I read this story something like 10 years ago (I think it was fairly new around then), so I don't remember it too well, but the basic gist of the plot was this:

  1. The kid isn't very personable or motivated, I think he gets bullied in the first chapter
  2. He had a twin brother that died in the womb (a vanishing twin) (they talked about finding his teeth and hair at birth)
  3. The parents are scientists, I think? They make an artificial body and somehow get his brother's artificial intelligence inside of it
  4. They swap the twins bodies, so that the MC is in the artificial body and the twin is in his body

And that's how the book ends, I believe. It was horrifying as a kid for it to end on such a sad cliffhanger so I want to see if it had a sequel.

  • goosebumps the series Jan 31, 2017 at 16:39
  • I'm almost 100% sure it wasn't goosebumps Feb 1, 2017 at 15:32
  • If it were fantasy and about a pair of young women, it'd almost certainly be Stranger With My Face by Lois Duncan. Which ends in a slightly different, but also memorably horrifying, way.
    – trikeprof
    Jun 26, 2017 at 20:02
  • That sounds good, I'll have to check that one out. The book I was looking for was about boys tho, unfortunately Jun 26, 2017 at 21:28
  • I think I've come across this book on Goodreads, but I can't find it now. Was it British, male author? I think it was part of series, but maybe the others books were standalones.
    – Ayshe
    Feb 18, 2018 at 11:46

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"Lab 6" by Peter Lerangis

The Google book summary is:

Something is wrong in Lab 6—what are Sam’s parents hiding?

Sam Hughes has always been too smart for his own good. It’s in his genes—both his parents are scientists who specialize in artificial intelligence—and sometimes it gets him into trouble. Sick of the bully who always steals his computer homework, Sam gives him a disk laced with a virus as a prank. To escape the bully’s wrath, Sam runs and hides in his parents’ lab. Inside, Sam hears a voice calling to him from behind a locked door labeled “Lab 6.” His parents are in there, and though he can hear them, he doesn’t understand what they’re talking about. Are his parents hiding a body in their lab? Something strange is going on, and Sam knows the answers lie somewhere in Lab 6.

Another from Goodreads:

Sam's parents are trying to extract his twin -- who's still inside Sam's body.

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