The September Sisters by Jillian Cantor

The September Sisters by Jillian Cantor

Release Date: February 24, 2009
Publisher: Harper Teen
Age Group: Young Adult, ages 12 and up
Pages: 368

Abigail Reed and her younger sister, Becky, are always at each other’s throats. Their mother calls them the September Sisters, because their birthdays are only a day apart, and pretends that they’re best friends. But really, they delight in making each other miserable. Then Becky disappears in the middle of the night, and a torn gold chain with a sapphire heart charm is the only clue to the mystery of her kidnaping. Abby struggles to cope with her own feelings of guilt and loss as she tries to keep her family together. When her world is at its bleakest, Abby meets a new neighbor, Tommy, who is dealing with his own loss, and the two of them discover that love can bloom, even when it’s surrounded by thorns.

The September Sisters is Jillian Cantor’s debut novel, and it was beautifully written. It’s unforgettable, great character development, a masterful plot and painstakingly real. Abby was such a well-written character. I just feel raw and exposed reading her story. It was a very powerful thing. To portray that kind of emotion isn’t an easy task and Cantor does it with remarkable ease. She also impressively depicts Abby’s first love, despite the overall saddened tone of the novel.

The September Sisters is a uniquely woven story of love and loss. You should definitely add this one to your wish list. I can’t wait to read more of Cantor in the future.

And is the cover not beautiful! I love the blue.