I received a complimentary download of this book in exchange for a review
I was so excited to get this graphic novel! I had read and loved Drama by Raina and though I hadn't read Smile I was pretty confident I could follow along with this graphic novel. I quickly became acquainted with the characters and situations but unfortunately I didn't enjoy this book very much. Like the title states this is the story of Raina and Amara. Raina has always wanted a little sister and she has built a fantasy around how her life would be when she has one. Amara is nothing like she expected. She cries a lot and as she enters her toddler years she is very cranky and demanding and prefers spending her time alone.
The reader is given all of this information through a series of flashbacks as the Sisters go on a cross country road trip with their little brother. I have an older sibling so I know how emotions can run high between sisters but Amara’s anger outbursts, jealously towards Raina and hatred towards Raina’s ability to tune out the world with her walkman, mad me think this character had serious emotional issues. Its extremely grating and made it hard for me to feel any sympathy for the character.
There is also a subplot about the girls parents possibly getting divorced that is never fully explored. Even though the girls have some semblance of a positive relationship at the end, but there are so any dangling story threads I felt unsatisfied with a lot of the story.
This is my 31st book for Coyer Summer Vacation