Reviewer: Jillean Wallace
Title: The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June
Author: Robin Benway
Release Date: August 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Paranormal Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 12 and up
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 12 and up
Year/Setting: Present day, The Valley CA
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Robin's Website/Blog: www.robinbenway.com
This is a story of three sisters who, after going through their parents’ divorce, recover special powers from their childhood. These powers have come about from the stress of the divorce, moving to a different city, and starting high school with new people. April is the eldest of the three sisters. April is the most academically inclined. Her sisters like to make fun of her for this fact. She takes on the responsibility of keeping track of her two younger sisters. The special power she uncovers is her ability to see the future. The power is a little shaky though. She can see events that are going to happen, but they are sometimes skewed and she literally figures them out moments before they happen.
May is the middle sister. May has the hardest time with her parents’ divorce. She is deemed the social outcast and doesn’t make friends easily. She would rather be shut away in her room putting together a picture collection of the places she would rather be. Her most favorite subject is Paris. May discovers that when she gets stressed or highly upset, she disappears. Her power is also frustrating at times because she has a hard time controlling her emotions and disappears at the worst times.
June is the youngest of the sisters. She is the ultimate social butterfly. Her other two sisters may not care about their place in the social scheme of things, but June wants to be liked and accepted in the high school hierarchy. June’s special power comes in the form of reading minds. This power tends to get June in trouble because she is able to navigate the popular cliques and molding herself into what she thinks they want her to be.
When April sees a vision of disaster one day, the three girls must put away their differences and come together to save the day.
I will have to say I was a little skeptical about reading a young adult book, but was wonderfully surprised by what a charming book this was. I love how Ms. Benway told the story in sections. She told the story from each of the girl’s viewpoints and brought their own personality and thoughts to the forefront. As a reader I could get how each girl was feeling about the situation as the other two are moving through the story. The book has a wonderful plot and I enjoyed how the three sisters came together and used their special powers to save the day. I think parents of young girls (especially when sisters are involved) should pick this book up.
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