29 October 2015

ARC Review: The Sister Pact, Stacie Ramey

The Sister Pact

Title: The Sister Pact
Author: Stacie Ramey
Published: 03/11/2015, Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 320
Source: Netgalley
Format: Ebook

Rating: 2/5

"A suicide pact was supposed to keep them together, but a broken promise tore them apart.

Allie is devastated when her older sister commits suicide--and not just because she misses her. Allie feels betrayed. The two made a pact that they'd always be together, in life, and in death, but Leah broke her promise and Allie needs to know why. 

Her parents hover. Her friends try to support her. And Nick, sweet Nick, keeps calling and flirting. Their sympathy only intensifies her grief. 

But the more she clings to Leah, the more secrets surface. Allie's not sure which is more distressing: discovering the truth behind her sister's death or facing her new reality without her."

I didn't like The Sister Pact... yet I didn't dislike it either. It was a weird read for me as I hated all the characters and found it to be quite slow, but I didn't want to put it down.

The Sister Pact is told from the first-person perspective of Allie. This was brilliant as it clearly shows her grief yet it also frustrated me. But this was more to do with Allie as a character than the way her story was told.

I really did feel that the plot was quite slow. The plot also confused me especially in regards to the way Allie uncovered Leah's secrets (and to be perfectly honest, my quite limited knowledge of mental illness). Leah's secrets also resulted in the plot twisting a bit which further confused me. However, I will say that the major plot lines are tied up as nice as they could be.

As I said, I didn't enjoy any of the characters. They irritated and confused me. Especially Allie's parents. Why are there so many YA books involving broken families? They appeared more interested in fighting with each other than caring for their daughters. I felt they were just ignoring their problems and not supporting their daughters at all. And of course, his has a knock on effect on Allie and Leah. I really cannot blame them for their problems. Nobody in this book seemed to have any respect for themselves or their personal safety.

As I said, I didn't hate The Sister Pact but I didn't enjoy it either (making this a really hard review to write). What I will say is give it a go, you may enjoy it a lot more than I did. Especially teenagers. The Sister Pact does deal with some difficult issues that need to be highlighted to teenagers. I'm not sure if I will read Stacie Ramey in the future, we'll see what it brings.

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  1. I agree with this. The book felt too much like I was sitting through a drug college course. The reveals weren't mind blowing for me either. I finished it because I had a review copy, but this book wasn't for me. It's interesting that you didn't enjoy it, but it was hard to put down. Indeed an interesting combination. Great review.

    1. I am so glad that I am not alone in how I felt about this book! I agree about the drug college course comparison and it was totally not mind-blowing at all!

      Thanks for visiting.


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