Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Series: Smile, #2
Release Date
: August 26th 2014
Publisher:  Scholastic
Format: eArc
Middle Grade – Graphic Novel, Memoir
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The companion to Raina Telgemeier's #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling and Eisner Award-winning graphic memoir, SMILE.

Raina can't wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren't quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she's also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn't improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn't seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all.

Raina uses her signature humor and charm in both present-day narrative and perfectly placed flashbacks to tell the story of her relationship with her sister, which unfolds during the course of a road trip from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado.

*This book was provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Sisters is a companion novel to her first memoir Smile. Sisters follows Raina, her mother, sister, and brother on a road trip from San Francisco to Colorado for a family reunion. All Raina wanted was a sister to play with so when her parents tell her that they are having a baby that’s all she can think of. She is a little disappointed when she sees a baby come home that she can’t play with yet. Once her sister Amara is old enough to play she figures out that she is very cranky and prefers to play by herself. This pretty much gets worse over the years.

I feel bad for Raina. Her sister isn’t just cranky, she is just plain mean. Now I have a little sister so I know how they can be and this is just a glimpse into Raina’s childhood but her sister seemed to do stuff all the time just to be mean to Raina. This includes getting a snake all because her sister doesn’t like them, and then accidently letting loose in the van. The road trip to Colorado is the perfect place it insert some flashbacks of Raina’s childhood and to show how their family acts now. Once they get to Colorado Raina realizes how much everyone has changed since the last time she has seen everyone. She feels totally left out. They also realize that something might be wrong with their parents relationship and that really slaps them with reality and they realize that they must figure out how to get along.

I fell in love with Raina’s artwork and story in Smile and I knew I had to get my hands on sisters as soon as I was able. Thankfully I was granted access from NetGalley! Raina has made her way to my auto buy list. I can’t wait to pick up more books by her and I will definitely be on the lookout for the Smile boxset to add to my bookshelves.

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