Book In Review: The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow12:25 PM
Author: Michelle Madow
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Paperback: 382 pages
Savannah, Courtney, and Peyton are sisters. When their mother is sent to rehab, they are taken in by their father who they were made to think was a drug addict but is actually a rich hotel and casino owner in Vegas. The book shows the struggle of the three girls to fit in in Vegas.
This book was a good and easy read. It was interesting and clearly showed the difference between all three of the sisters. I loved the fact that the characters in the book were realistic. The sisters all have a special place in my heart even though they were all very different. It's very easy to relate to the sisters. The author didn't try to make you like them by stressing the sister's good qualities but she found a way to make the reader grow fond of the girls or at the very least understand them. The book had a dream-like quality to it which made you want to read it to escape the real world. There is another thing that I feel like I should say about this book. Madison, who in any other book would be the mean, rich, popular girl that everyone would hate, was not portrayed like that in this book. I understood why she did what she did. Maybe it's because I have read her thoughts through her POV in the book or maybe it was because her actions were easy to understand but either way, I found myself understanding her. I usually like it more when I can clearly say who is the good guy and who is the bad guy but I appreciated this book that shows that everyone has good and bad inside them.
Peyton, the oldest among the sisters, is rebellious and decides to do everything in her power to make sure her dad regrets abandoning them. Her anger towards her father was understandable but her actions were a bit over the top. She goes from guy to guy ever since a former boyfriend of hers breaks her heart. At the start of the book, I didn't like Peyton all that much but as I reached the middle of the book, I found myself liking her more. She isn't perfect and has made too many mistakes to count but she is realistic.
Courtney, the middle child, always strives to be good. She is dedicated to her studies and has big dreams for her future. She always follows the rules. She believes that her mother loves her least so she tries to make up for it by always getting good grades and being good in school.
Savannah, the youngest, always wants to fit in. When she found out about her rich father, she was over the moon. She wants to be in the popular crowd and does her best to do so. She is sweet, hopeful, and innocent. Sometimes, she can be an idiot and give in to peer pressure. She is a bit of a pushover and always wants to please her friends. It's hard for me not to like her since she's so innocent that you want to just hug her and never let her go, just to keep her safe from the world
The reason I gave this book only 3 stars because of the following reasons. The sisters seemed to forget about their mother very easily. It was like they were too caught up in their new life that they forgot to think about their mother who is currently in rehab The book also seemed a bit pointless. I felt like nothing much was happening. I know that this is only the first book in a series and that most of the action will probably happen in the other books but maybe some of the problems were better off solved in the first book. The whole book, for all its 382 pages, seemed like it was just the beginning and middle of a book. Problems kept on appearing, even when the book was nearing its end, yet not a single one of them was solved.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with an arc of The Secret Diamond Sisters. There are good points in this book, it wasn't all bad. Most of the book, actually, was great and very fun to read but I couldn't overlook the not-so-good points which is why I have written them above. This book is perfect for anyone who is looking for a book that won't stress you out. Anyone who is looking for an easy yet good read, should definitely read this book. For anybody who wants to see what it's like to live in Vegas, I strongly suggest that you read this book.
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