Monday, February 28, 2011

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

Grade: A

Synopsis:
Three sisters share a magical, unshakable bond in this witty high-concept novel from the critically acclaimed author of Audrey, Wait! Around the time of their parents’ divorce, sisters April, May, and June recover special powers from childhood—powers that come in handy navigating the hell that is high school. Powers that help them cope with the hardest year of their lives. But could they have a greater purpose?

April, the oldest and a bit of a worrier, can see the future. Middle-child May can literally disappear. And baby June reads minds—everyone’s but her own. When April gets a vision of disaster, the girls come together to save the day and reconcile their strained family. They realize that no matter what happens, powers or no powers, they’ll always have each other.

Because there’s one thing stronger than magic: sisterhood.

Rating:
Character Development: 7/10
Originality: 8/10
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Voice: 10/10
Plot: 6/10
Setting: 6/10
Total Score: 57/70

Obtained: Borrowed from Jill at Reading is Bliss

Age Appropriate? PG13
Cussing: Yep
Alcohol, Drugs, etc.: Yep, big party scene
Sexual Content: Mentioned
Disturbing Images/ Violence: Not much.

Review:
Well, I kind of loved this book a lot. Not only is it fun and entertaining, but it's genuinely heartfelt as well. The sibling relationships are totally believable. These girls annoy each other. Duh. They're sisters. That's what sisters do best... annoy each other. But each one of them would without a doubt jump in front of a bus for the other at any moment of any day.

There's also the conflict with the parents' recent divorce, and, of course, April, May, and Junes' newfound powers. Mostly, though, this book is about a family growing apart and coming back together again. The ups and downs of that sort of love. The parents make good appearances too, showing the strains and the worries of the divorce, but the underlying love that holds them all together.

April, May, and June were all unique characters. Their voices were differing as well, making for easy reading. Hooray for awesome writing skills! The dynamic between the three was so great. Realistic in a way that brought out my empathy, making me ache with sadness, but also smile and laugh out loud. Yes, laugh out loud. It's always awkward when you laugh out loud while reading. Ha. And the very fact that I'm laughing while reading makes me laugh even harder. Oh, the joys of literature...

The plot wasn't too intense, but it was always interesting. The little romances were absolutely adorable, as well. Basically, this book is a quirky outlook on the craziness of high school life and (if I haven't said it enough times already) of sisterhood.

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