Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June by Robin Benway

Book Summery:
Three sisters share a magical, unshakable bond in this witty high-concept novel from the critically acclaimed author of Audrey, Wait! Around the time of their parents’ divorce, sisters April, May, and June recover special powers from childhood—powers that come in handy navigating the hell that is high school. Powers that help them cope with the hardest year of their lives. But could they have a greater purpose?

April, the oldest and a bit of a worrier, can see the future. Middle-child May can literally disappear. And baby June reads minds—everyone’s but her own. When April gets a vision of disaster, the girls come together to save the day and reconcile their strained family. They realize that no matter what happens, powers or no powers, they’ll al
ways have each other. Because there’s one thing stronger than magic: sisterhood. -goodreads.com

Book Review:I had seen this book on several trips to the bookstore. I honestly had no intentions of picking it up until I read several favorable reviews. My interest was piqued. Although I finally had purchased it, I didn't pick this book up right away. As soon as I did, it was near impossible to set down.

Lighthearted, warm, and colorful with a little magic thrown in, The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June did not disappoint! The chapters are told in alternating voices of the 3 sisters, whom I absolutely adored! It was refreshing to read a story told from multiple perspectives. I love how Benway gave each sister a solid identity, but wove the story together with a thread of family, loyalty, and love. The sisters were kind, funny, flawed characters that were easily relatable, even if the reader doesn't have sisters. This was a wonderful pick-me-up book that I desperately needed. I definitely plan on re-reading this in the future! :)

Favorite Quote:
"Our plan is written in pink ink," May grinned with with I've learned to recognize as false sincerity. "Great. What could possibly go wrong now?" (p. 76)
"Well, so far our plan blows," May said. "I blame the pink ink." (p.79)

Cover Art Commentary:
I like the three girls on the cover, conveying the idea of closeness and sisterhood. I also like that each sister is surrounded by her own color, which supports the concept of individuality. Nicely done.

Overall Rating:


  1. hmm, sounds like fun! On another note, I'm super interested to see how you like the body finder!

  2. Glad you enjoyed this one. I've seen it around, but I wasn't really planning on reading it. I might have to add it to the TBR list now though!

  3. I have this on my tbr list and it looks like a whole lot of fun. Three sisters, sounds like charmed, which I adore. ;) Great review!

  4. Great review! I'm looking forward to reading this one :)

  5. I'm so glad I read your review on this one. Like you I've been on the fence about this one but I definitely think I might just NEED to buy it. :D

  6. @Tipsy
    So far, I am really enjoying The Body Finder! :)

    I really enjoyed it! More than I thought I would!

    It's like a YA form of Charmed, really. Or a cross between Charmed and Gilmore Girls, if you will! :)

    It really is a cute read! :)

    Thanks! I look forward to your review if you pick this one up!

    I really, really enjoyed it. It was hard for me to set down! I do hope you get it! :)

  7. Same as you I've seen this book at the book store a couple times and never thought of buying it but I'll definately get it from the library if they have it.

  8. I wasn't going to read this either but I'll put it on my list now. Sounds cute. I love the quotes!

    Teens Read and Write

  9. I'm dying to read this one! It sounds fantastic.

  10. Hi, nice blog :)

    This sounds like a pretty good book, and that cover is kind of original

  11. @Jenny
    I would love to know your thoughts on it! :)

    It was!

    Yay! I would love to know your thoughts on it! :)

    Definitely let me know what you think of it! :)

    Thanks! I really enjoyed it! :)

  12. I was going to read your review but I have like 50 pages left and want to see if I like it unbiased.

    Happy Blogging :)

  13. Thanks for the review, I have seen and wondered about this one too.

    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog