Having been a huge fan of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay and Where She Went duology I was excited when I saw she had an earlier standalone book. I was able to borrow it from a friend and really enjoyed it. Not as much as her other two I had read, but enough. So I bring you today’s Second Chance Sunday, Sisters in Sanity.
Have you ever had the “out-of-control” dream? The one where you know you’re not crazy, but no one around you–not your parents, not your teachers, not even the authorities–will listen to you? For sixteen-year-old Brit Hemphill, the out-of-control dream comes true when her dad enrolls her at Red Rock, a bogus treatment center that claims to cure rebellious teen girls. At Red Rock, Brit is forced into therapy, and her only hope of getting her life back is in the hands of an underqualified staff of counselors. Brit’s dad thinks Red Rock can save her, but the truth is it’s doing more harm than good.
No girl could survive Red Rock alone–but at a treatment center where you earn privileges for ratting out your peers, it’s hard to know who you can trust. For Brit, everything changes when she meets V, Bebe, Martha, and Cassie, four girls who keep her from going over the edge. Together they’ll hold on to their sanity and their sisterhood while trying to keep their Red Rock reality from becoming a full-on nightmare.
First I must start by saying that I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE Gayle Forman. Anything that woman writes I am right there reading it. She has a way with words that just puts you right in the moment with the characters. She knows her subjects and she knows her readers I to me she is a master at connecting the two of them together and that is hard to find in a good author. With that being said I must admit I wasn’t 100% crazy about Sister’s in Sanity. Don’t get me wrong I really enjoyed it. I loved Brit and Jed and V and Cassie and Bebe and Martha. I loved how the girls relied on each other for support when they were thrown into this horrible situation where they had no control. I loved the friendship that was formed between the girls when they needed someone to trust unable to trust their own family or adult around them. I loved Jed and Brit’s relationship. Actually I more then loved it. There was something special between them from the get-go. Between the flashbacks and real time stuff I was very much smitten. But honestly the end of the story is what killed it for me. I HATED the end.
This was a solid 4 star book the whole entire reading experience. I was excited to be back in a Forman world and getting back into her head. And then I got to the last few chapters and I was so disappointed. I mean I like the happily ever after aspect of books myself, but the neat, all tied up in a bow on a silver platter aspect of this one really bothered me. For a book that was pretty great up until this point it let me down. Life isn’t all neat and tidy and neither should the ending of a book that is about girls being sent to a “treatment facility” for behavioral problem that are non-existent. I felt like it was a cop-out and that bummed me out.
But I honestly would never discourage someone from reading it because Forman really is amazing and so are her characters. Definitley check it out because the good outwayed the disappointment for sure.