Growing up in a world of wealth and pastel-tinted entitlement, fifteen-year-old Carly has always relied on the constancy—and authenticity—of her sister, Anna. But when fourteen-year-old Anna turns plastic-perfect-pretty over the course of a single summer, everything starts to change. And there are boys involved, complicating things as boys always do. With warmth, insight, and an unparalleled gift for finding humor even in stormy situations, beloved author Lauren Myracle dives into the tumultuous waters of sisterhood and shows that even very different sisters can learn to help each other stay afloat.
An honest narrator grounds this sweet story about two sisters learning to accept their differences and help each other grow up. The sisters, who live in an exclusive Atlanta neighborhood, both attend "the most prestigious prep school in the South," but while narrator Carly thrives on being an individual, Anna's pretty face and developing body earn her a different kind of attention. Carly stands up for her softer sister often (telling their mom to stop treating curvy Anna like she is fat, for example). She realizes, though, that she is jealous of Anna's looks even though "I'm her big sister, who should be above such things." As the sisters get different friends and interests, Carly spends less time with Anna, and they find themselves saying mean things and betraying each other (Anna even hooks up with Carly's crush). The conclusion gets emotionally overwrought with a teary scene in which the sisters turn into "a puddle of ridiculous-ness," but mostly readers will find both the characters and their problems genuine. Ages 12 up.
Peace, love and baby 🐣's !!
This book has such an amazing storyline! It is a perfect example of life, and things that we all go through in everyday life. Love, friendship, conflicts-- it's all there and it is amazingly written. Read. This. Wonderful. Book.
Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks
This book is amazing. Definitely a sleep depriving, find yourself ready at 2 am kind of book! Love!
Great Teen Read
This is a GREAT book for girls 11 and up! It's truly a great read, but it doesn't surprise me because Lauren Myracle is a fantastic teen book author.