Review: Sisters by Raina Telegemeier


Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by GRAPHIX
Source: Publisher

Sisters is the brand new offering by Raina Telgemeier; a graphic memoir of her adolescence with focus on her relationship (with all its ups and downs) with her sister. I like books that deal with sisterhood because frankly, I think we can stand to see more books dealing with the topic.

Sisters tackles, with a lot of heart and verve, the trials of having a younger sister who is sometimes better than you at the things you consider your own, and who is more alien to you than well…aliens. Being stuck in a van with a mother, a brother and this very same sister can be more than a girl can handle. Especially one who is deeply mired in the tribulations that puberty brings. Bright art in Telgemeier’s signature style is the perfect frame for the story of the week she and her family travel to another state, spend time with their relatives and return home in the same way they came: in a van.


I liked the details in the narrative: how important Telgemeier’s headphones were to her when she is trying to survive living in a small space with two siblings and two parents who are not getting along. I also liked the uncertainty regarding the continuation of the parents’ relationship. I loved the subtlety of the realizations that Telgemeier has and how this affects her relationship with her sister. The implicit nature of these truths, learned late, causes them to be more powerful and have more impact than they would have been had they been spelled out.

In the end, this book is superb for children with siblings, children who don’t know what to make of them annoying creatures they have to live and share attention with. Highly recommended.