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News Item: Charles Kappus

Book review: The Secret Language of Sisters

This young adult novel by Luanne Rice could hook you with its subtitle: One accident will change everything. Ruth Ann McCabe (Roo) the book's young female protagonist, rues the day she succumbs to one of the modern dangers of our new digital age: distracted driving.


Roo is driving to the museum to pick up her sister, Tilly, when she receives a text message that causes her to crash. She wakes up in the hospital, but never really wakes up. As the doctors explain, Roo has a condition called "locked-in syndrome"; She can hear, see, and understand everything around her -- but nobody knows.


Tilly, who lives with the guilt of sending the fateful text, adds to the drama with her growing feelings for Newton, Roo's boyfriend. The mystical power of relationships surfaces as Newton and Tilly struggle to understand what Roo is going through.


I liked this story because it includes realistic situations that happen in every day life. Its plot twists are dramatic, and its lesson couldn't be more timely or valuable. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good book.


This review was written by Madison Perea, student reporter for the LBJ Howl.

Posted by: Charles Kappus Published:12/6/16
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