As many people know, relationships between sisters are complicated. Yes, there is love, but there is also anger, joy, jealousy, happiness, disappointment, pride, bitterness, and loyalty. I know I have experienced all of these emotions at some point in my relationship with my own sister. In Aimee Friedman’s The Year My Sister Got Lucky, the relationship between sisters Katie and Michaela comes into focus. These sisters experience the ups and downs that come with sisterhood, and they take the reader along for the ride.
Katie has just discovered that her family is moving from her beloved Manhattan to a small town in Upstate New York. She is less than thrilled. She’s even more upset when she learns that she was the last to know about this move. She doesn’t want to give up her ballet school, her friends, and her wonderful New York City life. She’s also a little shocked that her sister, who is being groomed for the ballet program at Juilliard, is taking news of the move so easily.
When the family finally arrives in Fir Lake, their new home, Michaela, the perfect older sister, begins to adjust almost immediately. Katie, however, doesn’t want to let go of her old life. She misses the noise of the city, her friends, her routine, and her closeness with her sister. See, while Katie is having a hard time in Fir Lake, Michaela is thriving and seems to be drifting farther and farther away from Katie.
Eventually, Katie does make a friend or two in Fir Lake and begins to see a new, if uncomfortable, relationship emerge with her sister. She also realizes that this “hick” town might not be so bad after all. But after Katie discovers that Michaela has been keeping secrets, her world is sent into yet another tailspin. Katie realizes that she doesn’t really know her sister anymore. Did she ever?
Read The Year My Sister Got Lucky by Aimee Friedman to learn how Katie and Michaela deal with their new lives and perspectives and how being friends with your sister is often easier said than done.