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

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & JuneThe Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June by Robin Benway
Published by Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin
Review copy provided by the publicist

Sisters April, May, and June (ages sixteen, fifteen, and fourteen) have just gone through their parents’ divorce and a move to a new town with a new school.  With all of this stress comes the emergence of their special powers:  April can see the future, May can make herself invisible, and June can read minds.  As the sisters disagree on how best to use their newfound talents, events collide in such a way as to make them realize how important they really are to one another.

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June is a witty novel about three sisters who must stick together in the face of huge changes in their lives.  The special powers certainly make their lives more interesting, but ultimately the story is about the relationships between the sisters and how they manage to adjust to their new school and new town.

The book is told from alternating perspectives of the three sisters, and I found that a very effective way to tell the story because the reader really gets a good understanding of each girl.  They are three diverse characters and Benway really brought their personalities to life.  The dialogue between the sisters is witty and clever, in fact I laughed out loud several times throughout the book.

Admittedly, the book is more fun than anything else.  There isn’t any explanation of how the sisters got their powers, and while the ending is heartwarming, overall the book is more fluffy than deep and introspective.  It’s an extremely fun novel, but not a whole lot more.

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June is a fun, witty young adult novel about three sisters with special powers.  The characters are well-written and the story is entertaining – a perfect light young adult read.

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7 thoughts on “The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June by Robin Benway

  1. I bet I’d have loved this when I was a bit younger, as the middle one of a pack of sisters myself. :p Did the mind-reader one only read minds when she wanted to, or did she just overhear everything everyone was thinking all the time? Mind-reading always sounds like a terrible power — you’d always be persecuted by people’s thoughts if you couldn’t control it, or else constantly feeling guilty for using it if you could control it, because it would be such an invasion of privacy.

    …Yes, I have thought a lot about what superpower I would choose if I could choose a superpower.

    1. That’s so true! Yes the mindreader (unfortunately) read everyone’s mind whether she wanted to or not. Her sisters got good at not “letting her in” by thinking of songs continuously in their heads or something, but other than that, she heard constant thoughts of other people all the time. Would be absolutely crazy!

    1. Um, not exactly clean. There isn’t any actual sex but it is mentioned. And I think there’s some swearing. But the actual content of the book is cleanish. If that answers your question at all, LOL!

  2. This book is great!! You will love the characters and plot, they are all so well-written! My personal favorite is April, because I am also the oldest of 3 sisters and I can relate to the bossiness and over-protectiveness 😀

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