Author: Raina Telgemeier
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
ARC provided by publisher
Raina Telgemeier made her name with the Eisner-winning Smile, a middle grade graphic novel that perfectly captured what it's like to be different when you're not entirely sure you want to be different.
Raina has created another note-perfect graphic novel with Sisters, which this time explores the love-hate-barely tolerate relationship of sisters. Both Smile and Sisters are based on Raina's personal experiences and it shows in the honesty and humor of the books.
Sisters centers on Raina and her baby sister Amara, a baby sister she dreamed of having but the reality of her turned out to be much different. There are sepia-toned flashbacks of their early days together, the constant power struggle for attention and territory. But the main story is a road trip that the family takes to Colorado.
Family dynamics and drama are all here, from who gets to sit in which seat to what they eat on the road. There's not a lot to the plot, but that's not the point. It's the characters that matter and that readers will immediately recognize in their own lives.
Raina's art is fun, kid-friendly, and cartoonish. The ARC had partial color only, but the final copy has full-color. The characters and art work so well together, I didn't even miss the color.
Sisters is a winner and a definite must-read for fans of Smile.
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