4 out of 4 stars
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The Reel Sisters by Michelle Cummings follows four friends, Rose, Sophie, Veronica, and Amanda, who are brought together through their love of fly fishing despite their age difference. Their adventures start when they gather at Rose’s Colorado cabin and discover a young woman, Melody, floating down the river after having accidentally fallen into the water during a photo-op on a rock in the middle of the river.
After her rescue, Melody soon warms up to the women and joins them in fly fishing and their trips to the cabin. Each section of the story afterwards explores each character’s thoughts, emotions, actions, and backgrounds. Particularly, the book focuses on the women’s struggles in their day-to-day lives and how they handled them, while describing their roles and behavior in their little group and how they supported one another through the tough periods in their lives.
There were many aspects that I liked about this book. Due to the strong focus on each character individually in each section, the author did a spectacular job in their development both as a group and on their own. The book discussion questions at the end also offers a method for readers to further understand the lessons of the book in a more interactive way and fixate on the important events of the story. Finally, the important message of having to face one’s fears is conveyed perfectly as the women did so at the end of the book.
The book’s plotline was an incredibly attention-grabbing and captivating one, that demonstrated the themes of friendship, discovery, and tragedy very clearly and consistently. The text was clearly well-edited as I did not find any spelling or grammatical mistakes. However, the author repeatedly uses the same adjectives and phrases multiple times throughout the book to describe the character’s actions and feelings. Other than that, there were no elements in the book that I disliked.
As a result, I give this book a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. I would recommend it to readers of any background who are above 14 years of age. Younger audiences may not be able to fully grasp the many challenges of adult life that the five women face throughout the novel and struggle to resolve. Additionally, readers in that age range would better understand the true meaning and value in friends being ‘alone together’, which is the main reason for the women taking trips to the cabin.
The Reel Sisters
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