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The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June (2010)
Author: Robin Benway
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 282 (hardcover)
Series: Stand Alone

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Why I Read It: Back in 2009 I read and enjoyed Benway's debut, Audrey, Wait!. It's not one my favourite books ever, but it was fun and light-hearted. I found this novel in the bargain section at work and decided to give it a go (I was also entranced by the pretty cover).

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Final Verdict: I feel like this review was a little harsh, so I do want to say that I don't think this is a BAD book; the exploration of sisterly bonds was well done, and I did like most of the dialogue, which was sharp and witty and felt very authentic (even though I wasn't always super keen on the humour, but that's more of "it's not you, it's me" thing.) I wasn't, however, on board with the super-power facet of the novel which was never really explored with any depth and felt kind of superfluous to me. Yes, it does make this novel stand out from the slew of contemporary YA that comes out every year, but it ultimately felt like it hindered the novel. I also wish the secondary characters had been developed a bit more, and I wasn't super keen on either of the romantic subplots. I'm sad to say that I didn't like Benway's sophomore effort as much as her debut, but despite that, I do think I'll be checking out her future works.

Cover Commentary: I'm not usually crazy about photographs on book covers -- I usually prefer illustrations -- but this cover has always caught my eye. I love the gradient of the primary colours, I love the title font and how each name corresponds to a colour, and I like the models on the cover as well, despite them not quite looking how I imagined the protags (they all look too close in age, and also look too old I find.) The paperback is also super cute, though I'm not too sure why the photograph has to be so full of hands.

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