Review for ‘The Sister Pact’ by Stacie Ramey
Release Date: 11/1/2015
The Synopsis: “Who holds your secrets?
Allie is devastated when her older sisters commits suicide- and it’s 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.”
The Review: I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I don’t even know where to begin with this book. It was, hands down, the best thing that I have read this year. It was written beautifully and I felt every emotion as Allie was feeling it. We pick up after Allie’s sister, Leah, has committed suicide. Allie’s life is shattered and we as readers are forced to try and pick up the pieces with her. Allie doesn’t understand why Leah took her life and slowly works through her grief. This book is full of heavy topics, little nerdlings, so be prepared. Things are not sugar coated. There are drugs, issues with sex, lying friends, and the sisters’ parents are not exactly cookie cutter wonderful. We see Leah’s suicide for the ugly thing that it is and I was very happy that Stacie Ramey did not glorify suicide or self harm in any way. Going into this story I was slightly afraid that Nick, who shows romantic interest in Allie right away, would end up being some sort of hero and that there would be a heavy romantic theme. There was not and I was oh so grateful, because a story like Leah and Allie’s needs to be told in the raw way that our author tells it. Allie discovers quite a few lies from those around her, and there is a lot of hurting before we see any healing. As a reader I found Allie’s parents to be powerful characters, especially her mother. There was well rounded character development in this novel. Our author finds a way to incorporate Leah into the story without making her ‘cheesy’ in any way. We get to interact with Leah through her sister’s mind and it is written so well. I felt the closure that I needed at the end as well which was much needed. Don’t be fooled, though. Just because there is closure doesn’t mean you will finish this one up without feeling raw and possibly bawling your eyes out like I did. I’ve already pre ordered my very own physical copy for when it is released later this year.
The Conclusion: Read this if you’re into: Books that will force you to feel, self discovery, and realistic plots.
Don’t read this if you can’t stand: books that deal with heavy topics, books without romance, or stories that don’t come to solid resolutions for every conflict.
The Rating: Absolutely 5 out of 5 stars because the author made me feel exactly what the characters were feeling, all the while touching on heavy topics in a realistic way.
Author’s Goodreads Page: Stacie Ramey Goodreads