Reading Response

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Reader Response
By: Gisselle perez
Book name: The September Sisters
Author: Jillian Cantor
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 356
The September Sisters, by Jillian Cantor, is a story about two sisters, Abigail, the oldest and Becky the youngest. They both fight a lot and make each other’s life miserable, that’s all they do, then Becky disappears in the middle of the night, Abby struggles to cope with her own feeling of guilt and loss. Aby meets a new neighbor, Tommy, who with time, discover that love can bloom, even when it’s surrounded by thorns. This is shown by the author with tone, imagery and similes.
Abigail feels a sense of guilt through the disappearance of Becky, they would always fight for no reason or for stupid reasons and now that she realizes that she’s gone. She struggles with this deep feeling of sorrow. “I felt this sudden surge of guilt, as if I should’ve heard everything, should’ve heard Becky get out of bed,” page 13. Throughout the book whole book, the tone is always said as guilt and grief. “Every time I got in the swimming pool or I looked at the inner tube, I thought about Becky swimming toward me, wanting the pink one so bad, I’d feel so guilty, and I’d think, why didn’t I just let her have it? What was the big deal anyway? She could’ve had this one thing; it wouldn’t have been so much to give,” page 296. Jillian Cantor gives us a very strong feeling of sorrow and grief to capture, which tells us the theme throughout the story.
There’s also a big amount of similes used to show the theme. “Our house is like a prison, something that sometimes feels like it’s keeping me in, locked away, not keeping other people out,” page 17. Abigail feels trapped with all this situation of her sister missing, rather than feeling protected, its vice-versa. Another example is, “The kiss was short, and when he pulled back, I could see his breath, like frosting, lighting up the air,” page 189. When Aby uses “frosting,” it’s sweet and good, so Aby describes his

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