Twisted Sisters

Twisted Sisters

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by Jen Lancaster
     
 

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A licensed psychologist who stars on the cable breakout show I Need a Push, Reagan Bishop helps participants become their best selves by urging them to overcome obstacles and change behaviors. An overachiever, Reagan is used to delivering results.

Despite her overwhelming professional success, Reagan never seems to earn her family’s respect. Her

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A licensed psychologist who stars on the cable breakout show I Need a Push, Reagan Bishop helps participants become their best selves by urging them to overcome obstacles and change behaviors. An overachiever, Reagan is used to delivering results.

Despite her overwhelming professional success, Reagan never seems to earn her family’s respect. Her younger sister, Geri, is and always will be the Bishop family favorite. When a national network buys Reagan’s show, the pressure for unreasonably quick results and higher ratings mounts. Desperate to make the show work and keep her family at bay, Reagan actually listens when the show’s New Age healer offers an unconventional solution.... 

Record Nielsen ratings follow. But when Reagan decides to use her newfound power to teach everyone a lesson about sibling rivalry, she’s the one who will be schooled....

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Kirkus Reviews
2013-12-08
A TV psychologist shrinks from facing her own sibling rivalry issues. Reagan Bishop is the token talk therapist on the Chicago-based cable talk show I Need a Push. Along with a team of other mental health professionals, including Deva, a New-Age healer (she of the autocorrect malapropisms from Lancaster's Here I Go Again, 2013), and Dr. Karen, a psychotropic pill peddler, Reagan is charged with "pushing" guests who have agreed to undergo televised treatment to overcome their compulsions, obsessions and phobias in full view of Oprah-contender Wendy Winsberg's studio audience. Off screen, Reagan deals with her own far-less-tractable psychological challenges. Her parents favor her sisters Geri, an overweight hairdresser, and Mary Mac, mother of eight, vaunting their mundane achievements while ignoring Reagan's Chicago Marathon time and Good Morning America appearances. After her ambition required her to dump her good-hearted surfer boyfriend, Boyd, the now 30-something Reagan has nothing on her romantic horizon except Sebastian, an equally driven professional who's just not that into her. When Push is picked up by the networks, suddenly Reagan is faced with a career-ending quandary--the time she now has to achieve her mental makeovers is drastically reduced, thanks to her new budget-conscious boss, Kassel. After her attempt to deter a starlet from stalking a hip-hop superstar backfires catastrophically and hilariously, Reagan's job is on the line. She enters into an unholy alliance with Deva, whose treatment protocols she has hitherto found as abhorrent as Dr. Karen's drugs. Using charms and amulets, Reagan astral-projects herself into her TV patients' bodies long enough to mime a cure for the cameras. But her family still seems determined to belittle her. Lancaster's unerring ear for hipster parlance and passive-aggressive family snark is on full display--but it isn't until Reagan risks her most daring body swap yet that the novel finds its narrative stride. A meandering midsection--extended digressions on Godfather shtick, anyone?--may discourage some readers from persevering until the truly satisfying closing twist.
From the Publisher
“Jen Lancaster mixes sibling rivalry, reality television and body swapping…hilarious.”—HoustonPress.com

“Sure to appeal to fans of Helen Fielding, Emily Giffin, Sophie Kinsella, and Jennifer Weiner, Twisted Sisters is Jen Lancaster at her funniest and most, well, twisted.”—Starpulse.com

The Real World meets Freaky Friday…packed with interesting characters and lots of snark.…For those of you looking for a book that explores the difficult-sister relationship with some interesting twists, take a chance and read this.”—Rainy Day Ramblings

“If you’ve ever dealt with sibling rivalry, or if you like dry humor, you’ll enjoy reading Twisted Sisters.”—Fox10tv.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451239655
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/04/2014
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,132,447
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Jen Lancaster is the New York Times bestselling author of ten books. She has appeared on Today, The Joy Behar Show, and NPR’s All Things Considered. She resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and their ever-expanding menagerie of ill-behaved pets.

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Twisted Sisters 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Ms. Lancaster's memoirs, laughing myself silly in the process. I preordered her newest work, "Twisted Sisters", and eagerly anticipated its debut. What a disappointment! I struggled through 75 pages and don't think I will continue. None of the characters are sympathetic, the story line - so far - is not compelling, and, most importantly, it just isn't funny. The author is a talented memoirist and should stick with what she excels at.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very dissapointing. I expected more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Twisted Sisters was a huge let down after all the self promoting. I felt she was putting anything out there to see what would stick. She is better at non fiction.
jingleJE More than 1 year ago
Okay book. It wasn't as good as Ms Lancaster's previous books. I was disappointed that I spent so much money on this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know what disturbed me most - the unlikable main character, the blatant Oprah ripoffs (original thoughts would have been nice), or the left field astral projection garbage. Although the twisted reference in the title was supposed to refer to the sibling relationship I believe it refers to the twisting of the authors hands as she cackled at us poor saps for paying money for such crap!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book never really took off for me. I didn't like any of the characters- they were all snarky and mean. By the time anything good happened to anyone, it was over and you didn't care anymore. I loved the author's memoirs so much, but the fiction isn't going well. Huge disappointment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
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JanetS9 More than 1 year ago
Great light read. Smart and funny, I enjoyed the audiobook very much, which is read by Ms. Lancaster. Love her wit and sarcasm, along with her storytelling, she's my kind of woman. she also vividly describes the story settings. I'm in Chicago area too, so I can picture many of the scenes.
cathyangel More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book and love Deva she is so laid back and ready to help anyone! Look forward to seeing how Reagan and Boyd turn out! HINT HINT
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Benjamin_Kissell More than 1 year ago
While Jen by far excels at the memoir genre, her odes to her love of all-things "pink jacketed chick lit" are greatly enjoyable and fun reads (especially for warm spring or summer days). With her third fiction novel Jen brought back a familiar face from her previous novel, 'Here I Go Again', and has her join a cast of characters that will make you cringe with recognition (especially if your family is even remotely anything like Ms Bishop's) before bowling you over with her trademark wit. Jen then takes the reader on a sibling-rivalry roller coaster filled with loathing, vitriol, mis-identities and more laughs than is probably legal.
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Didn't care about the characters, not worth reading.
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bella2367 More than 1 year ago
It was okay. I am a fan of her work and even though I was not enamored with this book, it was a decent read and entertaining. I prefer her semi-autobiographical works better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure about Jen's fiction after reading so many of her memoirs, but this is by far my favorite book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Lancaster's books and like many of the other reviewers tnought this was just - meh. I much prefer when she writes about her own life. It's crazier than the fiction she dreams up. Also I'd hoped the main character would come to her senses but the manner in which she did totally annoyed me. Good thing it happened at the end or I would have stopped reading.
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