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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (17 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755350626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755350629
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 4 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julie Cohen grew up in the mountains of western Maine, USA, and wrote stories from an early age, most of them involving rock stars or magic. After taking an honours degree in English from Brown University, she moved to the United Kingdom, where she spent three years researching fairies in Victorian children's literature. As this had very few practical applications, she became a secondary school English teacher, writing novels in the evenings and in the school holidays. She currrently writes full time and lives in Berkshire with her husband, son and about a million guitars.

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Heartbreaking and hilarious, Julie Cohen's sensational new novel marks the launch of a dazzling new talent

About the Author

Julie Cohen studied at Brown University, earning a summa cum laude degree with honours in English. She moved to the UK in 1992 to pursue a postgraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Reading and currently teaches English at secondary level. She lives with her husband and son in Berkshire.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dot on 23 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Firstly let me say that the cover to this book is lovely, several people have commented on it when it has been spotted lying around my house.
The story focuses mainly on Liza Haven as she returns to Stoneguard but we do gradually get to know Lee too as the odd chapter details what she is up to while Liza is trying to juggle everything and fool everyone into thinking she is her perfect twin sister. It seems that both sisters are running away from certain things and the book deals with what they are afraid of and whether the answer to their problems is to simply return home.
it was really interesting to see Liza pretending to be her sister, she learns more about herself and the person she wants to be by stepping into her twin sister's shoes. The only person that Liza can't fool is her mother who has appeared to favour Lee over Liza for their whole lives. Liza's mother has Alzheimers and I think that Julie Cohen dealt with this issue so well. The author describes the day to day struggles and challenges of caring for somebody with this condition.
There is an element of romance to this book too, Liza finds herself attracted to Will Naughton, the local aristocrat but she tries to keep her distance as she knows that it would be the ultimate betrayal to steal her sister's boyfriend, but he is very persistent...
Julie Cohen has written a lovely book, Getting Away With It questions what you are running away from in life and to consider that everyone has struggles no matter how calm and content they appear.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leah Graham TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Liza Haven couldn't wait to escape the small village where she grew up with her perfect identical twin sister, Lee. Her life in LA as a stunt woman is reckless, fast and free - and that's just the way she likes it. But when a near-fatal mistake drives her home, she finds Lee gone and everyone in the village mistaking her for her twin sister. Liza has to deal with her ailing mother, the family ice cream business, and Lee's dangerously attractive boyfriend. Liza's always been the bad twin, but as she struggles to keep up the masquerade and puzzle out where her sister has gone, she realises it's not so simple. She's spent her whole life getting away with it - is it finally time to face up to who she really is and where she really belongs?

Getting Away With It is a huge chunk of a book, coming in at just over 500 pages and with such a large book there's always a worry it might be overly long but I didn't have such a worry with Getting Away With It. I got stuck into the book almost immediately and I could barely put it down. The book is completely engaging and the book begins by Liza, a stunt woman, having her big accident that will eventually lead to her heading back home to Stonegate after many years away. I found the opening very intriguing, and I found it very interesting how it came about that Liza ended up impersonating her twin sister Lee. Liza has always been known as the `bad' twin whereas sister Lee is the `good' twin, so to see the switch between the two of them was fascinating as Liza suddenly finds herself being the good twin and ends up enjoying it whereas Lee, always known for being the dependable twin suddenly does a 180 and does some Liza-like things.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amy on 3 Dec. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Coming in at over 500 pages 'Getting Away With It' is a bumper read. This is the first Julie Cohen book that I have read and after reading this one I am looking forward to reading more by this author.

This book is about twin sisters Lee and Liza, Lee is dubbed the good twin while Liza is known as the bad twin. I really liked both the characters and enjoyed reading how Liza easily slipped into her sister's life.

I really enjoyed the story and the characters we were introduced to throughout the book. There was a lot that went on throughout which kept me glued to the pages and which prevented the book from becoming boring. This really is a great book which I would definitely recommend which I enjoyed and I eagerly read on in anticipation wanting to know how it was all going to pan out for the twins.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louread on 30 Jun. 2011
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This book was in my Amazon recommendations and as I liked the blurb and cover, I thought why not? Then it sat on the shelf for ages. I have to say that once I started it, I loved it. I thought it was a great idea for a plot to have a twin act as her sister. I enjoyed the story with Liza learning all about herself, that she did not want to be the 'bad' twin and the growing realisatiuon of the life her sister Lee had to lead. The love story that runs through is predictable, but in a comfortable way and I was desperate to get the ending I wanted. I learnt why Julie Cohen gives other authors tips on how to write a sex scene. So many interesting themes in this book including making ice cream, crop circles and alzheimers. The latter was so well handled that you could feel Liza's love and frustration with her mother and how she felt like the less favoured child. This is an ideal holiday read and I would recommend it to anyone. I am now off to order more of the author's books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helen M on 4 April 2011
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I just loved this book and could hardly bear to put it down. It is a fun, fresh twist on the old classic good twin/bad twin mistaken identity plot. But fast paced and easy to read doesn't mean lightweight. The book deals with several thought provoking issues, eg Alzheimer's, and delved deep into the differing perceptions and attitudes of the main characters, both about themselves and how other people viewed them, and how this affected their behaviour.

The plot itself is interesting, with plenty of intriguing twists and turns to keep you hooked. And the main character is hilarious and very sympathetic, despite being abrupt and rude at times, particularly at the beginning.

The ending is great and very satisfying. My only slight thought is that it did seem to wrap up a bit quickly - but maybe that was because I was so sorry to have finished reading.
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