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Abigail Reed and her younger sister, Becky, are always at each other's throats. Their mother calls them the September Sisters, because their birthdays are only a day apart, and pretends that they're best friends. But really, they delight in making each other miserable. Then Becky disappears in the middle of the night, and a torn gold chain with a sapphire heart charm is th Abigail Reed and her younger sister, Becky, are always at each other's throats. Their mother calls them the September Sisters, because their birthdays are only a day apart, and pretends that they're best friends. But really, they delight in making each other miserable. Then Becky disappears in the middle of the night, and a torn gold chain with a sapphire heart charm is the only clue to the mystery of her kidnapping. Abby struggles to cope with her own feelings of guilt and loss as she tries to keep her family together. When her world is at its bleakest, Abby meets a new neighbor, Tommy, who is dealing with his own loss, and the two of them discover that love can bloom, even when it's surrounded by thorns. This exquisitely written first novel illustrates life as it truly is—filled with fear and danger, hope and love, comfort and uncertainty.


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Abigail Reed and her younger sister, Becky, are always at each other's throats. Their mother calls them the September Sisters, because their birthdays are only a day apart, and pretends that they're best friends. But really, they delight in making each other miserable. Then Becky disappears in the middle of the night, and a torn gold chain with a sapphire heart charm is th Abigail Reed and her younger sister, Becky, are always at each other's throats. Their mother calls them the September Sisters, because their birthdays are only a day apart, and pretends that they're best friends. But really, they delight in making each other miserable. Then Becky disappears in the middle of the night, and a torn gold chain with a sapphire heart charm is the only clue to the mystery of her kidnapping. Abby struggles to cope with her own feelings of guilt and loss as she tries to keep her family together. When her world is at its bleakest, Abby meets a new neighbor, Tommy, who is dealing with his own loss, and the two of them discover that love can bloom, even when it's surrounded by thorns. This exquisitely written first novel illustrates life as it truly is—filled with fear and danger, hope and love, comfort and uncertainty.

30 review for The September Sisters

  1. 5 out of 5

    Meaghan

    The September Sisters is a novel about the disappearance of ten-year-old Becky Reed and how it devastates the rest of her family. It’s told from the point of view of Abby, Becky’s sister, who is exactly two years and one day older. Becky vanished from her bedroom in the middle of the night, apparently abducted, and her family fell apart in the aftermath of the kidnapping. They had been a normal, middle-class suburban family. After Becky went missing, the mother sank into a suicidal depression. T The September Sisters is a novel about the disappearance of ten-year-old Becky Reed and how it devastates the rest of her family. It’s told from the point of view of Abby, Becky’s sister, who is exactly two years and one day older. Becky vanished from her bedroom in the middle of the night, apparently abducted, and her family fell apart in the aftermath of the kidnapping. They had been a normal, middle-class suburban family. After Becky went missing, the mother sank into a suicidal depression. The father tried to be the strong one in the family, refusing to discuss his grief and anger or to accept the idea that his daughter might be dead. Abby became an outcast at school, as she was unable to relate to her classmates anymore and there were nasty stories circulating about her family. In absence of any other suspects or clues, the police believed the parents were involved in Becky’s disappearance, but Abby was convinced it couldn’t have been them. She and her only friend, the new boy who just moved in next door, made some attempts to solve the case on their own, but without much success. The story has a lot of suspense with the whole who did it, why did they do it, is she still alive thing, and quite a few leads that went nowhere, just like in a real investigation. The reader knows they will eventually find out what happened, since the story opens with Abby’s father pulling her out of class at school several years after the abduction and saying, “They found her.” Becky’s fate, and the identity of the person responsible for her disappearance, aren’t revealed until the very end, though. But this novel is not a whodunit. The more important thing was the affect Becky’s disappearance had on her family. To me, finding the actual kidnapper became almost irrelevant. It’s like The Lovely Bones that way, except I didn’t really like that book. I really thought The September Sisters was excellent for its detail and the relationships involved. The futile struggle of the Reed family to hold itself together was very realistic, as was Abby’s deepening friendship and growing love for Thomas. This is Jillian Cantor’s first book, and it’s an impressive effort. I will definitely read more of her work when it comes out.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Summary: Abigail and her sister, Becky, have always been referred to as the "September Sisters." Since their birthdays are only two years and one day apart and they have always put up an allusion that they are best friends. Though, in reality they are far from it. They enjoy making each other miserable by calling each other a baby when one of them shows weakness or simply taking the pink tube in the pool before the other does. Everything changes, though, when Becky suddenly disappears from the ho Summary: Abigail and her sister, Becky, have always been referred to as the "September Sisters." Since their birthdays are only two years and one day apart and they have always put up an allusion that they are best friends. Though, in reality they are far from it. They enjoy making each other miserable by calling each other a baby when one of them shows weakness or simply taking the pink tube in the pool before the other does. Everything changes, though, when Becky suddenly disappears from the house in the middle of a summer night. Suddenly, Abigail's life is turned upside down. Her mother has fallen into a deep depression and is spending most of time sleeping or just staring into space in the darkness of her room, her dad is putting all his time and effort into finding Becky no matter how much it costs him or his family, and her best friend, along with everyone else at school, thinks that hanging out with her will cause misfortune in their lives too. Now Abigail doesn't know how to deal with the sadness and guilt over the loss of her sister. Though, with the help of the nice boy who moves in next door, she begins to see that love and happiness still exists even when the people around you can't fathom such a thing. Review: Even before reading this novel, I had high hopes. Since, the cover is awesome, the summary is intriguing, and Jillian Cantor has been compared to Sarah Dessen(which means it has to be an extremely good book) Lucky for me, it was wonderful. The September Sisters is a stunning debut novel that will have all reading long into the night. Jillian Cantor perfectly captures the raw and scary feelings of first love and losing someone you love dearly. Abby's voice is strong and funny even though she has gone through so much. She is definitely one of those characters that you can relate to even though you haven't had to go through 1/5 of what she has. One of my favorite parts of this novel was Cantor's writing. It didn't hold back once and it had me wondering throughout the story: Will Becky come back alive and if she doesn't, will the Reeds' realize they have another daughter to raise? The plot was interesting and had complex turns to it that changed everything. I really liked how it started out in the beginning that they had found Becky, but than transformed to that night so long ago that changed everything. I felt that without that you would not really get to see all the drama Abby and her parents went through. Overall, The September Sisters was an amazing novel that will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen, Laurie Halse Anderson, and Meg Cabot. I truly think Jillian has the possibility to be the next big thing in Young Adult fiction! I highly suggest that you go pick this book up from your local library or go buy it at the bookstore when it is released. Grade: A+

  3. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    I guess one could say that in many ways Abigail Reed and her younger sister, Becky, are like most sisters. They squabble, they argue, they love to best the other and get the other sister upset. Like they almost live for it. But, like most mothers do, I'm guessing almost 100% of mothers would say to their arguing siblings something to this effect: She is your sister. If something were to happen to her, then you'd know how much you really do love her and you'd miss her terribly. Well, Abigail got I guess one could say that in many ways Abigail Reed and her younger sister, Becky, are like most sisters. They squabble, they argue, they love to best the other and get the other sister upset. Like they almost live for it. But, like most mothers do, I'm guessing almost 100% of mothers would say to their arguing siblings something to this effect: She is your sister. If something were to happen to her, then you'd know how much you really do love her and you'd miss her terribly. Well, Abigail got to have that feeling of "what if my sister went missing," because one day Becky did just that. She simply disappeared. And she was only 10 years old. Abigail is two years older, almost to the day, than Becky and it hits her hard and she is buried in guilt. Without giving away how difficult this was for the family, as it would be for any family, suffice it to say that they didn't just go on living and only missing Becky. Their entire life and way of being was turned upside down. Sometimes those that you think are the strongest can become the weakest and vice versa. There is a great deal of suspense, and as one can imagine they went crazy with the "not knowing" who took Becky (if anyone) when/where/why/how Becky disappeared and if she's alive and going to come back one day. I think that's the worst, not knowing.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christine (KizzieReads)

    It's more like 2.5 than 3 stars. I kept waiting for something to happen and it never does. With an opening of "They found her" you kind of hope for a really good story. It dragged and dragged. It immediately goes back two years to Becky's disappearance, and how before Becky disappeared, she was the perfect child. She could do no wrong, and everybody just adored her. When she was bad, they blamed Abby for everything. Then when she disappears, the whole family pretty much implodes, but it is done It's more like 2.5 than 3 stars. I kept waiting for something to happen and it never does. With an opening of "They found her" you kind of hope for a really good story. It dragged and dragged. It immediately goes back two years to Becky's disappearance, and how before Becky disappeared, she was the perfect child. She could do no wrong, and everybody just adored her. When she was bad, they blamed Abby for everything. Then when she disappears, the whole family pretty much implodes, but it is done in such a way that it almost feel like while you are reading it, you are constantly asking yourself "And??" It is dull, and there really isn't the story that I was expecting.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    Wow... this is probably one of the saddest books that I have ever read. This story was just so sad and so heartbreaking. I don't have any siblings, me being an only child, so I just imagined how it would be if I had a younger sister and how my life would of been turned upside down. Just like Abby's was. Jillian Cantor wrote this novel beautifully. But I will say I had a Sarah Dessen flash back while I was reading it. There isn't anything that I dislike about this book at all. I'm so happy the sch Wow... this is probably one of the saddest books that I have ever read. This story was just so sad and so heartbreaking. I don't have any siblings, me being an only child, so I just imagined how it would be if I had a younger sister and how my life would of been turned upside down. Just like Abby's was. Jillian Cantor wrote this novel beautifully. But I will say I had a Sarah Dessen flash back while I was reading it. There isn't anything that I dislike about this book at all. I'm so happy the school library had it, since it had been on my list to - read for some time now. The last page is beyond heart-breaking. This novel just hits home for some reason. I recommend this book to everyone to read. I think everyone would find this book touching in some way. I do know, that I will never forget this story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ellicia

    Calling this book appealing, stirring, or electrifying just doesn’t feel like I’m doing justice for the book. There are more powerful and vigorous words to describe this book. Reading about 13-year-old Abigail Reed and her tragic story made me wonder how she can handle the pain, guilt, and sorrow as she tries to keep her family together. If I were to focus on one other character than Abigail, it would be her younger sister, Becky. She’s young, but Becky likes to have fun and has curiosity. Becky Calling this book appealing, stirring, or electrifying just doesn’t feel like I’m doing justice for the book. There are more powerful and vigorous words to describe this book. Reading about 13-year-old Abigail Reed and her tragic story made me wonder how she can handle the pain, guilt, and sorrow as she tries to keep her family together. If I were to focus on one other character than Abigail, it would be her younger sister, Becky. She’s young, but Becky likes to have fun and has curiosity. Becky likes to make her sister miserable, both are delighted to make each other’s lives unpleasant. If you’re looking for a book that makes your heart wrench with fistfuls of emotions, this is the one. I couldn’t merely turn this book down, without uncovering a girl’s story to control herself in the midst of her life falling apart and the world around her. Captivating!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    Abby and Becky are bickering sisters, two years apart in age, until the morning shortly before Abby's thirteenth birthday when she wakes to find that Becky has disappeared. As the police ineffectually search for the missing girl, Abby sees her family splinter apart. While her old friends back away from her, a new boy next door becomes Abby's steady support and ally. This poignant story--Abby painfully wonders whether, in her place, perky Becky could have kept their family together--may appeal to Abby and Becky are bickering sisters, two years apart in age, until the morning shortly before Abby's thirteenth birthday when she wakes to find that Becky has disappeared. As the police ineffectually search for the missing girl, Abby sees her family splinter apart. While her old friends back away from her, a new boy next door becomes Abby's steady support and ally. This poignant story--Abby painfully wonders whether, in her place, perky Becky could have kept their family together--may appeal to readers of Sarah Dessen and Deb Caletti. While the story is not sensationalistic, the kidnapping plot is an effective hook for teen readers.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carol Irvin

    Loved this book by Jillian Cantor!! Story about 2 sisters both born in September and one sister disappears and their family falls apart. And how they recover.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This book was on the middle-school summer reading list. One of my kids had checked it out of the library; it was sitting in the car when I was waiting and I had nothing to read. It's kind of a horror story (not purposefully) for teenagers. I think I would change the title of the book to, "How many ways can a teenager's life unravel?" Let me list a few of them: 1) Abigail's younger sister, Becky is kidnapped out of her bed in the middle of the night by a stranger and goes missing for over 2 years. This book was on the middle-school summer reading list. One of my kids had checked it out of the library; it was sitting in the car when I was waiting and I had nothing to read. It's kind of a horror story (not purposefully) for teenagers. I think I would change the title of the book to, "How many ways can a teenager's life unravel?" Let me list a few of them: 1) Abigail's younger sister, Becky is kidnapped out of her bed in the middle of the night by a stranger and goes missing for over 2 years. 2) Abigail loses all of her friends--as a result of the suspicions around the disappearance. 3) Not only do her friends turn on her, but she is completely ostracized at school. 4) As the police start to investigate the neighbors, the neighbors all turn against Abigail and her family, thinking that it's Abigail's family's fault that they are now suspects. 5) Abigail's mother has a complete breakdown, falls into a deep depression, and vascillates between pretending like Becky's coming home soon and long painful episodes of complete bed-ridden depression. 6) Abigail's father pays their across the street neighbor (an older hispanic lady) to take Abby on her first "bra shopping" excursion. It's a nightmare of embarrassment. 7) Abby's dad becomes a suspect. 8) Abby's mom becomes a major suspect; especially with all of the mental illness she is manifesting now. 9) Abby's mom tries to commit suicide. 10) Abby catches her mom having an affair. 11) Abby's mom suddenly disappears without a note or a goodbye. 12) Abby's only friend, and her boyfriend is caught making out with her and subsequently he is sent to Florida. 13) Abby's mom resurfaces to let her know that she is moving out for good and that she will eventually be living with the guy she was sneaking around to see. The thing that bothered me most of all about this book was all of the many flashback sections about Abby and Becky. They were the meanest, cruelest, most contentious sisters I've ever read about. Their relationship made me want to stop reading the book; I just hated reading so much bitter contention. The only reason I kept reading was to find out what happened at the end. Did they ever find Becky? I won't give that away, but yes, you will find out that one at the end. The book jacket reads, "This exquisitely written first novel illustrates life as it truly is--filled with fear and danger, hope and love, comfort and uncertainty." Do you know ANYONE whose life is truly like this? Let's just start with the kidnapping by a stranger from a bed in a safe house in the middle of the night with no one else hearing anything. You are more likely to get bitten by a shark and struck twice by lightning than you are to be kidnapped in those conditions. I think that this is a bit of fear mongering on the part of the author as if this could happen to all teenage girls. Elizabeth Smart is a HUGE exception to all of the statistical information about kidnappings and disappearances. There is a lot of coming of age story throughout this book. I wouldn't recommend it to most teenage girls unless they really like a lot of drama. I would be more concerned about young girls developing fears about these things happening to them, especially with the book jacket saying "illustrates life as it truly is."

  10. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    Readers join 14-year-old Abigail Reed as she tells of the experiences of her family that started the summer she was 12. That was when she woke up one morning to find that her younger sister Becky had disappeared. It is the start of a trying journey that will change the way everyone in her family is living. As you can imagine, the investigation starts with Abby's parents and neighbors being the primary suspects, but with no clues or leads, it is difficult for anyone to really know what happened. H Readers join 14-year-old Abigail Reed as she tells of the experiences of her family that started the summer she was 12. That was when she woke up one morning to find that her younger sister Becky had disappeared. It is the start of a trying journey that will change the way everyone in her family is living. As you can imagine, the investigation starts with Abby's parents and neighbors being the primary suspects, but with no clues or leads, it is difficult for anyone to really know what happened. Hope slowly starts to fade even as Abby goes back to school, finding herself on the outs because of what has happened. Abby's mother falls into a roller-coaster-of-a-ride of a depression, spending weeks alone in her bedroom only to come out for a bit of normalcy before someone sends her back. Her dad holds on to the hope that Becky will turn up, pinning his hopes on a good friend who is a police detective and by hiring his own private detective. As time passes, the family starts to crumble. Fortunately for Abby, Tommy, a Floridian teen who has moved in with his grandmother because of his own family issues, ends up becoming a friend. At first, it is a quiet friendship, but it soon develops into a relationship in which they can both have fun and have someone they can talk to about their problems before it evolves into first love. While the book seems like it is longer than it needs to be, the reader just gets pulled into the challenges that all of the characters are facing. In a way, this feels like someone took The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold and rewrote it from the perspective of the victim's sibling. What is it really like to lose a loved one and not know what really happened to her? The book builds to the obvious conclusion, but it is not about the destination, but the journey each of the characters takes. For Abby, it is about finding a definition for herself rather than the one provided by being connected to each of her family members or her friends. I did think the ending was a bit rushed. Ironically, I had felt the same way about The Lovely Bones when I read it. I was also a little taken aback by how the kids at school treated Abby. Personally, I think all the kids what do whatever they could to be close to her to get the scoop on what was happening in the bizarre since of the macabre our culture has adopted. I have no doubt that high school kids, particularly the girls, will find an interesting read with this one, though.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by May A. for TeensReadToo.com Abigail and Becky are exactly two years and a day apart, and are often referred as the September Sisters by their mother. However, despite their close proximity of age, they constantly squabble with one another and compete for their parents' attention. But after the sudden disappearance of Becky, Abby's whole life changes. Her mom grows more and more distant and her dad becomes overbearing and obsessed with the investigation. Abby is officially no longer an Reviewed by May A. for TeensReadToo.com Abigail and Becky are exactly two years and a day apart, and are often referred as the September Sisters by their mother. However, despite their close proximity of age, they constantly squabble with one another and compete for their parents' attention. But after the sudden disappearance of Becky, Abby's whole life changes. Her mom grows more and more distant and her dad becomes overbearing and obsessed with the investigation. Abby is officially no longer an ignorant child, as she desperately tries to keep her family together. Abby has no one to confide in until Tommy moves in next door. She soon finds herself expressing all of her emotions, pain, guilt, and resentment towards Becky and her disappearance to him. Along the way, Abigail also falls in love with him, even when everything in her world is less than perfect. THE SEPTEMBER SISTERS, Jillian Cantor's debut novel, was truly unforgettable, with the perfect mixture of realism, great character development, and plot. Ms. Cantor did a clever job at crafting the opening scene, because I was hooked from the very first page. The main character, Abby, was really well-written. All of her emotions were portrayed effectively and realistically, making it easy to sympathize with her. But, most importantly, she was a strong heroine, even given her tragic situation. One of the things that I thought was especially memorable were the contrasting emotions Abby endured throughout the book. At one point she was frustrated and even jealous of how much attention her sister received, even after she disappeared. Her relationship with Tommy was a perfect depiction of first love and its exploring nature. It was interesting to see how their relationship developed, because when they initially met they were hesitant to become friends since they were forced to talk during lunch. This one is definitely recommended and worth adding to your wish list.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sara Grochowski

    From inside cover: "Abigail Reed and her younger sister, Becky, are always at each other's throats. Their mother calls them the September Sisters, because their birthdays are only a day apart, and pretends they're best friends. But really, they delight in making each other miserable. Then Becky disappears in the middle of the night, and a torn gold chain with a sapphire heart charm is the only clue to the mystery of her kidnapping. Abby struggles to cope with her own feelings of guilt and loss a From inside cover: "Abigail Reed and her younger sister, Becky, are always at each other's throats. Their mother calls them the September Sisters, because their birthdays are only a day apart, and pretends they're best friends. But really, they delight in making each other miserable. Then Becky disappears in the middle of the night, and a torn gold chain with a sapphire heart charm is the only clue to the mystery of her kidnapping. Abby struggles to cope with her own feelings of guilt and loss as she tries to keep her family together. When her world is at its bleakest, Abby meets a new neighbor, Tommy, who is dealing with his own loss, and the two of them discover that love can bloom, even when it's surrouded by thorns." This book was haunting and absolutely breathtaking. I had to know what had happened to Becky and couldn't put it down until I found out. I was particularly interested in Abby's story because I have two sisters. We often fought when we were younger (and still do at times), just as Abby and Becky do, but we are at an age now where we can appreciate each other. Abby and Becky never had a chance to reach that age before Becky disappears, so it add an interesting and heartwrenching element to the plot. I could definitely relate to their relationship. The first love element of the plot is amazingly written and fits perfectly into the plot line. It didn't seem fake or forced, but, instead, real and necessary. Ratings (Out of 10): Plot: 10 Charaters: 10 Writing style: 10 Romance: 10 Originality/Memorable: 10 Total: 50/50 (A) I highly recommend this book! It reminded me of The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold: haunting and lyrical. It is not a book that one will easily forget!

  13. 5 out of 5

    E. Anderson

    Abigail Reed and her younger sister Becky have never gotten along. Their birthdays are very close together - just 24 hours apart - and their mother swears that one day they'll be best friends and love sharing a special day. Abby doesn't think this is possible - she can't stand Becky. But when Becky goes missing, taken from her bedroom in the middle of the night, the Reeds' world is turned upside down, Abby can't help but feel a sinking sense of guilt. While she struggles with this loss, the poli Abigail Reed and her younger sister Becky have never gotten along. Their birthdays are very close together - just 24 hours apart - and their mother swears that one day they'll be best friends and love sharing a special day. Abby doesn't think this is possible - she can't stand Becky. But when Becky goes missing, taken from her bedroom in the middle of the night, the Reeds' world is turned upside down, Abby can't help but feel a sinking sense of guilt. While she struggles with this loss, the police begin to suspect her parents, and her mother becomes more and more depressed. It is only when Tommy, a new neighbor, befriends Abby that she can begin to rebuild her life, and reestablish her own identity. This is not just another missing-persons mystery, but a touching, beautiful story about one girl's struggle to find love in the rubble left by a whirlwind of unimaginable events. The September Sisters is both tragic and sweet, captured perfectly with Cantor's striking voice.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    The September Sisters is Jillian Cantor’s debut novel, and it was beautifully written. It’s unforgettable, great character development, a masterful plot and painstakingly real. Abby was such a well-written character. I just feel raw and exposed reading her story. It was a very powerful thing. To portray that kind of emotion isn’t an easy task and Cantor does it with remarkable ease. She also impressively depicts Abby’s first love, despite the overall saddened tone of the novel. The September Sist The September Sisters is Jillian Cantor’s debut novel, and it was beautifully written. It’s unforgettable, great character development, a masterful plot and painstakingly real. Abby was such a well-written character. I just feel raw and exposed reading her story. It was a very powerful thing. To portray that kind of emotion isn’t an easy task and Cantor does it with remarkable ease. She also impressively depicts Abby’s first love, despite the overall saddened tone of the novel. The September Sisters is a uniquely woven story of love and loss. You should definitely add this one to your wish list. I can’t wait to read more of Cantor in the future.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Court

    This book was amazing, but it was really sad. I recommend it to people, because it was a great book. It starts out with Abby, the main character, at age 12, but it keeps flashing back before That Night happens, the night when her little sister, her September Sister, dissapears. Abby has to learn to deal with her little sister, the sister that she would always fight with, and not always neccessarily loved, being gone, and going back into her old world a completely new person. She learns about frien This book was amazing, but it was really sad. I recommend it to people, because it was a great book. It starts out with Abby, the main character, at age 12, but it keeps flashing back before That Night happens, the night when her little sister, her September Sister, dissapears. Abby has to learn to deal with her little sister, the sister that she would always fight with, and not always neccessarily loved, being gone, and going back into her old world a completely new person. She learns about friendship, love, and family values throughout this novel.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Janssen

    This book was not really what I expected - not that much happens and it's spread over the span of two years, so it's a lot of time slipping slowly by. It's a nice book, but not a gripping one. The last page totally made me want to cry, and I really did empathize with Abby. A solid three star book. This book was not really what I expected - not that much happens and it's spread over the span of two years, so it's a lot of time slipping slowly by. It's a nice book, but not a gripping one. The last page totally made me want to cry, and I really did empathize with Abby. A solid three star book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    I powered through this book because I needed to know what happened next! Kudos to Jill on her debut novel!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    It was heart wrenching on so many levels. It kept moving and made you feel the family's sadness without feeling too terrible. Good recommendation! It was heart wrenching on so many levels. It kept moving and made you feel the family's sadness without feeling too terrible. Good recommendation!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ciarra Kruwell

    The September Sisters is a novel about a ten-year-old girl Becky Reed who’s gone missing, and the devastation it has brought to the whole family. Her older sister Abigail who has never really got along with Becky felt devastated that this happened. She first realized she was missing when she woke up in the morning and realized she was taken during the night. Abby then meets her new neighbor Tommy who is going through the same stuff she is, they both discover that they have found love. I really l The September Sisters is a novel about a ten-year-old girl Becky Reed who’s gone missing, and the devastation it has brought to the whole family. Her older sister Abigail who has never really got along with Becky felt devastated that this happened. She first realized she was missing when she woke up in the morning and realized she was taken during the night. Abby then meets her new neighbor Tommy who is going through the same stuff she is, they both discover that they have found love. I really like this book and it’s one of my favorites. I like the tension it has and how it builds up to where it will leave you wanting to read more. Some parts of the book I think goes off track and talks about something else when it was on one subject already. The mystery feel it has to it I love because it makes me think throughout the book and I like to try and figure out the mysteries before I finish the book. I would totally recommend this book to anyone, if you like mystery books then this would highly be a really good one. I think this book could go for reader that would try anything, there’s not just mystery but there’s also love that goes between young kids. The suspense is very good also leaving you wanting more, but if you're not into something like that than I wouldn't recommend this for you.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Celeste

    If your looking for a book that will keep you on edge with mystery and even a bit of romance this is your book. In this book by Natasha Preston you have your 2 ordinary sisters. The ones that constantly fight and argue but still love each other. One morning Abigail s sister Becky,is missing and her whole family begins to search for her. During her journey of figuring out who kidnapped her she meets a boy. Soon they get together and look for clues together. But he ends up leaving and shes left al If your looking for a book that will keep you on edge with mystery and even a bit of romance this is your book. In this book by Natasha Preston you have your 2 ordinary sisters. The ones that constantly fight and argue but still love each other. One morning Abigail s sister Becky,is missing and her whole family begins to search for her. During her journey of figuring out who kidnapped her she meets a boy. Soon they get together and look for clues together. But he ends up leaving and shes left all alone. This book has one of the saddest ending an got really got to me. This book really was a page turner so if thats the kinda book your looking for read it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    Becca goes missing one night. Everyone starts looking suspiciously at Abby, her mother and her father. She tries to continue living, going to middle school and so forth all while everything in her life is falling apart. She and her sister were not emotionally close, but had birthdays one day apart and were often together. The story doesn't dwell on the mystery of where she is so much as to what it does to the family and how they fall apart. It's more of a story of growing up amongst tragedy. And Becca goes missing one night. Everyone starts looking suspiciously at Abby, her mother and her father. She tries to continue living, going to middle school and so forth all while everything in her life is falling apart. She and her sister were not emotionally close, but had birthdays one day apart and were often together. The story doesn't dwell on the mystery of where she is so much as to what it does to the family and how they fall apart. It's more of a story of growing up amongst tragedy. And how Abby continues to grow as a teenager, but her parents aren't able to deal with it. At the end the mystery is solved, as to where and what happened to Becca.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    I bought this book because I had just read the authors most recent book. I wasn't expecting this book to really be an YA book but I read it anyway. It was a fast read and a sad one at that. Two sisters and one that disappears one night. A tragedy for everyone involved. I bought this book because I had just read the authors most recent book. I wasn't expecting this book to really be an YA book but I read it anyway. It was a fast read and a sad one at that. Two sisters and one that disappears one night. A tragedy for everyone involved.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I'm so glad I didn't delete this off my tbr without giving it a chance. Such a deep and introspective coming of age novel dealing with grief, coping with death, mental health, etc. Definitely recommend! I'm so glad I didn't delete this off my tbr without giving it a chance. Such a deep and introspective coming of age novel dealing with grief, coping with death, mental health, etc. Definitely recommend!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    What a fantastic book, good for young adults and adults as well. I loved the characters, the plot and the evolution of a young girl surviving tragedy in her family.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rena

    Story is sad, but kinda dull. I think I'm just out of the age group for this book because honestly Abby was just kinda whiny and not much of a dynamic character to follow. Tragic tale though. Story is sad, but kinda dull. I think I'm just out of the age group for this book because honestly Abby was just kinda whiny and not much of a dynamic character to follow. Tragic tale though.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    I like the books this author writes.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Lyman

    I detested this book. The plot was weak and the characters had little to no depth or dynamic. The ending was unnecessary and disappointing in the characters relationship to each other. Not a book I’d suggest anyone read; my life was fine without it. Awful awful book, never read it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tessa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I gave this five stars b/c while the story plot/ lone itself was sad, the way in-which it was told, by the sister who lived, was heartwarming. While reading the story, I could tune-in to the feelings and thoughts of Abby. I can't imagine what it would be like to lose a sister especially one who was kidnapped from their own home in the middle of the night without any warning. I was a little angry with their mother and how she decided to move on with her own life in the midst of the family trying I gave this five stars b/c while the story plot/ lone itself was sad, the way in-which it was told, by the sister who lived, was heartwarming. While reading the story, I could tune-in to the feelings and thoughts of Abby. I can't imagine what it would be like to lose a sister especially one who was kidnapped from their own home in the middle of the night without any warning. I was a little angry with their mother and how she decided to move on with her own life in the midst of the family trying to rebuild and cope with the one suddenly pushed upon them. If it were myself, I probably would have been a bit more verbal and outright with how I felt about my mother spending time with another man, regadrless of the fact that Garrett had also lost a child, it doesn't give anyone the right to infringe pain or abandonment onto someone else's family. It's ironic that that's what happened considering that's the reason for Garrett's mourning as well...a family falling apart from the loss of a child. I was a bit annoyed at times as well with how they tried to keep Abby, the child that was there with them, at a distance and not be more willing to explain somed details to her, not considering that as a human being she too might find some closure in moments of updates about the investigation. Sometimes people overlook the fact that kids are more observant than we realize and they can offer a lot more insight than what's considered at times. It was easy to read along and see things from Abby's viewpoint while she told the story. I like how the story started out with a brief paragraph of how her father comes to inform her at school about them finding Becky, and yet we are forced to read on until the end chapter for the full prologue. I think that fit well into this book. I like this book it was a good read and I finished within 48 hours. I already had a feeling that they'd find Becky's body about as far and close to their own home as they did. I wish that the man who took her hadn't ended up dying before suffering more for his crime. By making it so the girls were born in the same month so close to together making them the same sign, made it a much more interesting story as well. The author took real, everyday events that actually occur in this world and put a soft, glow upon it so that those reading could sit back and not only mourn along with Abigail, but at the same, could feel their own way through her day to day experiences before and after her sister's disappearance.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Abigail and Becky are two typical young sisters around junior high age. They fight, they bicker, but deep down they do care for each other. But one morning, Abigail wakes up to discover Becky has disappeared during the night. Police and search crews and called but no trace of Becky can be found. Days turn into weeks that turn into months that turn into years without anyone finding Becky. Abigail sees her mother fall into a deeper depression and finally move away. She sees her father becoming mor Abigail and Becky are two typical young sisters around junior high age. They fight, they bicker, but deep down they do care for each other. But one morning, Abigail wakes up to discover Becky has disappeared during the night. Police and search crews and called but no trace of Becky can be found. Days turn into weeks that turn into months that turn into years without anyone finding Becky. Abigail sees her mother fall into a deeper depression and finally move away. She sees her father becoming more of a study rock to her but is over-protective of her every move. She sees her friends leave her and the strange whispers as people start to suspect her own parents. She sees neighbors becoming suspects instead of neighbors. And she sees one new neighborboy become her new boyfriend. In the end, the police do finally find Becky but by that time, nothing in Abigail's family or life will ever be the same. This book was a really good mystery and I enjoyed every bit of it. I fell in love with the character of Abigail and the way her family dissolved after the tragedy of finding Becky missing was believable. So was how the public viewed her. The only part that I was disappointed with is was the need for Abigail and her boyfriend to experiment with "heavy" petting towards the end of the book. If this book was made for an audience of high school students, the scene wouldn't have bothered me as much. But by the tone of the book and the age of the characters, this book is looking for an audience with junior high students. It also didn't really fit with the storyline or the time when the scene happened. Abigail and Tommy had spent many instances with gentle kissing and innocent hand-holding. So why the huge jump to a scene where Tommy is taking off her shirt and caressing her breasts? Why could they just be kissing very passionately when her father walks into the room. The story hinted that Abigail didn't think her parents would like it if they knew her and Tommy were more than friends. Surely, catching your junior high daughter passionately kissing a boy on the floor of the livingroom would be enough. Especially since their relationship had been so tame before.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    The September Sisters was a wonderfully and beautifully written novel. I loved everything about The September Sisters - the writing style, the plot, the honest look at families and their values, the characters, I can go on and on. I loved Jillian's writing style. It flowed and weaved throughout the plot and the vivid descriptions that she provided was a nice touch because it allowed the readers to picture exactly what was going on. She also wrote in a matter-of-fact manner so it didn't take pages The September Sisters was a wonderfully and beautifully written novel. I loved everything about The September Sisters - the writing style, the plot, the honest look at families and their values, the characters, I can go on and on. I loved Jillian's writing style. It flowed and weaved throughout the plot and the vivid descriptions that she provided was a nice touch because it allowed the readers to picture exactly what was going on. She also wrote in a matter-of-fact manner so it didn't take pages and pages before the actual meat of the story came. This was something that I really liked because who wants to read pages and pages of the exposition?? Anyway, the plot was awesome as well. It was beautifully crafted and it showed the importance of families. I loved how the plot is so different from the stories that other authors usually write about today. It was realistic and gave me a reason why I should feel more appreciative towards my sisters. Haha. The character, Abigail, is very strong. I could relate to the guilt that she felt whenever she remembered her sister because it's something that I feel everyday. Of course, my sisters didn't get kidnapped or anything but I could kind of understand why she would feel so guilty. Tommy, on the other hand, I felt as if he was a jerk. After he came back from Florida, it felt as if he never wanted to do anything with her. And it wasn't until Abigail "lost" her mom that he felt the need to go back to her. And despite all his words of love to her, he still left her at the end. That's one thing that really irked me because it felt as if his love wasnt't sincere. And the relationship between Abigail and Tommy seemed really shallow. There seemed to be no real depth in it and it seemed to founded on loss and grief which isn't always a stable thing... Overall, The September Sisters evoked lots of emotions from me - appreciation, guilt, sadness, and others. I enjoyed this novel and so I think you should check it out.

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