Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Sisters” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


(Smile #2)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  73,678 ratings  ·  5,905 reviews
The companion to Raina Telgemeier's #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling and Eisner Award-winning graphic memoir, SMILE.

Raina can't wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren't quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she's also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn't improve much over the years, but
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Scholastic, Inc.
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Sisters, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Lauren Yes! This book was funny, and the way the author writes is very easy to follow. This book pretty much explains the relationship between sisters, I can…moreYes! This book was funny, and the way the author writes is very easy to follow. This book pretty much explains the relationship between sisters, I can relate to this book because I have a sister!(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.35  · 
Rating details
 ·  73,678 ratings  ·  5,905 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Sisters
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Telgemeier's books just keep getting better and better in my eyes. My third read, Sisters, in particular resonated with me because of the main notion of sisterhood and its complications/ joys. Also, shoutout to my local library for holding a copy of this graphic novel. I initially picked it up for my little sister, but ended up enjoying it myself in one sitting just before she came home from school.

Raina uses her signature humor and charm in both present-day narrative and perfectly placed flashb
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 stars!

Raina and Amara are sisters. Raina used to beg her parents for a younger sister, until one day she finally got her wish. From almost day one the two are polar opposites and do not get along very well. As the family goes on a road trip to Colorado, Raina flashes back to memories of growing up, giving back story on the complicated and sometimes frustrating relationship between the two girls. But although the two do not get along, they begin to try and compromise, because they are famil
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been waiting for the publication of this book since I read Telgemeier's previous graphic novel Smile. This one picks up soon after the previous book, and centers around a family road trip from San Francisco through the Colorado Rockies for a family reunion. Throughout the book, Telgemeier sheds light on the complicated relationship between herself and her younger sister, Amara, which is sort of hinted at in the earlier book.

I especially liked how the author was able to journey back from pre
Sophia Triad
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
The drama of having a younger sister at its finest for a preteen girl.
I couldn't really relate to this book since I have a younger brother and I had an amazing time with him as a kid. I never wished for a sister.
Likewise my daughter has a younger brother and I think she is absolutely fine with this fact.
The book is cute, though.
I love this story so much, it almost makes me cry.

It's a simple story. A mom, her two daughters and one son drive from San Francisco to Colorado Springs for a family reunion. Dad flies out separately.

There's road tripping and camping, something predominant in my own childhood. There's family fighting, there's a Walkman, there are Strawberry Shortcake dolls and cousins who are too cool and too many little children running around. There's a rogue snake and Dinosaur National Monument. Th
Greta G
Two bickering sisters, and a little brother to add to the fun.
Graphic memoir, more aimed at teenagers and young adults I suppose, but I enjoyed it anyway.
Funny and cute and will bring a smile to your face, unless you absolutely hate children.

 photo 479B1D05-F5BC-4FA3-9B36-BF61EBAEB926.jpeg
I love Raina's work. Smile and Sisters is fantastic; both are memoirs in nature. This is about siblings and family dynamics. I keep telling my niece to be nice to her younger brother; you never know if one day you will be living in his basement. I have to admit that I did not treat my brother well as a child. Someone, he got over it and we get along pretty well now. I live in his basement while I go to school. I am grateful.

The story is also a road trip. They drive from CA to CO. Crazy.

I love t
Do you remember how it feels to spend a long road trip in the car, arguing with your sibling? Telgemeier has been kind enough to document that for the reader, so any time you feel like remembering the many arguments over being hot, or someone kicking your seat, or how bored you were, you can just open up this graphic novel and be reminded of fun times when parents determined when you could pee and eat. Yay.

This made it to my TBR through some friends' reviews and by virtue of being a big sister m
I need to learn how to post a picture here from Dropbox but on the iPad. If I can post it, there will be no words required for my review because it is artwork my daughter had done for a school project. She chose this book because she is inspired by Raina Telgemeir and after reading this, it is easy to see why. This graphic memoir includes real issues that affect everyone: sibling rivalry, how age gaps affect the sibling relationship, parental conflict, and my personal favorite...fear of snakes. ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I loved Smile so much a few weeks ago that I rushed to pick up Sisters from the library, too; sadly, though, this one was pretty disappointing in comparison. It's not a bad read by any means (as you can see, I still gave it a pretty neutral rating), but I feel that its storyline is extremely weak compared to its predecessor.

To be fair, maybe it's one of those "it's the reader, not the book" moments happening here because I don't have siblings and can't relate to the struggles of sisterhood — but
Janete Fabricio ON  SEMI HIATUS
Project Learning English by myself! A very interesting plot, but my Raina Telgemeier's favorite book so far is "Smile". ...more
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic, sister-act
Our middle child's recent actions have officially declared her a tween, and part of this declaration has involved her turning her back on almost all picture books and early chapter reads.

We are now coming home with stacks of graphic novels from the library, and some of them are almost painful to read. Well, painful for me.

We are only three weeks into our summer vacation, and if it weren't for the near-miracle of Cece Bell (El Deafo) and this genius, Raina Telgemeier, I'm not sure I'd be able to
I actually liked this one better than Smile, maybe because I could relate to the whole sister thing more.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great to revisit Raina's childhood. And what does a sequel do? Expand the parameters--in this case... road trip. Observations of what happens when you are stuck with your family for what seems like an eternity. That is goes by in a flash makes it all the more special, especially in the hands of this very capable cartoonist and anecdote-teller. ...more
Yugon_ C2
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished the book. YAY! I thought it was made up story, but the author says that it was her real life story! WA! Never knew THAT! (I dun know why I sound so sarcastic🤥)... However the book was pretty fun and interesting👌👌 Hope you enjoy👍👍 (if you gonna read it)
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Raina Telgemeier's SMILE is hugely successful, critically acclaimed, and basically everyone was excited when news of a companion graphic memoir broke. SISTERS is about (surprise surprise) Raina's relationship with her sister Amara. Raina wished for a sister, but the reality wasn't quite what she hoped.

SISTERS moves smoothly back and forth in time, the borders of the panels helping mark flashbacks. The bulk of the action takes place on a family road trip to Colorado. Raina, Amara, their mother, a
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a companion to Telgemeier's wonderful Smile, in that it's also about her life. You could very easily read either book without ever having to read the other, but why would you want to do that? They're both great.

Sisters, naturally enough, is about Raina's relationship with her younger sister Amara, from Amara's birth through Raina's teens. And as a big sister, I can so completely and totally relate. Nobody can push your buttons like a younger sibling. Trust me, my sister actually and lite
I am really impressed by this book - Sisters strikes a perfect balance between adorably cute and solemnly heartfelt. Telgemeier’s art is wonderful, and her story is strong. Sisters captures the difficulty of being a kid, and the frustrations and joys of family. It’s funny and it’s sweet and it’s poignant - I highly recommend Sisters.

Thank you to NetGalley and Scholastic for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Fiery Jack
It's really good and I love her artistic style but I wanted to know more. A lot more. Just because the target audience is kids/teens doesn't mean it needs to stay at the shallow end of the pool. I wish she had explored a little deeper. ...more
This is really lovely. I recommend it for anyone who has a sister who is just DIFFERENT from them. It just . . . very much captures that dynamic.

And my sister and I went on road trips (er, that is, my family did) and I ignored her to read, so I definitely felt some pangs of guilt over Raina and her Walkman.

AND this has a reference to the sporting goods store my sister works for.

AND I read it at family Easter and when I was done, my sister picked it up and read it straight through. (She is not mu
Dave Schaafsma
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tweens, gn-ya
I thought her first two, Smile, and Drama, were okay to good, and this one I thought was a little better, maybe 3.5 but because Jamie gave it five stars… :)
Jaclyn Hillis
May 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-comix
Raina’s books are so relatable and hit you right in the feels.

Okay, so… did you know your pet reptile could been eaten by crickets (their food)? I learned this the hard way, too. I had a pet frog named Henry and was super upset to come home one day to that scene. Lesson learned — don’t buy the 20 crickets and put them all in the terrarium at once!

I don’t have many memories of our family road trips to Florida every year, except at stopping at Cracker Barrel every meal, but I imagine my brother
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what I expected when I got this book from the library, but it exceeded by expectations!

The first thing that you should know is that it isn't a regular novel. This is a comic. I was expected it to be like a regular book when I got it, and I thought it would be disappointing. But I decided to give it a go and I really liked it.

I could relate to many things in this book. The biggest thing was her relationship with her sister. I knew EXACTLY how she felt during the parts of the book wh
Gary Anderson
Jul 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Although it kept my attention, I couldn't quite get a handle on SISTERS. Raina Telgemeier's two previous graphic novels--SMILE and DRAMA--were satisfying stories, but this one seemed to be in search of what it was really about. Tied together by a family car trip, other episodes are juxtaposed to show how the sisters relate differently to what is going on around them. Young readers may connect with the various episodes involving cousins, pets, and the need to keep electronics fully charged, but I ...more
Yuliana Gallardo
I really liked this book because it is cool looking at someone's life as when they were small but in cartoon. I recommend this book to everyone because there might not be problems only with sisters there could also be some between brothers. It was about Raina and she had a sister and at the beginning she loved her little sister but then they get into lots of fights. Then she goes to a sleepover and when she goes back she chips her teeth and she has to get braces. ...more
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I shared this with my 10 year old daughter and we absolutely loved it. I enjoyed the humor but also the moments where it brought up things we could talk about. The illustrations were a huge part of the book as well. What a great story everyone should try and enjoy!

she enjoyed it so much we went out and bought a paperback copy so we could re-read it!
Anna Cook
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely amazing! I loved it from the first word! I was able to read it in one day! Literally!! xD
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The exceptionally talented and incredibly popular Raina Telgemeier returns with a sequel to her beloved Smile. This is the story of Raina and her little sister, Amara. Raina was desperate to have a little sister, but Amara is not working out the way she had pictured. Now Raina is stuck on a road trip with her sister, little brother and her mother. They are all stuck in a van traveling from San Francisco to Colorado for a family reunion. The relationship between the two sisters is tense, not only ...more
Liked Smile better than this one, but overall it's a quick read and recommended for the pre-teen set.

I found this one to be a little more annoying because of the sister who just wasn't very likable. One scene that disturbed me, actually bothered me quite a bit is when mom's van breaks down in the middle of their road trip. They are stranded in the desert, two hours away from the last and nearest town. Mom hitchhikes to get some help with son in tow, leaving the two sisters inside the van to wait
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
LAST ONE TO SAY SISTERS WINS!!! 255 144 Apr 18, 2021 12:49PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Roller Girl
  • Dawn and the Impossible Three
  • Kristy's Big Day (Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #6)
  • Sunny Side Up (Sunny, #1)
  • Real Friends (Real Friends, #1)
  • El Deafo
  • Boy-Crazy Stacey (Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #7)
  • Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life (Dork Diaries, #1)
  • The Stonekeeper (Amulet, #1)
  • Awkward (Berrybrook Middle School, #1)
  • Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl (Dork Diaries, #2)
  • Invisible Emmie
  • Swing it, Sunny (Sunny, #2)
  • Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star (Dork Diaries, #3)
  • Best Friends (Real Friends, #2)
  • The Stonekeeper's Curse (Amulet, #2)
  • Logan Likes Mary Anne! (Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novels #8)
  • Bone, Vol, 1: Out from Boneville (Bone, #1)
See similar books…
See top shelves…

Other books in the series

Smile (3 books)
  • Smile (Smile, #1)
  • Guts (Smile, #3)

Related Articles

Ryan Douglass has always written books. When he was really young, he wrote and drew picture books. When he was in elementary and middle school,...
64 likes · 4 comments
“Why did I ever ask for a sister” 39 likes
More quotes…