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

Friday, August 6, 2010 |

Title: The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June
Author: Robin Benway
Pages: 256
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: August 3, 2010
Source: Publisher

I hugged my sisters and they fit against my sides like two jigsaw pieces that would never fit anywhere else. I couldn’t imagine ever letting them go again, like releasing them would be to surrender the best parts of myself.

Three sisters share a magical, unshakeable bond in this witty high-concept novel from the critically acclaimed author of Audrey, Wait! Around the time of their parents’ divorce, sisters April, May, and June recover special powers from childhood—powers that come in handy navigating the hell that is high school. Powers that help them cope with the hardest year of their lives. But could they have a greater purpose?

April, the oldest and a bit of a worrier, can see the future. Middle-child May can literally disappear. And baby June reads minds—everyone’s but her own. When April gets a vision of disaster, the girls come together to save the day and reconcile their strained family. They realize that no matter what happens, powers or no powers, they’ll always have each other.

Because there’s one thing stronger than magic: sisterhood.
The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June has the perfect mix of many issues teenagers deal with today. It's realistic, humorous, and enjoyable. The novel alternates points of view with all three sisters; April, May, & June.

Benway's writing is very consistent... There won't be a time where the novel starts to get a bit dreary or dull. It wasn't monotonous, the book just kept getting better and better. The premise is very original and refreshing. The whole 'three-sisters-dealing-with-issues' was cliche but since that whole 'super-power' idea came, this novel was very different.

Having three alternate points of view will help the reader get to know each sister. The relationships between them were very realistic. June's that 'wanna-be' and vain type of person. She's very ambitious and caring regarding her reputation. April truly acted like the oldest sister, also had surprising feelings for this guy. Even though, she didn't get a long too well with June and May, she always cared for them and was there when they both needed help. May, who hates the fact of being invisible, was the middle-child. She was always being asked favors by the April, having to always fight with the June, deciding who's side to go on, you know.. that stuff.. May's relationship with April was better than hers with June's. All three sisters were very different, but at the same time, similar in a special way.

With a refreshing premise, awesome characters, consistent and humorous writing, The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June is one to watch out for. Buy it, read it, love it.

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Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good book about sisters. Thanks for the review!


A Life Bound By Books said...

Hey Mavie! Thanks for the review. I just finished this one the other day and I'm about to review it myself. I felt the same way as you. :D Loved how quirky each sister was.

I hope you have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the review! I don't think I'll be reading this (as it's not really my thing), but I love the girls' names. Don't you? They remind me of THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES. :D

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