The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June

by Robin Benway

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ISBN-13: 9781595143785
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/02/2011
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 556,745
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Robin Benway is the acclaimed author of the National Book Award winner Far From the Tree; Emmy & Oliver; the Also Known As series; Audrey, Wait!; and The Extraordinary Secrets of AprilMay & June. Benway's books have been published in sixteen languages, have won international awards, and have been bestsellers in several countries. Formerly a bookseller and book publicist, she lives in Los Angeles.

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The Extraordinary Secrets Of April, May, & June (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS SOOOOOOO AWESOME AND INTENSE!!!!!!!!! IT IS SO GOOD!!!! a must reade by far
SylvereApLeanan More than 1 year ago
Is there anything more disconcerting for a teenaged girl than enduring her parents' divorce only to move out of her childhood home, away from her friends, and have to learn her way around a new house, a new town, and a new school? April, May, and June Stephenson would say "yes." If typical adolescent angst weren't enough, each of these sisters has a new psychic ability she must learn to control while maintaining the appearance of a normal life. Talk about pressure! April is the studious, responsible, and family-oriented oldest sister who can see the future. It's perfect for helping keep her sisters out of trouble. May, the middle sister, is the angst-ridden teen who feels overlooked in her family and life in general. It's no surprise when her gift turns out to be the ability to turn invisible in more than a metaphoric sense. June is determined to be everything her sisters are not - fashionable, popular, and "cool." The power to read the minds of those around her is June's dream come true. Now she will know exactly what people think about her style and adjust as needed to fit in with the kids who rule the school. Robin Benway's The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June is clever and fun, packed with laugh-out-loud funny moments. Each chapter is from the perspective of a different sister and Benway has succeeded in giving each girl a distinct voice. The major drawback of the book is that the characters are too typical. Throughout the book, I kept wanting to slap the vapid, superficial June and tell her to grow up and get over herself. Likewise, May makes the gloomiest emo kid seem bright and shiny as a new iPod full of Justin Bieber tunes, and April is so invested in the role of mother hen I felt like she was going to lay an egg any minute. Despite the occasional flatness of the main characters, I enjoyed The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June enough to forget I was reading a Young Adult novel. The only other criticism I had was the use of adult language. Extraordinary Secrets is billed as suitable for readers age 12 and up but, as a mother, I'm not sure I want my kids reading so much swearing. Maybe I'm old-fashioned to think young teens are exposed to enough cursing at school and on the street; they don't need to be innundated with it in media too. This book seems better suited to readers 15 and up. Robin Benway attempts to set The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June within the ranks of (and poke a bit of fun at) paranormal young adult genre powerhouses by having her characters draw comparisons between themselves and predecessors such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Harry Potter. While I don't foresee Benway's book rising to the juggernaut status of Joss Whedon's or J. K. Rowling's creations, Extraordinary Secrets is still a worthy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Would reccomend for kids between the ages of 7-11.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome like "Audrey, wait!" Which is also by Robin Benway. I read this book in four days, thats just how amazing it is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book caused both laughs, tears, gasps, and more laughs. As a sister, I can completely relate to the girls, as most sisters can. The book also kept me on the edge of my seat, as I waited to see what happened. The ending was slightly dissapointing, but other than that the book was great. Children of divorced parents, sisters, and high schoolers can all relate to this amazing story.
sheila bender More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome except the language and adult content. It talked about teen stuff. And lots of dringing. Ages 13 and up
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
From a brilliant premise to spectacular writing to relatable and witty main characters, there leaves no doubt in my voice when I say that The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June is hands down one of the best books of the year. Each character is crafted in a way that makes them jump right of the page from the start and became a part of you as you see their story unravel in front of you. I really liked the fact that each stood on their own with their unique personalities. Since, I hate nothing more but when characters in a book, especially one that jumps from narrator to narrator like The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June, all sound the same. Though that was far from the case in this book. April is the smart one, whoever feels the need to be her sister's protector, even if it sometimes get in the way of her own life, while May is the sarcastic and witty loner that forever has you awed by her charm to turn something normal into being something slyly funny. And June? Well, she's basically a girl who wants nothing more to fit and be part of the popular crowd, though there's more than meets the surface to this girl who seemed a bit selfish at the beginning. All three constantly had me and giggles and relating my own life to theirs. The premise, as mentioned above, in The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June was brilliant, and the execution was even more so. I loved seeing all three girls come to terms with their powers all while trying to find themselves in the new life they have been given. In turn, it provided a page-turning read that was extremely hard to put down, even for a second. In all, The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June is a book that you should definitely check out this upcoming summer, because I have no worries when saying that I'm sure that you'll love and adore it as much as I did. And Robin Benway, if you're reading this, I'm really, really looking forward to reading more by you! Grade: A+
foggidawn on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June by Robin Benway was on my radar because I absolutely loved Audrey, Wait!, Benway's first book. Extraordinary Secrets failed to impress, though. The story is of three teen sisters who suddenly develop superpowers, and find that the powers can be more problematic than they might have expected.While the three characters are distinct, they're also kind of stereotypical (April the plain-Jane-brain, May the grumpy emo kid with no friends, June the pretty but clueless popularity-seeker) -- and I didn't actually like any of them. Also, the reason behind the development of their sudden powers is never fully explained, or at least not to my satisfaction. As for pacing, the plot meandered aimlessly along through a few dates and a couple of parties, then rushed to the climax and conclusion.I probably wouldn't recommend this, unless the plot description really appeals to you.
amusingmother on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Three sisters, 13 months apart, move to a new city, attend a new school, brand new environment. The one constant is they have each other and their mom. Parents divorced four months ago, there was the "Tequila Incident" involving May and then the move. They are suddenly made aware of their weird abilities. April gets flashes of the future, May becomes invisible, and April can read minds.The best part about this book is the dialog, both spoken and in their heads. It is HILARIOUS. Although they are sisters, Robin Benway created each character to be completely unique. She also infused humor into every page. Just made me laugh out loud.There's a similarity to each character's power and their personality. April is the over-controlling sister who hovers over everybody trying to ward off danger. May is the withdrawer, tired of high school and wears black to disappear. June is the girl always seeking social acceptance and worried about what her peers think of her. Love interests develop, sexual tension is hilarious. Would make a fun Disney movie with a couple of edits. Mostly May's mouth.Language - moderateSex - mildDrug use - moderate drinking at partiesOverall message - Excellent.
sylvereapleanan on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Is there anything more disconcerting for a teenaged girl than enduring her parents' divorce only to move out of her childhood home, away from her friends, and have to learn her way around a new house, a new town, and a new school? April, May, and June Stephenson would say "yes." If typical adolescent angst weren't enough, each of these sisters has a new psychic ability she must learn to control while maintaining the appearance of a normal life. Talk about pressure! April is the studious, responsible, and family-oriented oldest sister who can see the future. It's perfect for helping keep her sisters out of trouble. May, the middle sister, is the angst-ridden teen who feels overlooked in her family and life in general. It's no surprise when her gift turns out to be the ability to turn invisible in more than a metaphoric sense. June is determined to be everything her sisters are not - fashionable, popular, and "cool." The power to read the minds of those around her is June's dream come true. Now she will know exactly what people think about her style and adjust as needed to fit in with the kids who rule the school. Robin Benway's The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June is clever and fun, packed with laugh-out-loud funny moments. Each chapter is from the perspective of a different sister and Benway has succeeded in giving each girl a distinct voice. The major drawback of the book is that the characters are too typical. Throughout the book, I kept wanting to slap the vapid, superficial June and tell her to grow up and get over herself. Likewise, May makes the gloomiest emo kid seem bright and shiny as a new iPod full of Justin Bieber tunes, and April is so invested in the role of mother hen I felt like she was going to lay an egg any minute. Despite the occasional flatness of the main characters, I enjoyed The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June enough to forget I was reading a Young Adult novel. The only other criticism I had was the use of adult language. Extraordinary Secrets is billed as suitable for readers age 12 and up but, as a mother, I'm not sure I want my kids reading so much swearing. Maybe I'm old-fashioned to think young teens are exposed to enough cursing at school and on the street; they don't need to be innundated with it in media too. This book seems better suited to readers 15 and up.Robin Benway attempts to set The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June within the ranks of (and poke a bit of fun at) paranormal young adult genre powerhouses by having her characters draw comparisons between themselves and predecessors such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Harry Potter. While I don't foresee Benway's book rising to the juggernaut status of Joss Whedon's or J. K. Rowling's creations, Extraordinary Secrets is still a worthy read.
booksandwine on LibraryThing 8 months ago
April, May, and June Stephenson are sisters with magical powers. April, the oldest, can see the future, May goes invisible, and June, the youngest can read minds. The girls must decide what purpose they will use their powers for. Full of humor, wit, and sibling rivalry, Robin Benway's sophmore novel is made of win. I really enjoyed The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June on both a superficial level and a deeper level.On the superficial level, I loved that there was a main character named April. I love that she is the oldest of three sisters. Mainly this is because my name is April and I have two little sisters as well. I just don't see a lot of my books with my name as the main character, and well small things like that make me feel awesome. I mean, don't you get all excited when you see a protagonist with your name?As for my deeper level joy, what I enjoyed was that this was a contemporary with a fantasy twist. I am hesitant to call this paranormal or fantasy, as it takes place mostly in a contemporary setting. There aren't any vampires or creatures, just girls with extraordinary powers. To which I say yes. I love it when something new is brought to the genre. Not gonna lie, I do get all vampire-d out, all magical creature-d out from time to time, so it's nice to have a little break from that.I'm also a fan of relationships in books when they are healthy. Guyz, this book passes the healthy relationship test. There's no manipulation or any of the chances your YA Boyfriend might be a creeper signs in this book. Totes awesome. Also, there's not just boyfriend-girlfriend romantical relationships. There are family relationships (no, gross, not like that!). The girls, April, May, and June acted just like real sisters. They fought over stupid stuff consistently. There was sibling rivalry. However, in the end they have each others' backs. Sort of like with my sisters. HURRAH relating!Furthermore, the icing on the cake that is The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June is the wit. This book is full of humor. I love how the girls would engage in sarcastic banter with each other and also with other people. Being the dork I am I laughed for like 15 minutes over the part where May is talking to her tutor and she goes "they should invent a paper iron, to keep your papers flat." Her tutor Henry responds, "They did. It's called a folder." I mean, that wasn't exactly how the exchange went but it was hilarious, especially if you imagine it to be deadpan.With great characterization, romance, and hilarious dialogue, I would say Benway's sophmore novel is a keeper.
twonickels on LibraryThing 8 months ago
You¿ve read those books where a couple of sisters suddenly get superpowers, right? This one is different. This is what would actually happen. Distinctive characters with great voices, and a story that brings both the funny and the emotion. Robin Benway is pretty quickly becoming one of my YA favorites.
resugo on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I loved the writing in this book. Three distinct sisters with very different personalities and voices. The pov of the chapters rotate between the three, and they all have a different perspective on what is going on. They're also just like normal sisters: they fight, protect, and love each other. I could relate to all of them at different times. I mean, who needs a superpower to feel different or strange? Each sister has their own story going on, but the main overarching plot of the book is this disaster that April sees in the future and she is hell bent on making sure it doesn't happen. She's the older sister and she just wants to protect her family. But in trying to do so there are of course misunderstanding and tempers flair. It's a fun book. It has a good pace and a lot of character. May's my favorite sisters. She's sarcastic, funny, and angsty. Though I liked the other two, they got annoying at times.
stephxsu on LibraryThing 8 months ago
One day, the three Stephenson sisters¿nerdy April, snarky May, and irrepressible June¿were just three average siblings living with their newly divorced mother. The next, the three have gained magical powers! Older child April can see the future, middle child May can make herself invisible, and June, the youngest, can read people¿s minds. It begins to look like their powers give them more grief than gladness, partially as it gets them into boy troubles, but mostly as it seems to drive them apart. However, April gets a vision of impending disaster, and it¿s only by accepting one another and their crazy powers that these three sisters just might be able to save the day.At long last, Robin Benway, author of one of my favorite and most hilarious YA novels, Audrey, Wait!, has come out with her sophomore novel. THE EXTRAORDINARY SECRETS OF APRIL, MAY, & JUNE is (what else?) extraordinarily different from her debut novel, but its mixture of witty teen angst, sibling relationships, and magic should still make this a hit with readers of all ages.The strongest part of THE EXTRAORDINARY SECRETS OF APRIL, MAY, & JUNE is the witty dialogue that the sisters throw at one another. Think Gilmore Girls without as many pop culture references. Think Bianca¿s attitude and tone from 10 Things I Hate About You¿on steroids. The wit is nonstop, and if you¿re an lover of snark and bite, you¿ll get a kick out of the dialogue in this book. The story switches between April, May, and June¿s POV, and I appreciated that, while they could all engage in the same frenetic level of verbal sparring, they were all also distinct characters and personalities.Unfortunately, the verbal jousting can also get petty and overwhelming. Reading the Stephenson sisters¿ endless snapping at one another feels a bit too much like watching a married couple fight onscreen¿yes, that s**t happens in real life, but no one really wants it to occur nonstop in fiction. Additionally, the wit does not make for the shakiness of the plot, which was slow, with lots of red-herring subplots. A large part of it sought to show readers what life for the sisters was like after they discovered their powers, but that unfortunately also lessened the impact of the foreshadowed climax: I wanted and expected more from such a killer premise. I liked the idea of the magical powers, but I fear it clashed and was eventually defeated and subdued by the hands of the overpowering characters.Readers who enjoyed the (mostly) harmless but still sharp humor in Audrey, Wait! will certainly get a surprise if they read THE EXTRAORDINARY SECRETS OF APRIL, MAY, & JUNE. It lacks a sound execution, but on the whole, this unique book is a delightful blend of the contemporary and the magic, and readers will be drawn into the lives of these three different but all endearing sisters as their powers change them beyond their wildest imaginations.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Sisters April, May, and June discover one day that they have superpowers. April can see the future, May can become invisible, and June can read minds. When April foresees a terrible accident, they'll have to work together or everything might be doomed. I think there was just too much going on in this book. I think I would have liked it if it was just a story about three sisters or if it had been about just one of the girls dealing with superpowers. As it is, it was just too much going on. I do commend Robin Benway on creating three distinct characters with distinct voices. Not an easy feat!
59Square on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The three sisters move to a new town after their parents get divorced. Once there, they are all trying to cope with a new high school, new friends (or not having any) and their feelings about their parents when something very, very strange happens. First April starts being able to see the future, then June begins to read minds, and then finally May develops her power ¿ the ability to disappear. The rest of the book is spent as the girls investigate the ethics of these new powers, and how much their powers can influence the rest of their lives. I think it¿s an interesting concept, but I just felt like this book was really flat. The older two sisters are more developed, but the youngest one, who the book¿s big conflict centers around, is sort of one-note. She is only interested in being popular, and reads the minds of the most popular girls to get in with the cool crowd. Some of the other minor characters are more believable, though. It seems as though this book was created to fill a need ¿ a supernatural family/romance book, and that the author¿s heart wasn¿t really in it. You can also tell that there is going to be a sequel, and that¿s annoying too. It¿s too bad ¿ I would have liked to see a family of superhero girls.
EKAnderson on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I love stories about sisters. I¿m sure that this is partly because I have a sister, who is six year younger than me. I wish we were closer, but it¿s hard when we live so far apart (she¿s in Maine, I¿m here in Texas). So when I read stories about sisters who are close in age and get have adventures and party and angst together, I think about what it would be like if me and my sister had been closer in age growing up.Recently I read THE EXTRAORDINARY SECRETS OF APRIL, MAY & JUNE by Robin Benway. This book is quite an achievement, telling a story in three ¿ count `em: three! ¿ unique voices. April, the oldest, is the good girl, the caretaker, the one who has it all together. May, the middle sister, is the jaded one, the art freak, the girl who is pretty okay with being a loner. And June, the youngest, is starting high school this year, and is on a quest for popularity. These sisters couldn¿t be more different, it seems. And yet, something happens on the way to school one day that proves they share something weird ¿ something extraordinary ¿ that will change their lives forever.I love how this book uses a touch of magic realism to deal with seemingly mundane issues ¿ divorce, dating, sisterly bickering ¿ that aren¿t really that mundane at all. Sure, a lot of people deal with their parents splitting, but when it happens to you, it¿s freaking huge. This book is powerful, and I wish I could tell you more, but one of the best parts about THE EXTRAORDINARY SECRETS OF APRIL, MAY & JUNE is all the surprises, the twists and turns around every corner. So I¿ll leave you with this: go find a copy, and read it with your sister (or a best friend who may as well be).
Malbebe on LibraryThing 8 months ago
To start off I read this book back in May. I've been struggling to find the right way to review this book, it deserves a great review. This book is in my top 5 favorite books of 2010. The novel is by Robin Benway and this is her second book. After reading The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June I'm a huge fan of her writing. The characters are the most real and funny people you will ever read about. April, the oldest, can see the future. She feels the need to protect her sisters, and is the almost perfect girl (No one can be perfect). May, the middle-child, can become invisible. May is a loner, but has a witty sense of humor. June, the youngest of the three, can read people's minds. June is just a young girl who wants to fit in and be popular. I loved all three girls, they are so easy to relate to. I saw myself and my own sister in each of the girls. I'm like April and May, and my sister is most like June. Here is a little secret of my own: When I read a book I take notes on my cell phone. I like keeping track of the mistakes in books and my favorite parts. So later on I can come back and read again. With Benway's latest book I couldn't just write each page as my favorite. Instead I basically put EVERY chapter as my favorite part of the book.I was drawn in from page one. This book is not easy to put down. You'll want to keep reading until you finish, because it is indeed extraordinary. The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June is a great book to read for fun, when you need cheering up, rainy days, or a beach read. The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June has a good blend of romance, the bond between sisters, humor, and the struggles of just being a teenager. Including twists and surprises you don't see coming. Towards the end everything fits together like a puzzle and I loved how it was planned. 5 stars!
tipsister on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I wasn't sure what to expect from The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June by Robin Benway. I wasn't sure if it was a superhero novel or something supernatural. Really, it was a neither. It was at heart a story about growing up, dealing with circumstances beyond control, and living with changes. Add in a few "super powers" and you have a strong story.April, May, and June are sisters who are dealing with their parent's divorce. They've moved to a new town with their mother while their father moves to a different state. While dealing with a new school in a new town, strange abilities - that they noticed briefly as children - manifest themselves again. April discovers that she can see the future, May can disappear, and June can read minds. Initially their abilities are exciting but when April starts getting visions of a dangerous situation, her need to protect her sisters hurts their relationship. They learn that they do best when working together. I enjoyed this more than I expected. It's a quick read and it's an interesting story. I wonder if there is a sequel planned which might explain more about how the girls got their abilities. It was hinted that there was a family history and I'd like to know more. Highly recommended for older teens and adults as there is some alcohol usage and talk of sex.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Reading this book blurb brought to mind the TV show, Charmed, which I loved. If you haven¿t seen it you should check it out. It¿s about three sisters who find out they are powerful witches and each have different powers. Initially they had such different personalities they did not get along all that well but eventually realize that sisterhood trumps all So with the similarities I just had to check this book out. This was a delightful read. The sisters cracked me up. April is the oldest and so uptight it¿s amazing and would probably drive me crazy if she were my sister. May is the middle child, filled with insecurities and was probably the one I was most able to relate to. June is the baby sister and typically flighty. When they discover their ¿powers¿ they each react as expected based on their personalities and of course end up driving each other nuts. Despite their widely varying personalities and outlook on their new powers sisterhood prevails in the end.I really enjoyed seeing how the sisters deal with each other and those around them as they try to master their new abilities and figure out what brings about the disaster April foresees. Each chapter alternates from each sister¿s point of view which really adds another dimension to the story. We really get inside the heads of each of them and how they view each other and the changes going on around them. The one odd part for me was the relationship between April and Julian. I really did not see what attracted him to her when she was acting like such a nut case. There is one incident where she saves him from injury and then all of a sudden he shows an interest in her. It seemed so sudden that I found it hard to believe. In contrast I loved seeing May¿s relationship develop throughout the book. All in all this was a fun and quick read.
wsquared on LibraryThing 8 months ago
As if dealing with their parents' divorce and moving to a new town weren't enough, teenage sisters April, May, and June discover they have secret powers one afternoon on the way home from school. Eldest sister April can see the future, middle sister May can disappear, and youngest sister June can read minds. Told in alternating points of view, the three sisters learn to come to terms with their powers and their relationships with each other, all while navigating the usual stresses of high school.Robin Benway ups the ante in her second novel, using a similar contemporary Southern California setting to her first book (the fabulous Audrey, Wait!), but throwing supernatural elements and multiple narrators into the mix. With so many elements, the story could have easily gotten bogged down with details, but Benway keeps the tone fresh and the narrative fast-paced with witty dialogue and fun and beliveable characters. Each of the sisters feels fully developed despite having only a third of the book to themselves and each is likeable in her own way. While the mere existence of the superpowers is obviously farfetched, I was happy to suspend some disbelief and go along with these characters on this fun, and often surprising, ride.
jonilee73 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I was super excited when I opened up the envelope from Razorbill and saw this book! I read Audrey, Wait! a few months ago and I LOVED it, so I was excited to read Robin Benway's new novel. I flew through this book. It was so different from Audrey, Wait! but that is a good thing. That means that the author has the ability to write about a variety of subjects. It was so easy to just dive right into the characters lives and right away I got a feel for dynamics of the family. April, being the oldest, was kind of like the second mother. She was very protective of her sisters, and she was very very controlling of all things in her life. May, the middle sister, slipped into the background. She had the hardest time dealing with her parents divorce, though she never shared that with her sisters. June, the youngest, was the playful of the three. She is the typical young teen girl that wants to be popular and make the most of high school. I was excited to see how they would discover their powers. I never like books where it is all played up and you go through the "trying to convince everyone that you really the powers" bit. Thankfully, Extraordinary Secrets spared me of that. I will not tell you how the powers are revealed, but it is not all long and played out and you will not get frustrated and want to throw the book. Trust me on that.Each girl has a power that is very fitting for their role in the family as well. April can see the future, which is perfect for the girl who always needs to be in control. It is much easier to keep a grip on things when nothing surprises you. May can disappear, which is fitting because it is something that has felt like she has been doing her whole life, as the middle child in the family. June can read minds, and to me she just has the perfect personality for that ability. She uses it for good, but she also has the most fun with her gift as well. I loved the dialogue in this book. It flows very easily and it is never interrupted by "he said" or "she said", and yet you can easily follow along and know who is saying what. The cover is beautiful. Honestly. if I had never heard of this book and I had walked by it in Barnes and Noble, I would have picked up simply because I love the cover so much.This novel is fast-paced and easy to read. I felt like I was watching everything take place and not just reading about it. This is a book where I found myself getting personally involved with the characters. When April sees a vision that scares her and she refuses to share it with anyone, I was yelling at her to stop being so controlling. When May starts disappearing more and more and I wanted to be there for her to talk to. When June started pulling away from her sister's to try to be "popular" I wanted to smack her upside the head like I was her sister and tell her to get a grip. Closing the book, I was sad that it was over. I knew I was going to miss those sisters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it but whoever wrote the smiley face it shouldnt be for 7-11 it should be for 13-up because of the curse words but I definitly recommend this book my favorite character was May he was layed back that is why I love here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had never read anything by Robin Benway before I became obsessed with her Tumblr “The Songs that Saved Your Life.” Worth checking out for the music alone, but when I found a brief summary of “The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June” hidden in amongst the song discussion, I knew I had to take a look. The premise was right up my alley, and though I didn’t fall in love quite as hard as I’d lead myself to believe, I still found plenty of things to enjoy about the story. I have a sister myself, and I thought the sibling dynamics–the familial dynamics in general, really–were right on the money. The banter between April, May, and June before they develop their powers rang incredibly true, and watching them realize how much their abilities influence their relationships with each other was both hilarious and poignant. One of the things Benway captured so well was how quickly the three girls flitted from teasing, to arguing, to bonding, and back. Sibling relationships vary so much from family to family, but the best ones always remind you that being pissed off doesn’t last long when there’s someone who has your back. The side characters here were equally entertaining, especially the quirky, not typically romantic leads. I loved that both the boys who enter the story are not necessarily the YA version of hot. It felt very realistic to me. At the same time, I would’ve liked to see a little more development within the story’s other sibling relationship. A better explanation for who or what the classmate was who sets off the collective powers of April, May, and June would’ve also been appreciated. I think my biggest problem with this story, and the reason it earned a three star review instead of four, is that the stakes never felt high enough. We’re told throughout the story that April has a catastrophic vision of the future, and a large portion of what drives the girls through the plot involves trying to prevent these mysterious events from unfolding. It’s built up to be this massive, life-changing thing, and I suppose it could’ve been, but given how super powers are used in the story, I would’ve liked to see April, May, and June come up against a much bigger set of issues. All in all a fun, quick read. Give it a shot if you’re more interested in personal drama and family dynamics than Avengers-style heroics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago