Will and Asheley have a troubled past. Their father left them when they were little, and their mother has just been carted off to an alcohol treatment center. Now, they have the house to themselves, and an endless California summer stretching out before them. Through alternating perspectives, they tell the story of how and why their lives spun violently out of control - right up to the impossibly shocking conclusion you'll have to read for yourself to believe.
Brother/Sister is an intense read. I am still trying to take it all in and I am kind of lost for words at how I am going to explain this book.
Sean Olin writing is sharp, powerful and extremely gripping. The first chapter just grabbed me and sucked in. Even when I wanted to stop reading because some scenes were too painful and pushed me out of my reading comfort zone, I couldn't. I needed to know what happened.
I don't want to give much away about the plot. Let just say that at the beginning you know something horrible has happened but you really have no idea actually how bad it is. Brother/Sister with definitely surprise you with it's dark and shocking twists.
Will and Asheley, the main characters, are definitely two souls you feel sorry for. No parents that really care about them. As I was reading all I could think was how none of this terrible stuff would have occurred if Will and Ashley actually had positive parents in their lives. It just shows you how important a parent's role is. However, as much my heart went out to Will and Asheley, I felt the plot was stronger than the actually characters. I never really connected with them or understood their actions.
Overall, if you like your realistic fiction edgy, gritty and gut-wrenching this might be the perfect read for you.
Overall Rating: 3.5/5
Cover: It suits the mood of this book perfectly.