ages: 12 and up
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title: I'm Not Her
author: Janet Gurtler
“For the first time in my life, I didn’t feel envy…”
Tess is the exact opposite of her beautiful, athletic sister. And that’s okay. Kristina is the sporty one, Tess is the smart one, and they each have their place. Until Kristina is diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly Tess is the center of the popular crowd, everyone eager for updates. There are senior boys flirting with her. Yet the smiles of her picture-perfect family are cracking and her sister could be dying. Now Tess has to fill a new role: the strong one. Because if she doesn’t hold it together, who will?
"Is Kristina sick?" (48, Gurtler)
I love this book so much. It struck a chord inside me. Lately you've seen me hate on the YA genre (I am sincerley sorry about that!) but this book just proved me wrong (and the new one coming out this month! Shhh). I swear, my heart was pounding (cliche, but true) and I was like "Oh no!" Characters have always been the most important thing in a novel, because it's the characters that get you connected to the story. I could actually connect to Tess and even her sister Kristina. It sounds cliche, younger not popular and nerdy sister and older popular cute cheerleader sister? Well.....I'm Not Her delves more deeply than just that gap between the sisters and into the troubles the family deals, how the cancer affects everyone in the family.
characters: Brilliant. Best. Amazing. Nothing more to say ^_^
theme: Family relationships are complex, and are strained under the introduction of cancer.
plot: There was no vampires, magic, witches or anything like that. It was a realistic, sweet and simple yet complex story that followed a simple series of events that are just perfect.
style: Gurtler weaves her own style into that of the lyrical paced story so that it's almost unnoticeable, but there. The writing was flawless, and the style was unique.
overall: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! YOU MUST READ IT!