Book Review: SISTERS by Raina Telgemeier

Posted 08/27/2014 by alicemarvels in Graphic Novel
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier




Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Page Count: 211


hilarious family moments anyone can relate to; another honest look at growing up, family and friendship; beautiful artwork


the ending is a bit ambiguous and will leave readers questioning

Another hilarious, honest look at growing up from Raina Telgemeier.

In Raina Telgemeier’s Sisters, we revisit familiar faces from her wonderful graphic original debut, Smile. This time we focus on Raina’s family road trip to Colorado with her little brother, sister and mother. Scenes from a their hectic van trip from San Francisco are interspersed with flashbacks that give us some context into Raina’s family’s current state. When Raina was younger, she wished for a sister, someone she could draw and play dress up with, but when her sister Amara is born, she realizes having as sister is not all it’s cracked up to be.

Just as in Smile, Raina is refreshingly honest and funny as she shares stories from her life. She manages to strike so many familiar growing pains chords it will feel like she’s writing your autobiography as well as her own.

Of particular delight is watching all the many ways Amara and Raina needle each other and nurse petty resentments, but in the end, when real problems arise, they find their way past their mutual antagonism and remember they’re family. At the end of their journey is some time with extended family which will feel familiar to anyone who has met up with cousins after years apart, and wondered how on earth you used to be close in the past. Raina also learns what she’s been missing behind her ever-present Walkman when her Dad arrives on a plane to visit.

If you enjoyed Smile or Drama, you’ll be familiar with Raina’s fresh, confessional style and will definitely enjoy Sisters. If you’ve never checked her work out, Sisters can definitely be read as a standalone, and it’s a book I’d recommend for all ages. The only minor complaint I have is the ending, which will leave the reader with plenty of questions, presumably to answered in another companion novel.

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

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    I haven’t started this series, but it sounds like I’m missing out! These sound adorable with strong family relationships! 🙂
    Lovely review!


    These do sound adorable! I love the pictures.


    I’ve only read a couple graphic novels but thoroughly enjoyed them both, so I’m adding this one to the list! I can’t get enough of the artwork in them, I have so much fun flipping through and seeing the illustrations each new page brings.

    Love that the girls work through their issues when bigger problems head their way, books with strong family relationships are always winners for me:)


    I’m not sure an open ending would bode well for me. I need my closure! Nonetheless, this book sounds pretty interesting. Thanks for the review!


    I’ve heard great things about Raina Telgemeier! This sounds like so much fun and definitely something both my teen and I would enjoy. Thank you for the wonderful review!


    I hate endings like that but anytime you mention CO I get curious. 😀 Might wait until the next one comes out to check this one out. This one might be perfect for a couple of little cousins.

    PS… couldn’t get into the blog for a few days! Glad to see I can get in now! 😀


    Looking at the car it seems I am Raina


    Argh.. All these open endings these days are driving me crazy. I have seen this series around but never delved into it. I think I need to check them out. Thanks for the suggestion.


    I need a funny book in my life and great to hear you enjoyed that aspect


    This sounds adorable though I’m not a big one for open, ambiguous endings. I like a nice solid thunk when I close my book. (Both in sound and feeling!)


    Do you know the page number for the “Anatomy of a Road Trip” graphic displayed above? I’m doing a report on this book and I’d like to reference that image. Thanks!




    I think that this is one of the best books I ever read. this story is funny, sad, and it makes me think about when I went camping with my two brothers. One is older, and one is younger.


      Soooooo cool! I have SMILE, GHOST, and more of your books! Really emotional.LOOOVE them.??????❤️❤️???????????????☺️☺️????????????????☺️☺️??

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