The Secret Sisters Club by Monique Bucheger – Book Review

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The Secret Sisters Club by Monique Bucheger – Book Review

The Secret Sisters Club

by Monique Bucheger

Series: A Ginnie West Adventure #1
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Published by True West Publishing
Publication Date March 18, 2012
Genres: Middle School
Main Character Ages: 11-14
Written for: Middle-School
Pages: 229


Twelve-year-old BFF’s Ginnie West and Tillie Taylor, want to be sisters. Ginnie's widowed dad plus Tillie's divorced mom could equal a lifetime of round-the-clock girl talk and slumber parties. Too bad Dad vowed to never marry again. Ginnie and Tillie come up with the perfect scheme to change his mind: ‘Operation Secret Sisters’ (aka OSS). After all, if they can’t get Dad to move on, Tillie can’t move in.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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Reading the synopsis, I wondered how much like The Parent Trap The Secret Sisters Club would turn out to be. While the overall theme is the same, the story is very different, much to my relief.

Of the two girls, I much preferred Tillie. She was more a gentle rule-follower as opposed to the headstrong Ginnie. Tillie had always admired Ginnie’s dad and wanted to have him as her dad, too. So she dreamed up this plot of getting their parents together…

While their attempts at matching their parents is an undercurrent, the real story is Ginnie’s desire to know more of her mom.

The West family was quite interesting and I’m curious to learn more about the dynamics. Uncle Jake was so fun. And as the fun uncle, when Ginnie’s actions needed correction on his watch, he had quite the dilemma!

The Secret Sisters Club was enjoyable and well written. I was disappointed that there wasn’t a bigger deal about dealing with Ginnie’s explosion. Though she eventually decided to trust her dad, it felt like she was not disciplined well and it didn’t seem like she ever really saw the wrong in her actions.

While this is not listed as any type of religious fiction, there are references to the twins being in heaven before they were born. One place specifically talked about them being held by their grandmothers there. This is the Mormon teaching of human pre-existence and is not taught in the Bible, which made me uncomfortable to have it included in the story. This is the only doctrine that does show up here, so parents, you decide whether this is a concern in what is otherwise a sweet story.

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One response to “The Secret Sisters Club by Monique Bucheger – Book Review

  1. Thank you for your review of The Secret Sisters Club. I am glad that you liked it and found the West family interesting. Since I am partial to them, this warms my heart. 💕💕💕

    There are some fun dynamics in the relationships, most especially Uncle Jake and Ginnie. I always enjoy writing scenes with the two of them—Because quite often, I plan to write it one way, and they end up writing it in a different way. And I usually find their way better. 🙂

    I love the passages you posted on your blog: those are among my favorites in the book. I’m glad you enjoyed them enough to spotlight them.

    Thanks again for sharing your thoughts on The Secret Sisters Club. You might find that Ginnie’s willfulness is a more positive trait in the second book, Trouble Blows West. 😊