Short Novel- ‘Twinsanity: Her, Not Me’ Synopsis



Based on the true story of criminal twins, June and Jennifer Gibbons, ‘Twinsanity: Her, Not Me’ is about two mute girls growing up in 1960′s Britain with a passion for living in the fantasy worlds they’ve created in their own imaginative heads and writing about it all in their journals. The Gibbons sisters, shunned at school due to their African-American race, become socially withdrawn- only ever trusting and talking to their older sister, Marie. Never known to separate, June and Jennifer feel as though they are living in each others shadows without really ever having their own personalities and soon begin to act out by committing crimes. Marie witnesses a particularly dangerous outburst and writes about it in her diary, however, worrying for her twin sisters’ safety in an already racist society, she keeps her feelings to herself in an attempt to protect them. All three sisters keep diaries to share their point of views and for June and Jennifer, this proves to be more of a curse than a blessing. Their downward spiral to insanity leads them on a path to mental institutes, drug-induced hazes and eventual self-destruction. Together they are one- but for how long?


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One comment

  1. Hi Shams, I’ve been meaning to comment on your blog for a long time. I really like your idea! Ellen Hopkins is one of my favourite authors, I love her use of poetic language and of course the way she writes as if her books are extremely long poems, so I look forward to reading your work 🙂

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