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Reviewed by Jenny R.

My Sister’s Voice tells the story of twin sisters, Lacey and Monica, separated early in childhood and raised as though the other doesn’t exist. Lacey grows up in a children’s home with a strict house mother while Monica grows up with wealthy parents. Lacey is also deaf and Monica is hearing. The book starts when they are 28-years-old and Lacey receives an anonymous letter in the mail telling her she has a sister. What follows is Lacey deciding whether or not to track her sister down and find out why they were separated.

The writing style in My Sister’s Voice was different and difficult to get used to. Lacey’s behavior was often strange and erratic. In particular, her reaction to finding out that she may have a twin seemed contrived and unrealistic. For instance, after seeing a picture for an upcoming book signing by her long lost twin, Lacey rants for pages about how she has a “face thief” and decides to get back at this person with a vengeance. On another note, there were parts where the same issue was discussed/explored for too long.

Writing aside, what I mainly disliked was the characters. Lacey’s character was somewhat mean-spirited and immature, and hard to sympathize with. Monica’s character was alright at first, but then her behavior became strange as well. The ending of the book only left me with more questions.

While I unfortunately did not care for this book, I do want to point out the positives. My Sister’s Voice did do a good job of revealing the internal world of the Deaf culture to the reader. I found it very interesting that most deaf people consider themselves part of a different culture, a culture that shares a language and a history. I had never thought of it that way. Another interesting piece of information is that deaf people do NOT like to be referred to as hearing impaired… because there’s nothing to fix! They do not feel as though they are missing anything – they are just different. So in this sense, I did learn a lot from reading this book.

Jenny is a social worker in her late twenties who lives with her husband and Jack Russell Terrier in the central Florida area.  In her “free” time, she loves reading books of all genres.  She also reviews books on her book blog TakeMeAway.

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