When the extroverted, outgoing Celeste inexplicably drops out of school just before her final high school exam, Vera, her timid and studious twin sister, is overcome by an urgent need to find out what could possibly be going through her mind. And so Vera transforms herself into Celeste. She immerses herself in her sister’s world: a whirlwind of parties, friendships, and situations that she never could have imagined… Vera discovers that hidden, unknown sides exist to many people in their lives. For example, Massimo, Celeste’s boyfriend, who Vera has always considered superficial and insignificant. There is also Paolo, Vera’s long-time best friend. Even the twins’ father, who always seemed so dependably affectionate and impartial, manages to reveal another aspect to his persona. Beneath the apparently straighforward, limpid surface of their young lives, Vera discovers that many secrets and betrayals do exist. And much to her amazement, Vera understands that she is able to fall in love. At the same time, new opportunities will open up for Celeste that neither of them could ever have imagined.
Giulia Besa (Rome, Italy, 1990) debuted early with the novel Numero Sconosciuto (Einaudi Stile Libero Big, 2011). After several short stories that were warmly received by the reading public and a second novel, Raccontami ancora di noi (Sperling & Kupfer, 2015), with Giunti she published Il cattivo ragazzo che voglio (2016) and Con te al di là del mare (2017), which won the Premio Racalmare.