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We're calling the twins and doppelgängers in our lives and giving them book recommendations to order from their local independent bookstores – and to check out digitally from their library’s e-book collection. Here are some of our favorites!

 

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

We love a good tale of mistaken identity and The Princess and the Fangirl is one of our favorites. When movie star Jessica Stone gets mixed up with Starfield fan Imogen Lovelace, it sets off a series of events that neither girl sees coming, one that changes the entire fate of the Starfield franchise. It’s a riff on The Prince and the Pauper that takes us on a mistaken identity adventure through a fictional comic con. But that’s not all! It also sucks us right into a sci-fi fantasy series with such an incredible wealth of media – a book series, a television series, two movies! – that by the time you’ve finished The Princess and the Fangirl, you’ll be wishing Starfield was real too.

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Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was the king of mistaken identity and siblings turned doppelgängers, so it’s not surprising that he’s showing up on our list here. Twelfth Night is our absolute favorite in this vein. When a shipwreck off the coast of Illyria separates Viola and Sebastian – both believing the other to be dead – Viola finds herself disguising herself in men’s clothes and taking on the name Cesario for her own safety. What follows is a rom com for the ages, the same play that inspired the classic Amada Bynes-Channing Tatum movie She’s the Man. Yes, you can thank Shakespeare for that delightful early 2000s gem.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

One of our favorite young adult novels of all time is Fangirl and the dynamic between Cath and Wren is so incredibly wonderful. While these two couldn’t be more identical in appearance, their personalities are so different that there’s no way they could ever be mistaken for each other. We love the attention to detail that Rainbow Rowell put into this novel, right down to the way each of these characters deals with the anxiety of starting college – and the anxiety of being a teenager living with anxiety.

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Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

While fraternal twins Rabbit and Alice Hatmaker couldn’t be more different – in appearance, in personality, in musical instrument of choice – we’re still counting them in our roundup. Because there’s no character we love more than Rabbit Hatmaker! He’s a quiet bassoonist who loves music more than almost anything. But that doesn’t mean he’s not navigating his own coming of age – and his relationship with his loud and popular vocalist sister Alice. But here’s one thing these twins do have in common: they never thought their trip to the Statewide festival would be so, um, haunting.

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Danielle Mohlman

Danielle Mohlman is a playwright, bookworm, and library connoisseur. You can find her on Twitter and Tumblr. (She has a lot to say.) And on Instagram. (She never foodstagrams.) When she grows up, she wants to be Leslie Knope.

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