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Sisterland

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6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

I went Back To The Future in this gem of a novel. Although it sa

I went Back To The Future in this gem of a novel. Although it saddens me to think in fifty years teenagers probably won’t get many of the pop culture references, I’ve decided to live in the moment, or the recent past, as this novel clearly does. With The Simpsons, Ameri...
I went Back To The Future in this gem of a novel. Although it saddens me to think in fifty years teenagers probably won’t get many of the pop culture references, I’ve decided to live in the moment, or the recent past, as this novel clearly does. With The Simpsons, American Idol, Letterman, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” Rolling Stone, Christina Aguilera, The Fugitive, “The Way You Look Tonight,” Today, Animal House, Spin Doctors, Blues Brothers, Monty Python, Good Morning Vietnam, Mannequin, and The Exorcist, they somehow all managed to “Take My Breath Away.” But this novel has more staying power than Cool Ranch Doritos, Wonder Bread topped with butter and cinnamon sugar, and gonorrhea.

Kate and Vi Shramm both have extrasensory perceptions (ESP), along with being identical twin sisters, although each chooses a much different path. While Vi chooses to embrace her powers and attack the spotlight like she wants to ensure she receives every minute of her fifteen minutes of fame, Kate shies away from her powers like she might have caught an STD from some overzealous frat boy. Both seem sexually experienced in my limited knowledge of the world, but for entirely different reasons. Vi uses her assets, in this case ample breasts, as a weapon to manipulate unsuspecting male suitors, and in some cases, just for the hell of it, tossing around hand jobs and sexual favors like ice cream cones to six year-olds, while Kate takes a more reserved approach to sex, except when gentleness, kindness, or bouts of uncontrollable passion cause her to expose her naughty bits.

Kate was the more likeable character, except I did have a few moments of displeasure with her over the course of the novel. Vi, however, was self-absorbed, hypocritical, irrational, contradictory, only acted in her own best interests, constantly passed judgment, and sometimes experienced what might be considered sociopathic tendencies. So I didn’t mind poking around in Kate’s head for some 400 odd pages or so. Had Vi been the real star of the show, though, I might have had an entirely different opinion of SISTERLAND.

I received this book for free through NetGalley.

Robert Downs
Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator

posted by RobertDowns on June 25, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

This book is literally the entire life story of the character Da

This book is literally the entire life story of the character Daisy. If you want to read a book about a stupid stay at home mom who just complains about her psychic powers, then this book is for you. I thought that the psychic-ness would make it interesting, but it didn...
This book is literally the entire life story of the character Daisy. If you want to read a book about a stupid stay at home mom who just complains about her psychic powers, then this book is for you. I thought that the psychic-ness would make it interesting, but it didn't. Even that dragged on. 

posted by Anonymous on July 11, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    I had a sense it would disappoint...

    ...and it did. From the horrible thing that happened in middle school through to the end, the buildups were never satisfyingly resolved.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    Loved it...until I hated it.

    It was a great premise and an easy read, if you don't mind the smallest things being overwritten. I think my favorite thing about the book was the familiarity to me of the locations, and that's truly a lame reason to to love a book. I tried so hard to ignore all the stereotypes Ms. Sittenfeld employed, and there are many, but what ultimately made me realize how I felt about the book was her sloppy attempt at wrapping the story up. Booo....I expected better.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Deeply disturbing

    Although i loved the story of the sisters bond, which is truly what the book is about. The twist at the end left me very disturbed and disappointed. It seemed gratuitous and unnecessary with everything else going on. A good read, but not a light summer read by any means...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    I was a bit disappointed. With the book on the best sellers, I w

    I was a bit disappointed. With the book on the best sellers, I was expecting more from the book. This is the first book I've read where I didn't like the main character. It is a decent read, just not fabulous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2013

    High expectations.....mediocre read.

    I was really excited to read this book, knowing that it was set in STL and the concept seemed interesting. However, I felt that the story line fell flat and way too often, descriptions of areas or highways were just thrown in to take up space. Have to admit though, that I was thrown by several events that happened in the book.....That's always a good thing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Good Read

    While this book kept my interest enough to want to keep reading I must admit that I was saddened by the turn of events in the later part of the book. Made me feel disappointed at how lives and lies an betrayals can seem so commonplace these days and even worse to be viewed as so trivial

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

    Wanted to love

    I wanted to love this book and there were sections that I did. Overall I liked it.

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