Review: The Weird Sisters
The Andreas family is what some might call eccentric. The father is a Shakespearean professor and all three daughters are named after characters from Shakespeare’s plays. The family uses quotes from the bard when they talk together. The girls are taught a love of reading early and learn to never be without a book.
It seems that each of the sisters’ lives are falling apart just as their mother is being treated for cancer. They return home to try to get their lives in order and help take care of their mother. As the sisters work at getting things in order, they can’t help but wonder if what they need is in the small college town they once found suffocating.
I have to admit that I was a little intimidated going into The Weird Sisters, by Eleanor Brown. You see, I’d heard the book is sprinkled with Shakespearean quotes so I was afraid the whole thing would be over my head. It turns out I worried for nothing! Sure, there are plenty of quotes in the book, but they all fit the story and no knowledge of Shakespeare’s plays is required to understand them.
The Weird Sisters is a wonderfully charming book! The characters are quirky and human. Even with all of their faults and mistakes, you’ll find yourself relating to and rooting for Rose, Cordy, and Bean. The story is told from the point of view of all three sisters – in the first person plural voice. Much has been made about that, but I found I didn’t really even notice – it just seemed a natural fit for the story.
I enjoyed the story in the book, too, and would call it a coming of age story. Of course, Rose, Cordy, and Bean are older than most when they come of age, but they do a lot of growing in the book and it was satisfying to watch them mature. The three sisters and their story will stay in mind for quite a while. If you’ve haven’t read this book yet, what are you waiting for?
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