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Book Review: Duplicity

If you or a teen you know is looking for a summer read, you may want to consider Duplicity, a debut novel by N.K. Traver (Thomas Dunne Books, March 17, 2015). In exchange for a brief description and honest review of a book of her choice, I sent Jordan “Mack” McCormack, a 10th grade student from Asheville, North Carolina, a copy of Duplicity. A lover of fiction, Mack reads about six or seven books outside of those she reads for school each year. Her hobbies include horseback riding, running track, and photography. Here’s what she had to say about Duplicity.


Duplicity is about a hacker who seems like a misunderstood 17-year-old boy named Brandon. He eventually meets the love of his life, only to be kidnapped through his computer to a center for criminal hackers. In his place is a cone who seems to be a perfectly good version of himself. Brandon must find his way back home with the help of a fellow inmate at the hacker center. He also has to find a way to fix his relationship with the girl he loves.

Even though I found a lot of mistakes that the editor didn’t catch and the plot was pretty predictable, I enjoyed the book. But what excited me most about it was the main character, Brandon. In many ways, he is very relatable. He is misunderstood, feels lost, and is just looking for a way to be noticed by the ones he loves most. His parents don’t seem to pay much attention to him, and he does all these bad things to get their attention. I think a lot of teens do this and feel misunderstood by those around them.

Duplicity is an easy and super fast read. You won’t notice how fast you have gone through the book until you get to the last two pages. at the last two pages. I think young teens between the ages of 11-14 would enjoy this book—especially those who like stories about a bad boy who falls in love with a good girl.

You can check out some other reviews of Duplicity here and on goodreads.

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Elisa Zied is a nationally recognized and award-winning health and nutrition expert, author, speaker, and spokesperson. A trusted source of food, nutrition, and health information, Elisa has garnered millions of media impressions, lending her expertise and real-world perspective to dozens of TV shows, web sites, news organizations and magazines. She’s the author of four nutrition books. An avid walker, she loves motivating others to #moveitorloseit. A book lover, she recently earned a certificate in children’s literature from Stony Brook Southampton and is currently working on several young adult novels. You can find her previous Food, Fitness & Fiction posts here and connect with her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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