Welcome to our new series! It’s called Notebook Sisters Approved (because we’re modest about our opinions like that).
Basically: we pick one thing out of a book or series that we approve of and talk about it! That thing, hopefully, breaks trends or is revolutionary to its genre or involves delicious food.
Being a sister or brother is a complicated thing. It’s very hard to know what it’s like unless you’ve experienced it. It just is!
Having a sister is like wanting to simultaneously strangle someone, but also fiercely love them. (I should know.)
In Sisters Red, we have two sisters (surprise!): Scarlett, 18, and Rosie, 16. They’re orphans. And they’re also, um, werewolf hunters.
I loved how Scarlett and Rosie are not perfect siblings. They love each other so much, but they fight. They disagree. They give each other the Silent Treatment.
I relate so much to these sisters! I mean, gosh, if you mix fairy tales and sisters together it’s going to be awesome.
ways I relate
– When they were little, Scarlett and Rosie were convinced they were twins. Mime and I used to think this, actually, just twins born in different years…we’re, um, 4 years apart.
– Like Scarlett, I jump on Mime’s bed to wake her up. Mime/Rosie really hates that.
– Making peace and asking for forgiveness isn’t about going up and saying: I’m sorry. It’s about letting the other pick the movie or giving them food. This is how it works.
– You can make fun of them, but woe behold anyone else who does.
– If you’re older (like I am), it’s very hard to stop babying the younger sister and trust them to grow up and make good decisions. (But in my case, I have legitimate worries, because Mime is rather ditzy and I need to keep a good watch on her. I pulled her out of the way of a bus by her hair once. Proud moment. For me, not her. She had a sore head afterwards.)
Being a sibling is more than a blood-born loyalty to someone.
It’s love/hate with someone you know inside out. I am talking, here, about siblings who are lucky enough to live together. It’s being able to tease and poke fun, because it means you love them. It’s caring, even if they don’t deserve it. It’s the knowledge that they’re part of you, no matter what.
No matter what they did, Scarlett and Rosie loved each other — pretty fiercely too. Even when the other one made some dumb decisions or didn’t kill the werewolf quite right.
I’m hugely impressed that the author captured what it is to be a sister so well.