I never imagined a book like The Girls would ever exist. The Girls is the story of two twins, Rose and Ruby who are forever connected by their conjoined heads. They share a central vein making it impossible to be separated. When they learn that they are dying at age 29, they both find the need to write their life history for those that may remain. What results is a rich character study into the lives of two girls who would have lead a simple life expect for one exceptional difference.
The characters are well-developed and are very integral to the emotional feel of the book. The setting could be anywhere there is a small town. The overall tone of the book is a mixture of odd moments and learning to see the normal where most see a freak. The sadness over moments never experienced is trumped by life. The plot is moderate in pace and you go between each twin’s voice and story. 2005, 343 pages.