"Love this sweet book about three sisters! Great writing! So enjoyable even for an adult pre-reading it before passing it on to my nieces!!!!" elizabeth l hatchett said.
"Take a 3-week trip with 3 young LA ladies to Cape Cod, Massacusetts. Our floral-named sisters -- Marigold (12), Zinnia (11) and Lily (5) -- reluctantly leave their entitlements behind to stay with their Aunt Sunny, whom they have never met. Ms Howland deftly paints each of the three girls in such vivid detail that by the time they embark for Massachusetts, we know them well. The LA descriptions of the Farmer's Market are so real that you will salivate with anticipation. You will experience Marigold's LA agent ordeal with her, but you may not exactly like her for a long while.
But everything and everyone changes in Cape Cod. They blossom, to carry out the author's seamless metaphor. Their lessons, however, are hard-earned, internal struggles. All worth it, for the sisters in their individual "passages" and for the reader, who also learns something about forgiveness, generosity of spirit and the power of family bond.
The author continuously delights us with surprises throughout the story to create a real page-turner. So, not to spoil this charming story and disclose the surprises, I will tell you only that the plot includes a young boy, a juried talent show, an insufferable actor and a wise aunt. As multi-layered as Aunt Sunny's brownies (yum), this middle school novel will appeal to high schoolers and beyond.
A sweet treat!" Carole Teperow Goldberg said.
"I loved this book. It's perfect for summer with spending time at the beach, eating seafood, and hanging out in the sun.
The sisters are wildly different, but sweet in their own ways. Lily is hilarious and charming as she always finds herself in trouble. Zinnia gets lost in the shadow of her older sister, but I love how she break free. Marigold gets caught up in the world of Hollywood and doesn't behave in the nicest manner. Even through their differences, these girls have a tight sisterly bond that nothing can break.
I love the freedom and sense of peace that comes over their days; it seems like the perfect summer vacation to me especially since the girls have to unplug and go exploring to find adventure. I love that the girls take chances and dream big." Jennifer Rummel - YABookNerd said.
"I loved this book! I couldn't put it down. The three sisters reminded me of me and my two other sisters. It is true that your sisters are your best friends and will always be there for you. All and all,I loved this book!" Sophie Gloriod said.
"Synopsis- Marigold, 12, Zinnia, 11, and Lily, 5, are sisters. They have big plans for the summer. Lily is planning on being her very best [mischievous] five-year-old self, Marigold is trying to hook an acting agent and maybe get a boyfriend, and Lily will probably be Marigold’s second shadow. But when their movie script writing father is going to an out-of-the-way location to assist in the filming of a documentary on redwood trees, and their mother might have a job opportunity in Canada for a few weeks, all of their summer plans get shattered.
The girls will be flying cross-country to Massachusetts, to live with their Great-Aunt Sunny for a few weeks. She lives in a small house (with no TV!) in a small town, and they lived in L.A. Not only are they suffering from culture-shock, but they have to share a room! Will they survive this monstrosity?
What I Thought- Overall, this was a good book. I can understand that Marigold is a budding (no pun intended) child actress, but I don’t know if I like how obsessed she was with having a boyfriend. She’s 12 in the book. It was just weird. Zinnia was a great main character. She was funny, and had to cope with being the middle child of an actress big sister, and being what should be a perfect little sister. That was believable and it worked. The story was good, but seemed to take a back seat to the character development. It took a long time to get to know the characters. Still, there was a plot and it was realistic and fit well in the story (Zinnia needs to write a play and find a cast for her play by a deadline for a local talent show, Marigold wants to get in a movie, etc.). That was nice. All in all, my favorite character was Aunt Sunny. She was the awesome aunt living a simple, fun life in a small town. Plus, the book includes a recipe for the brownies she makes. :)
*NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review" This Kid Reviews Books said.
"This was a surprisingly good and enjoyable story for my daughter. Looking forward to the sequel." GP said.
"My 10-year old daughter loves this book. Unbeknownst to me she read it four times, despite having a shelf full of other books that she hasn't yet read, all of which are also appealing to her. She loves the characters and the relationships between the sisters. She's eagerly anticipating the sequel." Ian Macdonald said.