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A Gift for My Sister af Ann Pearlman
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A Gift for My Sister (udgave 2012)

af Ann Pearlman

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"Ann Pearlman's The Christmas Cookie Club enthralled readers everywhere with a heartwarming and touching story about the power of female friendship. Now, in A Gift for My Sister, she once again explores the depth of the human heart, and this time it's through the eyes of two sisters. Tara and Sky share a mother, but aside from that they seem to differ in almost every way. When a series of tragedies strikes, they must somehow come together in the face of heartbreak, dashed hopes, and demons of the past. The journey they embark on forces each woman to take a walk in the other's shoes and examine what sisterhood really means to them. It's a long road to understanding, and everyone who knows them hopes these two sisters can find a way back to each other."--P. [4] of cover.… (mere)
Medlem:jasminemarie
Titel:A Gift for My Sister
Forfattere:Ann Pearlman
Info:Atria/Emily Bestler Books (2012), Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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I could not get through this. the being was ok, but it just got boring and I couldn't finish it. ( )
  Maggie.Chavarria | Mar 6, 2017 |
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

The book was an easy read but managed to keep my interest. I enjoyed the voices of each of the sisters in the story and hearing their perspective. At first glance Tara seems to cry out for attention and almost becomes a stereotype while Sky, unlikeable at times, is Tara's opposite. The two women must navigate through tragedy and chart a course for their relationship since it is unknown territory for both.

The recipes at the end were a nice touch. ( )
  GirlWellRead | Feb 25, 2017 |
Tara and Sky although sisters are very different and seem to have little in common. When tragedy strikes they are thrown together and forced to look at themselves and the wider world.

I enjoyed this book and particularly the writing style of alternative chapters from Sky and Tara's viewpoint of the same events. Although some of it can be rather superficial at times it manages on the whole to stay believable even when dealing with deep emotions.

Recommend it especially if you have a sister! ( )
  Northern_Light | Dec 20, 2016 |
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review.

My first impression of the book, even before cracking it open, was that it would be a gut-wrencher. The description mentions "Tara and Sky share a mother, but aside from that they seem to differ in almost every way. When a series of tragedies strikes, they must somehow come together in the face of heartbreak, dashed hopes, and demons of the past." which sounds right up my alley. I love a good tear-jerker - they can be so cathartic.

And then there's the cover. So gorgeous. I want to have it framed. I love it. I love the colors, the silhouettes, the way the figures are together, but distant, and we're prevented from truly seeing who they are. I love everything about it. Unfortunately, once I got the book, I did not love touching it. I don't know what it is, but the texture of the dust-jacket just does not feel nice. It's like... grimy, somehow. I don't know how else to describe it. I had to take it off the book while reading, because I just didn't like touching it. Such a shame, because it is really beautiful.

Regarding the story itself, I have mixed reactions. On one hand, I really enjoyed the concept and the story's format of alternating point of view chapters with parallel chapter titles, but there were quite a few things that just felt "off" to me.

The beginning of the story was fantastic. I was drawn into Sky's grief for the loss of her friend, drawn into her family life and her history, and I really felt for her. When she suffered yet another tragedy, I was completely heartbroken for her. Which is exactly what I would expect.

But things shifted after Sky went into her newer mourning cycle. I couldn't believe that she was the same person! I know that everyone grieves differently, but I couldn't help but be annoyed with the complete selfishness and narcissism that Sky displayed. It was just mind-boggling. I wanted to grieve and heal with her, but I just couldn't go with her to the level she was at, because not only could I not understand it, I couldn't justify it or condone it. I'm not trying to be heartless, but grief isn't an excuse to dredge up the most horrible things you can think to fling at someone. It's not a license to hurt others. People can be cruel, yes, but this was just beyond the pale, and I just couldn't go there with her.

Tara, Sky's younger half-sister, is there for Sky every step of the way. She went to lengths to rearrange her and her crew's tour schedule to help her sister decide what to do and help her get it done.

I identified with each sister differently, and at different stages of the story. But I will admit that I had trouble reading Tara's sections at times, because her dialogue was very uneven. At times she'd talk in a kind of valley-girl way, saying "like" all the time. At other times, it would be a kind of ghetto slang. Then others she'd use a sort of metaphor-heavy prose style, usually when talking about her family. And then when she wasn't "being" any of those other people, she was just herself and just talked.

Maybe this was intentional, though. Tara isn't sure who she is, so maybe the dialogue was a way to illustrate that point. But it didn't feel right to me and was a bit distracting. Also distracting was Tara's self-congratulatory musings. By this I mean that she'd often say something like "Do you see how I go out of my way for my sister?" I do see that, without you pointing it out, thanks.

Finally, the second half of the book got a bit bogged down in the "meaningful" stuff. It was full of Hallmark moments, people telling each other how much they loved them, appreciated them, how proud they were of them, or other deep, meaningful thoughts that just felt staged or forced. Meaningful moments are great, but they should be used sparingly or they begin to feel cloying and fake.

These complaints aside, I enjoyed the book quite a bit, and I really loved the crew. I liked that they helped Sky out as much as (if not more than) Tara herself. I kept turning the pages, and I wanted to know what would happen to these sisters and their families, and whether they'd make it or not. I would pick up another of Pearlman's books - even with the flaws I mentioned, it's one that will likely stick with me. ( )
  TheBecks | Apr 1, 2013 |
I liked this story, I don't have any sisters but I can understand the sibling rivalry. Tara and Sky both assume that their mother gives more attention to the other. Tara, the wild child has always forged her own way and no matter what happens to her she is able to make "lemonade" out her situation. Sky is more of a planner, she is detailed about her life should be. She just doesn't understand why life is as cruel and unfair to her as she does everything right. She lost her father at young age and it was always just her and her mother. Things change when her mother decides to re-marry and then she gives birth to, Tara. Thus, the resentment begins.

I liked the journey that the sisters take to get to each other. It was sad to read how Sky felt about Tara. At one point Tara tells her she loves her but she doesn't say it back. I felt so bad for Tara because wants that love from her sister and she just give the stink eye. Okay, so it's not all sour, they each discover something about themselves. Tara, has a fear of commitment, she feels because her father left her mom, that the same will happen with her relationship with her boyfriend Aaron. She feels that either he will leave her or she will leave him. Sky, suffers so much loss in life that it is no wonder she is so angry. She just needs to learn that life is more than the good but it's how you handle the bad that makes it worthwhile. Both girls must learn a valuable life lesson...things are not always what they seem but once you see how the other side lives, now that is clarity, which leads to love and understanding. The author has done an good job of creating the emotion in this story and this is what I really liked about this book. Overall, a great story about family, sisterhood, loss and most especially, love. ( )
  lilcrickit | Sep 13, 2012 |
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"Ann Pearlman's The Christmas Cookie Club enthralled readers everywhere with a heartwarming and touching story about the power of female friendship. Now, in A Gift for My Sister, she once again explores the depth of the human heart, and this time it's through the eyes of two sisters. Tara and Sky share a mother, but aside from that they seem to differ in almost every way. When a series of tragedies strikes, they must somehow come together in the face of heartbreak, dashed hopes, and demons of the past. The journey they embark on forces each woman to take a walk in the other's shoes and examine what sisterhood really means to them. It's a long road to understanding, and everyone who knows them hopes these two sisters can find a way back to each other."--P. [4] of cover.

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