Coping with Chloe
Anna and Chloe are twins. They share everything. Even Chloe’s terrible accident hasn’t split them apart. But Anna is beginning to realise that being inseparable isn’t always easy. Especially when no one else seems to understand that Chloe isn’t really gone; no one apart from the dashing Joe that is. – REVIEWS – “I loved this book. I read it in two sittings as I was so keen to keep racing on to the end. Beautifully written. Emotional and moving, but real as well. It’s hard to say too much without giving the whole thing away, but I loved the fact that the author doesn’t definitively say that there is or isn’t something a bit out of the ordinary going on. That much is up to the reader.The subject is handled with such a light touch, it’s hard to do anything other than ride along with the story till you get to its very satisfying end. I’d recommend Coping with Chloe for tweens and young teens, and certainly for anyone going through the issues raised in the book.” — Liz Kessler, AUTHOR. “Such an unusual piece – and in the end I felt it was dead-on psychologically. It’s a superb book. Once I got about 10 pages in, I couldn’t put it down. I hope it receives the acclaim it deserves.” — Donna Jo Napoli, CHILDREN’S AUTHOR. “A beautifully written YA novel about coping with the death of a twin. I was fighting off tears at about six different points in this book despite it being reasonably short at around 200 pages. Warren captures the desolation of a child after a sibling’s death perfectly, leaving the reader to decide whether Chloe is ‘really’ there or whether she’s a manifestation of her twin’s grief.There are also other fairly major issues involved in the novel, including child abuse, bullying, and parental separation, but Warren handles these all deftly and has enough lightness of touch to mean that while it’s always a really emotional read, she manages to stop things from ever getting too overwhelmingly bad.I loved the character of Anna in particular – but also had a soft spot for Miss Tough – and found her parents incredibly realistic, if phenomenally annoying. Warren also does a great job of capturing the nastiness of bully Lisa and her hangers-on, and readers will be desperate to see her get her well-deserved comeuppance.This has established Warren as an author I’m keen to read more of in the future and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to young teen readers, but it’s an original enough idea and execution that people several years older than the characters here will still enjoy it. While the subject matter of a girl trying to cope with her twin sister’s death makes this a seriously difficult read at times, Warren’s book is so well written you’ll be hooked.” — Robert James, THE BOOKBAG. “Coping with Chloe is an unusual examination of the grieving process and as Anna tells her version, it is up to the reader to decide whether this is a tale of the supernatural or that Chloe is a figment of Anna’s imagination, her way of coping with loss. Both ways work. This is a well constructed book, the characters are well drawn and totally believable and Anna is a likeable narrator. Overall, an original book which will appeal to readers of all ages over twelve.” — Audrey Baker, THE SCHOOL LIBRARIAN. “When Chloe is killed in a horrible accident, she comes to ‘live’ in her sister Anna’s body, sharing everything with her just like she always did. Only new boy Joe seems to know Chloe is there and even chooses to kiss Chloe …how can Anna bear this?This sounds like a strange story but it is a really good book. At the beginning you think it is about just one of the twin girls, but then their ‘lives’ come together in the middle. It made me wonder what it would be like to be a twin. It is definitely a book for girls!”Blessing Adogame, TEEN TITLES MAGAZINE”For a touching story about loss and real-life issues, told with a light, yet realistic touch, I thoroughly recommend this book but if, like me, you particularly enjoy original, quirky stories that ask questions and are open to interpretation and make you wonder…well, I highly-recommend this.” — Tracy Bains, TALL TALES & SHORT STORIES.
Rosalie Warren – Phoenix Yard Books