First, the important stuff:
You should know that I was paid money to review this book for BlogHer Book Club, but it was so awesome that I would have done it for free. With that being said, the opinions expressed are my own.
I rarely get to finish a book anymore and if I do, it usually takes me about six million years to do so. Between doing the Mommy thing and the wife thing and the teacher thing, the thought of having some peace and quiet to myself to do something that I enjoy is really laughable.
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I fell in love with this book in the first few pages. Set in Ohio, The Weird Sisters is the tale of three sisters- Rosalind, Cordelia and Bianca- all affectionately named after characters in Shakespeare plays. Why would anyone do that? A dad that is a college professor at the local university who lives, breathes and sleeps Shakespeare- that’s who!
Rosalind (called Rose) followed in her father’s footsteps- got a PhD and became a professor… never truly leaving home, while Cordelia (called Cordy) and Bianca (called Bean) chose to leave town. Bean for the big city (New York) and Cordy… well, she went wherever the wind took her. Their mom becomes completely ill and Bean and Cordy use this as a cover to come home. Really and truly, though, both girls have their own reasons for returning home.
Maybe for other sisters, being home at the same time as your siblings would be great, but they each are finding it diffidult to be living under the same roof once again. What, with Rose being the boss of everyone and Cordy being very flaky and unreliable, Bean being… well, bean and Dad constantly speaking in Shakespeare prose.
I have to be honest, I’ve read some Shakespeare- Othello, The Taming of the Shrew and of course, Romeo and Juliet and I can name a bunch of Shakespeare plays, but sometimes I just found myself saying what the heck is their dad talking about? Not that it takes away from the book so much, but I wish I understood Shakespeare more- it would’ve made the book that more enjoyable.
Having a large number of sisters myself, I fully know the love/hate relationship that sisters have. Though, Brown wrote this book so well that you don’t need a sister to fully grasp the depth of their relationships. I could see a little bit of myself in each of the sisters as they are characters that you can completely relate to. And of course, I saw pieces of each sister that I could not stand. SOmetimes I just wanted to strangle the girls.
I was able to finish it in two weekends (I only read it on weekends) if that says anything. I would highly recommend this for a great read.
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