Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Here's a quick bit about Brother/Sister by Sean Olin from it's goodreads page: Will and Asheley have a troubled past. Their father left them when they were little, and their mother has just been carted off to an alcohol treatment center. Now, they have the house to themselves, and an endless California summer stretching out before them. Through alternating perspectives, they tell the story of how and why their lives spun violently out of control - right up to the impossibly shocking conclusion you'll have to read for yourself to believe.
Will and Asheley are close siblings. Their lives have been in the shambles pretty much from the start and things are only getting worse. This book really makes you think about how one wrong choice ignites others and can set someone in a tailspin. That being said, there was a fair amount of mental illness in this book as well. Very rarely does someone escape a traumatic upbringing completely unscathed. This is as much about the heartbreaking events as well as the undoing of these characters (heartbreaking in its own right) as anything else.
I thought it was well written and gripping. While somewhat disturbing in the events that take place, it's gritty reality at the same time. I'll give this one 4 shattered stars.