The Secret Language of Sisters Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
New York Times best-selling adult author Luanne Rice makes her dazzling YA debut with this gorgeous, pause-resisting story of love, hope, and redemption.
When Ruth Ann (Roo) McCabe responds to a text message while she's driving, her life as she knows it ends. The car flips, and Roo winds up in a hospital bed, paralyzed. Silent. Everyone thinks she's in a coma, but Roo has locked-in syndrome - she can see and hear and understand everything around her, but no one knows it. She's trapped inside her own body, screaming to be heard.
Mathilda (Tilly) is Roo's sister and best friend. She was the one who texted Roo and inadvertently caused the accident. Now Tilly must grapple with her overwhelming guilt and her growing feelings for Roo's boyfriend, Newton - the only other person who seems to get what Tilly is going through. But Tilly might be the only person who can solve the mystery of her sister's condition - who can see through Roo's silence to the truth underneath. Somehow, through medicine or miracles, will both sisters find a way to heal?
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 54 minutes|
|Narrator||Kate Rudd, Brittany Pressley|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||01 March 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank||
175,344 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
489 in Fiction About Siblings for Young Adults
645 in Fiction on Family & Relationships for Teens
1,370 in Romance for Teens
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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.