by: Calla Devlin
Published by:Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Format: Mobi (Kindle file)
Three sisters struggle with the bonds that hold their family together as they face a darkness settling over their lives in this masterfully written debut novel.
There are three beautiful blond Babcock sisters: gorgeous and foul-mouthed Adrienne, observant and shy Vanessa, and the youngest and best-loved, Marie. Their mother is ill with leukemia and the girls spend a lot of time with her at a Mexican clinic across the border from their San Diego home so she can receive alternative treatments.
Vanessa is the middle child, a talented pianist who is trying to hold her family together despite the painful loss that they all know is inevitable. As she and her sisters navigate first loves and college dreams, they are completely unaware that an illness far more insidious than cancer poisons their home. Their world is about to shatter under the weight of an incomprehensible betrayal…
‘Tell Me Something Real’ is the story of three sisters dealing with a mother who has cancer. They must work through the complexity of their family dynamics to be there for their mother . The story is told through the first person account of Vanessa, the middle daughter.
I am always fascinated by the dynamics of sisters. I don’t have a sister myself but see, through my own daughter’s, that sister relationships can be one of the most complex and unpredictable. I loved how this relationship played out in the story. I also know that the process of dealing with a dying family member is one of the most heart wrenching and trying times a family can go through.
I really enjoyed this novel. I thought the characters were well developed and realistic and I thought the plot twist was interesting. I also loved the premise of the story. I have not read any other novels on this topic but I think it will resonate with many, as most of us have been in a situation of dealing with a terminal illness of someone we love.
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