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The Secret Language of Sisters Paperback – 31 January 2017
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- Publisher : Scholastic Inc.; Reprint edition (31 January 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1338095544
- ISBN-13 : 978-1338095548
- Reading age : 12 - 17 years
- Dimensions : 13.21 x 2.29 x 20.07 cm
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At first, I was afraid that the "don't text and drive" message was going to be laid on thick, but the novel is much more than it at first seems. In alternating perspectives, we follow Roo, the older sister, gorgeous, talented, brilliant in every way. She is logical and scientific, and seems to never do any wrong, until she sends a 3 second text and crashes.
Then we have Tilly, the younger sister, much more relatable, not as pretty or as talented, much more emotional, and reactive. She looks up to her sister, and it is her incessant texting that Roo answers while on the road.
Throughout the novel, the sisters are living separate lives, a wedge between them getting wider and wider. I didn't find myself much connected to Roo, but was interested in her "locked-in syndrome" and watching her struggle, unable to communicate to anyone that she was not in a coma. Unable to communicate anything at all. It was Tilly I felt the most connected to, the one I rooted for, felt protective over, wanted to take under my wing. As the novel progressed, it was a joy to watch Tilly grow and discover herself and her own talents, to see her learning to forgive herself.
In her usual way, Luanne Rice described scenery so vividly, and so poetically, I felt I was right there. This really helped me see things the way Roo did when she was taking her photographs of landscapes. And by the end, I felt Roo had gained marvelous perspective.
The Secret Language of Sisters is not a "don't text and drive" PSA. It is a novel about love, identity, coping, disability (and Rice handles this beautifully), art, and what we do with all we have inside us.