strong the woman is and how much heartache and trauma she has had to suffer through. She is an inspiration of a female character.
Teva herself is a great character and what makes this book so brilliant is that, because each of her former selves has their own personality, we get to know her in every way that she has always been: the terrified little six-year-old, the nonchalant 14-year-old, the cheeky and overconfident 12 and 13-year-old and the fiery, dominant 15-year-old. No other book can quite show you the many personalities of one person all at once. It really is great writing.
The narrative flows easily, it outlines both the true dangers of today’s digital world and the dangers of a completely imagined and wacky scenario. For this reason, you HAVE to put it on your priority reading list for this year. I absolutely loved it.