Doppelganger by David Stahler Jr.

Genre:  Fantasy

Age Level:  14 and up

# of Pages:  258

RAC Book:  Yes

The main character in this book is a doppelganger.  Doppelgangers try to survive in this world through a human body.  In order to get a human body they must kill a human and take on his or her form.  They are not able to hold forms forever, though, and must eventually find a new body. 

When the main character, who has no name, is turned out by his mother as a teenager to fend for himself he finds he has difficulty killing humans.  He finds an old man and takes his body first.  Then, one day some teenage boys decide to pick on the old man and he ends up killing a teenage boy.  He decides to become the boy, Chris, in order to see what it’s like to be a normal teenage boy.  “Chris” soon learns that life is not as perfect as he had seen on television.  His family has numerous problems including domestic abuse, his girlfriend seems to hate him, and he is supposed to be a football star and he knows nothing about it.  “Chris” must learn what it means to be human and whether or not it is worth all the trouble.

This fantasy has many unusual elements related to the doppelgangers, but they are all explained clearly by the author.  There is also a lot of violence, but it is not too graphic or disturbing.  The scenes with Chris’s family are very serious, but interesting for students to read because they have many problems but there is still hope for them to be happy together.  Mystery and fantasy readers will enjoy this title.


36 Responses to “Doppelganger by David Stahler Jr.”

  1. 1 Linc October 21, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    i am currently r3eadin thhis book,
    i like it ALOT,its pretty sick =]

  2. 2 clinton November 22, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    I love this book and can’t seem to put it down…it took me only 2 days to read the whole thing (259 pages).This book is awesome!!

  3. 3 taylor December 3, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    is there gonna be a second book?

    • 4 manderse11 December 11, 2008 at 5:41 pm

      At this time I can find no evidence that there will be a second book. Stahler has written sequels to other books of his, though, so it could be coming.

  4. 5 slim jim December 28, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    this book is beastly, i hope for a sequel

  5. 7 visitor January 29, 2009 at 11:15 am

    This book is wicked! :))

  6. 8 Aryana March 15, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    i am just on chapter 5 and i already love this book. its so interesting and crazy. i could do without all the language though.

  7. 9 Aryana March 18, 2009 at 2:57 am

    i cried for days seriously. the end is just so incredibly sad. i just cant stop thinking about it.

  8. 11 Virginia March 28, 2009 at 3:39 am

    when i read this book, i was 10. getting past all the disturbing and innappropriate parts, i LOVED the book!

  9. 12 Rob May 1, 2009 at 12:00 am

    I loved this book so much. i just finished this book today…i loved the ending of it…and the part with the sheganger…that was good to. but the ending was sad…i hope he writes a sequal to this book.

  10. 13 cjpalomartes January 1, 2010 at 9:02 am

    i love this book..=)) i hope u can write another one..

  11. 14 you no February 27, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    what i thought was ironic is the my name is amber too it was cool i just got this book two days ago at the schools library it only took a day to read it i cried at the end but i loved the book i wish there was a secound but the thing about it is the it ended with him goin back home leaving amber behind so i dont no how he would come back with the next one it will be tough

  12. 15 David December 22, 2010 at 8:55 am


    I liked the book but it had a weak ending, he goes though all of that crap, and you think he gets stronger, stands up to chris’s father, quit football, got the d-ba his job back, admited his love for amber and told her the truth, killed the “sheganger” but at the end you just find out how weak he really is, he couldn’t stay with the one he loves, can someone please explain why the endings “so good”

  13. 16 Isabel December 22, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    this book was flipin awesome I love it <3plz make another one

  14. 17 Juven January 11, 2011 at 6:11 am

    my ex-girlfriend saw this book around the house..honestly i dont know that we have this book..she ask me if she can borrow it.. i dont mind anyway.i dont read books..then after we broke up she gave it back..then told me read’ll learn something now wtf i learned a lot..and enjoyed reading it..

  15. 18 Danny January 28, 2011 at 2:23 am

    I just finshed reading this and omg it was great. I loved it and i wish that i had the love he had with amber. If anybody rilly wants to escape the real world they should read this book.

  16. 20 Anonymous February 5, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Greatest book i’ve ever read

  17. 21 Lauren September 29, 2011 at 2:02 am

    I just finished reading this and i was OBSESSED . like i couldn’t put it down !!! the ending is sad though , he should’ve stayed with Amber and somehow he should’ve stayed in touch with the Parkers !! THEIR NEEDS TO BE A SEQUEL ! i even CRIED ! but i lovee itt ! it’s like the BEST book i’ve ever read ! BRAVO . 🙂 & btw , Amber and “Gabriel’s ” relationship was sooo ADORABLE ! & I looooved little Echo ❤ !

  18. 22 Anonymous September 30, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    this book is awesome. u should really write a second one if u dnt u would break a lot of hearts including mine.. keep wat u r doin your books are fanastik but i think u should be more descriptive in some parts

  19. 23 d-55 December 16, 2011 at 2:37 am

    I got this earlier today and blasted through the whole thing. MOAR

  20. 24 taylor January 3, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    this was a very good book! and i actually wished they would make this a movie. the book will still be better but it would make a good movie too!

  21. 25 Anonymous March 8, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Best book! I hope there’s part two! Write the author and tell him that

  22. 26 Aecha March 8, 2012 at 8:44 am

    The song that goes well with this book is “The Road Home” by Stephan paulus look it up on youtube:-) I go to a school of the arts so my choir is working on it nd i was reading the book at the same time. I love this book! Plz check it out & let me know wat yu think!?

  23. 27 Anonymous March 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Read this book back in 6th grade. It was my first solo read(chapter book) I loved it so much. It got me hooked on reading ever since. (It was probably all the cursing that drew me in! Ha) id recommend it to anyone.

  24. 28 Anonymous April 13, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    I’m a 9th grader in high school but this book is still a knockout!!!

  25. 29 Brenda August 11, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Finished the book 2d and freaking love it its one of my favorites now from the very begining it was amazing other books star boring and then it gets exciting at the middle or the end but this one is TOTALLY different its exciting from the begining till the end I couldnt stop reading finished in two days I could have finished it in one day if I could but my mom would call me to help or something THIS IS A GREAT BOOK I cryed and I love the,main character this needs to become a movie or a tv series I want to know whats going to happen next it made me think alot about life how humans are

  26. 30 Emily August 16, 2012 at 2:29 am

    I LOVED this book!!! the only thing that was annoying is that Amber never saw his real self and never learned about the sheganger… A sequel could be totally awesome, jut sayin

  27. 31 Jessi October 4, 2012 at 3:36 am

    I just finished it and I teared up but didn’t cry. It is a really good book. I think if theres a second one it should still have Amber in it 🙂 I mean he still has the cell phone. Does he call her? Does she call him? Did she figure out gps and track him down to be with him? I mean theres so much that could happen. And to previous comments… Its a good ending because it doesn’t show that hes weak it actually shows that he is strong. He wants her to have a good life and to live it to the fullest! Shes only 16… A SEQUAL WOULD BE AMAZING!! I plan on trying to get ahold of the aurthor tonight 🙂

  28. 32 mike October 26, 2012 at 2:28 am

    I liked the book and it was really good. I think that there should be a squeal because there are so many other things that can happen. If the author reads the note and gives this reply a good look I think he will probably write a 2nd book.

  29. 33 Jessi November 1, 2012 at 12:07 am

    I talked to the author and hes working on a series with a special guest he said… So keep a look out for his new books 🙂

    • 34 Anonymous December 14, 2012 at 3:44 am

      I just finished reading it. I hate endings like this because yes I end up craving for a sequel (not so much a movie to butcher up the story line.)

      I believe it displays the irony in nature vs nurture. The mother raised him to do what was instinctive for his species, although her knowledge of the species is limited as there are not many of them out there “to be killing one another”. That it does not have to be this way. Gabriel blew off his nurturing right of the bat. Proved how willing he is to kill off natural impulses that he does not care to understand.

      I would love to know what happened to little Echo. Chris couldn’t let it go, Gabriel knew better.

  30. 35 Anonymous March 7, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Very good book, started and finished it today.

  31. 36 Anonymous May 3, 2013 at 3:09 am

    I’m not a reader AT ALL. It took me over half a semester to get to page 80 some and today I continued reading all the way to the end from that page. I was in love with the book but the end was disappointing. There wasn’t much about what happened to Chris’ family or even worse, nothing about how Amber reacted or what she did. MAKE ANOTHER ♥

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