Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: October 7th, 2014
Page count: 304 pages
Source: From publisher via Netgalley
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.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 5/5 stars
*Tries to swallow lump in throat* Readers, The Good Sister is a beautiful, beautiful book I hope everyone gets to read and experience one day soon. Every single page is stunningly crafted and I believe it deserves to be read and loved and hugged and cried all over.
This book is a sad journey, but strikingly bright as it realistically portrays how life actually goes on after what seems to be the end of the world for one family. It is tough, it is ugly, but it is sincere and doesn't shy away from showing you the harsh truth even when it's painful to learn about. It's also a book about love, jealousy, misunderstandings, and how everyone has a chance at starting over.
I lost count of how many times my heart was crushed whenever I entered the minds of Sarah, Rachel, and Asha. I wanted to erase every life-ruining problem or accident they had in their lives just to make them feel better. The three are remarkable characters and even though they are far from perfect, I loved how strong and brave they are in their own ways.
Furthermore, I can't leave without mentioning my favorite part of the book. Won't ruin it much for you, but I can say it's the moment where the girls' father starts reading a few words about Sarah, something he wrote especially for her. This piece makes me cry every time I think about it because it was so touching and heart-breaking and beautiful and oh God, I just have to say Thank you Jamie Kain for that part that breaks me, f0r expressing so well how much it hurts to let go. I don't think I will ever forget that moment as it is now deeply etched into my heart and mind. I even made my sister cry when I told her about it.
And still clutching my heart, all I have left to say is that The Good Sister is a truly one-of-a-kind ride that will break your heart, make you feel all the inner turmoils of every character and in the end, maybe not heal all wounds, but will leave you with a realistic sense of closure that for me, was a bright spot between all the clouds.