I Had A Pretend Sister

third TwinThe Third Twin by C.J. Omololu

Publication:  February 24th 2015 by Delacorte  

336 pages

When they were little, Lexi and her identical twin, Ava, made up a third sister, Alicia. If something broke? Alicia did it. Cookies got eaten? Alicia’s guilty. Alicia was always to blame for everything.

The game is all grown up now that the girls are seniors. They use Alicia as their cover to go out with boys who are hot but not exactly dating material. Boys they’d never, ever be with in real life.

Now one of the guys Alicia went out with has turned up dead, and Lexi wants to stop the game for good. As coincidences start piling up, Ava insists that if they follow the rules for being Alicia, everything will be fine. But when another boy is killed, the DNA evidence and surveillance photos point to only one suspect—Alicia. The girl who doesn’t exist.

As she runs from the cops, Lexi has to find the truth before another boy is murdered. Because either Ava is a killer . . . or Alicia is real.

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A Tale of Two Fake Sisters by Nemo

When I was a child, I had a best friend who, like me, was blonde and wore glasses. We were a little apart in grades, though, so we could never share a classroom.

One year we happened to be in classrooms next door to each other, so I would often wait for her at the end of the day so we could walk home together.

One day, completely innocently, a boy told my friend that her ‘sister’ was waiting for her.

It was an easy mistake to make. Like I said, we were both blonde-haired, blue-eyed white girls with glasses. (My eyes have since turned green and now my friend wears contacts lenses.)

From then on, we pretended we were half-sisters. Same mother, different father – this is mostly because people knew my dad as he helped out at school. This explained our different surnames, too.

We managed to fool quite a few people into thinking we were actually sisters. And it worked – although in reality I was the baby of my family, I was, and always have been, very protective of my friend. I was a pretty natural big sister. We never tried to lie to our teachers, but we always had each others’ backs in the playground.

The ruse lasted until I left for high school.

Although we never invented a third sister we blamed things on, I can see how easy it is to fool guileless people into believing something if you’re convincing enough.


“[An] original, riveting thriller.” — Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Made for You

“Delicious and deceptive, The Third Twin is a twisty-turny thrill ride! I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough!” –Kimberly Derting, author of the Body Finder series and The Taking

“A classic whodunit.”–Kirkus Reviews

CJCJ OMOLOLU is the author of the ALA-YALSA Quick Pick Dirty Little Secrets and several other YA novels. She loved to read but never thought to write until she discovered that the voices in her head often have interesting things to say. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two sons.

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About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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