"This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own."
When I was sent The Weird Sisters, I was intereested but also slightly annoyed. The tale of three completely opposite sisters who are only bound together by the blood they share, I was worried that I'd be bothered by certain aspects of the book.
Mostly by the fact that they may be sisters, but they really don't like each other. At all.
I waas intrigued, though, by the manner in which these three sisters managed to come together to deal with the health crisis that frames the story. I wondered to myself just which sister I'd be like if I had to deal with such a crisis - would I be like scatterbrained Cordelia? Or more like pragmatic Rose, who was virtually unflappable in any situation? I REALLY hoped I wouldn't be like Bean - I probably sympathized with her the least.
Or at least, I thought I did. But then the book would shift and my sympathies would go right along with it and I was, once again, confused.
This book kept me guessing, that's for certain.
I had many areas of this book marked, and here's one of the areas that really spoke to me:
What do you do when you are no longer the one worth watching? When there are women less beautiful, less intelligent, less versed in the art of the game who nonetheless can beat you at it simply because of their birthdate?
Something I've been pondering due to a scenario I observed at the mall last week.
We all have stories we tell ourselves. We tell ourselves we are too fat, or too ugly, or too old, or too foollish. We tell ourselves these stories because they allow us to excuse our actions, and they allow us to pass off all of the responsiblity for things we have done...
Further on in the same scene:
Your story is the story of your sisters. And it is past time, I think, for you to stop telling that particular story, and tell the story of yourself. Stop defining yourself in terms of them. You don't have to exist in the empty spaces they leave. ....We can change the story we tell ourselves about it, and by doing that, we can change the future.
Powerful stuff, indeed.
in the end, the book ends exactly as it is supposed to - and for me, that's the mark of a good book.
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