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3.26  ·  Rating Details ·  700 Ratings  ·  154 Reviews
Will and Asheley have a troubled past. Their father left them when they were little, and their mother has just been carted off to an alcohol treatment center. Now, they have the house to themselves, and an endless California summer stretching out before them. Through alternating perspectives, they tell the story of how and why their lives spun violently out of control - ri ...more
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published June 9th 2011 by Razorbill (first published June 1st 2011)
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Jun 10, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, favorites
Brother Sister is a deeply disturbing, dark story about a brother and sister who raised themselves while their mother was in and out of rehab for alcohol addiction. Dad left when Will, the brother, was six and mom put the terrible burden of being "the man of the house" on his shoulders and told him " if anything happened" it would be his fault. An awful lot for a six year old to bear on top of being deserted by his father, though there are hints that his leaving may not be a bad thing.

Will was p
Mar 01, 2011 Lora marked it as to-read
Shelves: g-ya-realistic
Is it just me, or does this sound a lot like Forbidden?
Midu Hadi
Mar 04, 2012 Midu Hadi rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people looking for something different
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Sue Morris
Apr 01, 2011 Sue Morris rated it it was ok
Asheley and Will live with an alcoholic mother who has been dragged off to rehab for a couple of months and her friend, a daddy wanna-be who tries to keep an eye on them by popping in every now and then. The two teens essentially have no adult supervision for the summer. Will is socially inept for reasons unclear. He is dependent on Asheley for everything, but believes he is her guardian and savior. His lust for his sister is palpable from the beginning but only acte

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Before I started the book, I read reviews that said that the ending was shocking and surprising. Now that I've finally read it, I have to say that I agree. I was not expecting it to end that way at all. It made me question everything else in the book. And now I'm wishing the entire book got a reaction out of me like the ending did because maybe I would have liked it more.

Will and Asheley are siblings. Their father left them when they were really
Mar 01, 2011 Nic rated it liked it
Brother/Sister is an intense read. I am still trying to take it all in and I am kind of lost for words at how I am going to explain this book.

Sean Olin writing is sharp, powerful and extremely gripping. The first chapter just grabbed me and sucked in. Even when I wanted to stop reading because some scenes were too painful and pushed me out of my reading comfort zone, I couldn't. I needed to know what happened.

I don't want to give much away about the plot. Let just say that at the beginning you k
Jul 10, 2011 Glass rated it it was amazing
I want this book.... I've heard some pretty wicked things about it!:)

P.S. So, I've read it and as you can see, I liked it. A lot. It's a wierd story, very well written with ending that'll leave you with your mouth hangging open.
Just read it. And one more thing - this is not Tabitha Suzuma kind of a story if that's what makes you all hot and interested.
Kelley York
Jul 10, 2011 Kelley York rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves, own-digital
What a twisted, gorgeous, beautifully written book. Told from alternating 1st-person POVs of Will and Asheley, we see things from both their eyes and the conflicting stories as they relay information to the police.

The ending is abrupt and, at first, I paused and had to re-read and figure out why it was ending where it did. But then you notice something small, something very definite and purposeful in the last thing Asheley says, and suddenly the entire book takes on a whole new meaning and you'
Asghar Abbas
Nov 29, 2014 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing

what an ending.

Read it.
Read it again.


by the time you have reached the end, and read that ending, you may want to go back and read the whole book all over again. The ending will make you question everything.

Listen, it will-
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
So after reading some reviews and the synopsis I was in. I'm so glad I went with my gut and went for this book because it's pretty freaking awesome if you ask me.

Asheley and Will have always had each other to lean on. With no father and an out - of - control alcoholic mother it's Will in particular who has tried to protect Asheley. Whilst Will is constantly anxious, anti social and tends to have these aggressive outbursts, Asheley is the one with the boyfriend and is now slowly starting to make
Madison Calhoun
May 27, 2012 Madison Calhoun rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, ya
Brother/Sister is a really bizarre book and is pretty dark for the Young Adult genre. I feel like I went on a roller coaster between liking and not liking it. I can say one thing, though. The ending completely rocked my world and because of it, I would definitely read the book again- which isn't something I say very often. The novel is a great example of what I feel like English teachers have emphasized all of my life- first person point of view is not always accurate. Throughout the story, you ...more
Apr 11, 2011 Carly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Okay - you have GOT to read this book. If you only take one recommendation from me this month then make it Brother Sister. This book will blow you away. Wow. I'm still in shock.

Will and Asheley (the only thing that I have to criticise is the spelling of Asheley - ugh) are brother and sister who have a close relationship. Maybe a little too close. Maybe not. Things do verge on creepy now and then but in such a brilliantly subtle way. They've had a troubled life and only have each other to rely on
Isa Lavinia
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Dec 15, 2012 Booklover6 rated it it was amazing
Spoilers alert!

Two days. That's how long it took me to read this book. Two days!

It was fantastic. A very clever psychological YA novel, written from the point of view of Ashley and Will (the brother and sister). I liked how sometimes what Will said was happening wasn't the way it actually happened as we found out when it was Ashley's turn to tell the story. Like in the motel room in Mexico? That was really sick! Totally disgusting, though Will for some reason decided to leave that part out when
Probably closer to 2 and a half. The author does a wonderful job of recreating the California Central Coastal town where Will and Asheley grow up. There are old hippies and potheads and misogynist surfers and awesome old cars. The plot, too, is fast-paced and hypnotic. As you read about the train-wreck the lives of the siblings devolve into, you literally feel like you are powerless to do anything but find out what's going to happen to them.

Frankly, I don't think I was even aware of how ridicul
Cheyenne Lynch❤
Jul 15, 2016 Cheyenne Lynch❤ rated it really liked it
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Brother/Sister was crazy twisted, I was not expecting it to mess with my head as much as it did. It left me thinking about it way after I was done with it, I was trying to make dinner and kept itching to go back and read the last few pages again.

The synopsis doesn’t give much away and there’s a reason for that, I won’t say much about what really goes on in the story so I won’t spoil it for you, just know that there’s a lot of things that you just don’t see coming and
Oct 08, 2010 Alanna rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I went into this book expecting it to be something along the same lines as Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma (which I absolutely adored) but it wasn’t like that at all. I really liked the book, but I think I would’ve liked it more if I read it without expectations…I just wanted to mention that so no one else would make that mistake.

I’m not big on giving star ratings to books, but this one was hovering around the 3 star level until the ending -- the ending was…wow. Totally unexpected and it was like, a
Joni Thomas
Mar 22, 2011 Joni Thomas rated it it was amazing
A mind-blowing read. This is such a fast paced read, I read it in one day. I would have read it in one sitting if not for the 3 year old running around my house. My point is that when I had to put it down, I regretted it. I finished this book a few days ago and I still find my mind drifting back to the way it ended.
It all starts on what appears to be the best day of Will and Asheley's lives. Will wins the local golf tournament and Asheley helps her softball team win a game against their biggest
Oct 11, 2014 Michala rated it did not like it
Before I start this review, I need to mention that I love the YA problem genre. As a huge fan of Tabitha Sazuma and Kate Avelynn, I was expecting a lot from this story, especially on reading the reviews. However, there was only one thing about this book that I liked; the last sentence.

Asheley (ugh the spelling really bugged me it was a pointless distinction to make and I kept wanting to read it as Ash-eh-ley) and her brother Will are the typical super-close-special-bond-siblings of an alcoholic
Brother/Sister is a different sort of book. As dark as the cover is the story with a unsettling plot and a killer twist. Though, this book had an ending that will make you re-think and question about everything you've just read.

In California, we meet Will and Asheley two teenagers that have already had their share of action in the summer. Brother/Sister is alternated between Will and Asheley's perspectives with deep confessions. Will and Asheley didn't have the best upbringing. Their alcoholic m
Sep 29, 2012 Alicia rated it liked it
A very odd story but with a demented, can't-look-away plot where Will and Asheley are brother and sister sharing the bond of an absent father, alcoholic mother, and her pot-smoking boyfriend, Keith. Will has had anger issues and Asheley just tries to keep the peace, yet her boyfriend Craig is either hot or cold with her making her confused, while she encourages her friend Naomi to pursue Will.

This is when things begin to get odd when readers discover that Will especially has feelings for his si
The ending was a shocker to me, and I just hope that the author decides to do another version so I can know what really happened from a second point of view. I loved this book. At first I was confused because it tells you what happens right at the beginning, and I don't like these types of books that goes back in time, but as I read the book I realized I was in for a whole new ride. Things start to unveil, and the ending makes up for everything in my opinion.

Now I can't wait to read Killing Bri
Apr 30, 2011 Ginny rated it it was ok
When I first heard of this book, I was expecting something along the lines of Forbidden. After reading it though, that is not completely the case. Instead, the brother is obsessed with his sister, and begins to do whatever he can to protect her, even taking her to another country.

In many ways, I think the sister was oblivious, either consciously or subconsciously, to how he felt about her.

That's really about all I have to say about this book.
Chloe Price
Wow, I totally loved this book! I finished it in less than a day, it was such a quick read, so fast paced! Perfect, as lately I've been finding reading more of a chore than anything else, definately something to break up the heavy stuff.

Five stars, it was totally unlike anything I've ever read before. The ending was... just perfect.
Clarissa Johnson
Jun 22, 2016 Clarissa Johnson rated it really liked it
I think my heart leapt out of my chest upon reading the last sentence and I haven't fully recovered yet. The book itself was fine, it was captivating enough and left me wanting to keep going at the end of each short chapter, but quite literally, the last sentence made me rethink everything.
Jun 18, 2011 daisychainbooks rated it liked it

One of those books where the ending makes you rethink everything you've just read. Clever!
Okay... I don't even know what my opinion on this book is yet. I still haven't really processed everything. All I can say is that stuff went down.
Apr 15, 2011 Shelia rated it it was ok
First of all, I LOATHE incest-themed books. Since I have brothers myself, they make me uncomfortable...but two stars because the suspense and action was great.
Jul 17, 2011 Melissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: library
I really wasn't thrilled by this book at all and didn't really give a shit about Asheley or Will. The last line or two at the very end was surprising...and is probably what earned these two stars.
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Sean Olin is the author of Killing Britney, a 2005 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. He lives in New York City.
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