Graphic Novel Review: Sisters

Graphic Novel Review: SistersSisters by Raina Telgemeier
Published by Scholastic Inc. on August 26th 2014
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 208
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The companion to Raina Telgemeier's #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling and Eisner Award-winning graphic memoir, SMILE. Raina can't wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren't quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she's also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn't improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn't seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all. Raina uses her signature humor and charm in both present-day narrative and perfectly placed flashbacks to tell the story of her relationship with her sister, which unfolds during the course of a road trip from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado. *


Sisters is another autobiographical story by Raina Telgemeier, in which Raina takes a road trip with her mom and younger siblings. The story mostly follows the two sisters and how they have a lot in common but rarely get along. I love Raina’s illustrations in the book and her story is one that reminds me of my own sister and our road trips when we were younger. We never got along and really didn’t settle our differences until we were adults. Since I was more of the Amara character, I felt like this book gave me an insight into how it feels to be the oldest girl in a family.

I love the themes of her book, showing the tougher side to being in a family and all the things that happen. My only complaint is the story felt like it fell off at the end, leaving us with a question and no sense of things being wrapped up. Hopefully there will be another book set after this, maybe one focusing on her parents problems and how that affects their family. I think a lot of readers would be pulled into a story like that. I love Raina’s graphic novels from her style to the realistic story within.


A realistic look at Raina’s life and the difficulty of having a sister. A great graphic novel for middle grade students.

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