[eARC Review] The Good Sister by Jamie Kain

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Title: The Good Sister
Author: Jamie Kain
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA contemporary
Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Release Date: October 7th 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Source: eARC received via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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The Kinsey sisters live in an unconventional world. Their parents are former flower-children who still don’t believe in rules. Their small, Northern California town is filled with free spirits and damaged souls seeking refuge from the real world. Without the anchor of authority, the three girls are adrift and have only each other to rely on.

Rachel is wild. Asha is lost. Sarah, the good sister, is the glue that holds them together. But the forces of a mysterious fate have taken Sarah’s life in a sudden and puzzling accident, sending her already fractured family into a tailspin of grief and confusion. Asha has questions. Rachel has secrets. And Sarah, waking up in the afterlife, must piece together how she got there.

I love books that deal with family drama, and The Good Sister has soo much of that! When I opened this book I knew that there were going to be family secrets, betrayal and a lit of drama since the three narrator were three sisters that could not have been more different from each other. And that is what made this book so interesting to read.

Each sister had their own story to tell but when I read Sarah, the oldest sisters POV i knew she would be my favorite. Since she is the only one of them that is no longer on earth, she has a unique perspective on her life and how she could have changed it. But she also has a secret, one she would not tell herself. This secret was something that she needed her sisters to find out on their own and that was probably the guiding force in my ability to read this book so fast. I wanted to know what happened to Sarah and how it effected both of her sisters.

Her sisters, Rachel and Asha, lived on without her, but just barely. Reading their lives after Sarah's death was probably the hardest part because they made so many bad decisions that it made it quite frustrating for me as a reader. Rachel was the semi normal one who felt so much guilt for something she would never tell. I felt for her on so many levels because she was the last person to see her sister alive and therefore if her secret got out everything about their lives would be different. Then there was Asha who was a train wreck. She was never home, obsessed with pissing off her mother and trying to ignore the feelings she was having for her best friend.

I think my favorite characters in this book were their parents. They were hippies that eventually decided to acclimate to normal life and yet screwed up so badly that their kids were the only ones that felt the effects. The mother, oh man she was one horrible person, one that made me wish I could go into the book and shake her and tell her to pay attention because if she doesn't her girls are going to fall apart in front of her. Then there was their father, a character that is so small that he doesn't really mean anything to anyone until the very end of the book.

Overall this book was a great family saga that will leave you wishing you could call your famliy and thank them for being so normal. These characters are unforgettable and will stay with you long after the secrets are revealed and the last page is turned. A great contemporary book that will leave you wishing for more.

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