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Sisters in Sanity Hardcover – Sep 2007

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harperteen (Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060887478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060887476
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,360,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Aug. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Most of us never have to worry about going on a family vacation, only to find out that we're being unceremoniously dropped off at a boot camp, instead. We have never questioned the imminent arrival of "escorts" who come in the middle of the night and drag us away, kicking and screaming, from our home. We've never wondered what it would be like to be shuffled off by our parents to a "rehabilitation school" because we're overweight -- or because we might possibly be gay. For Brit, V, Bebe, Cassie, and Martha, however, the above mentioned scenarios aren't just nightmares. They're real events.

Welcome to Red Rock, a "school" in the middle of Utah run by the Sheriff, staffed by pseudo-psychiatrists like Dr. Clayton, and guarded by former bouncers with more muscles than brains. This is the place where parents can send their children when they rebel, misbehave, or show antisocial behavior. Red Rock offers such pleasantries as "confrontational therapy," where girls are called names and hounded until they break down and cry, a punishment system where being sent back to Level One status means complete isolation and no shoes, and where the food comes in freeze dried blocks.

The problem is that, although there may be a few "students" at Red Rock who really belong in such a school, most of them, like main character Brit, don't. These are teens who may have lost their way, sure, but their behavior isn't anything beyond normal adolescent angst. But what the parents don't know -- and what it's up to the Sisters in Sanity to prove -- is that Red Rock is a place full of fakes who are doing more harm than good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danielle @ What Danielle Did Next on 11 July 2013
Format: Paperback
Sisters In Sanity is the story of Brit, a teenage girl, plays in a band, dyes her hair, isn't her stepmother's biggest fan- typical teenager. So when her dad tells her they're going on a family trip to the Grand Canyon and dumps her at Red Rock, a rehabilitation centre for troubled teens Brit's world is turned upside down.

This book infuriated me. Not because it was bad, it was an excellent book but the subject matter and behaviour of the characters was horrifying at times particularly because you know that girls like Brit are being forced into similar situations every day. Brit is diagnosed with Opposition Defiant Disorder otherwise known as being a normal teen in my humble opinion. She is forced into humiliating situations, coerced into participating in confrontational therapy which involves tearing a person's character apart until they crumble and denied any contact with the outside world. It's clear from the word go that Red Rock is a messed up excuse for a therapy centre run by cowboys.

Brit comes together with a group of girls who become a vital and stable support system that gets them through the craziness. Each girl has a distinct personality and brings a different facet to the group calling themselves - Sisters In Sanity - they resolve to survive and take down Red Rock.

This is a very character driven book and Forman really does an excellent job of shaping each character into a real, fleshed out person. I don't think I've ever had such visceral reactions to fictional people before. Particularly Brit's dad who has to be one of the most infuriating and spineless characters I've ever come across.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. L. A. Else on 8 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
when i first ordered this book i thought she could never top 'If I Stay', but Gayle Forman has just proved why she is in my top 5 authors. Sisters in Sanity is a story of hope, determination, desperation and sticking together through whatever. Told from the perspective of Brit, a teenager who's parents are convinced that just because she has dyed hair; plays in a band, and is still harbouring issues about her mother; that she has problems with her behaviour and attitude, and has to be sent away to Red Rock, a school where they pass off harsh control tecniques for therapy.
I love this book and have read it too many times to remember since i bought it a few weeks ago and can assure you that i shall still be reading it in a few weeks time. Gayle Forman at her finest.
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By ghybjkl on 12 Jun. 2012
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I honestly CAN'T believe how amazing this book was.

Brit is a truly amazing character and her personality most amusing. It's sad how badly she is misunderstood. Brit, mixed with the other characters who I also hugely liked, was a brilliant combination. The characters were such varied people I found their interactions towards each other to be very interesting and complexed, they all had such different personalities that it made the book original and the way they could put their differences aside and work together made the book very moving. The characters all have a beautiful relationship with each other and I found myself understanding their thoughts and feelings thoroughly and sympathising with all of them.

The actual plot is ingenious and the pacing of the story was fantastic, every word seemed purposeful and the slow progression of finding out who Brit really is made it on of those books you can't put down. Flashbacks ensured that the context was thoroughly understood. The ending was not at all predictable and somehow I found myself shocked by everything I read, unsure what would happen next.

The mixed genre's in this book ensure a good all rounded book able to meet all expectations whether it's romance or thriller you're after; this book has it all.

I would recommend for 13+, although it may be a bit of a hard read for someone that age and some concepts misunderstood I truly feel that this book could be for any age.

Overall I could not recommend this book highly enough, it has everything you could ever want in a book and I literally couldn't put it down, everything about it is so original and I would advise taking advantage of the 'Look inside' feature to get a taste of what the book is about. Just buy it! Seriously, it's amazing.
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