Brother/Sister by Sean Olin

by Sean Olin

Pages: 272
Release Date: August 4th 2011
Publisher: Puffin
Buy the Book: Amazon UK | Amazon US

Will and Asheley have a troubled past. Their father left them when they were little, and their mother has just been carted off to an alcohol treatment center. Now, they have the house to themselves, and an endless California summer stretching out before them. Through alternating perspectives, they tell the story of how and why their lives spun violently out of control—right up to the impossibly shocking conclusion you'll have to read for yourself to believe.

My Thoughts
Brother/Sister is a different sort of book. As dark as the cover is the story with a unsettling plot and a killer twist. Though, this book had an ending that will make you re-think and question about everything you've just read.

In California, we meet Will and Asheley two teenagers that have already had their share of action in the summer. Brother/Sister is alternated between Will and Asheley's perspectives with deep confessions. Will and Asheley didn't have the best upbringing. Their alcoholic mother and absentee Father haven't always been there for them. This left Will to run the house leaving him breaking himself as time went by. Will and Ashley are two different people. As Will is presented as the more of a loner, Asheley is the opposite being more sociable and active.

I was a bit hesitant at first in reading Brother/Sister at first as I heard that there was a lot of incest. However, that was not the case at all. Will is very overprotective of Asheley and so he loves her dearly but maybe too much? Their relationship does tilt a couple of times but this does not spell incest.

Brother/Sister is definitely a fast-paced page turner. I particular love Olin's writing style, it completely lures you in. Something is always happening proving it to be action packed and very thrilling. It's a dark, unsettling read that will give you the creeps.


  1. Sounds extremely interesting! Putting on my list :D

  2. I want this book! It sounds SOOOOO good. Wish listing it immediately!

  3. I will defenitly pick this book up. I really like the topic. It really reminds me a little bit of Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma (don't know if you've read this - but if not, YOU HAVE TO :D).

  4. I don't think I've ever read a book that focuses on a Brother/Sister relationship before...

  5. *sighs..dreamily* I never knew that there was quite a number of incest YA's nowadays... I feel... twistedly happy. XP I love reading books with forbidden love themes but I haven't tried anything with incest in it (unless you consider City of Bones, which in this case I do not) mainly 'cause I assume for them all to end badly (i.e., the incest couple don't get together, etc.). I am sensing a 'bad' ending in this book too but I am leaning towards giving it a try 'cause of you're constant hints on the "killer twist" which I am itching to know even as I type. XD

    Good review... it has serve it's purpose! ;)

    P.S.: DOES it end badly?

  6. Thanks for this review!
    I think there is quite a thin line for loving a family member too much and just loving them a lot.

  7. This sounds intriguing. When I first heard of it I thought it might be a lot like "Forbidden", by Tabitha Suzuma. It sounds like it might be a bit lighter, if anything though. I shall give it a try!

  8. This book sounds very interesting and i love books which have a difference to other books :D I want to have and read it!!!

  9. Sounds interesting and different from what I would currently read. May have to give it a shot?!

  10. I read this last month an I was surprised by how much I liked it. The ending had me ready to throw the book across the room though lol

  11. I got an ARC of this a few months ago - can't wait to read it!

  12. Heard a lot of great things about, I really want to get my hands on it!


  13. I had trouble getting into the book. I only got about a quarter through before I gave up and went onto something else...but your review has me wanting to go back to it!! Thanks for the review!

  14. I thought this book was ok, I was happy that you enjoyed it though!


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