Friday, August 3, 2012

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
2012, Berkley Trade

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.

Why read: The title mislead me

What impressed me: Not much. This may be a decent chick lit book, but I couldn't get into it enough to even try to enjoy it.

What disappointed me: My disappointment was as much my fault as it was the book's fault. At some point, I got it in my head that The Weird Sisters was a book about witches. Now, given that the actual Weird Sisters were witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth, I'm sure I'm not the only one who went into this book expecting something else entirely. Sadly, instead of witchcraft, the author chose to portray these sisters as seemingly weird to one another, with a father who is a bizarrely obsessive Shakespeare professor. This story was about sisterhood, finding and keeping love and all that chick lit entails. And while, maybe, it might even been good chick lit, I could never appreciate it as I so often wondered why they didn't just do a spell or something.

Recommended: I really can't say. Chick lit fans could very possibly enjoy this book, but it your looking for something magical - go elsewhere.

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