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Tandem: Many-Worlds #1    by Anna Jarzab order for
by Anna Jarzab
Order:  USA  Can
Delacorte, 2013 (2013)
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* * *   Reviewed by Jessica Maguire

This first installment of the Many Worlds trilogy finds sixteen year old Sasha believing that she is an average teenager. Raised by her grandfather since she was a child and leading a quiet life, Sasha is shocked when her crush, Grant, asks her to the prom and even more so when her grandfather allows her to go. But the prom is where Sasha's normal teenage life ends.

Living with her physicist grandfather, Sasha is used to his theories about parallel universes. What she never anticipated is that alternate universes not only exist but she is also kidnapped and taken to one. To further complicate the situation, she finds that she even has an analog, a version of herself, living in this other world!

Sasha's analog, Juliana, who just happens to be a princess, has disappeared right before her nuptials and Sasha must pose as the princess until Juliana is found. If Sasha is successful in fooling the masses that she is, indeed, the princess, she is told she will be sent home to her world. If not, she will be stuck in a life that does not belong to her, in a world she does not belong in, being a person she really is not.

Throwing in a little love interest complicates this complex literary labyrinth even more. Sasha becomes torn between two men she cares deeply for; yet neither is from her world.

Will Sasha succeed in pretending to be her analog? Will she be sent back to the universe to which she belongs? And what of her two young men? To find out you'll definitely want to pick up this gripping novel, the best I have read all year, for readers aged twelve and up. Happy reading!

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