The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

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Hokay, for me this book was a disappointment. The book is about three sisters, all named for Shakespearean characters, and all very different from each other. This was particularly intriguing for me, because I have 3 siblings and let’s face it – we could definitely be closer. There are SO many stories out there about siblings that have such remarkably close relationships, so I was hoping this would be a refreshing story about siblings who get along but otherwise don’t have that special sibling bond. The premise of the book is that they all move back home to care for their mother while she deals with cancer, and are forced to live together once again.

Let me first say that I enjoyed the random Shakespeare quotes sprinkled throughout the book, and I loved the setting – the town they were in sounded so quaint and homey and wonderful.

Now, I have two main problems with this book. Let’s start with the characters themselves:

~Rose, the oldest (who, in my head, I pictured as Toni Collette), is responsible, caring, but kind of a martyr. She’s a good person, but she wasn’t very likable.

~Bean, the middle child (who I pictured as Cameron Diaz), is a train-wreck. A list a mile long of problems, including (but not limited to) greed, too much drinking, and sleeping around. I don’t know how I was supposed to feel any sympathy, or any anything, for her.

~Cordy, the youngest (who I pictured as Emily Blunt) is the one I liked the most. She’s a free-spirited wanderer, kind of a hippie, who arrives home pregnant. She hadn’t done any horrible things, and she was genuinely a good person and pleasant to read about, even if she was a little lost.

It’s kind of hard to be all immersed in these characters as women or as sisters when you really only connect to one of them.

My second problem is that nothing happened in this book. Very little action, very little dialogue, but a lot of unnecessary inner drama and flashbacks. I just got too bored. The parents (a Shakespearean professor for a father, and an absent-minded but kind mother) were actually way more interesting. I thought initially that this would make a good chick flick movie – which might be why I had images of actresses in mind while I read – but that’s not even possible because there’s no real climax. No major central dilemma or issue that needs to be dealt with. Just three kind of self-indulgent sisters who learn how to stand being near one another.

Also, the book used the “we” pronoun, instead of the P.O.V. of one particular sister. It was kind of distracting and honestly, even though it was a different, I would have preferred it to be more conventional because it just sounded awkward most of the time.

If I were you, I’d skip this. At least just rent it from the library before buying it.

Sarah Says: 2 stars

P.S. I don’t know why I pictured Diaz as my least fave sister. I actually like Cameron Diaz, so I kinda feel bad about that.

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6 comments

  1. >You gave my 5 a 2, hmmm…I thought the POV so unique that I rated high. I think I was so taken by the bibliovore lifestyle, books everywhere, that I rated it high too. But I also liked how when the sisters finally started separating their identities from their relationship as sisters, as one unit, that they were actually able to start healing their own damaged souls. I don't know – maybe I'm going way too deep here. Maybe, just maybe, this book met me precisely where I'm at in my own sibling relationships – which would then make it an age thing… I'm going to start repeating myself here in a minute. Good Night.

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  2. >Sad that you didn't like it – I have it on my Kindle waiting to be read. But I love that you picked actresses for the characters – now they are going to be in my head when I read and I love having faces for the characters I read. Woot woot.

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  3. >I was sold on reading this due to all the Shakespeare quotes, but I haven't picked it up yet. I don't mind plotless books that basically just explore character, so I don't think that will bother me too much – at least I hope so!

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  4. >Oh, dear, Sarah! I love your book review on this book! You made me really think about my 5 rating. Your blog rocks! I look forward to your reviews because they are so real.

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