Review: Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

I received this book for free from BEA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Sisters by Raina TelgemeierSisters by Raina Telgemeier
Series: Smile #2
Published by Scholastic on 08/26/2014
Genres: Contemporary, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: BEA

The companion to Raina Telgemeier's #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling and Eisner Award-winning graphic memoir, 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.

I’m generally not a big reader of graphic novels.  Having never read graphic novels or comics as a kid, I actually find it quite hard to read them as an adult.  That said, I’m a HUGE fan of Raina Telgemeier, and I was so freaking excited to get my hands on Sisters at BEA.  I’m pleased to say that Sisters has as much charm as Telgemeier’s Smile, and I will pretty much read anything she puts out there.

Sisters features the same main character as Smile, a character named Raina.  I think this is semi-autobiographical book.  Raina has a  younger sister, Amara, and they really don’t get along that much, and when they have to drive to Colorado from California by car with their mother and younger brother, they aren’t all that excited.

Both Raina and Amara were awesome characters and Telgemeier really showcases their separate personalities.  Telgemeier tells the story of families so well.  Not only did I love Raina and Amara, but I loved their brother, and their mother and father, and even their cousins.  The whole family just felt so real, like if they were to jump off the page, they wouldn’t have any issues joining the real world.  I wanted to go to their family reunion, too, so I could meet everyone.

Telgemeier totally rocks with how she tells this story, with lots of flashbacks to different events in Raina’s and Amara’s lives.  We get to see how excited Raina was when she got a baby sister, but also how Amara and Raina didn’t end up super close.  Even though I have no siblings, it’s easy to see how realistic this portrayal of sisterhood is.  If you’re a fan of Smile by Telgemeier, you will not be disappointed with Sisters.  And if you’re new to graphic novels, start with Telgemeier!



5 Responses to “Review: Sisters by Raina Telgemeier”

  1. Alisa Selene

    Ohh I want to read this now..I recently read smile and I so want to check this out based on how much I liked it! Did you know Rainbow Rowell is doing a graphic novel?

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I think you will really like Sisters, Alisa. Have you read Drama by Telgemeier? I really liked that one, too, although not as much as Smile.

      That’s awesome about Rainbow Rowell doing a graphic novel!!

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