Monday, February 10, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway: Twisted Sisters

**Giveaway is closed**

Reagan Bishop is a pusher. A licensed psychologist who stars on the Wendy Winsberg cable breakout show "I Need a Push," Reagan helps participants become their best selves by urging them to overcome obstacles and change behaviors. An overachiever, Reagan is used to delivering results.

Despite her overwhelming professional success, Reagan never seems to earn her family’s respect. Her younger sister, Geri, is and always will be the Bishop family favorite. When a national network buys Reagan’s show, the pressures for unreasonably quick results and higher ratings mount. But Reagan’s a clinician, not a magician, and fears witnessing her own personal failings in prime time. (And seriously? Her family will never let her hear the end of it.) Desperate to make the show work and keep her family at bay, Reagan actually listens when the show’s New Age healer offers an unconventional solution…

Record Nielsen ratings follow. But when Reagan decides to use her newfound power to teach everyone a lesson about sibling rivalry, she’s the one who will be schooled…(Synopsis courtesy of Amazon.)

Amy Bromberg:

If you know me from Facebook and/or Twitter, then you’re definitely aware that I’m a #JenLancasterAholic (yes, I made up this hashtag) to the MAX! I would love to be part of a girl’s lunch with Jen and Caprice Crane. They’re very good friends and both are hilarious. I’d be cracking up so hard, I’d be peeing in my pants. I had the pleasure of meeting Jen during BEA 2012. #hugeauthorcrush here!

Boy, is Reagan a trip. Half of the time I wanted to strangle her, and the other half I wanted to hug her and tell her everything’s going to be okay. She thinks she knows it all, from her career to the people in her life, especially her sister, Geri. But not until Reagan literally gets to walk in Geri’s shoes, does she realize that in fact she barely knows anything about her.

Unfortunately I don’t have siblings so I cannot relate to sibling rivalry. Growing up when I went to play at friends’ houses, I did see some and it wasn’t too pretty.

I love the way Jen weaves humor into the story in a real way, making Reagan, and all of the characters relatable and funny.

If you’ve been reading some heavy, serious books lately, and need to take a break and laugh a little bit, then definitely get Twisted Sisters. If like me, you’re a Jen Lancaster fan, well then....um...what are you waiting for?!?!?!??!?!?

Tracey Meyers:

Sibling rivalry is surely something I can relate to, so when I heard Jen Lancaster's latest novel centered around this very topic I knew I'd have to read it.

True to form, Jen delivers another well-written story that has an important underlying message that not only gets you thinking, but also showcases her humor and wit.  Also, as someone from the Chicagoland area, it was fun to see all the references to popular local neighborhoods and places. The character were true to life and relatable - something that I feel is very important to any story whether it is fiction or non-fiction. 

Thanks to Penguin for the book in exchange for an honest review...and for sharing a copy with one lucky US reader!

How to win:

Please answer one of the following questions (even if you answer them all, it still only counts as one entry):
1. If you have a sister, what is your relationship with her like?
2. Which celebrity would you want to have as your sister?
3. What is your favorite sister relationship from a TV show or movie?

One entry per person.

Please include your e-mail address or another way to reach you if you win. Entries without contact information will NOT be counted.

US only. Giveaway ends February 16th at midnight EST.

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49 comments:

susieqlaw said...

I have a good relationship with my sister and adore her children! I love being an Aunt!

Allison Smith said...

Jennifer Anniston and I would make great sisters:)!

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rhonda said...

My best friend is my sister we even look alike she's a true gift .lomazowr@gmail.com

StephTheBookworm said...

Hmm. I think I'd like to have Miranda Lambert as a sister.

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Kristen said...

When I was little, I always wanted a cool older sister like DJ Tanner. :)

Kritter said...

I have a sister and we are 4.5 years apart in age, we didn't have a bad relationship growing up, but were in two different worlds, we have a great relationship now!

Margie Durham said...

I have a sister and we email each other all the time. We are very close.

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Ro said...

My sister is 4.5 yrs younger. We were in different worlds growing up but now are very close. We talk every day and get together for lunch every few weeks.


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Melanie Backus said...

I would choose Meyrl Streep for my sis. What a time we would have!

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Jackie Bouchard said...

I have a plethora of sisters - 4 in fact, and I love them all. Although I hated my closest sister when we were growing up, we are best buds now.

There's room for one more though - and I'd like it to be Tina Fey.

Love Jen Lancaster!

pascale said...

My sister and I now have a good relationship, but when we were younger, she really bugged me. My daughters have an AMAZING relationship: I am sometimes envious of their little world.

TV sisters that I love: PARENTHOOD. All of those relationships are great and real.

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Wendy said...

I love the sister relationship in Sense and Sensibility!

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Anonymous said...

I have a sister, and we are doing okay, not as close as I would like. I would love to be sisters with Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman. = jpeterson76@yahoo.com

Unknown said...

My sister is pretty much my favorite person in the world other than my daughter. (don't tell my husband) she's the best.

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Linda Kish said...

When we were young, my sister and I fought like crazy. When we were in our teens, we became friends. When we were in our twenties, we were best friends. Sadly, she died in a plane crash at 32. I still miss her and it's been 34 years next month. I wish she had been around to help me raise my son as a single mom and to have kids of her own.

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Brandi Johnson said...

I would love to be sisters with Natalie Portman!

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Lisamarie said...

I would choose Jennifer Lawrence as a sister. She's been brought up with two brothers like me and I think we'd get along pretty well.

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Kathryn said...

I would love for Kelly Clarkson to be my sister!

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Mary said...

I do have a sister. She is 8 years younger than me and growing up, she was a thorn in my side but now, we are the best of friends. I cannot imagine my life without her.

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JCzaplewski said...

I do have a sister and we have a very good relationship! We're in book club together. :)

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Melissa said...

As an only child, I am terribly jealous of anyone with a sister. Heck, I'd even take a brother at this point.

But, if I could choose my celebrity sister, I'd take Khloe Kardashian. (did I lose you by admitting that?) She just seems like the kind of sister who would do anything to protect you and you could say anything to.

Melissa said...

As an only child, I am terribly jealous of anyone with a sister. Heck, I'd even take a brother at this point.

But, if I could choose my celebrity sister, I'd take Khloe Kardashian. (did I lose you by admitting that?) She just seems like the kind of sister who would do anything to protect you and you could say anything to.

Anonymous said...

I'm an only child. I would love to have Soleil Moon Frye as my sister.
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Anonymous said...

This goes back a number of years, but I LOVED the show "Sisters" that used to be on NBC with Sela Ward.
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Anonymous said...

I don't have a sister, I had a BFF but lost her about 6 years ago

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Carol Fragale Brill said...

I'm 10 years older than my "baby sister" and she has been special to me from the second she was born--in fact I loved her even before she was born, from the minute my mom told us she was pregnant.
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Anonymous said...

I have three sisters younger than I am and we are best friends as well as sisters. I am so very blessed with the relationship we have.

Ann Ellison
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Anonymous said...

I have three sisters younger than I am and we are best friends as well as sisters. I am so very blessed with the relationship we have.

Ann Ellison
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Tammie Schoenfeld said...

I love my younger sister...just got off the phone with her, in fact. From reading Jen Lancaster's books, we are a LOT alike, so it would be fun to have her as a sister. I think the best sister relationship on tv or film is in the Disney movie, Frozen. SPOILER ALERT: Elsa & Anna save each other by showing true love as sisters. First Disney movie to have sisters, rather than a Prince Charming, save the day. Sisters before misters! ;-) LOL
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suseblues said...

I have seven sisters and I am the youngest. We have our moments but mostly we enjoy being together. It's hard to keep up with everyone's lives so we started having a monthly sibs and spouses dinner which is great fun!

Jennifer H said...

I would love to have Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, as my sister!!

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Caroline N. said...

I have a sister wayyyyyy older than me...13 years older and we still have sibling rivalry to this day.

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Mary Jo Burke said...

My sister and I have four brothers. We have no choice but to get along

Anonymous said...

I have 3 brothers and never really wanted a sister. I have 2 daughters and I do enjoy watching the dynamics of that relationship.

I think Diane Keaton would make an excellent sister.

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bn100 said...

Sandra Bullock would be a fun sister

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Britni Cunningham said...

i HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP WITH MY SISTER. WISH WE COULD SEE MORE OF EACH OTHER. britnilcunningham@hotmail.com

Summer Grinstead said...

I dont' have a sister, but I would love to have Jennifer Lawrence as a sister. She's pretty kick a**!

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Erica said...

I wish my sister was Jen Lancaster. Seems like we'd have a great time.

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Anita Yancey said...

I have an older sister but we don't have a very good relationship. She is a hard person to get along with.

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Ally said...

My sister and I aren't as close as we used to be, but we still talk pretty regularly. We have very different lives.
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Jeannine Everet said...

I'm definitely putting this book on my to-read list. I have two sisters, who I thought were so different from me when I was young. Now, I realize just how similar we really are. We live hours apart, and don't see each other as often as we'd like, but each moment is a joy. jnbeverett(at)gmail.com

Marsha Bachmeier said...

My 'baby' sister and I got along well enough (she's 7 years younger,) but the middle sister and I hated each other when we were kids. Constantly fighting (and I had the teeth marks to prove it!) She got pregnant in her teens and that was when we got close. We all still live in the same town and continue our close knit friendship.

If I had to choose a replacement though,(wink wink) I think I'd like having Rebel Wilson as a sis. She would be silly with me instead of just rolling her eyes at me! LOL

Nova said...

I have 4 sisters; closest to my oldest sis who lives in Florida. We communicate pretty much daily: and she came to help me out when i was so sick i almost died. love her to death!!!
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Patricia said...

I don't have a sister --- would love to have Diane Keaton as a sister.

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Melissa said...

Thanks to everyone for participating and talking about sisters with us.
I have a younger sister and we get along really well. We have been talking about books a lot lately! If I could choose a celebrity sister, it would definitely be Mindy Kaling. :) And I love the sisters from Full House.

Thanks to Penguin for sharing the book with our winner.

Random.org chose one winner from all entries with contact info (one entry per person.)

Congrats to Pascale!

Anonymous said...

I actually have three sisters and we have close ties. Unfortunately they all live in Florida. buckeyekel@hotmail.com

Dianne Casey said...

I have a great sister and we are very close. We live in different states and talk every day and see each other as often as possible. She is my best friend.
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djnbjnon said...

I have an older sister but unfortunately we do not live close. We talk about our sons and grandchildren alot. Y.L. Maurer

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