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.
Jamie Kain brings us The Good Sister, a stunning debut young adult novel about love in all its joyful, painful, exhilarating manifestations, and about the ties that bind us together, in life and beyond.
Asha and Rachel Kinsey are in mourning after their older sister, Sarah, died in a fall from a cliff into the ocean an unexpected twist of fate, since Sarah had fought cancer for years. Both Asha and Rachel are broken and reeling, acting reckless with boys, and hurting each other and their parents. Then Asha begins to wonder if Sarah's death was really an accident, even as Rachel works to hide the truth of what really happened. Meanwhile, Sarah watches her sisters from the afterlife, full of intense regret. Through the distinct voices of all three girls, Kain (who has written for adults as Jamie Sobrato) gives life to the complicated relationship between sisters. While having Sarah speak from beyond the grave gives this novel a touch of the supernatural, Kain keeps her story and everyone in it grounded in reality. The author offers profound reflections on life, death, and the bonds of family, and as the suspense surrounding Sarah's death intensifies, readers will find it hard to put this novel down. Ages 14 up.