Synopses & Reviews
Wealth. Privilege. Way too many pastel-tinted opinions. That is Carly’s life, and . . . It’s. Getting. On. Her. Nerves. Carly is ready to ditch the southern princess act and become real. The thing is, she’s always counted on her little sister, Anna, to love and support her—and tell her how right she is. But when Anna turns “hot” over the course of a single summer, everything goes weird. Suddenly Anna’s swimming in the deep end with the big girls while Carly watches from the kiddie pool, alone. Carly’s always relied on the constancy of her sister, but now everything is different, and she’s not so sure she likes it.
"An honest narrator grounds this sweet story about two sisters learning to accept their differences and help each other grow up. The sisters, who live in an exclusive Atlanta neighborhood, both attend 'the most prestigious prep school in the South,' but while narrator Carly thrives on being an individual, Anna's pretty face and developing body earn her a different kind of attention. Carly stands up for her softer sister often (telling their mom to stop treating curvy Anna like she is fat, for example). She realizes, though, that she is jealous of Anna's looks even though 'I'm her big sister, who should be above such things.' As the sisters get different friends and interests, Carly spends less time with Anna, and they find themselves saying mean things and betraying each other (Anna even hooks up with Carly's crush). The conclusion gets emotionally overwrought with a teary scene in which the sisters turn into 'a puddle of ridiculous-ness,' but mostly readers will find both the characters and their problems genuine. Ages 12 up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Growing up in a world of wealth and pastel-tinted entitlement, fifteen-year-old Carly has always relied on the constancy—and authenticity—of her sister, Anna. But when fourteen-year-old Anna turns plastic-perfect-pretty over the course of a single summer, everything starts to change. And there are boys involved, complicating things as boys always do. With warmth, insight, and an unparalleled gift for finding humor even in stormy situations, beloved author Lauren Myracle dives into the tumultuous waters of sisterhood and shows that even very different sisters can learn to help each other stay afloat.
With warmth, insight, and an unparalleled gift for finding humor even in stormy situations, beloved author Myracle dives into the tumultuous waters of sisterhood and shows that even very different sisters can learn to help each other stay afloat.
About the Author
Lauren Myracle is the New York Times bestselling author of Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen and The Fashion Disaster That Changed My Life, as well as the Internet Girls series (ttyl) and Bliss (Abrams). Lauren lives with her family in Colorado.