Eyes in the Mirror by Julia Mayer

admin    September 21, 2011

So, is this cover freaky or is it just me?  I can’t decide if I like it or hate it.  It did catch my attention – which I guess is the point, right?

Review from VOYA:
When her mom falls into the broken pieces of a mirror as it shatters onto the floor, Dee does not know who to turn to for help.  She tracks down Jamie and blurts out the whole story to him.  She thinks the only way to get her mother out is to follow her into the mirror and bring her back.   She goes home, breaks the bathroom mirror, and falls into it.  She does not land as expected, but experiences colors more intensely as she struggles to get all the feeling back in her arms and legs before everything suddenly goes to black.  One step forward through the dark door takes her into a new world on the other side of the mirror.  There, Dee meets her own double, Samara, who is Dee’s alter ego with a life opposite Dee’s own.  Dee and Samara explore, switching places on either side of the mirror, swapping lives, relationships, and issues.   Dee discovers Samara has been cutting herself and tries to help by telling Samara’s dad the truth.  The girls experience life, love, loss, and loneliness through the eyes of their own reflected self in the mirror.

Alternative universes, cutting, teen pregnancy, and all the weight of adult responsibilities are all explored in this debut novel with the notably haunting cover.  Fans of science fiction will appreciate this intriguing teen pleasure read which offers fantasy, romance, and imagination.