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The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
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Weird Sisters is categorized as Women’s Fiction, a genre I normally do not read much of, and this book reminded me why that is so. If you like reading a book that leaves you with a vague sense of feeling good and some gentle moral reinforcement, then this might be the book for you. I expected more from a bestseller. Here’s just a bit of what disappointed me:
– The main characters – the three sisters, Rose, Bean, and Cordy – were stereotypical. Why was it the youngest who was irresponsible and became an unwed mother? Wouldn’t it have been more interesting for the eldest, responsible Rose, to make some crazy mistake and be the unexpectedly pregnant daughter?
– The plot was slow and boring (was there a plot?). Mom has cancer, so all the sisters come home ostensibly to take care of mom, but in actuality to hide from and ultimately resolve their secrets. There were small moments of despair and moments of success, but nothing momentous.
– The ending was predictable (halfway through it I guessed correctly how things would end up for 2 of the 3 sisters).
Also, as Roberta mentions in her review, the narration is written in the omniscient first person plural, as the voice of the combined sisters, which I found confusing. I was never quite sure if just one sister was speaking or if they were narrating as a combined sisterhood. It was unique, but just didn’t work for me.
Time For Another Read Through
As I was reading, I kept asking myself why this book was chosen by the computer algorithm from The Bestseller Code. I certainly wouldn’t have considered it a bestseller. Since I seem to be having similar thoughts about several of the books we’ve read, I’ve decided to reread The Bestseller Code. Hopefully now that I’ve read 12 of the books on the list, reading the book another time and reviewing how the list was created will make more sense and lead to a better appreciation of the subsequent books we plan to read here at The Bestseller Code Reading Challenge.
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- Karen’s review from a reader’s perspective
- Roberta’s review from a writer’s perspective
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The next book is number 87. World War Z by Max Brooks (2006) – Discussion begins May 8, 2017. This book is categorized as Horror or Apocalyptic Horror.