September 1, 2011

Book Review: The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June by Robin Benway

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At First Sight: April, May and June are starting over at a new school, following their parents' divorce, and neither of them is particularly happy about it. 

April wants to keep her sisters safe and okay enough, while focusing on school and on doing the right thing. May wants to disappear, it is in part her fault that they had to move and she sometimes just doesn't want to deal. June wants to fit in with the popular crowd, and would do almost anything to make it happen. 

Much to their surprise, strange things happen on the first day of school. April starts getting visions of the future, May disappears for real and June suddenly can hear the thoughts of other people.

The girls don't know how to deal but April is of the opinion they should stick together and don't mess with anyone; May doesn't care, she just doesn't want to be invisible all the time, and June, well, June is happy to use her powers to get into the popular crowd. 

But then, April gets a vision of something bad that it's coming their way, something she can't stop or make sense without her sisters.

Second Glance: The Extraordinary Secrets of of April, May and June has been hanging out in my bookshelf for a while now, and I honestly don't know why it took me so long to read it as I do love Books About Sisters. 

And I really like these sisters, even when they annoyed me, I liked them. I loved the romantic aspects of it, mostly Julian and April, even though they meet in an awkward way (April pushes him out of the way of an accident during an earthquake and next thing she knows, she has a vision of them having sex - which lends it self to a bit of sisterly teasing!).

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May and June sometimes got on my nerves, but in the way sisters do - if that makes sense.

I did struggle with the book at the beginning, mostly because it took me a while to identify each girl and her narrative voice; and because I found the beginning a little slow. But, I have to say that the book picked up as it went on, until I was frantically reading to see what happened next.

Bottom Line:I really liked The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June, because it shows that, even if they drive you batty, sisters are an awesome thing to have. This is definitely a sweet, surprisingly funny paranormal story, that I enjoyed way too much.

Favorite Quote: "I have amended my ways. Consider my Shawshank redeemed."  -May

"I didn't care if they were arguing, though. I had bigger problems on my plate, like the fact I was going to sleep with Julian. It brought a new meaning to the word 'mindfuck', that was for sure." - April

"Your moral high road is not all that high, you know." - June.

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