Raina Telgemeier – Sisters
15. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier (2014)
Length: 208 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Memoir
Started/Finished: 15 March 2015
Where did it come from? The library.
Why do I have it? I really love Telgemeier’s artwork and generally enjoy her stories as well.
Younger siblings are
great… in theory. In practice?
Maybe not so much.
Summary: Raina always wanted a little sister – until she got one. Amara wasn’t nearly as much fun as Raina hoped; she’s grouchy, prefers to play by herself, and likes insects and snakes that gross Raina out. But now they (along with their younger brother) are stuck on a road trip to a family reunion, and as they begin to suspect that all is not right with their parents, they also start to realize that as much as they drive each other crazy, they’re going to have to stick together… they’re the only sisters they’ve got!
Review: I enjoyed this one a lot. While I liked Telgemeier’s earlier books, I didn’t have braces, nor was I in the drama club, but I absolutely do have a younger sibling. Mine’s a younger brother, not a younger sister, and some of the other details are different (I don’t remember lobbying my parents for a sibling, for one), but there were still a LOT of the sibling dynamics that I recognized. I was absolutely old enough to realize (and resent) that some of the attention that had previously been mine was now being usurped by this new annoying little person, and Telgemeier captures that really well. I also appreciated the sense of not fitting in with your older cousins, and having to find an ally in your siblings – after all, no matter how different you are, you’re the only ones who know what it’s like to grow up in your family. I love Telgemeier’s style of artwork and the bright colors of this one – and I especially liked the touch of her including some of her actual family photos of her and her siblings at the end of the book. 4 out of 5 stars.
Recommendation: I think readers of all ages who are also eldest siblings will appreciate this one the most, although younger siblings and only children will probably enjoy this as well.
Other Reviews: Bermudaonion’s Weblog, Jenn’s Bookshelves, Reading on a Rainy Day, and more at the Book Blogs Search Engine.
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