The second book I bought at the airport on my way to New York was Irvine Welsh’s “The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins”. I’ve read several of his books previously and my Dad had read this one just prior to us going away and recommended it so I decided to give it a go.
I think this is the first of Welsh’s books that I’ve read that wasn’t set in Scotland. Instead it’s set in Miami, mainly the South Beach area. The main characters are Lucy Brennan, a Personal Trainer, and Lena Sorensen, an extremely overweight artist with self-esteem issues. Lucy and Lena’s lives cross paths when Lucy stops a gunman one night on an overpass and Lena films it on her phone and later tracks Lucy down and signs on as her client.
I loved this book. I can identify in part with both Lucy and Lena. I have long struggled with my weight and now religiously track my calorie consumption with a diet app on my phone. Lucy’s actions in the book may be ridiculously extreme but we see that they come from a good place and she’s not without her demons herself. I think it does show that everybody has their own issues and nobody is as perfect as you might think they are.
“The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins” does take a bit to get down to the nitty gritty but I enjoyed seeing the build-up and seeing Lucy’s behaviour start to escalate. It’s difficult to say more without spoiling it. I did feel the ending seemed somewhat rushed in comparison to the length of time spent on the build up. Felt a little like he didn’t want the book to get too long so he quickly rounded it off.
I’m also not keen on the lack of speech marks. I know it’s a daft thing but it took me a few pages to get used to the fact that there aren’t speech marks and he uses dashes instead to signify the start of someone speaking. It is only a small thing though and once I was in to the flow of the book I barely even noticed anymore.
I would definitely recommend this to any fans of Welsh’s work but if you’re someone who is just considering trying an Irvine Welsh book for the first time, this isn’t the best example to start you off.