She’s The Worst
by Lauren Spieller
Published September 3, 2019
Source: I received an advanced copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Sisters April and Jenn haven’t been close in years. Jenn’s too busy with school, the family antique shop, and her boyfriend, and April would rather play soccer and hang out with the boy next door.
But when April notices her older sister is sad about staying home for college, she decides to do something about it. The girls set off to revive a pact they made as kids: spend an epic day exploring the greatest hits of their childhood and all that Los Angeles has to offer.
Then April learns that Jenn has been keeping a secret that could rip their family—and their feuding parents—apart. With only one day to set things right, the sisters must decide if their relationship is worth saving, or if the truth will tear them apart for good. [goodreads]
As someone with two sisters myself, I love a good sister story. Sister relationships can be some of the most interesting and complicated, and the sisters at the heart of SHE’S THE WORST are no exception.
April and Jenn have a twisted and often-times sad family dynamic going on. Jenn is the oldest sister and is known as the “good one” — she is a great student and spends her spare time helping her parents run their antique store. April is a soccer star and her family views her as self-centered because she doesn’t help at the antique store due to other commitments.
I think a better title for this book would be “They’re the Worst”, because while there’s nothing wrong with either of the girls in this story, their parents are the ACTUAL WORST EVER. They are absolutely horrible to each other and to their daughters, and have zero redeeming qualities. It was tough to read them dismissing April’s talents and goals while also taking advantage of Jenn and not allowing her to choose her own path in life.
Ultimately, this is a story of two very different sisters coming together to support one another’s choices. Although they each want very different things and start out as conflicting characters, they grow to appreciate one another’s dreams in a really lovely way.
I enjoyed seeing April’s and Jenn’s character development throughout the course of this story because it so reminded me of the tumultuous relationship my own sisters and I have had through the years. When we were younger, we were all so different that we frequently butted heads, but as we’ve gotten older we have become very close. I see the same thing in April and Jenn’s relationship.
SHE’S THE WORST is available September 3rd, 2019!
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