Sunday, February 10, 2008

Sister Salty, Sister Sweet

Authors: Shannon Kring Biro and Natalie Kring
Genre: Memoir
Challenge: Alphabet Readers (S title)
Date Finished: February 9, 2008
Rating: 3.5/5

"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.

4 comments:

bookinhand said...

My local newspaper reviewed this book this weekend. Now that I have read your review, I am definitely interested in reading it. I usually enjoy stories about sisters. Diane

J. Kaye Oldner said...

I couldn't find the post where the 100+ Book Challenge is listed, so I'm posting your welcome here. :)

Welcome to the 100+ Reading Challenge! :-D I have posted your link on the right sidebar of the blog. Best of luck and above all, have fun!

J. Kaye Oldner said...

And welcome to the Suspense & Thriller Challenge too! :-D

J. Kaye Oldner said...

Posting again...sorry!

For the 100+ Reading Challenge, I am doing something fun. Well, at least I think it is. I'd like to start posting the participating members favorite book for each month on the blog. Mine is already up for January. Send me your favorite book and author of the book for January. As soon as this month is over, I’ll post one for February.