Book review by
Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Funny, moving memoir should appeal to younger comics fans.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 25 reviews

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Educational Value

Sisters has much to say about family dynamics and sibling rivalries. Most readers will relate to the issues and conflicts that arise. 

Positive Messages

Sisters emphasizes that families need to work together to settle their differences and move forward. Each character in the book has a unique viewpoint, but they all must compromise for the greater good.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Raina and Amara are siblings with very different interests and temperaments. They love each other, but they can't seem to resist poking each other's sensitive spots. When their vacation goes awry and it looks as if their parents are having difficulties, the girls learn more about what they mean to each other.


A pet chameleon is killed by crickets.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sisters, the follow-up to author-illustrator Raina Telgemeir's previous graphic novel memoir​, Smileis a funny, affectionate examination of family dynamics and sibling rivalry. Raina, Amara, and their younger brother, Will, are presented as a believable set of siblings with competing interests and different foibles. Their expressions and reactions are sometimes overstated, but that's all in tune with the comics format. There's no objectionable content, but the book does touch on some serious issues, including unemployment and the possibility of separation/divorce.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 1, 3, and 6-year-old Written byJarinsa C. November 1, 2016

Telegmier has done it again!

My niece (almost 11) talked on and on about this book when we went to my sister's place for a visit and I finally decided to read the book from the local l... Continue reading
Adult Written byBabies02 February 22, 2021


I love this book it is funny it tells about a girl who always had wanted a sister but once she gets one its not what its cut out to be.
Kid, 11 years old June 9, 2019


This book's gotta be one of the best. It just has some educational value and fun! You will especially lub this book if you've got a sister of your own...
Teen, 16 years old Written byCrispandCrunch January 24, 2017
I Am too tired to get into a full review right now so just look at the symbols below.

What's the story?

A family road trip from San Francisco to Denver is an occasion for Raina to contemplate her rocky relationship with her younger sister, Amara. When she was younger, Raina couldn't wait to be a big sister, but, when Amara arrived, she turned out to be a cranky, grouchy baby and toddler. Now the two of them constantly get on each other's nerves, especially when they're stuck in a minivan together on a long car trip. Along the way, they learn some lessons about what it means to be a family.

Is it any good?

SISTERS is a funny, touching follow-up to Smile. Through big gestures and small details, it captures the comedy and drama of sibling rivalry and affection. It also touches on some serious issues (unemployment, the possibility of separation/divorce), but the story mostly emphasizes how it's possible to love somebody while enduring his or her "crazy" behavior.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why graphic novels are a good form for memoir. What advantages do they have over conventional prose memoirs? 

  • What are some of the issues that cause tension between brothers and sisters? What are good methods of trying to resolve them?

  • What kinds of stressful events occur on family vacations? What are good ways to ensure that all members of the family enjoy an extended road trip?

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