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There’s more than lies in a reflection… Amid secrets and rumours, follow twins Brittany and Charli Matthews as they fight inner demons, dividing them, in the hell that is high school. At a party, Brittany gets her first taste of popularity, but when another girl eyes the boy she likes, things take a few wrong turns. Whilst branding herself a loser, Brittany tries to keep There’s more than lies in a reflection… Amid secrets and rumours, follow twins Brittany and Charli Matthews as they fight inner demons, dividing them, in the hell that is high school. At a party, Brittany gets her first taste of popularity, but when another girl eyes the boy she likes, things take a few wrong turns. Whilst branding herself a loser, Brittany tries to keep her cool and joins the cheer squad and befriends the queen bees. Her obsession with her dream boy intensifies, but as they get closer, he seems to be holding secrets of his own. Brittany must decide whether popularity or the chance at love is what she really wants. But will she ever stop calling herself a loser and be happy in her own skin? When Charli is at a party, uninvited guests shake up the dynamics with her friends and cause her to doubt the boyfriend she trusted. Attempting to avoid the morons at school, Charli focuses on her studies, hoping to bring her dad home. But she overdoes it and loses who she is. Charli must drop her single-minded approach if she wants to keep her loved ones close. But that means deciding who to trust and who to push away. If Charli puts herself first, will she find where her true happiness lies? In A Mirror is a dramatic Australian beach read, the first book in a coming-of-age series, perfect for all lovers of contemporary young adult fiction. This book is your next guilty pleasure; full of teen angst, gushy romance, and tragic heartbreak.


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There’s more than lies in a reflection… Amid secrets and rumours, follow twins Brittany and Charli Matthews as they fight inner demons, dividing them, in the hell that is high school. At a party, Brittany gets her first taste of popularity, but when another girl eyes the boy she likes, things take a few wrong turns. Whilst branding herself a loser, Brittany tries to keep There’s more than lies in a reflection… Amid secrets and rumours, follow twins Brittany and Charli Matthews as they fight inner demons, dividing them, in the hell that is high school. At a party, Brittany gets her first taste of popularity, but when another girl eyes the boy she likes, things take a few wrong turns. Whilst branding herself a loser, Brittany tries to keep her cool and joins the cheer squad and befriends the queen bees. Her obsession with her dream boy intensifies, but as they get closer, he seems to be holding secrets of his own. Brittany must decide whether popularity or the chance at love is what she really wants. But will she ever stop calling herself a loser and be happy in her own skin? When Charli is at a party, uninvited guests shake up the dynamics with her friends and cause her to doubt the boyfriend she trusted. Attempting to avoid the morons at school, Charli focuses on her studies, hoping to bring her dad home. But she overdoes it and loses who she is. Charli must drop her single-minded approach if she wants to keep her loved ones close. But that means deciding who to trust and who to push away. If Charli puts herself first, will she find where her true happiness lies? In A Mirror is a dramatic Australian beach read, the first book in a coming-of-age series, perfect for all lovers of contemporary young adult fiction. This book is your next guilty pleasure; full of teen angst, gushy romance, and tragic heartbreak.

37 review for In A Mirror

  1. 5 out of 5

    Greg Watson

    In a Mirror by Emily Bourne is a well-crafted and believable novel in a high school setting. Whether those years are a recent memory or (like me) you are chronologically-advantaged, you will find the book to be a thoroughly enjoyable read. A social hierarchy is very much in evidence at the high school depicted in Emily's novel. Placement (or displacement) in the lunchroom determines a student's place within the school's popularity structure. In the story, students also face peer-pressures related In a Mirror by Emily Bourne is a well-crafted and believable novel in a high school setting. Whether those years are a recent memory or (like me) you are chronologically-advantaged, you will find the book to be a thoroughly enjoyable read. A social hierarchy is very much in evidence at the high school depicted in Emily's novel. Placement (or displacement) in the lunchroom determines a student's place within the school's popularity structure. In the story, students also face peer-pressures related to alcohol and sex. There is also academic pressure from parents, not to mention the stress of the sometimes messy lives of the parents, adding to the burden on the students. The novel shows how brutal school bullying can be. Individual students have the social power to ostracize someone. Social media, as shown in the story, can only add to the problem. The novel is a fun read, although it deals with many serious issues. Add it to your 2020 list. Buy one and give another to a friend.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emily Bourne

    So obviously I find this book a 5 star... I wrote it. Why would this book be for you? Do family relationships interest you? Are you more interested the more complicated those relationships become? Do you like history between your characters and diving into the lives of the secondary characters? Do you like drama, and OTT drah-mah? Do you find emotional conflict engrossing and want to cry, laugh, swoon and be angry at the one book? Do you love sweet high school romance that at an instant can turn So obviously I find this book a 5 star... I wrote it. Why would this book be for you? Do family relationships interest you? Are you more interested the more complicated those relationships become? Do you like history between your characters and diving into the lives of the secondary characters? Do you like drama, and OTT drah-mah? Do you find emotional conflict engrossing and want to cry, laugh, swoon and be angry at the one book? Do you love sweet high school romance that at an instant can turn dark? Are you ready to get drunk at a party with your favourite character and then begin to question what you love about them? Do you want to go into the book siding with one twin and then keep flip-flopping throughout the read about which twin you relate more heavily too? Are you ready to question every fibre of your being as to whether it's ok to like certain characters and wonder who exactly is lying to you, spreading rumours, and keeping secrets? If any of that floats your boat, give In A Mirror a read. :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Becca Smith

    I was lucky enough to get an ARC of ‘In a Mirror’ and I was seriously blown away. The book is full of so many layers from the relationships between the characters to the plot itself. I was hooked from page one and read the book in a couple of days (which is so rare for me! It usually takes me a couple of weeks to get through a book). One of the things I loved the most about ‘In a Mirror’ (without spoilers, of course) is the way Emily Bourne was able to make each twin girl distinct. Often times I was lucky enough to get an ARC of ‘In a Mirror’ and I was seriously blown away. The book is full of so many layers from the relationships between the characters to the plot itself. I was hooked from page one and read the book in a couple of days (which is so rare for me! It usually takes me a couple of weeks to get through a book). One of the things I loved the most about ‘In a Mirror’ (without spoilers, of course) is the way Emily Bourne was able to make each twin girl distinct. Often times when I’m watching TV or movies or reading books about twins, the focus is usually on their similarities rather than their differences. And what I love about ‘In a Mirror’ is the fact that Charli and Brittany are very different from each other. Yes, they’re twins, but they are, first and foremost, human beings with real issues and real problems, and they handle those issues differently. I LOVE that so much! And can I gush about Bryce for just a minute!! Gah! Such a beautiful and heart-breaking character!! I couldn’t get enough of him! But, honestly, all the characters are wonderful and each voice is its own. (And seriously, the awkward-teenage-embarrassing moments are not only relatable, but hysterical!! A perfectly well-rounded, exciting, amazing read! I highly recommend!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dahlia Burroughs

    “We look across at each other like reflections in a mirror.” I was given an ebook of In A Mirror from the author in exchange for an honest review. Young adults have it tough; deadlines are looming, they have to navigate social hierarchies, and, to top it off, they also have to find their place in the world. We tend to forget the trouble we went through at the same age because our lives have become hectic with jobs, family, financial difficulties, etc., but do you remember when you were in your “We look across at each other like reflections in a mirror.” I was given an ebook of In A Mirror from the author in exchange for an honest review. Young adults have it tough; deadlines are looming, they have to navigate social hierarchies, and, to top it off, they also have to find their place in the world. We tend to forget the trouble we went through at the same age because our lives have become hectic with jobs, family, financial difficulties, etc., but do you remember when you were in your mid-teens? The stresses of peer pressure when it comes to drinking, sex, and other potentially damaging behaviours are normal when you’re a young adult. The very notion has become a right-of-passage for some people. The older we get, the more we see the danger and warning signs. In A Mirror explores such themes in a mature and relatable fashion. Warning, In A Mirror contains scenes that could trigger readers: mental health disorders, eating disorders, binge-drinking, attempted rape, and drug use. In A Mirror is hard to read, but not for the reasons you might suspect. This coming-of-age story is relatable in the most confronting ways. The story is interspersed between twins Brittany and Charlotte Matthews; their parents are recently divorced, one is trying to find love and popularity, and the other is trying to find herself. They are, essentially, two halves of a whole. Brittany Matthews attempts to climb the social ladder with her best friend Meah and finds herself in the same dance class and, eventually, at the same table as the Chloe Benson. While this is one of the greatest moments in her life, a date with the cute, new boy Bryce Kerry makes her year. As growing pressure is placed on Brittany to become like Chloe, she loses sight of what she really wants and messes up her happiness. But can her mistakes be forgiven? Brittany is fun, bubbly, colourful, and sassy. She is also tremendously awkward: “I don’t notice my books are falling until they slide down my hips. My clammy hands can’t grip them, and SLAM, SLAM. I kick one notebook into a nearby bench, and stumble over the open textbook.” Charli Matthews just wants her father to return her texts. The divorce was rough, but she didn’t expect him to drop off the face of the Earth. With a moody tone, Charli tries to fit in where she can. She assumes she belongs with her two best friends--the lovable, bone-crushing hugger Kellie and the quiet, nose-stuck-in-a-book Reece. She is content around them, but something is always nagging at her mind. Is she truly happy? When her boyfriend, Travis, stops listening to her, who can she turn to? With her father back in town, but focusing his time and energy on his new family, and Kellie’s attention on a boy that just won’t behave, who can she turn to? More importantly, how far is she willing to go to make her father proud? Charli is alternative, neutral, and possessive. She is also put into a position that she can’t see a way out of. And she is also one of the strongest female characters in YA romance. (She may or may not be my favourite character…) “I’m so sick of everyone acting like morons to be popular. You want to make people feel like shit? Well, congratulations. You found the right people.” Even though In A Mirror centres around Brittany and Charli, every secondary character has an arc and their own plotlines. Notable characters include: Meah Watkins, Reece Watkins, Travis Watkins, Bryce Kerry, Julie Matthews, Shae Cooper, Kellie Saunders, and Bryce Kerry. I gave In A Mirror a 5-star rating for many reasons. In the early stages of rewriting the novel, Emily and I became friends and writing buddies, and I got to hear many snippets of the story. This built my anticipation like you wouldn’t believe. I am so happy to have been in contact with Emily during this time (and, really, forever) for the opportunity to see her brilliant mind at work. One of the biggest reasons I rated In A Mirror 5 stars is for the themes. They are not easy to tackle and most authors stumble when attempting to, but Emily writes the themes as if she has experienced them firsthand. While I cannot go into too much detail on this subject, I will do my best to outline what I mean: “If I had a boyfriend maybe that would change. Maybe I’d feel valued. Or accepted. Or even loved.” In A Mirror explores the problems that could occur when teens focus on finding a boyfriend or girlfriend, rather than seeing sense or logic. People are hurt throughout the novel because of rash, illogical decisions, and this is true to life. “Let’s hide with the smoker kids. I need to escape.” Various drug use, legal and illegal, occurs throughout the novel. While it seems innocent at the time, the effects of the using quickly surfaces. Teenagers are under tremendous stress, so when they want to escape to have a little fun or turn off their brain, they tend to turn to drugs. Emily wrote these scenes respectfully and realistically, whether they played an important role in the overall plot or acted merely as a subplot. “She is skilled at backhanded compliments, spinning rumours and listing your faults in front of a room of people.” Why would a teenager (or anyone) want to be friends with someone like this? Because they are at the top of the social hierarchy. Brittany and Charli’s involvement with Chloe & Co (as they are affectionately called by Brittany) varies, but their experiences are similar. The evilness and manipulation that follows is terrifying because it is so real. “I weigh myself morning and night...and after school...I am such a freaking heffer. People at this school must think I am such a fat cow...I barely eat lunch anymore.” The topic of weight is, unfortunately, very important in the media. Women and men are made to feel like they have to attain the “perfect body”. This is damaging because everybody is different, and some people may not be able to attain certain “perfect” attributes (thigh gap!). In A Mirror explores how this topic affects different people and what can come from this pressure. The theme of how the characters deal with stress is important throughout: overworking, binge-drinking, drug taking, undereating, overdressing, overeating, and promiscuity. And stress represents itself in various forms: insecurity, mistrust, and miscommunication. While I wish I could discuss more topics, I might give away spoilers and then you would already know what you were in for. In A Mirror is an important book for modern-day readers. Emily is a fantastic and highly skilled author, and certainly not one to miss. So, enough of the heavy talk. How about some light, airy moments? The friendship between Charli, Kellie, and Reece is thoroughly enjoyable to read. They are fun, complicated, and just trying to fill the cracks in the world they were born in. Kellie is the glue that holds everything together. She is Reece’s bodyguard and protector, she is Charli’s shoulder to cry on and confidant, but she is also feisty, strong, and passionate. If you are looking for a read with strong friendships, you will love this trio! Brittany is delightfully fun! She doesn’t need friends to create spectacular on-the-page moments, she is a spectacular moment all on her own. She is shy, clumsy, and adores the heck out of her boyfriend. Ohmigawd! She is the comedic relief of the novel (aside from the loud-mouthed Will Maclean) and her scenes will have you in stitches! While Shae and Preston don’t get a lot of page-time, they are the perfect additives to Charli’s life. When she doubts everything, they have her back (okay, sometimes Preston is pushy, but he means well!). Chloe & Co… Yikes, what can I say about this group? Madison is beautiful, I will forever love her amusing and friendly manner. Madison is cheeky as; I daresay she will have a few dedicated fans. Fiona is strange...she’s quite gorgeous! Her child-like manner is endearing and affectionate. Kimberley is the actual devil and that’s all I will say. And, finally, Chloe… She is also the devil, but less deliberately cruel. Where Kimberley loves to torment people, Chloe just likes to make people feel lesser than her. Chloe has her own problems (which I will not discuss here because of spoilers!) and she seems so wonderful in the beginning. I almost hate to badmouth her because of what she goes through, but she’s like the devil’s supervisor...she is the puppeteer to all the evil things that happen. In A Mirror is one hell of a book. It is sure to make a big impact upon release, so make sure you are right there with us! Emily’s Website: https://emilybourne.net/

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joel Barkus

    I really appreciated this book! It reminded me of a few other (now) classic Aussie novels which I read when I was in High School; books that I still love to this day. Let me start this review by stating that this is not my genre of choice. I came about this book via AuthorTube and becoming a fan of this book's author. When I saw that she was looking for Beta-Readers, I reached out to show my support to a fellow Aussie writer - a decision I'm glad I made. Three things I really like about this book I really appreciated this book! It reminded me of a few other (now) classic Aussie novels which I read when I was in High School; books that I still love to this day. Let me start this review by stating that this is not my genre of choice. I came about this book via AuthorTube and becoming a fan of this book's author. When I saw that she was looking for Beta-Readers, I reached out to show my support to a fellow Aussie writer - a decision I'm glad I made. Three things I really like about this book are: 1. The story structure: I didn't have a clear idea of what the end game was, but the story itself had high points and low points which drew me in. Every now and then something would flip the story and I loved the 'wait, did that really happen?' moments in it. 2. All of the characters were fun and dynamic: each had their own personable attributes which made them stand out, to be their own. The secondary characters changed and pro/digressed and you could love them in one chapter, then hate them the next. 3. The main characters are superbly written: what I appreciated most about this story is the two leads and the depth and nuance the author put into Brittany and Charli. They feel like real people, and as the story develops their backstory plays such a part to their current lives, and I don't see many writers utilising this as well as it's done here. This story, I could definitely see being developed onto the screen. Not a film, though, but more designed to a TV show. Overall, I highly recommend this book to all teenagers. I do think it should be in all High School Libraries, but I don't think they'd put it in schools because of (some of) the content within the story (albeit ironic considering this is a pretty bang-on representation of High School.) But, I do think there is some relevance in reading a coming of age story which depicts the pros and cons of both sides of High School life. I am intrigued as to where the story will go next, and I have offered to Beta-Read for the next book. Until then, I can only make certain predictions, but who knows where it might all lead. Thanks for taking the time to read this review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    This book sucked me in from the beginning. Brittany and Charli are such distinct people while still sharing the bond of being twins. The struggles they deal with, both in school and out, from cliques to dysfunctional parents, to dating. Bourne does not shy away from some of the darker issues that can come up in adolescence either, and she treats them with the seriousness and complexity they deserve.

  7. 5 out of 5

    T.B. Caine

    I’m biased because I know the author and we are friends so yeah I thought I’d just put my disclaimer there. I really liked this book even though it is more of a contemporary read than what I’m used to. It is VERY accurate to the experience of high school like so much so I could feel my gut clench during certain scenes. It is so accurate that I was actually surprised at the accuracy if that makes sense. (It is accurate so there is a bit of ED, body shape talk, racism, etc. It all is part of the I’m biased because I know the author and we are friends so yeah I thought I’d just put my disclaimer there. I really liked this book even though it is more of a contemporary read than what I’m used to. It is VERY accurate to the experience of high school like so much so I could feel my gut clench during certain scenes. It is so accurate that I was actually surprised at the accuracy if that makes sense. (It is accurate so there is a bit of ED, body shape talk, racism, etc. It all is part of the plot, but still you deserve to be warned ahead of time in case that might be a trigger)). I am like 99% sure I’m Team Charli, but I still love her sister too. The divorce drama stressed me out too because of how real it felt and oof there were some tough emotional scenes to get through. Still loved reading it though. My only “issues” were that the beginning might be seen as slow to people (again don’t read contemporary so that might be a normal pace). And the end speeds by months/weeks rapidly but it does make sense plot wise, it just felt weird to see time pass by so quickly if that makes sense.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joey Paul

    I picked this up as pre-order and have been dying to read it. The story was engaging from page one and I adored all the characters, though I did love Charli more than Brittany, both girls were so different from each other, and it was the kind of book you pick up and then never want to put it down. I was desperate to know what happened, and overall it was a definite 5 star read. Highly recommended and can't wait for the sequel and more books from this author!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anthezar Anthezar

    The characters are amazing in this story! They had depth and were more complex than what they appeared to be much of the time. Everyone had history. The story is written in the 1st person from the point of views of twin sisters, Brittany and Charli. I’m generally hesitant with multiple views in that style, but Emily Bourne NAILED it. SUPER nailed it! The sisters truly felt like individuals. It was so well written. If you’re looking for a fun read, then I would recommend this book. I enjoyed it The characters are amazing in this story! They had depth and were more complex than what they appeared to be much of the time. Everyone had history. The story is written in the 1st person from the point of views of twin sisters, Brittany and Charli. I’m generally hesitant with multiple views in that style, but Emily Bourne NAILED it. SUPER nailed it! The sisters truly felt like individuals. It was so well written. If you’re looking for a fun read, then I would recommend this book. I enjoyed it and I look forward to the next installment.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angela Anne

    I had the pleasure of beta reading this book and receiving an arc in exchange for an honest review. In a Mirror is a page turning, fun contemporary with tons of romance, drama, and Australian vibes. Seriously—the Australian vibes in this book are adorable and it’s refreshing change of setting. Brittany and Charli are both relatable characters struggling with everyday problems that bring me back to high school. I especially loved how my opinions of characters changed as they developed and grew I had the pleasure of beta reading this book and receiving an arc in exchange for an honest review. In a Mirror is a page turning, fun contemporary with tons of romance, drama, and Australian vibes. Seriously—the Australian vibes in this book are adorable and it’s refreshing change of setting. Brittany and Charli are both relatable characters struggling with everyday problems that bring me back to high school. I especially loved how my opinions of characters changed as they developed and grew throughout the book. The one reason why this book isn’t a five star rating is because some of the drama is more heightened and dramatic than I usually prefer from contemporaries. But if you like a lot of drama and character development, you’re in for a treat with this novel!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Moon Petrie

    In a Mirror strikes a remarkable balance between a light, fun, beachy high-school drama and a gut-wrenching and realistic portrayal of the struggles young women face as they approach adulthood. Each aspect serves as a counterpoint to the other, just as the perspectives of the twin narrators, Brittany and Charli, bring balance to the story. The two sisters, and indeed all the characters in the book, are extremely human: flawed, lovable, and complex, sometimes behaving unforgivably, but always In a Mirror strikes a remarkable balance between a light, fun, beachy high-school drama and a gut-wrenching and realistic portrayal of the struggles young women face as they approach adulthood. Each aspect serves as a counterpoint to the other, just as the perspectives of the twin narrators, Brittany and Charli, bring balance to the story. The two sisters, and indeed all the characters in the book, are extremely human: flawed, lovable, and complex, sometimes behaving unforgivably, but always eliciting the reader’s sympathy anyway. The difficulties Brittany and Charli face are so impactful because they are so relatable: the reader realizes that these are not melodrama but in fact distressingly common situations. Perhaps less important, but very fun for me, was the background of Australian culture. It was woven in so skillfully that I learned a great deal, especially unique slang, without ever being left to wonder what the author meant. I recommend In a Mirror to enthusiastic readers of YA contemporaries of all ages, and especially to twins or those who have twins in their lives, people who have faced parental divorce or blended families, people contemplating issues of consent, lovers of YA romance, anyone who loves to enter a world populated by believable teenagers (sometimes behaving badly) rather than airbrushed and whitewashed ones, and anyone who would love an Australian beach vacation but finds a book a more affordable option.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Timi Lee writer

    I am in love with this book, at the beginning it was a little slow because I couldn't bond with Brittany but from the second chapter, meeting Charli made this book one of my fav ones, now I love both girls, but my fav is Charli, I resonate with her more. Emily's writing style is amazing, she shows perfectly what's going on and feelings and thoughts the girls have regarding the given matter. I don't like YA as much as I did a few years ago, but this book hooked me and I enjoy it so much. I I am in love with this book, at the beginning it was a little slow because I couldn't bond with Brittany but from the second chapter, meeting Charli made this book one of my fav ones, now I love both girls, but my fav is Charli, I resonate with her more. Emily's writing style is amazing, she shows perfectly what's going on and feelings and thoughts the girls have regarding the given matter. I don't like YA as much as I did a few years ago, but this book hooked me and I enjoy it so much. I recommend it to everyone who loves high-school dramas and teenage intrigues.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bridie Blake

    Emily Bourne’s debut is a rollercoaster ride of teen drama and angst and I am here for it! Twins Brittany and Charli each bring a different voice to the story and you feel for the two girls as they struggle to find their place at school and in life. They each face different pressures and handle them in their own, very realistic way. One of the things I loved about this book, was the realistic way in which the characters, not just the two MC’s, but all characters behave, talk and react to what is Emily Bourne’s debut is a rollercoaster ride of teen drama and angst and I am here for it! Twins Brittany and Charli each bring a different voice to the story and you feel for the two girls as they struggle to find their place at school and in life. They each face different pressures and handle them in their own, very realistic way. One of the things I loved about this book, was the realistic way in which the characters, not just the two MC’s, but all characters behave, talk and react to what is happening around them. I felt like I’d been transported back to my own teen years and that’s a huge compliment to the author. The way Emily captured the teen life was perfect. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series and see where Brittany and Charli are heading on their path to adulthood!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Clark

    The best way to describe this book, is like looking into a mirror, and watching it SMASH everywhere, and having to pick up all the pieces in an emotional, rollercoaster, type of way. Brittany & Charli were so relatable that sometimes I had to pause to remind myself that no, I wasn't reading my teenage diary. So many funny moments, so many heart breaking moments. Emily captures sisterhood and friendship so well. This is the sort of book you want to read on a beach, drinking a nice cocktail. Or The best way to describe this book, is like looking into a mirror, and watching it SMASH everywhere, and having to pick up all the pieces in an emotional, rollercoaster, type of way. Brittany & Charli were so relatable that sometimes I had to pause to remind myself that no, I wasn't reading my teenage diary. So many funny moments, so many heart breaking moments. Emily captures sisterhood and friendship so well. This is the sort of book you want to read on a beach, drinking a nice cocktail. Or the type to read by the fire, with a hot chocolate, wishing you were reading it on the beach with a nice cocktail. Look forward to reading more :)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    I loved reading this book! The characters were so well written and relatable. I really felt everything that Brittany and Charli were going through because they are written in a way that makes readers care about them. I was invested in their journeys- when they laughed, I laughed. When their hearts hurt, mine hurt. This story kept me on edge, and I just had to keep reading until I reached the end. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves coming of age stories with romance and drama. I loved reading this book! The characters were so well written and relatable. I really felt everything that Brittany and Charli were going through because they are written in a way that makes readers care about them. I was invested in their journeys- when they laughed, I laughed. When their hearts hurt, mine hurt. This story kept me on edge, and I just had to keep reading until I reached the end. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves coming of age stories with romance and drama. I need book 2 like now!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I love this book, it transported me back to high school for good or bad. Brittany is 9th grade me, and Charli is 10th grade me. I related to them so much, as well as the side characters as they fought between staying true to themselves and trying to fit in with their friends. I love the development between the sisters and the arcs they went through. I can't wait to read the next one!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    I do not read YA contemporary, but I am so glad I read In a Mirror. Emily has done so much for me and my writing career through her Youtube channel, so I initially bought In a Mirror to support her, and I am so glad I did! The character voices for both Brittany and Charli are awesome. Especially in Brittany's chapters, I swear I could hear the Australian accent. It was also really interesting how different Brittany and Charli's voices are. Brittany's chapters seem a bit more informal and she I do not read YA contemporary, but I am so glad I read In a Mirror. Emily has done so much for me and my writing career through her Youtube channel, so I initially bought In a Mirror to support her, and I am so glad I did! The character voices for both Brittany and Charli are awesome. Especially in Brittany's chapters, I swear I could hear the Australian accent. It was also really interesting how different Brittany and Charli's voices are. Brittany's chapters seem a bit more informal and she tends to use a lot more slang while Charli's are more proper. While they are twins, they are definitely more "themselves" than "each other." And while I am talking about characters, can I just mention how amazing all the side characters are? Australia is a pretty diverse country, and I guess I never realized that too much before. Sophia having to work as a live-in maid to support her children back in the Philippines, Kimberly having been bullied for being aboriginal, even Chole is sympathetic. Personally, Reece was the character that I connected to the most. I am on the autistic spectrum myself, and autistic people almost never get actual representation in media. So, thank you, Emily, for including Reece! Oh and then another thing that is so random, but stood out to me: I love the symbol used in between scene breaks! ✽! It's so cute! Plus, one of my favourite bands uses it in their name- Anyway, In a Mirror is more than just a YA contemporary, it is an incredible book that faces mature themes that are all too often hidden away and brushed under the rug. The pressure kids face at school, bullying, popularity, dating, peer pressure, and so much more. Emily is currently working on book number 2 in the series and I can say for certain that I will be picking up a copy when it comes out!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bug

    I loved this book so much! I don't read a lot of contemporary or coming-of-age stories, but I'll definitely be continuing with this series as soon as they come out, I felt like I just couldn't get enough and I can't wait to see what comes next! I sped through the book and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. The plot was really interesting, the writing style was both cozy and funny, and I loved the Australian atmosphere. Every aspect of this book felt so well-crafted and was so I loved this book so much! I don't read a lot of contemporary or coming-of-age stories, but I'll definitely be continuing with this series as soon as they come out, I felt like I just couldn't get enough and I can't wait to see what comes next! I sped through the book and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. The plot was really interesting, the writing style was both cozy and funny, and I loved the Australian atmosphere. Every aspect of this book felt so well-crafted and was so enjoyable to read. But the strongest part was definitely the characters, they were what really made this story the page-turner that I became so obsessed with. Both narrators felt distinct and genuine, and I loved how different and similar the twins were, but even the minor characters were incredible. They were all so real and vivid, and they were the perfect balance of flawed and lovable. There were no characters that just felt like placeholders or just flat background characters, everyone had a personality and something that made them unique and interesting. Sometimes it felt like we didn't get quite enough of the side characters, because it felt like they all had such complete backstories and lives that we could only get a glimpse of so far, but I hope that we get more details as the series goes on. There were a lot of things that were hinted at and little tastes of things here and there, so I'm really eager to see how things expand in the rest of the series and what new things come to light. I can't get this story and the characters out of my head, and I keep wondering how everything turned out for everyone and how everyone ended up where they were. That's something that almost never happens with side characters, but they all feel so important and genuinely like every character was the star of their own story. Overall I highly recommend this book. But based off personal experience, maybe don't read it on break at work. I may or may not have been late from break a few times... But seriously, this book was such a fun ride and I'll definitely be picking up the next one as soon as it comes out!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Isabella Lynnwood

    I love this book and I think Emily Bourne did an amazing job of capturing the high school experience. Luckily for me, social media bullying was something that didn't affect anyone I knew. In a mirror reminds me of all the reasons I am glad I no longer attend high school but seeing things from the teen twin protagonists, Brittney and Charli, made me feel like a teen again. I can't wait for In a Haze to see where Britney and Charli find themselves next. I am trying to keep this spoiler free but I I love this book and I think Emily Bourne did an amazing job of capturing the high school experience. Luckily for me, social media bullying was something that didn't affect anyone I knew. In a mirror reminds me of all the reasons I am glad I no longer attend high school but seeing things from the teen twin protagonists, Brittney and Charli, made me feel like a teen again. I can't wait for In a Haze to see where Britney and Charli find themselves next. I am trying to keep this spoiler free but I like how sex and alcohol played a part in here because teens literally have to face this stuff and it's almost always overlooked in teen books.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tina

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  22. 5 out of 5

    MJ

  23. 5 out of 5

    Railee

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Williamson

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ray Burkett

  26. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

  27. 5 out of 5

    LF

  28. 5 out of 5

    Peggy Spencer

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Sampson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Helena

  31. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  32. 5 out of 5

    Ronak Ahmady Ahangar

  33. 4 out of 5

    Maiken Hansen

  34. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Passmore

  35. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

  36. 4 out of 5

    Kira Petty

  37. 4 out of 5

    Elke

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