Title: Names My Sisters Call Me
Author: Megan Crane
Release Date: April 11, 2008
Genre: Chick Lit
Rating: 4.75 out of 5
From the back cover:
Courtney, Norah, and Raine Cassel are as different as three sisters can be. Norah, the oldest, is a type A obsessive who hasn’t forgiven Raine, the middle sister, for ruining her wedding day six years ago. Raine is Norah’s opposite, a wild child/performance artist/follow-your-bliss hippie chick who ran off to
When her longtime boyfriend proposes, Courtney decides it’s finally time to call a truce and bring the three sisters together. After all, they’re grown-ups now, right? But it turns out that family ghosts aren’t easily defeated–and neither are first loves. Soon Courtney finds herself reexamining every choice she has made in the past six years–including the man she’s about to marry–and the value of reconnecting with the sisters she knows she needs, in spite of everything.
I’ve heard good things about Megan Crane’s novel Frenemies, so when I heard she had a new book out, I decided to go ahead and give it a try. I was also drawn to the fact it was about sisters; I have a sister, and I think the sheer complexities of our relationship, and the fact that we love each other no matter what, make for good storytelling.
I absolutely adored Names My Sisters Call Me. I thought it was funny, heartwearming, heartbreaking, and rang completely true. At the beginning, I was frustrated with the way Courtney allowed her sisters to run all over her. I felt like she enabled them by not confronting either of them about their behavior. But as I read and came to know Courtney more, I began to understand that it was much more complicated than that. When Courtney (and I) realized why she acted the way she did, I felt my heart grip and had to blink back tears (and was only mildly successful).
Sound completely cheesy? Well, trust me, I felt cheesy. But Names My Sisters Call Me managed to affect my emotions in a manner that’s rare in the world of today’s books. Crane’s writing is simple, yet powerful. She writes characters that insinuate themselves into the reader’s heart, and then uses her writing talent to garner emotion from the reader. It really did surprise me how much I cared for Courtney.
I don’t know what else I can say about how much I loved this book. The characters were well-written, the storyline was gripping – I read the entire book in one sitting, needing to know what happened between Courtney, Raine, and Norah. I also liked the way that Norah and Raine were depicted. Of course, they were completely frustrating and entirely unreasonable a lot of the time, but in the end, they were just as vulnerable and lost as Courtney. All around, it really is a wonderful book.
I think that Crane’s words really sum it up; in the acknowledgments, she says, “There are a lot of things I could say about my sister. If you said those things, we would be in a fight. And so it goes, the mystery of sisterhood.”