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In Sarah's Shadow
by Karen McCombie 1606/809 first published 2003
Real Life Drama for ages 11 to 15 published by Collins Flamingo
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
9/10 Very good. I am pleased with this.
What's it about?
Two sisters, two sides to one story!
What happens?
Megan and Sarah are sisters, they are supposed to get along, but Megan is constantly in her big sister's shadow. Sarah has everything that Megan wants, good looks, adoring parents, great friends, talent and now the boyfriend, Conor! Megan watches her sister's wonderful life from the shadows of her own depressing half existence. Then one day fate takes a hand and things begin to look brighter for Megan, to the detriment of her sister!
Is it easy to read?
Particularly suitable for girls, this is a great read for any teenager who likes their books real.
Anything else?
This is a brilliant book, first you get Megan's side of the story and it is very sad. She clearly comes off second best to her older sister. And you quickly begin to realise what she keeps scratching on her wrists, but I think you also quickly realise that she isn't telling the whole truth. Then when her luck changes the story switches to Sarah and pow! We get another side to this story, just as sad and difficult and in some ways even more gut wrenching. Absolutely brilliant!
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
Sisters -- one of the closest relationships in the world? Megan and Sarah wouldn't agree... MEGAN'S STORY: Megan is constantly in her big sister's shadow. Prettier, smarter, funnier, Sarah has it all; the adoration of their parents, a great group of friends, talent, and -- of course -- Conor. Megan struggles to retain her identity as she tries to turn the tables on her lucky, gifted sibling. But is the pecking order ever going to change? SARAH'S STORY: Now we see the sisterly relationship from Sarah's point of view, and slowly, it begins to dawn on the reader that things are not quite as they seem. Could it be that Megan's perspective is not quite as accurate as originally perceived?
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