Challenge: Alphabet Readers (S title)
Date Finished: February 9, 2008
"It took what seemed minutes to formulate the words to express my horrible realization: "Oh, my God. We're becoming...our Barbies." - Page 230
Anyone who has grown up with a sister knows of the constant battle that can be produced by the intense sibling rivalry that exists. I'm not sure why, but it seems that females are always trying to out do each other and this is even more apparent when those females are sisters. I am the oldest of three girls and I could really smile at many points in the book because so much of it held a nugget of truth. From always competing for their parents' attention to allowing their sibling rivalry to play out in their Barbies' lives.
But anyone who reads this book just expecting a few humorous stories about sisters will find so much more. It becomes a story of dealing with issues so much bigger...including one sister's eating disorder, their family's multigenerational dysfunction, and the other sister's intense shyness that seems to border almost on agoraphobia. I was delightfully surprised that this memoir was so much more than what I first thought it would be.