Product DescriptionAs an only child, Janet longs for a sister her parents are unable to give her. In kindergarten she meets Sophie, a strange and imaginative girl with a troubled family life. As friendship grows between the two girls, Janet believes her prayers have been answered, especially when members of her family embrace Sophie as one of their own.
Sophie's troubles continue to follow her through high school, and Janet stands by her "sister" until, in adulthood, she learns of a devastating secret Sophie has kept from her. Janet's world is turned upside down-and she discovers there may be a limit to what sisters should share.
My thoughts: I read this book very quickly. I have mentioned that I have been in a reading slump lately....this book brought me out of it. It held my attention from beginning to end.
Janet has always longed for a sister, but her mother could not have any more children. In elementary school, she meets Sophie. Sophie is mystical and engaging from the time we meet in her as a little girl, all the way up into her early adulthood. She is unpredictable, spontaneous and longs for a family that cares about her. Her mother is in a mental hospital after a breakdown, and her father, a doctor, is never home. Sophie longs to be loved. Janet and her family embrace her and she feels safe with them.
This is an amazing story. I never lost interest, the characters were real and likable, I didn't want the story to end. Towards the end of the book, I was on edge, wondering if Janet and Sophie's friendship was strong enough to withstand a terrible secret that Sophie has been hiding for years.
If you enjoy coming-of-age stories, this book will not disappoint. Highly recommended!
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Trade; Reprint edition (July 7, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425227774
- ISBN-13: 978-0425227770