Thursday, June 25, 2009
Secrets, Lies, and My Sister Kate - Belinda Hollyer
Belinda Hollyer warms the heart with this touching novel about the bond of two sisters and the true meaning of family.
Mini adores her older sister, Kate. Although they look nothing like each other, they are best friends-or so Mini thinks-until Kate begins to act strangely. She dresses in all black, picks bitter fights with her parents, and even gets a tattoo! Mini knows something is bothering her sister, but Kate won't confide in her like she used to. Then one day Kate disappears without a trace. In her determination to find her sister, Mini unveils a shocking family secret that paralyzes her parents with regret. Now it's up to Mini to find Kate and bring their broken family back together again.
The plot was nice, though in my opinion, kind of overdone, and unoriginal in ways. While it showed the bond between the two sisters, it did it in a very uncreative, and sometimes boring way. For example, the big "family secret" that the summary says "paralyzes her parents with regret" wasn't as big as I was expecting it to be - in fact, I figured it out myself in the beginning chapters. If there was just one thing that made the plot better, I wish the family secret was bigger, and not something that you figure out in the beginning chapters.
The characters were written wonderfully. The author did a great job with showing the differences between Mini and Kate, and that's a good thing. Even the minor characters, such as Mini and Kate's parents were written good, and in a way that's nice and easy for you to understand them and get to know them.
I was pretty wowed with this book. The only real bad thing I have to say about it is that I wish the family secret had been bigger, and more surprising. Four hearts.