Tuesday, October 14, 2014

[Book Review] The Good Sister by Jamie Kain

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Title : The Good Sister
Writer : Jamie Kain
Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
Format : eARC, 304 pages
Source : NetGalley
Publishing date : 7th, October 2014
Language : English
Genre : YA, Contemporary, Family Drama 
Read on August, 26th 2014
My rating :  4.5 of 5

The Kinsey sisters live in an unconventional world. Their parents are former flower-children who still don’t believe in rules. Their small, Northern California town is filled with free spirits and damaged souls seeking refuge from the real world. Without the anchor of authority, the three girls are adrift and have only each other to rely on.

Rachel is wild. Asha is lost. Sarah, the good sister, is the glue that holds them together. But the forces of a mysterious fate have taken Sarah’s life in a sudden and puzzling accident, sending her already fractured family into a tailspin of grief and confusion. Asha has questions. Rachel has secrets. And Sarah, waking up in the afterlife, must piece together how she got there.
"Little sister,
Flesh of my flesh,
Bones of my bones,
Hearth of my hearth." p.156
When the world goes wrong, its sister you can rely on. Thats what i thought after read this unbearable beauty book. This book contain full of life, love, family, and death. Its about family with three
daughters who used to be a so called beautiful family but then they're only broken remains. Lena, the mom is hardly play mother role. Ravi, the father, leave the family and start a new life. First daughter, Sarah, have a cancer, the second daughter, Rachel, being stubborn and rebel teenager, and the last daughter, Asha seems lost direction. The story begin with Sarah's death, not because her cancer but with other way.  Sarah looking her family from death, Rachel being guilty for what her have done, and Asha with no clue for what happen in her family. I feel emotionally while reading this book, its like you watching a real family broken to pieces.
"Sometimes the good we have to offer the world is most easily found in what we can do for the people around us."p.53
All i can say the three daughter in Kinsey family just so like typical siblings. Sarah is always be a good sister and the perfect one, Rachel, the middle one who got lost attention and being rebel, and there's Asha, the baby in family. i like how Jamie Kain written book in three different point of view. Its make me know what each sister think in different circumstance. Another aspect i loved, that Jamie Kain could compound an anger and sadness to something we called grief.
"The novel's three sisters...ache on the page with honesty. In her debut novel, Kain writes bravely and beautifully, respecting the reader’s capacity to respond with openness and a raw understanding of the turns life may take and to hold judgment as nuanced characters discover the many facets of their own complex beings." —Booklist.

"A haunting, dark and at times harshly beautiful exploration of the scars left by hurt and loss." —Kirkus Review.

“While having Sarah speak from beyond the grave gives this novel a touch of the supernatural, Kain keeps her story and everyone in it grounded in reality.  The author offers profound reflections on life, death, and the bonds of family, and as the suspense surrounding Sarah’s death intensifies, readers will find it hard to put this novel down.” —Publishers Weekly.
every single sister, even you are the only child this book open up your perspective for having a sister.
Sarah Jade Kinsey
It's strange how someone you never knew and will never know can change the course of your life forever.
For me that someone's name was Brandon.
But before I can explain about him, I have to explain about me.
And what is there to say about me?
The truth is vastly more complicated than it ever was before the night a guy named Brandon whom I never knew and would never know appeared in my life and disapeared again in a brief and violent instant.
Life, it turns on a complicated array of delicate gears we cannot see. A heart that beats can go still in the space of a moment. Breath can vanish before we've had a chance to say good-bye.
My name is Sarah Kinsey.
I am, or was, the oldest of three sisters.
To tell my story, I must wrestle with his question of verb tense, past or present, tedious and mundane as it is. I don't know if I, the person, still exist in any way I can explain, so I stumble over mere words, desperate in death-as in life0to understand and to be understood.
Death is the twist of the knife that makes life so sweet, some say, though I am not sure I would agree.
I couldnt think a proper song for this book, every song i heard feel so blue. But i loved lyric from 
Hey Brother by Avicii

As bonus, I'll give you meme about siblings, courtesy from 9gag.
Happy reading fellas!!


  1. baru pertama kali ke blog ini. Blognya cantiiik, Revewnya juga unik :D *salah fokus

    Aku punya tiga adik, tapi karena sejak kecil aku tinggal sama nenekku, alhasil jadi kurang dekat sama adik-adikku. sampe sekarang juga ngerasa belum dekat, meski udah lebih dekat dari sebelumnya sih (semoga ga bingung baca komen ini)

    1. Hehehe...makasih, kalau review sebenernya saya improvisasi cara ngereviewnya huffington post.

      Waduh, kok bisa tinggal kepisah gitu? tapi emang iya sih, kalau ketemunya pas udah gede rasanya kurang akrab. Tapi lama-lama juga pasti bakal akrab, yang penting sebagai kakak kita harus berusaha deket dulu.hehe


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