02 November 2011

I'm Not Her; Janet Gurtler

I'm Not HerI'm Not Her by Janet Gurtler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tess has a big problem: she's a nobody compared to her Perfect Sister, Kristina. Because of this, her grades and love of art go virtually unnoticed by her mother, while her father is rather a nonentity in the home. Then Kristina learns she doesn't have a sports injury, she has a tumor, osteosarcoma - cancer. And the family falls apart.

Despite having read other books like this recently, I thought Tess' voice sounded authentic (the parents were, sadly, far more stereotypical). Kristina's actions/reactions to her cancer and treatments also sounded authentic, but more anger might have been even more realistic. I particularly liked the arc of Tess' relationships with Clark, Jeremy and Nick, which reminded me of so many of my and my friends relationships with boys when we were in high school.

Copy provided by publisher.

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