Author: Joshilyn Jackson
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Summary: I loved this even more than Joshilyn Jackson’s previous books, for it’s great geek culture and heart-warming but realistic moments.
Leia Birch Briggs has a lot on her plate. Right after finding she’s pregnant after a one night stand at a comic convention, she discovers that her always dependable step-sister has been hiding a crumbling marriage, while her grandmother has been hiding her worsening dementia. “Just when Leia thinks she’s got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing [her grandmother]’s been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family’s freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows.” (source)
I really enjoyed Joshilyn Jackson’s Someone Else’s Love Story, but saw some of the problems others pointed out with it after I finished reading. The second book of hers that I read, The Opposite of Everyone, didn’t seem like anything special to me. However, there’s something about her writing that I can’t get enough of. I love the believable characters she creates and the equally believable, impressively varied relationships she creates between them. For that reason, I didn’t hesitate to pick up her newest book, The Almost Sisters. This was one of my better decisions! I loved this book more than either of the previous books I’ve read by this author. The characters were as believable and lovable as I hoped. The plot was almost outside the realm of possibility, but not quite, and it was gripping. The geek culture the author worked into the story was a ton of fun. I couldn’t have enjoyed reading this more.
The big issue the author tackles in this book is the issue of racism, sometimes blatant and sometimes hidden behind the facade of a wholesome community. I felt it was handled well, although it was clearly addressed from the perspective of someone white, as the main character’s eyes are opened to the darker side of the town she loves. The romance in Leia’s life was also handled very well, in way that was heart-warming but believable. I adored her love interest, who stutters and shares her love of all things geeky and isn’t the stereotypical love interest, which made me love him even more. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a feel-good read that features delightful characters and family relationships.