The Girls

by Lori Lansens | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1844083667 Global Overview for this book
Registered by allbookedup of Wien Bezirk 21 - Floridsdorf, Wien Austria on 8/6/2007
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22 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by allbookedup from Wien Bezirk 21 - Floridsdorf, Wien Austria on Monday, August 06, 2007
Bought in Dublin, will start it on my flight home

Journal Entry 2 by allbookedup from Wien Bezirk 21 - Floridsdorf, Wien Austria on Tuesday, August 07, 2007
'I have never looked into my sister's eyes. I have never bathed alone. I have never stood in the grass at night and raised my arms to a beguiling moon. I've never used an aeroplane bathroom. Or worn a hat. Or been kissed like that...So many things I've never done, but oh, how I've been loved. And, if such things were to be, I'd live a thousand times as me, to be loved so exponentially'

In twenty-nine years, Rose Darlen has never spent a moment apart from her twin sister, Ruby. Joined at the head, 'The Girls' (as they are known in their small town) attempt to lead a normal life, but can't help being extraordinary. Now almost thirty, Rose and Ruby are on the verge of becoming the oldest living craniopagus twins in history, but they are remarkable for a lot more than their unusual sisterly bond.

Journal Entry 3 by allbookedup from Wien Bezirk 21 - Floridsdorf, Wien Austria on Thursday, August 09, 2007
I'm really glad I've read this book.
I know it's fiction, but there are of course some conjoined twins that we've seen on TV, like Lori and Reba Schappell (I googled "craniopagus twins", because I didn't remember their names). It is quite fascinating to read about their lives and you can only admire them, because their lives are certainly not easy.
Also I really liked that the book was not only written from one of the sisters' point of view, because how could it be the story of only ONE of them, when they obviously do everything together. There were some chapters written by Ruby, even though Rose was the one who wanted to write their memoir in the first place. There is also a big difference in writing styles and you notice how different their characters and interests really are and what huge compromises they have to make each day and how much they love each other.

A couple of lines I really liked and touched me:

I talked about the odds of publishing her book being slim. She said the odds of twin girls not completely dividing is about the slimmest you can get, but here we are.

Uncle Stash made an oversize rocking chair for us when we moved from the farm to the bungalow. The callous winters on the porch have warped the soft pine, but there's a comforting dip when you rock and a little bump when you rock back. The chair seems to whisper My girls, My girls, My girls, as it dips and bumps. The rocking chair makes Ruby drowsy. I feel the shift in her breathing and the heaviness of her body as her grip relaxes on my shoulder and she falls away from the world. The weight of wonder. The weight of worry. I hum some secret place into being, thinking of this other me, the one that only I can see, a girl called She, who is not We, a girl who I will never be.

And I can't find the exact page in the book right now, but there's a page where Rose says she kind of regrets not having done anything "heroic" in her life. Then later Ruby wrote something like "It's true that she's not going to find a cure for cancer or even help a kitty down from a tree, but she is my sister and I think that is heroic".

Journal Entry 4 by allbookedup from Wien Bezirk 21 - Floridsdorf, Wien Austria on Friday, August 10, 2007
I am organzing a bookring!

participants so far, tentative shipping order:

1. kayjay33 - CANADA (ship pref Canada)
2. rednumbertwo - CANADA (ship pref North America)
3. geishabird - CANADA (ship anywhere)
4. Annodyne - UK (ship pref UK/Europe)
5. lellie - UK (ship anywhere)
6. chambejd - USA (ship pref USA)
7. tiatia - USA (ship pref USA, int. if needed)
8. LadyKnightNiko - USA (ship pref USA)
9. carlissa - USA (ship pref USA)
10. acountkel - USA (ship US or Canada)
11. oi-reader - USA (ship anywhere)
12. StoryChaser - UK (ship Europe)

Journal Entry 5 by allbookedup from Wien Bezirk 21 - Floridsdorf, Wien Austria on Monday, August 13, 2007
Sending out to kayjay33 on August 16th, 2007.
I am excited to get this bookray started and I look forward to reading what you all think about the book.


- write a journal entry on receipt of the book so the person who sent you the book knows that the book arrived safe & sound

- write a journal entry if there is some delay, maybe you have a couple of bookrings at home at the same time, or you're busy, on vacation, whatever, please let me know, so I don't have to worry

- write a journal entry when you send the book on to the next person on the list


Journal Entry 6 by wingkayjay33wing from Langley, British Columbia Canada on Monday, August 27, 2007
The book arrived in my mailbox today. I couldn't resist dipping into it and even after only one chapter, I can tell that I will shed some tears over this book. Thank you Allbookedup for including me.
I am in the middle of a large mystery book but will put it aside for now and read this story first.

Journal Entry 7 by wingkayjay33wing from Langley, British Columbia Canada on Saturday, September 01, 2007
This is a sad sweet story of two girls who were born joined together at the head. The story is told with two voices, Rose who appears to be the dominent sister and Ruby who depends on Rose to carry her around on her hip because she also has club foot and did not develop properly.But often it seems that Ruby is the one making the decisions as to where they will go and what they will do even though Rose has to carry her there. There is also the love story of their adopted Uncle and Aunt who love them dearly.
In spite of all the problems of being joined and never being able to get away from each other except in sleep, there is so much love and caring between the two sisters , even though they both having such different interests and personalities.
One passage stays with me. As they returned from a trip to the Uncles homeland of Slovakia, Rose thought that everything should be different "But life had gone on,hugely and splendidly, without Ruby and me." I think that this sums up life for us all, and things will go on splendidly without us.

I will be sending the book on to the next member of the Bookray as soon as I get her address.

Journal Entry 8 by wingkayjay33wing at Canada Post Office in Langley, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, September 05, 2007

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This is a controlled release by Canada Post to the next member on this Bookray

Journal Entry 9 by rednumbertwo from Ottawa, Ontario Canada on Saturday, September 15, 2007
Oh man, I neglected to journal this when it arrived on Thursday, and now I'm done! I guess that tells you how compelling this story really is. It had been on my wishlist for a while, so I'm glad to have finally read it. What really impressed me wasn't just the love between the two sisters, and the stories and white lies they told each other to make their lives better. The whole family loved each other like that. It just seemed so poignant to me, and very real. I think the book answered some pretty typical (and personal) questions the reader might have about being a conjoined twin, but without being too obvious or crass. Things were revealed very subtly, and I liked that.

I have PMed the next reader in line, and hope to get this in the mail very soon.

Journal Entry 10 by rednumbertwo from Ottawa, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, September 18, 2007
In the mail to geishabird, and I even have a Canada Post tracking number: 0256 7570 0018 7312
Good luck little book!

Journal Entry 11 by geishabird from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Monday, September 24, 2007
Received; thank you! I have always been fascinated by conjoined twins and am really looking forward to reading this.

Journal Entry 12 by geishabird from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Monday, October 08, 2007
I could have finished this book a few days ago but to be honest, I resisted reading the last 30 pages or so because I hated the thought of ending it and kept postponing the inevitable (which is ironic; if you've read the book you'll probably see what I mean). This is just a lovely, wonderful, deeply moving book and I enjoyed it so much. I had tears in my eyes in several places. Trying not to gush too much in this journal entry, but I really loved reading this book. So many really skillful and subtle things happening all at once here; it's a real winner.

I have always found conjoined twins fascinating, as I mentioned in my earlier journal entry, and not just because they are an "oddity"; but because they really force us to think about the idea of the individual and how two people can be individuals but at the same time something else. For years I have followed the story of the Hensel twins, Brittany and Abigail; they are dicephalic twins, not craniopagus, and if you haven't yet made their acquaintance I suggest you read up on them. They are two extraordinary young women, and I wonder what they would make of this book.

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderfully moving book. I will be sending it on to Annodyne this week.

Journal Entry 13 by Annodyne from Sale, Cheshire United Kingdom on Monday, November 19, 2007
It's arrived! Many thanks to geishabird for sending it on and to allbookedup for making the book available as a bookring.

This must be a really good book to have inspired such positive journal entries, and I'm looking forward to reading it ;-)

Journal Entry 14 by Annodyne from Sale, Cheshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The Girls, the story of conjoined twins, as told separately by Rose and Ruby, is really about so much more than their own lives. Rose - literally - supports Ruby, who in her own way is a source of strength to her twin. In turn, they are nurtured and accepted by Aunt Lovey, Uncle Stash, and the small community where they have lived all their lives.

This could so easily have become sentimental and cloying, but never does: balance is achieved through the telling of the dark episodes of the visit to Slovakia, and the stark realities of living as a conjoined twin.

It is beautifully written, subtle and moving, and I loved the way that Rose and Ruby are given distinct and very different voices. Some tantalising threads are left hanging, as they are in life, and I think Lori Lansen is right not to attempt to tie them all up.

I absolutely loved this book, and am really sad to have reached the last page, and have no more to read. To quote Uncle Stash - people do not finish, they just stop. Good books don't finish either, and this is going to stay with me for a long time to come.

I'm going to post the book to lellie next week.

Edited 31/11/07 to add that I'm going to the Post Office today, and will be sending this on its way.

Journal Entry 15 by winglelliewing from Trimley St Mary, Suffolk United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Safe and sound in a very wet and windy Suffolk. I'd fotgotten about this ring but I'm glad it's here as it arrived at exactly the right time, I finished my last ting last night and I can start on this right away.

Thanks everyone for passing it on.

Journal Entry 16 by winglelliewing from Trimley St Mary, Suffolk United Kingdom on Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Finally finished has taken me AGES.

I often have this problem in December. It's such a busy month both at work and home that I hardly have time for reading. I don't beleive the peicemeal way I read this lovely book did it justice.

Beautifully written and very moving, also at times surprisingly funny.
Thank you everyone for passing this on, I only wish it had arrived at a different time and I could have read it more quickly.
I have chambejd's address so I will parcel this up now and get it in the post toworrow as soon as the Post Office opens.

Journal Entry 17 by chambejd from Millbury, Massachusetts USA on Friday, January 18, 2008
It arrived today!! I'll read it soon. Thanks!

Journal Entry 18 by chambejd from Millbury, Massachusetts USA on Thursday, February 07, 2008
This is a great book! I really, really enjoyed reading it. I loved reading about their lives and experiences and felt like I really got to know Ruby and Rose. I highly recommend this book!

ETA: This is being mailed to tiatia on 2/8/08.

Journal Entry 19 by tiatia from Fredericksburg, Virginia USA on Tuesday, February 19, 2008
FASCINATING. The thoughful perceptions and character building would have been a fabulous writing. Add that to the subject matter and it was one of my better reads. I read it the weekend after I got it and time just flew. I especially liked the endearment of Lovey and Stash. I am not sure I will ever hear the word "You" without thinking of them. Thank you for starting the bookring. will ship off as soon as I get an address for the next in line.

Journal Entry 20 by LadyKnightNiko from Liberty Township, Ohio USA on Tuesday, February 26, 2008
This was waiting in my mailbox today- thanks for sending it to me! I'll read it as soon as I finish the other book I am reading. :)

Journal Entry 21 by LadyKnightNiko from Liberty Township, Ohio USA on Saturday, March 01, 2008
WOW! What a haunting story! I loved how the author strived to keep it as real as possible- particularly at the end. (I would elaborate, but I would hate to spoil the story for the readers after me.) The best part of the whole story, however, was the whole romance of Lovey and Stash. Like tiatia said before me, it will be impossible to hear the word "you" without thinking of them.

This is definately one of the better books I have read this year- thanks so much for sharing it with me! I have Carlissa's address, and will run it to the post office on monday.

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On to carlissa!

Journal Entry 23 by carlissa from Gainesville, Florida USA on Monday, March 10, 2008
Just picked this up at the post office today! I received 2 bookrings today, but the other bookring is an audio, so I should be able to get to this one soon.

Journal Entry 24 by carlissa from Gainesville, Florida USA on Saturday, March 29, 2008
I read the first few chapters, but I really could not get into this book. I'm not sure what it was about it, but I just couldn't seem to concentrate when I tried to read it.

I will be mailing The Girls off today to the next person on the list.

Journal Entry 25 by acountkel from Charlotte, North Carolina USA on Monday, March 31, 2008
Caught today.
I have some rings in front of this one but I will get to it soon!
Thank you for including me.
It sounds interesting!!

Journal Entry 26 by acountkel from Charlotte, North Carolina USA on Wednesday, April 30, 2008
I am going to need a little more time to read this book.
I got behind on other rings.
So, sorry.
I really want to read this.
I just need a little while longer

Journal Entry 27 by acountkel from Charlotte, North Carolina USA on Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I definitely have mixed feelings about this book. First of all, I found the idea ingenius. To write about conjoined twins who decide to write about their life is so interesting to me! Ruby and Rose are craniopagus conjoined twins that are born in Canada during a tornado. The mother doesn’t want to keep them so a nurse from the hospital, Nurse Darlen aka Aunt Lovey, adopts them with her husband Stash. The author did an excellent job describing the twins thoughts, feelings and physical characteristics. They almost seem real to me. The setting was unique. I have not read many books that take place in Canada and I enjoyed this. The story line was compelling and kept my attention. The biggest disappointment was the ending. I was expecting more of a climax, a more dramatic ending. The ending was distinctive but I felt unsettled when I finally closed the book. I am really glad I read this and I do recommend, it just didn’t end the way I expected it to.

Thank you for including me in this ring!
The next 2 readers have asked to be skipped so, per the organizer's wishes,
I am going to try and see if there is anyone interested in continuing this ring.
Same rules apply from above

1-dabercro-Utah-US Only Shipping
2-classicfox-Ohio-US Only Shipping
3-hopi100-Virginia-will ship anywhere
5-turnpages-UK--Ship in Europe Only
6-Midlifecrisis-UK--Prefer Europe Shipping
7-Icila-France--Will ship Int'l
8-frangelle-UK-Prefer Shipping in Europe
9-tootshelling-Germany---will ship anywhere----------book is on the way here!
10-Wandering-B-Hong Kong--Will ship Int'l
11-sunfi-Ohio--Will ship Int'l

Journal Entry 28 by dabercro from Clinton, Utah USA on Monday, June 02, 2008
The book arrived in the mail today. I should be able to start this by the end of the week. After reading the other journal entries, I'm looking forward to reading this book.

Journal Entry 29 by dabercro from Clinton, Utah USA on Wednesday, June 11, 2008
WHAT A GREAT READ! The characters seemed so real that I had to keep reminding myself that they were ficitional. As I was reading this book I kept thinking what would it be like to never be able to be alone or have any privacy. That would be so hard for me. Also, to have to consider someone else and their wants and needs in everything you do. I guess maybe you wouldn't miss something you never experienced.

Thanks acountkel for organizing this ring.

The book is on its way to classicfox in OH today. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 30 by classicfox on Tuesday, June 17, 2008
This arrived safely today! I'm starting it immediately. Thanks for including me, acountkel and for sending it my way, dabercro!

Journal Entry 31 by classicfox on Thursday, June 19, 2008
To let everyone know, my computer died today :( I am temporarily using my neighbor's to type this but this will only be once. I've started the book and have hopi100's addy, so the book will be sent on as soon as I read it, but I won't be able to make a JE that I've sent it or what I thought of it. But so far I like it a lot. Happy reading everyone and keep your fingers crossed regarding my puter woes!

Journal Entry 32 by classicfox on Thursday, June 26, 2008
I was able to sneak in here for a short while, using my friend's computer. Mailed this today via first class to hopi100. I loved this book and was mesmerized from the start. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 33 by hopi100 from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Sunday, June 29, 2008
This arrived yesterday -- thanks so much! I can't wait to get started!

(And get well soon, classicfox's computer! :))

Journal Entry 34 by hopi100 from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Friday, August 01, 2008
I loved this book!!! Lori Lansens paints a wonderful tale of the lives of Rose and Ruby, and within just a few pages I found myself immersed in their life stories. I would highly recommend this book to others. It was just so beautiful, so poignant, and so ... real, even though it was fiction.

Thanks so much for sharing this! I'll be posting it on GingerWhinger within the next week (I walk to and from work, so I have to wait for a rainless day to bring a book along! :)). I'll journal when it's in the mail. Thanks again!

ETA (8/7): This will be going out tomorrow! :)

Journal Entry 35 by GingerWhinger on Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Thanks Hopi100 it arrived today.
What well travelled book.

Having read all the journal enries I cant wait to start it.
Will try to put mini-whinger to bed earlier tonight!!

Journal Entry 36 by GingerWhinger on Saturday, August 30, 2008
Firstly thanks acountkel (and allbookedup) for starting this ring off - my very first!!

This was indeed an emotional yet subtle story that I really enjoyed.
Its been journalled so much its hard to find something more original to write!!

It will be heading off to Turnpages early next week

Journal Entry 37 by turnpages from Faversham, Kent United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Thank you for the ring and thank you for sending the book.
It arrived safely.

Sorry that I haven't yet journalled the book. The reason is that I haven't actually read the book, yet. A couple of days after I'd got sent the ring another bookcrosser surprised me by sending me a copy of "The Girls" to keep! As I didn't want to hold back the ring I decided to send it on unread, as I've got my own copy now. Once I've read the book, I'll add my comments here, too...

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Sent on to the next reader...

Journal Entry 39 by Midlifecrisis from St. Austell, Cornwall United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Safely received - thank you. Will journal again when I have read.

Journal Entry 40 by Midlifecrisis from St. Austell, Cornwall United Kingdom on Saturday, September 20, 2008
I'm afraid I did not enjoy this one as much as I think it probably deserved. This was in part because I found the dual narrative and time changes quite hard to adapt to, and partly I confess because I tried to read it quickly before I went on holiday. I was also expecting it to be a biography rather than a novel. All in all I did not really give it the time I should have and the loss is probably mine. Nevertheless a good read and I am grateful for the chance to have tried it. I am pm'ing the next person for their address and assuming I get a reply will post this on as soon as I return from holiday next weekend.

Journal Entry 41 by Midlifecrisis from St. Austell, Cornwall United Kingdom on Thursday, October 02, 2008
Being posted today.

Journal Entry 42 by wingIcilawing from Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Saturday, October 04, 2008
The postwoman just delivered it to me.

Merci Midlifecrisis, tu écris très bien en français. Ce serait une très bonne idée de prendre des vacances en France... et de venir nous parler sur le french forum. ;)

Journal Entry 43 by wingIcilawing from Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Monday, October 27, 2008
I really enjoyed it and the chapters by Ruby arriving unexptected are reinforcing the story.

Thanks for sharing !

PMing frangelle

13/11 : on its way to UK

Journal Entry 44 by turnpages from Faversham, Kent United Kingdom on Sunday, March 29, 2009
I have now read the book and as promised I am writing a journal entry here.

This is a remarkable story about craniopagus twins, who become so real that they are no longer fictional characters but people with strong feelings. I identified with both twins and not once did I feel they were strange, anormal or people you would have to feel pity for. An outstanding read!

Journal Entry 45 by frangelle on Sunday, July 12, 2009
Sorry did not realise it hadn't been journalled, have nearly finished and am pming tootshelling for her address, sorry for the delay x

Journal Entry 46 by frangelle on Monday, July 20, 2009
No reply, will pm again. If still no response will send to next person x

Journal Entry 47 by frangelle on Saturday, August 08, 2009
Asked to be skipped so on it's way to Wandering B, enjoy xxx

Journal Entry 48 by wandering-B from Tai Po, New Territories Hong Kong on Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Received in yesterday's post - thanks to all for sharing. I may be a little while getting to this one as I have yet to catch up on the books which arrived while I was on holiday. I will do my best to get to it quickly. Thanks again.

Journal Entry 49 by wandering-B from Tai Po, New Territories Hong Kong on Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Enjoyed this one - I particularly enjoyed seeing the story through both girls viewpoint. I found this thought provoking:

"People don't finish, Rose. People stop. To finish is to say, okay, now it's right, never I'm going to change it. To stop is to say okay, it's not perfect, but I have to go to something else."

Mailing off today, 10 November, to the next reader. Thanks again for sharing.

Journal Entry 50 by sunfi from Alexandria, Virginia USA on Monday, November 23, 2009
Just caught in Ohio, I have a number of other rings/rays ahead of this one but I'll get to it as soon as I can. I keep my profile updated on weekly basis so you can see how close this one is to the top. Thanks for sending this to me wandering-b and including me accountkel.

Update 5/15/10

This seems to be the story of conjoined twins, I wasn't able get into it though. The story seemed slow and it just didn't hold my interest. I'm passing it forward to ksreader as a RABCK and ask that she consider passing it onto another bookcrosser once she finishes it.

Journal Entry 51 by sunfi at -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, Ohio USA on Saturday, May 15, 2010

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Sent off to ksreader, it should arrive in the next couple of weeks. Happy Travels!

Journal Entry 52 by ksreader at Frontenac, Kansas USA on Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Received as a Wish List RABCK- thank you!!! It's exciting to see that this book has traveled to meet so many other Bookcrossing members. I hope to do the same some day!

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