Ok so, I went to the library last week to look for books in Time’s 100 Modern Novels list, but they did not have a single one from the “A” section, and I didn’t have the name of any of the others. Consequently, I could not review one of those books. I have to special request them from across the library system and state, which is one of the coolest programs, by the way. I love the library system! You can get nearly any book ever written if you try hard enough.
At any rate, I am debuting my new review system. This system is inspired by the rating system at Forever YA. They use a very organized rating system that I think is really helpful for stories. Mine, of course, will be quite a bit different, but they did help me realize that my current system is ineffective.
Book: The September Sisters
Author: Jillian Cantor
Overall Rating: 3 stars.
Target Audience: Girls 13 to 17.
Romance: Second base.
Morality: 3 (of 5. I’m going with a 1 as the most moral and 5 as the least) The characters did swear a lot, but most teens have heard all of those words anyway. There was also an affair, and the whole second base thing.
Writing: The writing style for this story was not terrible. There were times when it was fairly good. However, the author kept changing tenses. I really hate that in a story. It breaks my focus. I can never figure out if they are talking about a past event, current event or even a future event.
Characters: The characters in the story were very believable. I think they responded similarly to someone who was actually in that situation might respond. I felt bad for them most of the story.
Plot Holes: The plot for this story was very simple and focused on the one story arc. Because of that, there no plot holes in the story that I noticed.
Plot Summary:The September Sisters, is a YA story about two sisters born one day apart in September. They fight like average sisters and enjoy picking on each other. They live in a small town where nothing bad ever happens, even to the point that the citizens don’t even lock doors. The younger sister is kidnapped one summer night. The story follows how the family reacts to this event while searching for the missing girl.
Thoughts: I didn’t really like this story. It was depressing. I don’t know that it’s worth reading all that much, simply because it seems to have little point to me. I like my pointless books to have an uplifting theme. But that’s just me.