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Then I Met My Sister

Then I Met My Sister

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by Christine Hurley Deriso
     
 

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It's not exactly easy living in a shrine to your dead sister. Since birth, I've known that everyone loved Shannon. She was perfect—beautiful, smart, talented. And me? Not so much. My parents always expected me to live up to her greatness. But I could never measure up to her, so why even try?

This summer, I've started reading the journal Shannon kept

Overview

It's not exactly easy living in a shrine to your dead sister. Since birth, I've known that everyone loved Shannon. She was perfect—beautiful, smart, talented. And me? Not so much. My parents always expected me to live up to her greatness. But I could never measure up to her, so why even try?

This summer, I've started reading the journal Shannon kept just before she died . . . and suddenly nothing is what I thought it was. The more secrets I learn about Shannon and our family, the more everything changes. And as it turns out, facing the truth is no cakewalk, either.

Praise:
"Deriso illuminates a complex family that, despite the faults of every member, emerges as strong and loving. An absorbing story teens will connect with."—KIRKUS REVIEWS

 

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Mary Arnold
Many coming-of-age stories revolve around sibling rivalry, a younger sister forever in the shadow of the "perfect" older child. But Deriso's first foray into young adult fiction adds an interesting twist: Summer's "perfect" older sister, Shannon, died before she was born. As Summer approaches her eighteenth birthday—a birthday Shannon, who died in a car accident the summer before senior year, never saw—Summer is firmly entrenched in her determination to be nothing like Shannon, to the despair of her controlling mom. And best friend and budding love interest, Gibson, is the perfect sounding board for her daily rebellions. When her mother's sister gives Summer the journal of Shannon's final months, Summer is amazed to discover a three-dimensional sister whose feelings and behaviors are a far cry from the girl she knows only from the photo and award shrine on the wall. This is a sister Summer comes to care for as Shannon's troubled relationship with "Momzilla" so often mirrors Summer's own, and Summer begins to understand just how complicated life becomes when long-buried family secrets emerge. Readers will like Summer's distinctive voice and empathize with her struggle to define herself on her own terms rather than the expectations of everyone around her, not to mention her growing desire to jettison her five-year plan where the sympathetic, smart Gibson is concerned. Reviewer: Mary Arnold
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Shannon died in a car accident before Summer was born, but Summer feels as if she has never measured up to the perfect and overachieving image of her sibling. A gift from her Aunt Nic for her 17th birthday, Shannon's secret diary from the last year of her life, provides Summer the opportunity to get to know her sister and reveals a few uncomfortable truths about her family along the way. Guided by the insight and honesty of her (more than) best friend, Gibson, Summer is able to reevaluate her sometimes-judgmental and unfair analysis of her family. Excerpts from Shannon's journal reveal that she wasn't always the picture-perfect person Summer believed her to be, and in fact show that despite Summer's C average, she understands a lot more about the way the world works than Shannon did. The journey Summer goes on to "meet" her sister is compelling, but equally interesting are her discoveries about herself and her relationships, especially her budding romance with Gibs. Not just your average story of self-acceptance, this is a book intriguing enough to read in one sitting.—Amy Commers, South St. Paul Public Library, MN

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738728070
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date:
07/08/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Christine Hurley Deriso (North Augusta, SC) is an award-winning author of three middle grade novels. She has also contributed to Ladies' Home Journal, Parents, and other national magazines. Visit her online at www.christinehurleyderiso.com.

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