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Book Review: The Honeymoon Sisters
by Gwyneth Rees
Today I’m reviewing a new book for middle school children by Gwyneth Rees, who has written several other books for younger readers. Aimed more at girls than boys, this is a story of friendship, relationships and what ‘family’ really means in modern society.
The Honeymoon Sisters is about Poppy, a young teenager whose parents are divorced and whose mother takes in foster children, the latest of whom, Amy, has become a firm favourite. They’re really going to miss her when she leaves for her ‘forever family’ and Poppy is dreading it. It’s also about Sadie, the new girl at Poppy’s school, who is scary and sharp, often in trouble, and turns out to be related to Poppy – not that either of them are particularly happy about it.
When Sadie’s life falls apart, she is taken in by Poppy’s mother, and somehow the two girls have to find a way to live together. Sadie is controlling and threatening in secret, but all sweetness in front of the grownups. Poppy can’t understand why her mother, experienced as she is with foster children, seems completely blind to Sadie’s true nature. Trying to get to the truth, Poppy finds herself drawn into her own family’s history and discovers that some of the things she had believed about Sadie, herself and her parents might not be quite right after all. What is the true story, and how will it affect her life?
The Honeymoon Sisters is well written, with plenty of pace and believable characters you can really get your teeth into. Kids in this age group, entering secondary school, have much to learn about people’s motivations and the reasons behind people’s confusing, seemingly illogical behaviour. This book gives some insight into the inscrutable past and how it can affect events in the present, and it does so with sensitivity. Readers will empathize with Poppy’s confusion and sense of turmoil as she begins to feel left out in her own home. They will also relate to Sadie’s hard exterior as she struggles to maintain some control as her world turns upside down. And readers might even get some insight into how parents really think and what makes them act the way they do.
A great read for girls aged around 10 and 14 – highly recommended.
We like our books the way we like our ice cream – the more, the better! Our review (out of four scoops):
Four scoops! Couldn’t be yummier!
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