Review: Sisters by Raina Telegmeier

Genre: Graphic Novel, Contemporary Age Level: Middle Grade Series: Smile #2
Genre: Graphic Novel, Contemporary
Age Level: Middle Grade
Series: Smile #2

The companion to Raina Telgemeier’s #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling and Eisner Award-winning graphic memoir, SMILE.

Raina can’t wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren’t quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she’s also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn’t improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn’t seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all.

Raina uses her signature humor and charm in both present-day narrative and perfectly placed flashbacks to tell the story of her relationship with her sister, which unfolds during the course of a road trip from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado.


I enjoyed reading Sisters even more than Smile. Stylistically, it is more complex with the story alternating between the past and present. In the past, we meet young Raina before Amara is born, and see the beginnings of the complex relationship between the two girls.

In the present day, we see the family go on a road trip that puts a strain on all of their relationships. By the end, the two sisters have to decide whether they can be friends or if they will forever be fighting.

The relationship between sisters is complicated and difficult to portray, but Sisters uses a combination of brutal honesty and humour to allow readers to connect with Raina and Amara’s story. As a result of this, the story is rather complex and layered.

Recommended to fans of graphic novels!

Have you read this book? What did you think? I’d love to hear from you!



3 thoughts on “Review: Sisters by Raina Telegmeier

  1. i’ve never read a graphic novel! i know blankets by criag thompson is one i’ll get to one day and this one looks p interesting 🙂 i have a sister so whenever i read books with sisterly r/s in them, i feel especially attached and somehow i love reading about them A LOT. especially the complicated ones because, you know, we like things complicated hehe. thank you so much for sharing this!

    alicia @ noverly things

    1. I LOVE graphic novels. I hadn’t heard of Blankets so I just looked it up and it looks really good – thanks for mentioning it!! Sisters could be a good place to start if you haven’t read a graphic novel before. It’s got a lot of dialogue and is very plot-centric.

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