If I weren't being compensated by blogher for my review of this book, all opinions are mine of course, I would have put it down at the end of chapter 7 and never picked it up again. It's not that it's a horrible book. I was excited to read it from the description. It's just that I have enough in real life of real people I actually care about making foolish and harmful decisions that hurt themselves and others. I just really didn't have the emotional energy to endure watching fictional characters I don't really care about do the same thing.
But I kept reading, because I had to, hoping that at some point the plot would take a redemptive turn. I'm glad to say that it did, and that at the very end one of the characters said something that I heartily agree with.
While I endorse the telling of a story of women growing up and finding their way and the bonds between sisters, and I enjoyed the last half of the book, somehow this story left me cold. I think it says more about me than of the book. Perhaps I am too old to be able to identify with the emotional difficulties of women who are self absorbed while lacking in self awareness. I like them at the end, I do. I especially enjoy how the youngest sister Cordy starts speaking the truth, and saying what needs to be said.
One of the things that bothered me most though was an odd sort of moral ambiguity that ran alongside what was supposed to be true remorse. The true wrong it seems, in a sisterhood filled with bad behavior, is to snitch on each other and to judge. It comes off as disingenuous that one feels so guilty when guilt seems to be taboo.
The story is told in 1st person plural, which is an interesting trick and sort of reads like all three sisters are sitting together in the same room telling the tale. It's well done, though I found the repeated use of "our mother" and "our father" jarring and not conversational enough to match the overall tone.
Overall, I think a lot of people would enjoy this book and get a lot out of it, if you're not old and crotchety like me with too many places where this book hits too close to home that is. It is ultimately hopeful, but just like real life, it takes it's own sweet time getting there.
For more on The Weird Sisters go to the blogher book club.