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More of Me by Kathryn Evans

Review by Ellen

more-of-me-imageImagine painfully breaking free from your body every birthday, leaving behind a living version of your former self. This is reality for 16-year-old Teva, but a reality that she must keep under lock and key. At school she is the only child of divorced parents, living with just her mother in a large, creepy house. But at home she is the oldest of 12 children, 11 of whom are locked inside away from the world’s prying eyes. The other girls are Teva’s younger selves and they are all deeply resentful that Teva has stolen their life on the outside. Especially Fifteen, whose only goal in life now is to take her boyfriend back from the new Teva.

Teva, 16-year-old Teva that is – the narrator of the novel – has everything; best friend Maddie, boyfriend Ollie, school and freedom. But in just a year she will lose it all and her life will shrink to the size of the house, forever. Everything Teva works for, her friendships, her school projects and her university plans, will go to the new Teva. Forced to forsake even her name, she’ll become Sixteen and that’ll be it, life over.

Desperately questioning her purpose and her sanity, the status quo is not an option. And that’s all I can say without spoiling the suspense.

The story does leave some questions unanswered; if Teva’s younger selves stop aging does this mean they live forever? It’s not exactly a plot hole but it does leave me wondering as the issue isn’t even mentioned. Leaving this aside, however, it’s a fascinating concept, well told, with plenty of twists and turns, and all revealed at a snappy pace.

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