Thursday, 28 July 2011

Review: Then I met my Sister by Christine Hurley Deriso

Then I met my Sister by Christine Hurley Deriso
Published by Flux Books


Shannon has been the backdrop of my life since the moment I was born.
Summer Stetson lives inside a shrine to her dead sister. Eclipsed by Shannon's greatness, Summer feels like she's a constant disappointment to her controlling, Type A momzilla and her all-too-quiet dad. Her best friend Gibson believes Summer's C average has more to do with rebelliousness than smarts, but she knows she can never measure up—academically or otherwise.
On her birthday, Summer receives a secret gift from her aunt: Shannon's diary. Suddenly, the one-dimensional vision of her sister becomes all too solid. Is this love-struck, mom-bashing badass the same Shannon everyone raves about? Determined to understand her troubled sister, Summer dives headfirst down a dark rabbit hole and unearths painful family secrets. Each revelation brings Summer closer to the mysterious and liberating truth about her family—and herself.
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Then I met my sister is an interesting read. The way it is told is really different from anything else I have read in a while.

From the first page this book reminded me of twin peaks because the main story is dominated by a character who is dead and as the story unfolds you start to find out that this perfect image they had wasn't what it seemed.

The main idea for this story is that Summer, the main character, is given by her aunt a diary written by the sister she never met Shannon. Through this diary Summer meets her sister for the very first time and the person she meets is very different from the one she has been told about all her life.

I thought this story was really clever and I enjoyed seeing how the diary was used both for Summer to find out more about her sister but also as a way for her to gain insight into herself and the relationships she has built up around herself over the past few years.

I really liked Summer as a character and I loved the relationship she had with the nerdy but gorgeous Gibson. I liked seeing how she dealt with the feeling that she was living her life in the shadow of her oh so perfect but dead sister and seeing how her perception of that feeling changed as she started to find out more about what her sister was really like.

The only thing I didn't like about this book was the ending which I felt was far too rushed and sudden in the way it just stopped. Nevertheless all in all I thought this was definitely a book worth reading and one I would recommend.

4 comments:

Vivienne said...

Shallow Viv jumps in with - Love that cover!

Clover said...

I love coming to your blog and reading a review of a book I've never heard of! It's so refreshing to do that.

Book Angel Emma said...

Terrific review. I don't know if it is one for me but I really like what you have written about it <3

Jesse Owen said...

Fab review, it sounds fab - I think i'm going to have to add it to my wishlist :D