Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Weird Sisters - Eleanor Brown

Title: The Weird Sisters
Author: Eleanor Brown
Hardback: 320 pages
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
Published date: 2011
FTC: Bought at library book sale

I remember the acclaim The Weird Sisters received when it first came out a few years ago.  It had been on my radar since then. Come on. Shakespeare, sisters, and a back of the book quote that states "There is no problem a library card can't solve." I just thought I'd love it. Hmm.

Goodreads synopsis:

There is no problem that a library card can't solve. 

The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. 

See, we love each other. We just don't happen to like each other very much. 

But the sisters soon discover that everything they've been running from -- one another, their small hometown, and themselves -- might offer more than they ever expected.

My thoughts:

I guess it boils down to the fact that I didn't like the sisters. At all. I couldn't stand them in fact.  Its funny, the quote on the cover of the book states, "See, we love each other. We just do't happen to like each other very much." My problem too. Pretty much self-involved, each one. And while there is a fairly happy ending, I didn't think there was a ton of character growth. 

Don't get me wrong, the book is very well-written.  I didn't struggle with that. There are seriously some good quotes, go check it out on Goodreads.  I just really wanted to like the story of the three sisters and I didn't. End point. I've knocked off a to-read book that's been high on my list, glad I didn't spend more on it since it was a library book sale buy, and will donate it again.  

I'm curious though...have any of you read it? Enjoyed it? Why or why not? I'm guessing it might be a good discussion book since I'd love to know others opinions. (Yes, I'm off to read some reviews.)


The hardcover copy of is beautiful, a shimmery white with gorgeous green letters. The paperback version is pretty fun looking too: