Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Secret Language of Sisters

Synopsis (from Amazon): When Ruth Ann (Roo) McCabe responds to a text message while she's driving, her life as she knows it ends. The car flips, and Roo winds up in a hospital bed, paralyzed. Silent. Everyone thinks she's in a coma, but Roo has locked-in syndrome -- she can see and hear and understand everything around her, but no one knows it. She's trapped inside her own body, screaming to be heard.

Mathilda (Tilly) is Roo's sister and best friend. She was the one who texted Roo and inadvertently caused the accident. Now, Tilly must grapple with her overwhelming guilt and her growing feelings for Roo's boyfriend, Newton -- the only other person who seems to get what Tilly is going through.

But Tilly might be the only person who can solve the mystery of her sister's condition -- who can see through Roo's silence to the truth underneath.

Somehow, through medicine or miracles, will both sisters find a way to heal?

One (or more) Sentence Summary: Abigail wanted to purchase The Secret Language of Sisters from school.  Any time my kids want to order a book, I say yes!  I thought she wanted this book since she is a twin.  Little did I know it had nothing to do with that, she just thought it sounded good.  Also, I had NO idea it was by Luanne Rice.  The LUANNE RICE!

My mother LOVED Luanne Rice.  In fact she arranged for her friends (they call themselves the Princesses) to go to a book signing, call in for book discussion, her friend in Connecticut to go to a book signing and me with the twins (2 years old) to a book signing in Dayton.  We have a great picture of Luanne, myself and the twins in a double stroller.  I will never forget a year later, Luanne was once again at a book signing in Dayton and I went (alone this time with a letter).  I knew that I would have too big of a lump in my throat to tell her what happened, so I wrote it in a letter.  Unfortunately, when Luanne hugged me and asked how my mother and the Princesses were, I lost it and started to cry.  My mother had just passed away after battling leukemia for a year.  

I was thrilled to see that Luanne was writing YA books and that Abigail on her own choice such a special book.  We read it together and she really enjoyed (as did I), but this review is by me....

Luanne tacked a really tough topic.  Texting, driving, accident, locked in syndrome and learning to communicate without speaking.  Very well written, kept us wanting more and loved all the different characters and how they come together as they all heal.  Really great read!

At the beginning of The Secret Language of Sisters, Tilly sent Roo a text while Roo was driving and she ends up having an accident.  Roo was always responsible and pulled over to text, so as not to text and drive.  However, she was running late due to trying to take a photo in the right light....and broke her families rule.  Everyone blames  Tilly since she sent the text.  I thought this was an interesting twist on such a hot topic.  I believe the person receiving the text should not look at their phone and could receive a text anytime driving from someone who has no idea you are in a car, let alone driving.

I asked my three kids - they agreed, Tilly should have never sent the text.  I asked my husband, he wouldn't comment as he knows he is ALWAYS texting me when he know I am driving instead of calling (via my bluetooth).  What is your position....was Tilly at fault or Roo?

Fast read/slow read:  Perfect pace.

Cover:  Love it....look at those eyes.

Would I Read Other Books by the Author:  I have (Beach Girls my favorite adult book) and I will continue to do so!

LUANNE RICE is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty one novels. THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF SISTERS will be published by Scholastic in February 2016.Her novels, including Cloud Nine and Last Kiss often center on love, family, nature and the sea, and have been translated into twenty-four languages. A number of Rice's novels have been adapted for television, including Crazy in Love for TNT, Blue Moon for CBS, the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentations of Follow the Stars Home and Silver Bells, and Beach Girls as a summer drama series for Lifetime Television. She has contributed a theatrical piece to the new off Broadway play Motherhood Out Loud. Rice loves nature and frequently writes about it. Born in Connecticut, Rice divides her time between New York City and Southern California.

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