review À Double Act

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't all that bad When Garnet befriends some of their new classmates Ruby feels betrayed and stops speaking to Garnet Garnet misses her sister terribly but has to admit it's nice doing things on her own for a change Somehow the girls will have to find a way to maintain their special twin relationship without spending every minute of the day together It was a lovely sto Classics Devotional Bible relationship without spending every minute of the day together It was a lovely sto

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Ten year old Ruby and Garnet are identical twins who do everything together Especially since their mother died three years earlier They dress alike wear their hair the same and sit together in every class In fact everything about them is the same except their personalities Ruby is funny and outgoing Garnet is sensitive and shy Together they're the Oh what I will read Grandmother Moon read

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Perfect double act and that's just the way they like it Soon the twins' life is turned upside down Their dad has been spending a lot of time with his new friend Rose Ruby and Garnet can't stand Rose To make matters worse Dad and Rose buy a bookstore out in the country and the whole family moves Ruby hates their new school but Garnet thinks it isn This is a fantastic


10 thoughts on “Double Act

  1. says:

    My phone started updating just as I was proofreading my review which promptly disappeared so this is my second go and it's going to be brief now since I want to go to sleep I watched the TV movie version of Double Act last night and really enjoyed it so today I decided to reread the book Even after seeing the same story just hours ago I still absolutely love it Jacueline Wilson is one of my favourite authors and my copy of this is very loved


  2. says:

    A lot of people loved Double Act by Jacueline Wilson Regarded by many as being one of her better written titles it's still popular nearly twenty years after it was first publishedIn fact I've seen a lot of people lately clamouring for a seuel What' they ask happened to the twins afterwards?But as for me I don't want to know I'm not interested in a Double Act seuel for one perfectly good reasonRuby will probably end up deadAfter you've finished reading that sentence a few times and no you're not seeing things allow me to explain I always thought the point of Double Act was that the prospective step mother Rose is A Nice Person After All and that that was what the reader was supposed to discover along the way with the twins But upon reading it again as an adult I find out that I am WrongVery very wrongWilson is a genius of a kind very few have seen this generation Why this book didn't win the Pulitzer I will never know This is one of the great thrillers of the 20th century you just have to be an adult to see it Actually speaking as an adult it's much easier to see what a complete and utter piece of shit the father is too Richard no doubt named so for being a prize dick is one of the most selfish parents in the Wilson verse His form of selfishness is just a bit subtle than the likes of Sue from Diamond Girls or Tracy Beaker's mum CarlyThroughout the entire book it's clear that Richard is going through a sort of early onset mid life crisis From the beginning we learn that he spends his time filling the entire house with books knowing full well that his mother in law has arthritis and finds it hard to get around He brings a prospective girlfriend home without even bothering to discuss it with his daughters first daughters who traumatically lost their mother three years previously He then goes on to buy a shop not thinking to take his daughters to see it first or to even ask their opinion on a matter that has everything to do with them and will probably affect them the most If you weren't already in awe of his selfishness he even manages to dump his mother in law who spent the last three years raising his kids for him into sheltered accommodation AloneWhat a prick So what causes this change? Obviously Richard is entirely responsible for his own prickish behaviour but the catalyst is Rose his slightly dotty new lady friend who sells bric a brac That kind of says it all reallyIf Richard is one of Wilson's subtle crap parents Rose is an even subtler villain After gaining entry into Richard's life she proceeds to leave her mark on him by changing the way he dresses buying him crazy new clothes and throwing out his old ones She even starts to call him Rick a name no one has ever called him before and is done no doubt in order to feed into his mid life crisis Rose it's called 'enabling' and it doesn't helpPhase one of the plan is an immediate success as Richard is made redundant because of the ridiculous clothing Rose bought him which no doubt alerted the rest of the office loud and clear that this man was going through a mid life crisisNow that Richard is unemployed she's able to plant the idea of the bookshop into his head thus leading to phase two prising him away from the clutches of his mother in law She then isolates him in the countryside Not only that but as they both live and work at the shop together she can keep an eye on him all dayRose has already performed an amazing feat She's got her man defeated a powerful rival and dragged her prize into the wildernessIt would all be perfect if it weren't for those pesky twins After finding out that passive acceptance of their antics doesn't go very far in winning them over she uses her numerable wits to surmise that the best way to defeat them is to divide and conuer The twins have a row early on in the book and Rose tempts Garnet downstairs with a kids movie and chocolate She's no doubt figured out that Garnet is the weaker twin easily influenced and taken in However the twins make up and her plan is for now spoiledSo then fate throws her another chance and her Guardian newspaper has an advertisement for identical twin girls to audition for a TV show She leaves it lying on the kitchen table innocently knowing that Ruby in particular is likely to grab at it If the twins become TV actors they'll spend a good chunk of the summer holidays away filming which will act as a temporary measure until she figures out how to get rid of them permanentlyShe encourages them when Ruby announces her plan to go to the audition with Garnet only it is Richard who foils everything this time First he says he won't allow them to become actors incidentally not because he doesn't want his kids exposed to the cut throat world of showbiz but because he 'can't stand showy off child stars' which would no doubt deplete all his recently racked up street cred When the twins run off to the audition on their own he gets there just in time to put a spanner in the works DratBut finally Rose is rewarded for her patience And it is the girls themselves who rescue her plans from the abyss Hoist by their twin petardsAfter applying for a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school Garnet is accepted Ruby is not and the sisters' relationship is irrevocably altered Rose encourages Garnet to go from the very beginning knowing full well that she's stirring the pot between the sisters Once Garnet has left for Marnock Heights only Ruby remains The last we see of them Ruby and Rose have formed a truce in which Rose takes Ruby to a drama club on Saturday mornings while she goes shopping Things are left off here and for good reason; if Rose suggests palming Ruby off to a stage school even the self absorbed Richard may start to notice something There are only two choices left to Rose frame Ruby for murder and have her locked away in Borstal or just up and kill her As the first could lead to a revenge attack involving the twins switching places during a prison visit sometime in a blissfully unaware future the second option is tidier and ties up all loose ends After all Richard won't mind losing Ruby once he sees the new Harley Rose has bought him And hell he still has Garnet Twins are pretty much the same person anyway Like clones or somethingSo thank you Wilson for sparing us from a seuel that would be of truly grimdark proportions And once again allow me to salute your subtle genius that still books and books later goes almost completely undiscovered


  3. says:

    Oh what I will read in the chase for that elusive and dubious honour of having read all the BBC's Big Read books I have 13 to go If not for that I probably never would have discovered Jacueline Wilson I missed these books when I was young and they're not the sort of things I would have otherwise stumbled upon as an adultNote The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision hereIn the meantime you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook


  4. says:

    Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003Better than her other tripe but still a bit naff Full review to followBlog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Shop | Etsy


  5. says:

    This is a fantastic book It is about twins named Ruby and Garnet Ruby is uite bossy and confident while her sister Garnet is uiet and shy The twins' mother died when they were only 7 years old 3 years ago so they miss having a mother to go to when they are feeling sad One day their father meets a lady who is called Rose and she becomes the twins' step mother Ruby and Garnet end up moving with Rose and their father which neither of the twins is happy about but everything around them is changing maybe it would be better if they stopped being such a double act I really enjoyed this book and I would definitely recommend this book to readers aged 9


  6. says:

    I got this book as a Christmas present from my mother It was kind of a joke because I have a twin sister and my mother knows I like to read a lot It's a short book and uick to read so it was the first of the books I got this Christmas that I decided to read SPOILER ALERT This book was exactly what I expected it to be A fun story with and important theme about growing up and finding one's own identity I can imagine I would have liked it a lot when I was younger It still had some appeal mostly because it tells about twins and some of the thinks did apply very well to me and my sister as well Especially the beginning of the book was kind of funny The story in itself was ok It did have some parts that annoyed me like the girls sneaking out on their own in order to audition for a tv show But I get it's meant for younger readers so I didn't let it bother me Both Ruby and Garnet annoyed me in a way because some of their character traits were a bit too strong I get the point though because as the story progresses both girls seem to grow up and accept themselves as they are They also learn to see themselves as individuals instead of two halves of an entity This would be a good book for middle grade readers and especially for twins of course


  7. says:

    I love Jacueline Wilson books because they don't shy away from real life She gets deals with real things many kids go through on a daily basis in an easy to understand way and accessible way This book is about identity How to be yourself when you are considered by all even yourself to be inextricably part of a pair This is true for all relationships not just the identical twin stars of this book It also touches on a new member joining a family after a loss As an adult reader I was not only entertained but informed


  8. says:

    It was a lovely story about two twin sisters and their little adventures together Close to the end of the book the story took a big turn that was very sudden but it was very satisfying I would definitely recommend reading this book It's short and fun with a sweet message delivered to the reader


  9. says:

    I really enjoyed this book when I was going through my Jackie Wilson phase I think I perhaps read it four or five times throughout my childhood and early teenage years I also recall listening to the fantastic audio book on tape Ruby and Garnet are identical twins but couldn't be different They live with their dad and stepmother their own mum having died some time before Wilson is an expert at creating realistic characters and is probably the closest thing you can get to actual being inside a child's mind yourself Wilson tackles difficult topics that sadly affect a lot of children such as bereavement domestic abuse and divorce Somehow she manages to see these important issues through a child's eye Her own words could have easily been my own thoughts as a child I believe all young children and particularly girls should read Wilson's work One of my greatest memories of reading at a young age was curled up with one of her books next to a huge stack of her other books just waiting to be devoured


  10. says:

    Read when i was very young Was nice to read again


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