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The Good Sister

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The Good Sister

Sarah Kinsey is a good girl with a tragic ending. Having battled with leukemia for the majority of her life, she is a saint in her own right, appreciating each day she is given. Everyone around Sarah expected her to die of cancer, not from falling off a cliff. But that is what happened, and Sarah’s unexpected death throws her family into a whirlwind of emotion.

Asha, Sarah’s sidekick and younger sister, is confused. She knows she should be grieving, but she cannot; she cannot accept the fact that her once bright, loving sister is now in an urn. Rachel, Sarah’s eldest and vindictive sister, does not know what to do with herself or the secrets she keeps holed up inside. She was the only witness to Sarah’s death and her sister’s passing weighs heavily on her shoulders. As the two sisters struggle to cope in a broken family, they must come to terms with Sarah’s death before it pulls them apart.

Jamie Kain manages to write from all three sisters’ points of view and gives them such distinct voices that you can immediately tell which sister is the narrator in each chapter.

THE GOOD SISTER is a heart-breaking story of a broken relationship between three sisters and the tragic loss that it takes to bring them back together. This novel is very thought-provoking with its realistic characters, unique setting and the plotline. Jamie Kain manages to write from all three sisters’ points of view and gives them such distinct voices that you can immediately tell which sister is the narrator in each chapter. She also does not sugarcoat the three sisters’ voices --- they are very blunt. This makes them even more realistic and readers will relate to the thoughts these characters have.

This novel takes place in a small town in Northern California that is inhabited by all kinds of free-spirited people. The setting is very unique to the novel and is another aspect that makes THE GOOD SISTER stand out. The story THE GOOD SISTER tells is shocking and brings to life many problems and choices that teens face today. It is not just a story about the loss of a loved one --- it is a story of the events that led to Sarah’s death and what happens when she is gone.

Reviewed by Kate F., Teen Board Member on November 5, 2014

The Good Sister
by Jamie Kain

  • Publication Date: December 8, 2015
  • Genres: Young Adult 12+
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  • ISBN-10: 1250047749
  • ISBN-13: 9781250047748