The September Sisters

The September Sisters

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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 kidnapping. 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.

This exquisitely written first novel illustrates life as it truly is--filled with fear and danger, hope and love, comfort and uncertainty.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 361 pages
  • 132.08 x 182.88 x 38.1mm | 385.55g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0061686484
  • 9780061686481
  • 1,558,988

Review quote

"In her memorable debut novel, Cantor follows a family so devastated by the disappearance of a daughter that it never fully recovers."--Publishers Weekly
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481 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
5 27% (132)
4 29% (140)
3 30% (146)
2 10% (47)
1 3% (16)

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Abigail and Becky are exactly two years and a day apart, and are often referred as the September Sisters by their mother. However, despite their close proximity of age, they constantly squabble with one another and compete for their parents\' attention. But after the sudden disappearance of Becky, Abby\'s whole life changes. Her mom grows more and more distant and her dad becomes overbearing and obsessed with the investigation. Abby is officially no longer an ignorant child, as she desperately tries to keep her family together. Abby has no one to confide in until Tommy moves in next door. She soon finds herself expressing all of her emotions, pain, guilt, and resentment towards Becky and her disappearance to him. Along the way, Abigail also falls in love with him, even when everything in her world is less than perfect. THE SEPTEMBER SISTERS, Jillian Cantor\'s debut novel, was truly unforgettable, with the perfect mixture of realism, great character development, and plot. Ms. Cantor did a clever job at crafting the opening scene, because I was hooked from the very first page. The main character, Abby, was really well-written. All of her emotions were portrayed effectively and realistically, making it easy to sympathize with her. But, most importantly, she was a strong heroine, even given her tragic situation. One of the things that I thought was especially memorable were the contrasting emotions Abby endured throughout the book. At one point she was frustrated and even jealous of how much attention her sister received, even after she disappeared. Her relationship with Tommy was a perfect depiction of first love and its exploring nature. It was interesting to see how their relationship developed, because when they initially met they were hesitant to become friends since they were forced to talk during lunch. This one is definitely recommended and worth adding to your wish more
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