December 10, 2014

12 days of reading - no. 2: 'twisted sisters'

Blogger's Note: With Christmas just around the corner, there's still plenty of time to ask Santa for a few new reads under your tree. Rather than share 12 writing tips (like in 2011 and 2012) or some favorite writers (like last year), this year we are sharing 12 notable (and potentially Christmas list-worthy) books from the past year. I have enlisted the help of my good friend (and voracious reader) Whitney to create this list. Enjoy the 12 Days of Reading.

Day 2: Twisted Sisters
By Jen Lancaster
Published February 4
Picked by Whitney
Reagan Bishop is a pusher. A licensed psychologist who stars on the Wendy Winsberg cable breakout show I Need a Push, Reagan helps participants become their best selves by urging them to overcome obstacles and change behaviors. An overachiever, Reagan is used to delivering results.

Despite her overwhelming professional success, Reagan never seems to earn her family’s respect. Her younger sister, Geri, is and always will be the Bishop family favorite. When a national network buys Reagan’s show, the pressures for unreasonably quick results and higher ratings mount. But Reagan’s a clinician, not a magician, and fears witnessing her own personal failings in prime time. (And seriously? Her family will never let her hear the end of it.) Desperate to make the show work and keep her family at bay, Reagan actually listens when the show’s New Age healer offers an unconventional solution…

Record Nielsen ratings follow. But when Reagan decides to use her newfound power to teach everyone a lesson about sibling rivalry, she’s the one who will be schooled…
If I had to pick an author I would want to be best friends with, it would definitely be Jen Lancaster. So naturally, I will devour, and pretty much love anything that she writes (and yes, that even includes everything she posts on social media). Twisted Sisters is no exception and perhaps one of my favorite books of hers to date.

But what else do you expect when you combine a “Freaky Friday”-like twist with a quirky family and reality TV? Oh, and there’s also Lancaster’s great character development and effortless humor that’s apparent in everything she writes.

Whether or not you have a sister, this book is a great read that can teach us all something about being a better version of ourselves.

Rating: 4 of 5

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