Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June by Robin Benway

If there's anything stronger than magic, it's sisterhood.
When they move to a new town after their parents' separation, sisters April, May, and June recover special powers from childhood--powers that come in handy when dealing with the living nightmare that is high school. The powers also help them cope with the hardest year of their lives. But could the magic have a greater purpose?
April, the oldest, can see the future. Middle-child May can literally disappear. And the youngest, June, reads minds. But when April gets a vision of disaster, the girls must come together to save the day or risk falling apart forever.
One of the greatest things about Robin Benway is that she sounds just like a teenager. I swear, her writing is interchangeable with half the kids in my school. Anyways, ESOAMJ (geez that's long even as an acronym) was a light, easy, good read. April, the smart, worry-wart oldest sister, who has the power to see the future, was funny at times, and I loved her romance with Julian. They were just so cute together, or even not together. June, the overconfident, snobby youngest, who can read minds, was annoying to the proper degree, and I even found myself hoping her fate would turn out good. And May, the middle child (I can relate) was my absolute favorite character. She might even make my list of Top Ten Book Characters I Wish Were Real. She worries constantly that she's only fading to the background, and her constant sarcasm made her smart and witty in an ironic way. I don't think it was a coincidence her power was to disappear (literally and figuratively) and although that was the lamest power, she rocked it all the same. Maybe I was the only one crushing just a bit on the Stanford-obsessed Henry, but I totally was. The plot was superficial, I'll admit to that, and easy to predict, but sometimes I need a read that has me laughing more than crying. The main problem was simply that it wasn't especially thought-provoking, but not all good books have to be.
4.5 stars and a recommendation to fans of Benway's Audrey, Wait! and John Green and to readers looking for something light and hilarious.


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