Me Myself Milly

Me Myself Milly
Penny Bush
Reviewed by Helen Dugdale
Piccadilly Press
Fri, 22/02/2013
9781848122529
£6.99

Milly tells the story of ‘the incident’, something that happened last summer involving her twin sister, Lily, that has changed her life forever.

Milly tells her story through a mixture of narration and journal entries, building around the incident – which is mentioned but not explained until later on. It’s a way of gathering tension and suspense, but the story's pace suffers for it and it's difficult not to skip ahead a few chapters just to see what happened to Lily. The characters are well developed, likeable and believable, and the setting and the lives the characters inhabit are detailed and well thought-out. Milly’s mother – whose background we gradually learn of – could easily be developed into a separate story.

Lily is portrayed as strong, lively and almost self-centered, while Milly is slightly more timid and reserved. She is perceieved as living in the shadow of her slightly older twin, which the reader can tell she’s had enough of. But as the story develops Milly gets stronger, and is finally free to break away from her domineering sibling. A new school, new friends and the arrival of a new family from America and their 16-year-old-son takes Milly’s life in a new direction. Me Myself Milly is a dark and surprising story that makes you stop and dwell on what happens beneath the surface of apparently close families.

 

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