Sisterly Love at its Highest and Lowest
Genre: Romance, Gay Romance, Romantic Comedy
Book Length (Est.): 314 Pages
The Hutchinson sisters grew up under the piercing, pious stare of a preacher’s wife. Plagued by her ever-disappointed refrain, “Well, it’s not my favorite.” Their search to find their own way in the world has not been a screaming success.
Gwenn is a good girl, a responsible girl…a miserable girl. Her steady diet of vivid fantasies is the only part of her life she enjoys. She daydreams of new parents, a more exciting job and an actual love life. She struggles to run a business as The Organizer, while she stacks relationship carcasses in the closet of her own completely unorganized life. Her only real friend is her younger sister, Rachel.
Rachel is outgoing, risqué and happily gay. The only people who don’t know this little secret are her judgmental parents, Pastor Ed and Shirley. Rachel struggles mightily to dodge her mother’s constant attempts to set her up with “nice Christian boys”; while holding down a job at the bakery and keeping up with her rock-star girlfriend!
Gwenn uncovers a photo that brings her imaginary world careening into reality. She’s forced to ask herself if wealthy artist, Daniel Gregory is the answer she’s been seeking or a grand delusion.
Break-ups, meltdowns, family secrets, wild nights and finally a journey of self-discovery to exotic New Zealand keep Gwenn and Rachel stumbling toward independence.
So grab your parka and join the Hutchinson girls, as they experience the Lake Effect in Duluth, Minnesota!
*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*
This book is told in third person, alternating between the points of view of Gwenn, Rachel, and few others thrown in occasionally. I’d say it’s mostly Gwenn with a little Rachel, and a tiny bit of others.
Gwenn is the kind of person who never thought her family was really her family. She hoped that one day she’d learn she was switched at birth or an alien or something. She was a straight arrow, always dependable, and always in crappy relationships.
Everything changes for Gwenn when she meets Daniel. She thinks she’s found the family that she always knew was out there, but in reality he turns out to be something much different to her. In trying to process everything she goes a little crazy and runs away. A last-minute trip, a whirlwind romance that does not go as planned, and it all leads to right where she needs to be.
Rachel is quirky and I loved her outspoken and sometimes over the top behavior. She’s gay and proud and completely hiding it from her very religious parents. It seems to work too, until things with her girlfriend Annie get crazy and the only way back into true happiness is to come clean to them.
I have two sisters so I can truly say that the interactions between Gwenn and Rachel are definitely those of sisters. They lean on each other one minute and yell at each other the next; only people who love each other unconditionally can do that.
It’s Not My Favorite is a quirky and interesting read. It moves fast and sometimes things happen without much explanation, it just does…and I kept thinking how things happened pretty matter-of-factly. Some felt realistic, some did not.
Unfortunately it just didn’t capture my attention, I didn’t even highlight anything until Gwenn and Daniel got together, which was at around 40%. After that it did get a little more interesting though. I do have to warn you that there are flashbacks mixed in, there is nothing different to signal the change and they blend in with the paragraphs so one second you’re reading about today and the next it’ll be a memory. It threw me off more than once.
My Favorite Laughable Moment: Daniel’s shower wake-up with Frankie.
“I dreamed I thook a shower with Frankie…weird, huh.”
“That was not a dream Mr. Gregory, that was yesterday.”
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