Welcome to the heart-wrenching story that is The Good Sister written by Chelsea Bolan. This book was extremely heavy so I would suggest you read it when you need a serious read! I wish I had a warning because this book made me sad but also hopeful for the characters. Here’s the synopsis from goodreads.
Not yet fifteen, Gabriela Amador Prieto has been cast out of the family home by her father, who believes her shameful behaviour has tarnished the family honour. All traces of her have been removed, and not even Lucy, Gabi’s older sister and best friend, knows where she is. Furious at her father and desperate to find her sister, Lucy leaves their small town in Baja California, Mexico, and sets out for the capital to track Gabriela down.
While Lucy ventures deep into Mexico City’s most dangerous neighbourhoods, back at home her family members—her brothers, her mother and father, and her brother-in-law, Antonio—struggle with their own roles in Gabi’s banishment. The Good Sister presents a vibrant, captivating portrayal of contemporary Mexico, and of a family torn apart by a father’s hypocrisy. Engaging and emotionally rich, this novel is a fascinating exploration of betrayal and steadfast devotion, and the ways in which our own intolerance can harm what—and whom—we love most.
The book starts out with Lucy the protagonist witnessing her father burning everything her older sister came in contact with. All her possessions, clothes, photographs, anything that reminded him of Gabriela. Lucy as Gabriela’s younger sister is frightened and wants her sister to come back home. You find out that it was their father who banished Gabriela from their home and refuses to let her come back. The book is told from various point of views (POVs) from all family members and although different POVs are a hit or miss for me this one wasn’t too bad in that aspect.
Mother’s POV – the girls’ mother is heartbroken as any mother would be when her daughter goes missing. I found these portions of the book the hardest to read. It really touched my soul and I felt as though I was witnessing the mother’s heartbreak first hand.
Lucy – I was cheering for Lucy throughout the whole book! She was my favourite and I really loved the way she didn’t lose her morals or her fire throughout the trials she endured in this book.
Father’s POV – man did the author do a good job of making you HATE the father. This was really well written and it made me feel for the family the most.
Other POVs – I found them to definitely add to the story but didn’t enjoy some of the other sections. That is the reason I believe POVs ruin certain portions of the books. However, this did not take away from the book in my opinion.
Overall, I enjoyed this one you guys and the entire time I just wanted to know WHERE IS GABRIELA, WHAT DID SHE DO, WHAT IS HAPPENING! Definitely recommend this to any book club that is searching for a book full of hidden secrets by a dysfunctional family.
Page Count – 352 pages
Rating – 3 Oakley stars