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Most Helpful Favorable Review

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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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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  • Posted June 25, 2013

    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, 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

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2013

    I think this book lived up the the critics reviews and the hype

    I think this book lived up the the critics reviews and the hype of release. I really enjoyed the story although I'm not a mom so the details about Kate's kids lives didn't interest me very much. The story of the sisters is touching and real. I don't have a twin but I do have 2 sisters so I understood and related to their complex relationship. The book kept me engaged the whole time and I found myself not wanting to put it down. I would recommend this book and I will look for other titles from C. Sittenfeld.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2014

    I enjoyed reading this book because it is different than what I

    I enjoyed reading this book because it is different than what I normally read and because the storyline makes you think. All throughout the book Kate kept thinking about how selfish her twin Violet is but I feel that she is the one who is selfish. She only worried about herself and what others thought of her. She was so willing to deny a part of her heritage and wanted her sister to do the same. Every time there was a problem, her solution was just not to talk about it and pretend nothing ever happened. When she finally does marry the right guy, Kate still makes up excuses about everything going on around her instead of taking responsibility. With Violet's earthquake prediction, I do agree that October 16th was a date that was going to affect Kate's life, not the rest of the city or nation like how she believed it would be. There was still no excuse for what Kate did behind Jeremy's back and I'm glad the consequences were some that she could not ignore. I just think that it is sad that Gabe had to suffer for Kate's actions. I think the book is well written and I am definitely lending this book out to friends and family to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    Good rrad Good read

    Love the writers style.

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  • Posted February 27, 2014

    I enjoyed this book.

    I enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2013

    Loved this

    This is a family drama and will keep you reading . Lots happens in the last part of this book which you will not expect, enjoy....

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