The 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.