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Who was your favorite character and why?
Mae. Even though she was probably the most annoying at the start of the book, and even though she kept doing those same things that were just as annoying later on, seeing things from her point of view really changed the context over time. She held the family together behind the scenes, breaking rules, keeping in touch with people who were excommunicated and otherwise pulling strings to make things happen, and she sincerely didn't expect anything back.
I also thought her character was especially vividly written, she reminds me of a few people I know. The author was really good at turning around your perception of a character naturally, without making it seem forced or making anyone automatically the hero, their roles all shifted and just kind of fell into place.
What about the narrators’s performance did you like?
Everything! This was a great performance, the characters came to life. The different narrators seemed natural with the different perspectives, they even smoothed over the chapter transitions that I normally find kind of jarring in books that have a lot of switching back and forth. I always knew which character was talking right away, and they all had a lot of personality.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Maybe not exactly a moment, but a situation, when Farah and Bubblee eventually reconciled with each other over sorting bills and tidying the house. There wasn't ever really a grand scene to resolve everything with "I'm so sorry I was wrong all along" or anything like that, they were still upset and annoyed with each other. But they just kept coming back time and again, and working together while they bickered over things, and gradually got close enough to talk to each other again.
Even though it was imperfect and messy, it eventually worked itself out with time and effort, and it felt very real. I wish there were more movies set up like this, then we might have less ridiculous expectations of our relationships.
Any additional comments?
I hope the author keeps writing, I really want to read more of her books!
Very well written, from different perspectives and you feel for every single one of them. The struggles of Fatima, trying to find her place. Bubbling Mae the much younger sister with a big mouth, but a heart of gold. The twins Farrah and Bubblee who are so alike yet so different. They all try to find their way, first not understanding where the other person is coming from.
I really do not want to give away anything, but I can say I didn't regret buying this book! I loved how all the girls had their own voices. This made the story come alive and you feel like they're telling you what has happened. For a debut I highly salute the writer! Thank you for this great story!
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Would you listen to The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters again? Why?
I tend not to listen or read books again, not because I don't like them, more because I like to read/listen to lots of books.
What did you like best about this story?
It was intriguing to get to know the culture of the Amir Family
What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
More personal. With the different narrators for each character, its easier to identify with each.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Well, that's a question.. Maybe something along the lines of, 'Everything they thought was true in their lives, just got flipped'
Any additional comments?
A lovely listen. Could easily have spent the entire day listening to it, if home and work life allowed.
A great story and great education. Regardless of race or religion, family issues will always be a thing.
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