Sadie Hawkins Sunday Review #64: The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June by Robin Benway

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Sadie Hawkins Sunday Review #64: The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June by Robin BenwayThe Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June by Robin Benway
Published by Razorbill on June 2, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 282
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

April, the oldest, can see the future. May, the middle sister, can disappear. And June, the youngest, can read minds. At the time of their parents' divorce, the three sisters recover these strange and magical powers from their childhood, powers that help them cope with the hardest year of their lives. When April gets a vision of disaster, the girls must come together to save the day-and their family. But in the process they learn that there's one thing stronger than magic: sisterhood.

Recommended by: Amy

THE CUTE. That is what this book is.  So freaking adorable. I’ve read one Robin Benway book before this, but I tried the audio, and I feel like the adorbs did not translate quite as well to the audiobook format. Anyway, I totally understand why people want Benway books with their cuteness. Also, I totally will use the words cute and adorable until they cease having any meaning throughout the course of this review, so deal with it. Honestly, it’s Robin Benway’s fault, because all I can say is CUTE CUTE CUTE.

Okay, so I actually read an oddly similar book a couple weeks ago. Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski has a similar silly contemporary with a paranormal twist plot. I don’t say this to diminish either, because, even almost back to back, I really enjoyed both of them.  Basically, my point is that if you enjoyed one of these, you should read the other, because they are awesome quick reads full of humor. The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June is definitely cuter though. Also, I’m writing the rest of this review in such a way as to never have to type that long-ass title again. I think my fingers need a drink after that.

Anyway, these three sisters, creatively names April, May and June for the months in which they were born, one day discover they have powers. The eldest, April, can see the future. May, the middle girl, can turn invisible, clothes and all, luckily for her. The youngest, June, can read minds. There are some hints at an explanation, but mostly this is just how things are. Accept it and laugh your way through, or it’s probably not the book for you. The world building is so not the point here.

Not gonna lie, but this book was totally borrowing some of my LBD feels. Though they’re not really the same in any way otherwise, the three sisters and the way they didn’t really understand each other was very much like Lizzie, Mary, and Lydia. May is sooo not a Jane, so I’m borrowing cousin Mary to be a sister again. As sisters, they are constantly sniping, but then they really love one another and are trying to help each other. June is so completely Lydia Bennet from LBD that I can’t even.

Each sister is very disparate from the others. April’s driven, focused on academic. A stereotypical oldest child, she’s controlling and over-protective. She doesn’t really have friends, but mostly because she thinks studying is more fun. No, for real. May, on the other hand, doesn’t care about school and is a lone wolf by choice. Also she’s the daughter taking their parents’ divorce the hardest because of how close she used to be with their dad. June, however, wants to be popular and have the whole high school movie sort of experience with parties and cute clothes and all of that.

There are also two super adorable romances which I totally ship. I mean, both of them are hate to love on the girls’ sides, which immediately put my shippy heart into drive. Also, I’m really happy that there are only two ships and that there is not “omg we are in love after three days” nonsense. It’s good, believable high school romance. The other sister doesn’t have a romance, but she makes a friend, and that is all totally okay. Props for Robin Benway for not pairing everyone off with a romance.

Anyway, this post is overdue, so I think I’ll end there. In case you missed it the three hundred other times I said so, this book is freaking adorable and funny and cute. If that’s your thing, read it.

Favorite Quote:

Now that I was practically locked into my room except to go to school, I had a lot of time to do homework. A lot of time. Romeo and Juliet‘s pretty cool, but it helps that I’ve seen the movie, the cool one where Mercutio’s a cross-dresser. In fact, I think Juliet should have hooked up with him because Romeo was an absolute idiot for not checking to see if she was alive before he off’d himself. My ideal boyfriend would at least check for a pulse. (“Put a mirror under her nose!” I had screamed at that part in the book.)

Tl;dr – Review in a GIFfy:

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4 responses to “Sadie Hawkins Sunday Review #64: The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June by Robin Benway”

  1. Aw! That does sound adorable. And I like that it revolves around three sisters (creatively named…heh) as well as some good high school romance.
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  2. Oh my gosh, that Lydia Bennet GIF is perfect! I agree, this book is total cuteness. I’ve also read Also Known As and Going Rogue, which are also full of cuteness. I’m not sure what other Benway book you read. I still need to read Audrey Wait!

    Glad you liked this one.
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  3. Bonnie says:

    hahaha The only thing I could think of when I first pulled up this post was “This totally qualifies as one of my Bingo squares!!!” The one where you have to read a book with April, May or June in the title. So… this totally qualifies as three points, right? Glad to hear you enjoyed this one, on the list it goes!
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  4. Katy says:

    This book sounds fun! I like sister-ness. And I love hate to love so yay. I might have to check this one out!
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