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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June

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

Grade: 4 stars out of 5
April, May, and June are 3 sisters whose hippie parents have no idea what they gave birth to the world. See aside from their names, something else may get the public’s attention: superpowers. April can see into the future (err sort of), May can disappear (well, she can make you think she can disappear), and June can read people’s mind (it’s like having the radio on all the time). When April “sees” something awful happening to June, she and May must do everything they can to prevent it. They just don’t know when or how.
Having grown up wanting a sister soooo badly, The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June was like being part of the family. Figuratively. The novel is an “extraordinary” example of sisterhood, loving each through the ups and downs, that’s so warm and fuzzy. I love the dialogue that easily flows through the characters without dragging down the main plotline because quite frankly, this is about sisters and what better way to show sisters than nightly chats at each others’ bedrooms.

But okay I’m not going to lie so I have to say that what made me love The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June were Julian and Henry. There I said it. You can’t imagine the glee I felt when April meets the guy she ends up sleeping with and kissing that happens in the *future* whereas in the present they barely know each other’s name. Mortification that results in humor (on my end) with that burst of energy I’ve been surely lacking recently. And then there’s Henry who’s a nerd/geek that gets his own dance. Every male interest that is not athletic, super hot or a bad-ass gets his own dance. Not that there’s anything wrong with super fit, super hot, bad-asses but it gets tiring after consecutive novels.

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June was so what I needed after school and after the entire workload. It’s a relaxing novel in a way because of all the dialogue that makes it speedy and easy to follow. However, the novel does have its fault mostly in the description-of-powers section. I still have lingering questions about the disappearance of the powers when they were younger, this generation/heritage aspect, and the development/harness of their powers. It went from having no control to having 90% control.

Cover: B- (cover shows them with blue eyes, but they have brown eyes, but I love the tri-colors)
Source: ARC from Razorbill
Published: August 3, 2010

1 comment:

  1. I have picked this one up a bunch of times but always end up buying something else. Maybe I just need to order it from the library and then I won't have an option! :)