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Review: The Weird Sisters

March 2, 2012

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?

Challenges: Amy Einhorn Challenge

Review copy provided by Penguin. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
45 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2012 4:46 am

    I just finished reading this book as well, and I loved it. I hadn’t heard much about it before finding it on iBooks, but it was definitely an enjoyable purchase, and your review hit the nail right on the head!

  2. March 2, 2012 6:55 am

    Loved this one too – especially seeing the sisters growth.

  3. March 2, 2012 7:06 am

    I started reading this, but just couldn’t get in to it – maybe it was bad timing. I may have to try again

  4. March 2, 2012 8:20 am

    The first person plural definitely is an interesting choice. I’ll keep this one in mind since you enjoyed it so much.

  5. March 2, 2012 8:40 am

    I loved this book!!! And the first person plural was so unique.

  6. March 2, 2012 8:51 am

    This was one of my favorite books of last year, and I am so glad that you loved it too! I loved each sister for slightly different reasons, and felt that the story was so original and wonderful. I hope that Eleanor Brown gets to do a Book Your Lunch event, if she hasn’t already, because she is just such a hoot and a half!

  7. March 2, 2012 9:22 am

    I was one of the few who wasn’t so taken with this book, but I’m glad you liked it!

  8. RebeccaV permalink
    March 2, 2012 10:25 am

    I’m just now starting this read so I appreciate the timing of your post! I have also been delighted to learn that my knowledge of Shakespeare doesn’t have to be in tip-top shape to understand the content, but the POV is, so far, confusing and annoying. I’m enjoying the story arc though so I’m looking forward to the rest of the book!

  9. March 2, 2012 10:30 am

    I saw much of myself in Rose — and I think anyone, especially any woman with a sister, will relate in some way to one (or all!) of the characters. I really enjoyed this one, too, and loved the Shakespearean references. But I’m a Bard nerd, so I guess that makes sense. 🙂

  10. March 2, 2012 10:35 am

    I just love books with quirky characters so I may have to add this one to my list. Thanks for the review Kathy!

  11. March 2, 2012 11:34 am

    I thought this was charming, too. I think you’re right this is a coming of age story — the characters are just late bloomers!

  12. March 2, 2012 11:50 am

    My daughter read this book and liked it ,I’ll have to read it one of these days.

  13. March 2, 2012 12:22 pm

    Kathy, this book sounds wonderful!

  14. March 2, 2012 12:53 pm

    I thought it was charming too, and was surprised to like the unique POV that was used in the storytelling.

  15. March 2, 2012 2:20 pm

    I would like to read this one. The title threw me off for awhile. Like your review.

  16. March 2, 2012 2:52 pm

    I agree, Kathy – this was an enjoyable one. I always admire an author who is courageous enough to have characters who aren’t perfect, but flawed. It makes them more real.

  17. March 2, 2012 3:01 pm

    This sounds like an interesting read…thanks for the recommendation. I like the Shakespeare angle.

  18. March 2, 2012 3:05 pm

    That sounds much more interesting than I first thought.

  19. March 2, 2012 3:20 pm

    That was lovely to read…I ave this book and totally forgot about it!!!

  20. March 2, 2012 3:20 pm

    Ave means have…whoopsie!!!

  21. March 2, 2012 3:40 pm

    This was one of my favorites last year! So lad ou enjoyed it as well!

  22. March 2, 2012 5:16 pm

    For whatever reason I can’t wrap my brain around this book.

  23. March 2, 2012 5:54 pm

    I LOVED this book, too – it’s been months since I’ve read it, but I find myself thinking of the characters often.

  24. March 2, 2012 6:00 pm

    I’m one of the few readers who really disliked this book. It really bugged me —go figure! Glad it worked for you though.

  25. March 2, 2012 7:59 pm

    So glad that you liked this! I was worried about the Bard quotes as well but it turned out easy and entertaining in the end!

  26. March 2, 2012 8:41 pm

    Sounds very good!

  27. March 2, 2012 8:59 pm

    I thought the same thing about the Shakespear so haven’t picked this one up – you have reassured me!

  28. March 2, 2012 9:24 pm

    I thought the Shakespeare quotes were perfect, too, and never difficult to get which I was afraid of too.

  29. March 2, 2012 10:24 pm

    I feel like this book was everywhere a year ago, so I’m glad I waited to read it. I absolutely adored it and enjoyed every minute of it. I really connected with the characters and the town itself. I felt like something was missing when I finished the book. More than anything, though, I’m just really excited for whatever Eleanor Brown publishes next. In a lot of ways, this felt a little safe. I think her next novel is going to be really wonderful.

  30. March 2, 2012 10:38 pm

    i’ve seen this one at the store and the title intrigued me but for the life of me i can’t remember why i did not buy it…may be because my tbr piles are overwhelming my life! I do want to read this one – especially after reading your review!

  31. March 3, 2012 7:46 am

    I just bought TWS this week. Glad to see you enjoyed it.

  32. March 3, 2012 9:06 am

    this book was on a recommended kindle list for me, so I’m very pleased you’ve reviewed it. nice one 🙂

  33. March 3, 2012 12:22 pm

    This is one I want to read so I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it. I have it on my shelf somewhere.

  34. March 3, 2012 12:47 pm

    I’ve been meaning to read this book. One of these days . . . Glad to hear I don’t have to be fluent in Shakespeare to understand the book.

  35. March 3, 2012 2:31 pm

    I loved this one too. I thought it was completely charming.

  36. March 3, 2012 8:08 pm

    I have wanted to read this book since it came out. I have had it out from the library a couple times. One day!

  37. March 4, 2012 6:38 am

    I like the idea of the story being told from the viewpoint of each sister.

  38. March 4, 2012 8:43 am

    You know I loved this book. 🙂

  39. March 4, 2012 4:08 pm

    The main reason I want to read this book is because of the narration by all sisters at once. It sounds so weird to me!

  40. March 4, 2012 6:11 pm

    Ok I’m totally off to investigate this one further.

  41. March 5, 2012 12:46 am

    I can’t decide if this is one I would like or not…..I think I would, but then I think I may not…..I’m just strange that way.

  42. March 7, 2012 8:37 pm

    I’m waiting for the genie to grant me one extra day a week just to lay in bed and read!

  43. March 8, 2012 9:27 am

    I picked the hardcover edition of this book on sale so I hope to get to it sometime. I am glad to hear you enjoyed it.

  44. boardinginmyforties permalink
    March 21, 2012 2:44 pm

    This one has been on my list for awhile now and you are reminding me that I need to make sure to get around to reading it one day soon.

  45. March 23, 2012 8:09 am

    Hooray! You have given me hope for this book! I have it in audio but was afraid to listen for the same reason as you. 🙂

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