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

August 9th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication Date: August 3, 2010

Publisher: Razorbill

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Description from 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, unshakable 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.

Reading this book blurb brought to mind the TV show, Charmed, which I loved.  If you haven’t seen it you should check it out.  It’s about three sisters who find out they are powerful witches and each have different powers.  Initially they had such different personalities they did not get along all that well but eventually realize that sisterhood trumps all  So with the similarities I just had to check this book out.  This was a delightful read.  The sisters cracked me up.  April is the oldest and so uptight it’s amazing and would probably drive me crazy if she were my sister.  May is the middle child, filled with insecurities and was probably the one I was most able to relate to.  June is the baby sister and typically flighty.  When they discover their “powers” they each react as expected based on their personalities and of course end up driving each other nuts.  Despite their widely varying personalities and outlook on their new powers sisterhood prevails in the end.

I really enjoyed seeing how the sisters deal with each other and those around them as they try to master their new abilities and figure out what brings about the disaster April foresees.    Each chapter alternates from each sister’s point of view which really adds another dimension to the story.  We really get inside the heads of each of them and how they view each other and the changes going on around them.  The one odd part for me was the relationship between April and Julian.  I really did not see what attracted him to her when she was acting like such a nut case.  There is one incident where she saves him from injury and then all of a sudden he shows an interest in her.  It seemed so sudden that I found it hard to believe.  In contrast I loved seeing May’s relationship develop throughout the book.  All in all this was a fun and quick read.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

4 Responses

  1. kay

    This sounds like a fun read. I really enjoyed the author’s first novel so I’ll have to check this one, too! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  2. dsuzuki

    I have to check out her first book. I’ve heard good things about it although I read it’s very different from this book.

  3. Michelle

    Most every review I read of this book puts it pretty much in the middle of the scale. I have to admit, I don’t feel compelled to pick it up.

  4. dsuzuki

    It was a fun book but not a rush out this minute to read book.

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