Author: Emma Lord
Release date: January 5, 2021
My rating: 4.7 stars
A broken friendship, sisters separated.
A tight threesome childhood friendship gets messed up when Abby shows her feelings for one of them, a moment that instantly turns awkward. In an effort to return to the easy friendship they all shared, Abby makes every effort to pretend that nothing happened. That it’s over and forgotten. Between that incident, normal high school drama, educational & parental pressures, Abby suddenly discovers that she has an older sister. When her sister contacts her through the DNA site, they decide to work together to find out what made their biological parents give up Savvy for adoption.
As exciting as it is to find a new sister, building an ongoing relationship with someone who is simultaneously so similar and so different from oneself is a disaster. Abby and Savvy’s relationship feels so real. From the first awkward moments when they originally meet to the multiple times they end up standing on each other’s toes and hate each other’s guts, to the times they share the same hobbies and can laugh together like real sisters, their relationship is a journey of mixed emotions and occasional fun revengeful camp pranks.
There’s no immediate happy family huggy reunion. There are major issues to work out between everyone’s relationships. Not just the sisters learning to work and live together, but also their secret crushes, their own respective friendships, and of course, their parents’ broken relationships. The multiple relationship issues combined with normal senior year finding oneself-ness were amazingly very well written and developed.
The story is also relevant for modern teens, particularly the sub-theme of learning how to balance a public life on social media with taking the time to actually live in the moment. And Abby’s personal journey, learning to speak up for herself, and taking the time to consider which direction she wants her life to go after high school. All told in a very engaging read.
And yes, this book is totally for fans of The Parent Trap movie.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.