Monday, October 04, 2010
Review: The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June
2010; Razorbill (Penguin); ISBN 978-1-59514-286-3
Summary: The worst things for sisters April, May and June to deal with are their names and their parents' recent divorce. Then they each discover that they have superpowers. April can see the future, May can become invisible, and June can read minds. It's hard enough dealing with normal teenage life, like crushes, friends, and family--now the sisters have to figure out their new abilities. At first, these talents bring out the worst in each girl. But when April sees a horrible vision, May wants to run away, and June gets into big trouble, the sisters will find out that their powers, like their lives, work best when they work together.
Creating a delightful novel in three voices, Robin Benway has penned an intriguing followup to Audrey, Wait! Each sister's personality is distinct and clear, from April's bossy good-girl attitude, May's sarcastic and guarded wisecracks, and June's bubbly little-sister voice. The story hums along, with the sisters learning not just how to use their newfound talents but also adjusting to their parents' divorce. Most interesting of all is the feel that April, May and June are learning how to be friends and sisters, moving beyond their childhood squabbles and becoming adults. The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June is an inspiring look at sisterhood and its magic.