By Raina Telgemeier
Color by Braden Lamb
Available now from Scholastic Graphix
Raina Telgemeier's SMILE is hugely successful, critically acclaimed, and basically everyone was excited when news of a companion graphic memoir broke. SISTERS is about (surprise surprise) Raina's relationship with her sister Amara. Raina wished for a sister, but the reality wasn't quite what she hoped.
SISTERS moves smoothly back and forth in time, the borders of the panels helping mark flashbacks. The bulk of the action takes place on a family road trip to Colorado. Raina, Amara, their mother, and brother are all in a car (kind of old and broken down), while their father is flying. Between each "present" section is a flashback to the family growing - sister, brother, pets, and all that comes with.
Some of the darker developments might surprise younger readers, but the astute ones will catch on to some of the underlying family tensions. At the same time, SISTERS is just as charming and cheerful as expected. Raina and Amara's combative relationship will be familiar to anyone with a sibling - as will their moment(s) of detente.
|From SMILE by Raina Telgemeier|
SISTERS is a slightly looser work than SMILE in addition to being slightly more mature. It is an excellent companion. I enjoy Telgemeier's fiction too, but she does a terrific job of mining her own life for story. The events of sisters are mundane, but the telling is funny and affecting. SISTERS is sure to please Telgemeier's many fans.