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Surprising change from Benway, but still really good

  • Aug 3, 2010
Sisters April, May, and June are no ordinary girls. All parents think their children are special, but these three girls really are. Since they were little, each sister has possessed a unique and extraordinary power. These were largely forgotten as the girls grew up until the stress of their parents' divorce and attending a new high school cause them to reemerge. April, the eldest, sees the future. May, the middle child, can become invisible. And June, the youngest sister, is a mind reader. At first, these powers seem like a blessing; what better way to navigate the halls of high school than with a sixth sense? But sooner than later, these powers start to become a burden that threatens these girls' sisterhood. When April has a vision of a future disaster, she, May, and June must come together to hopefully solve this crisis before it occurs. If they can do this, they may be able to save themselves and something even more precious--their sisterhood.

The Extraordinary Secrets of Apirl, May & June is an interesting change of pace form the author of Audrey, Wait! I'm not quite sure what I expected from this novel, and considering its topic is so different from that of Benway's first novel, I wasn't sure Benway could pull it off. But she did, of course, proving a versatile writer. This novel is all about sister, with magical powers thrown in just for fun. To be honest, being introduced to each sister's power in addition to the rotating points of view took a while to get used to. The important thing is that I did and was able to really get into this story. Despite the fact that this story covers the three individual lives, it never got overwhelming, probably because of the close relationship of the sister and consequently the interconnectedness of each sister's narration. The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June is a thoroughly enjoyable novel, full of the wit the characterized Audrey, Wait! as well as high school drama and romance, the perks of having extraordinary powers, and particularly, the importance of sisterhood. If there's one thing to complain about, it's that sometimes the narrations shifted from sister to sister too quickly or in the middle of an interesting scene, which made the timeline a little bit bumpy.

This sweet and funny novel will be enjoyed by fans of Benway's first novel Audrey, Wait!, Wish by Alexandra Bullen, and Confessions of a Triply Shot Betty by Jody Gehrman.

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Sisters April, May, and June have had a bit of a rough year. When their parents decided to get a divorce, May had an embarrassing breakdown that prompted their mother to move the girls to a new town, and their father took off for Houston, far away from their California home. Left with a lot of pent-up emotions and frustration, the girls start their first day at their new school...only to discover that they are in possession of some pretty extraordinary gifts. April can see the future, May can become …
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"Extremely funny. Will keep readers laughing as each sibling learns to trust another amazing power: the strength of sisterhood." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A first rate fantasy with engaging characters." --Kirkus

"With amusing detail, each girl...navigates...family, friends, school, and romance. An enjoyable, contemporary read about family bonds." --Booklist

"What do sisters and this fabulous novel have in common? Happiness, heartbreak, and hilarity." --Lauren Myracle,New York Timesbestselling author ofPeace, Love, and Baby Ducks

"Benway has created such unique, authentic characters that I wish I could join the family as March or July." --Robin Palmer, author ofGeek Charming

"This is a fresh, funny, and utterly magical book. I couldn't put it down!" --Katie Finn, author ofTop 8
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ISBN-10: 159514286X
ISBN-13: 978-1595142863
Author: Robin Benway
Publisher: Razorbill

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