Eyes in the Mirror

Title: Eyes in the Mirror
Author: Julia Mayer
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: August 1, 2011
paperback, 216
ISBN: 1402240406 (ISBN-13: 9781402240409)
Genre: YA
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Every teen girl fantasizes about having a double and best friend rolled into one-an alter ego with whom she can trade places, allowing her to disappear. Samara is a troubled and lonely adolescent, prone to cutting, who desperately craves both intimacy and escape from her unfulfilled life...until she meets her reflection, Dee, the seeming answer to all her problems.

My thoughts:
The concept of Eyes in the Mirror by Julia Mayer is really fascinating to me.  The idea that your reflection in the mirror is not a reflection but another person staring back at you from an alternate reality is curious but also frightening. I couldn't help but be intrigued by this book. 

Eyes is the Mirror is told from two points of view. The first is Samara. Samara is grief stricken over her mother's death. She's also a loner. Her relationship with her dad is basically non existent.  All this has resulted in her need to cut herself to feel anything. Samara doesn't think life will get any better until she meets her alter-ego, Dee.  Dee is the opposite of Samara. She's popular at school, she has a boyfriend and a good relationship with her mother. Dee seems to be everything that Samara is not. After attending a party where Dee over hears some pot heads talking about alternate universes, she decides that there might be something to their theory. So Dee decides to test it. Dee gets more than she bargained for. I really like the characters in this book.  Julia Mayer did a great job in creating Samara and Dee. My heart broke for Samara. She is in so much pain and my heart broke for her. Dee is like a breath of fresh air for Samara. She is everything that Samara wants to be.

The story line in this novel is compelling. Dee and Samara agree to switch places. As the saying goes, the grass is always greener in someone else's yard. Samara feels right at home in Dee's world. She even finds herself enjoying Dee's life. She even finds herself enjoying Dee's mom and boyfriend. Why would she want to go back to her old life? Things don't go so well for Dee in Samara's life. Dee discovers all sorts of things about Samara. Dee tries to help Samara with some of her problems including telling Samara's father about the cutting. Dee's efforts blow up in her face. I got wrapped up in this story line. Dee's part of the story is good but it was Samara's story that I was mostly interested in. Her journey throughout the book is inspiring for anyone who is hurting and feels lost. The way the author describes the grief, emptiness and loneliness that Samara experiences really created empathy in me for Samara. 

Overall I thought this book is good. It was a quick and easy read. The story is not that long at only a little over 200 pages. I did have some questions left unanswered and I felt the ending was a bit rushed. However for the most part this is a book I would recommend. I thought the author did an excellent job exploring what it would be like to have an alter ego. I also like the way that Julia Mayer deals with the difficult situations in this book. She doesn't ice over everything and give it an easy fix. She does a good job focusing on the struggle and the difficulty in making hard decisions. 

This book deals with cutting, it does have some sexual situations and strong language. 

My rating is 3.5

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*I received this book for review by sourcebooks. This in no way influenced my opinion.