Thursday, June 3, 2010

Review: The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June


The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June by Robin Benway: Book Cover

Synopsis:

I hugged my sisters and they fit against my sides like two jigsaw pieces that would never fit anywhere else. I couldn't imagine ever letting them go again, like releasing them would be to surrender the best parts of myself.

Three sisters share a magical, unshakeable bond in this witty high-concept novel from the critically acclaimed author of Audrey, Wait! Around the time of their parents' divorce, sisters April, May, and June recover special powers from childhood—powers that come in handy navigating the hell that is high school. Powers that help them cope with the hardest year of their lives. But could they have a greater purpose?

April, the oldest and a bit of a worrier, can see the future. Middle-child May can literally disappear. And baby June reads minds—everyone's but her own. When April gets a vision of disaster, the girls come together to save the day and reconcile their strained family. They realize that no matter what happens, powers or no powers, they'll always have each other.

Because there's one thing stronger than magic: sisterhood.


Book details:

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 256

Publisher: Razorbill

Publish date: August 3, 2010


Review:

To start off I read this book back in May. I've been struggling to find the right way to review this book, it deserves a great review. This book is in my top 5 favorite books of 2010.

The novel is by Robin Benway and this is her second book. After reading The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June I'm a huge fan of her writing. The characters are the most real and funny people you will ever read about.

April, the oldest, can see the future. She feels the need to protect her sisters, and is the almost perfect girl (No one can be perfect).

May, the middle-child, can become invisible. May is a loner, but has a witty sense of humor.

June, the youngest of the three, can read people's minds. June is just a young girl who wants to fit in and be popular.

I loved all three girls, they are so easy to relate to. I saw myself and my own sister in each of the girls. I'm like April and May, and my sister is most like June.

Here is a little secret of my own: When I read a book I take notes on my cell phone. I like keeping track of the mistakes in books and my favorite parts. So later on I can come back and read again. With Benway's latest book I couldn't just write each page as my favorite. Instead I basically put EVERY chapter as my favorite part of the book.

I was drawn in from page one. This book is not easy to put down. You'll want to keep reading until you finish, because it is indeed extraordinary. The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June is a great book to read for fun, when you need cheering up, rainy days, or a beach read.


The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June has a good blend of romance, the bond between sisters, humor, and the struggles of just being a teenager. Including twists and surprises you don't see coming. Towards the end everything fits together like a puzzle and I loved how it was planned.


5 stars!



4 comments:

Priya said...

I really want to read this... it looks like such a cute book!

Jami said...

I know how it feels to have a hard time finding the right words for a book you really liked! Real and funny characters is something I look for in a book. I really want to read this one. Thanks for the review!

ReggieWrites said...

I'm so glad you liked the book! I can really empathize with the characters here because I have two other sisters, and our personalities seem to match April, May, and June's! It was really fun reading this!

Here from CEP! Great job!

aprilnichole.com said...

Hey, making a stop from YA Addict Comment Exchange.

This book is one of my next reads so I'm glad to see that you gave it a 5/5. It makes me look forward to reading it. :)