Raina Telgemeier’s #1 New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award-winning companion to Smile!Raina can't wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren't quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she's also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn't improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn't seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all.Raina uses her signature humor and charm in both present-day narrative and perfectly placed flashbacks to tell the story of her relationship with her sister, which unfolds during the course of a road trip from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado.
In this companion to Telgemeier's Smile, the graphic artist writes about her relationship with her younger sister, Amara, using a summer cross-country trip as narrative scaffolding as she examines the contrast between her childhood wish for a sister and life with a sibling she often can't fathom although Amara seems to have uncanny insight into her. "You ever feel like you just don't fit in?" Raina asks Amara at a family gathering full of contemptuous teenage cousins. "All the time," Amara replies. "The difference between you and me is, I don't care." Like Smile, it's an alternately poignant and laugh-out-loud funny account of pre-adolescence whose episodes range from small crimes (Raina lying to Amara so she doesn't have to share her art supplies) to acute crises (Amara's pet snake Mango on the loose in the family's VW Microbus). Underneath the immediate problems lies poignant uncertainty about the state of their parents' marriage. Though the artwork draws little attention to itself, Telgemeier's visual storytelling skills are well-honed, and readers will be left wishing for more. Ages 8 12.