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Review by Suze
Vanessa is the middle child. She has two sisters, Adrienne is the oldest and Marie is the youngest. They're very different from each other. Marie is deeply religious, Adrienne is gorgeous and confident and Vanessa is a gifted piano player. She doesn't have much time to play though, because the three girls have to accompany their mother to Mexico where she gets a type of treatment for leukemia that is forbidden in the United States. The sisters spend hours in the garden of the clinic. Waiting is something that has become a large part of their lives.
Vanessa has met someone at the clinic, a guy who teaches her how to use a skateboard. He encourages her to play the piano more and she learns how to be herself again. Taking care of her mother is Vanessa's number one priority and she sometimes forgets herself in the process. Leukemia isn't the only heartbreaking problem she has to deal with at home though and Vanessa and her sisters have a difficult road ahead of them.
Vanessa is such a sweet girl. She's caring, talented and easy to get along with. Adrienne is bold and fierce, she says whatever she wants to say. Marie is cute and athletic and she's obsessed with saints. Vanessa is the strong one of the three, which means she has to shoulder more responsibility and a lot more heartache. It was interesting to watch her personal growth. She's a child at first, but she has to grow up quickly and becomes a wise young woman instead. Her family has a lot of problems and they often moved me to tears. Tell Me Something Real is a beautiful tragic story with impressive main characters.
I love stories about sisters and Tell Me Something Real is a great one. Calla Devlin has written a fantastic captivating story. It's honest and emotionally raw and there are many surprising developments. I liked the fast pace and her descriptive tone of voice gripped me from the start. She knows how to write about feelings. Marie is perceptive, which makes the portrayal of them deep and meaningful. Tell Me Something Real is an amazing shocking story, it's unexpected and stunning. I highly recommend this impressive book.