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Passable read! Good but not great

  • May 3, 2010
 The Geometry of Sisters was actually good. It just wasn't for me. 

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The Geometry of Sisters starts with Maura Shaw moving away to Newport, with her two children, Beck and Travis. Maura's daughter, Carrie, is missing and the detective on the case has failed to find any trace of her. Maura is the only one looking forward to the change to Newport. Travis misses his girlfriend, Ally, while Beck is antagonistic to moving away from home, where Carrie could be. 

As the story progresses, Maura's perfect outer facade cracks as she comes across elements of her past that she had hidden for years. At the same time, Beck resorts to stealing, as a way to battle her demons. She had been caught and accused of stealing back home, and was in therapy. Travis finds that he is developing feelings for Pell, a girl in his school, whose sister, Lucy, is Beck's close friend in Newport. 

I thought this story was pretty good, but somehow I could not connect with any of the characters and their problems at any point, except one. That one moment was late in the book, when I actually felt a character do a sensible action - sensible according to her situation. There are a lot of characters introduced in Newport, who didn't kindle any sort of interest in me. There is J.D., who became paralyzed the day the woman he loved left him, Steven Campbell, the math teacher, who has made helping the Shaw family his responsibility, Pell and Lucy Davis, another pair of sisters, whose story is told in this book's sequel, The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners. Then there is Katherine, Maura's long-estranged, would-be-no-longer-estranged sister. 

The many emotions captured in the book felt shallow for me. In addition, Beck often talks about sisters, her family, her problems, and her relationships in very mathematical terms. I didn't mind it initially, but after a while, it got tiring to see so many things expressed in math terms. The audio book narrators however did a very good job. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading books about families and sisters. Since neither theme is for me, I will stay away from this genre. 

Title: I initially assumed this book was about just one pair of sisters. Instead, we have three. Some how that itself ruined the book for me. Not that I don't like reading about sisters. But three pairs was a bit too much. Mainly because I felt it took away the real beauty of the relationship between sisters, by having too many pairs to focus on. Beck's mathematical prowess is brought on very well in the title of the book. 

Cover Art: I however think, the cover and the title go very well together, with the palms of the three pairs of sisters interlocked in a geometrical formation

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