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From the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling graphic novel A Love Story comes this sweet, witty collection of comics about the push and pull of sisterhood.

Sister BFFs follows a pair of sisters who are not quite adults, but trying desperately to act like them. From job searches to embarrassing encounters with former crushes, these twenty-something sisters navigate the ups, downs, and in-betweens of early adulthood – together. Loosely based on the author’s own life, Sister BFFs celebrates the complicated love-hate relationship between sisters to hilarious effect.  They tease and trick each other but always stay loyal.

144 pages, Hardcover

First published September 4, 2018

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Philippa Rice

10 books290 followers
Philippa Rice is an artist and New York Times bestselling author. She works in a number of different mediums including comics, illustration, animation, model making and crochet.

Philippa grew up in London and now lives in Nottingham with illustrator Luke Pearson.

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Profile Image for [S] Bibliophage.
950 reviews859 followers
December 3, 2018
Sister BFFs is a graphic novel that shows the sisterly bond of the author, Philippa, and her younger sister, Holly. Their funny relationship banters, and moments were definitely amusing to read. My sister and I's relationship is way different from Philippa and her sister because I guess we're a bit serious especially when giving advice or opinion.
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As for the author, their bond is more on the hilarious and silly side and that they are not afraid to talk about anything, and on trying new things. A lot of women could be able to relate to this graphic novel, particularly those who have one or two sisters and has a comical connection with them.
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Profile Image for Beatrice Masaluñga.
1,142 reviews1,672 followers
August 15, 2018
Thank you Andrews McMeel Publishing for the copy in exchange for an honest review.

It was a decent graphic novel exploring sister relationship. To be honest with you, I cannot relate to this because I'm an only child. I don't know how it feels like to have a sibling who I can bicker or confide with. The closest sister I have is my mom. Personality wise, I'm the polar opposite of these sisters. They're adults but I find them immature for their age. The plot lacked of direction and the humor doesn't make any sense. It isn't funny at all.
Profile Image for Cassandra.
343 reviews8 followers
June 16, 2018
This KILLED me, but in the best way possible! I way laughing out loud, and showing certain comic strips to my friends. I can already tell this will be a huge hit with anyone who enjoys Cat vs Human, Cyanide and Happiness, or Little Moments of Love. This type of dark and witty ( yet totally realistic) humor is exactly what I look for in my graphic novels. Bravo! I will be telling a few friends of mine to buy this for their sister for Christmas.

A huge thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I truly appreciate it!
Profile Image for Carrie Templeton.
192 reviews5 followers
July 30, 2018
I loved Soppy, so I was THRILLED to see a new book from Philippa Rice on NetGalley. As one of many children, including 6 sisters, Sister BFFs hit home in the very best ways. It was cute, funny, heartwarming, and completely ridiculous, just like any relationship with your adultish sister should be.

I told my 18 year-old sister I will be gifting her Sister BFFs as soon as it is available for purchase. Huge thanks to Philippa for sharing your life in such a delightful and relatable way ❤️
Profile Image for Nusrat Mahmood.
560 reviews646 followers
November 14, 2019
You are an ocean away (literally) from your sister and you read this book and realise how stupid you were to tell her that she was an adopted child, that your mom loves you more than her, that you are blessed that sister came as a bff in a family.

Okay, I thought I never going to say that but I want my lil sis right now, sitting beside me, eating junks. Right Now!
Profile Image for Laura.
2,765 reviews82 followers
June 17, 2018
Just remember, humor is subjective, humor is subjective, humor is subjective.

I would love to love this series of sister cartoons, but I find them off, somehow. I just can't get how two sisters, in their 20s, from the read of this, are having these childish arguments, and other such situations that happen when they are together.  Perhaps the 20s is the new teenager.

I found a few of the cartoons mildly amusing, but I found both sisters to be selfish, childish and argumentative. I know this series has a following, so as I said, humor is subjective. In the example below, the sisters discuss how one should behave in public, and one of them objects to talking to your baby. Sheesh.

And in the one below, one of the sisters just wants to be entertained.

And this one, below, they are texting about how bored they are, and the solution I actually found made sense. Life is short, and the boredom will pass.

Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

Profile Image for Cherlynn | cherreading.
1,623 reviews797 followers
October 28, 2021
✨ "I don't 'bitch'. I just express critical sentiments about people who don't happen to be present when I do it." 😂

Super cute and hilarious! I really love the sister's relationship and you can tell how much they adore each other.

I actually thought the one girl with the Bob is the younger sister until towards the end, when the book said otherwise. And right after that comes a scene where someone else mistakes the younger sister for the older one too 🤯
Profile Image for Marylou (As the Page Turns).
253 reviews38 followers
June 8, 2019
*3 1/2 stars*
This was a fun read!
Philippa Rice wrote Soppy an adorable graphic novel that featured real life moments with her boyfriend. In this one however she illustrates memories with her sister. Having a sister myself, I felt a personal connection to a lot of the stories.
That one actually happened not long ago, as we were watching on YouTube excellent auditions in talent shows:

Profile Image for Gillian.
13 reviews10 followers
September 16, 2018
I picked this up at a bookstore on a whim and I am SO glad I did. I LOVE this, and can already think of 3 people I’m going to give copies to as gifts. My sister and I are best friends and I see us in this. Capturing the unique bond sister have in this book is a kind of magic trick. I’ll read anything else Philippa Rice writes.
Profile Image for Carla.
6,131 reviews134 followers
September 11, 2018
Not sure what I was expecting when I picked this up, but it was not this. I wanted to love this graphic novel depicting sisterhood, but it did not ring true with me. I have three sisters and we confide, advise and joke with one another, but not in this way. It seemed they were a bit selfish, and argumentative. They did not even act like young adults in my thinking. Perhaps I am too old for this type of humour, but it was not my cup of tea. I guess as another reviewer said, humour is subjective.

Profile Image for Rod Brown.
5,545 reviews196 followers
December 8, 2018
A passably funny collection of hit-or-miss short gags about two sisters who spend waaaay too much time together. They also spend way too much time smelling each other as Rice indulges in more than a little bit of gross-out and potty humor.

This amusingly candid look at sisterhood is a little snarky and a lot whiny. It might be best digested in small doses as I (or the book) seemed to flag in the second half.
Profile Image for vanessa.
1,012 reviews150 followers
December 30, 2018
This collection of comics about sisters put me in a great mood. I find Rice's antics relatable, hilarious, and silly. I kept showing panels to people around me because a lot of them had me giggling and I couldn't keep the giggles to myself!
Profile Image for Annalise.
339 reviews
June 3, 2020
4.25 - this was hilarious, depicts the relationship between sisters perfectly!! i liked the art style slightly less than her other graphic novels however, but a great read nonetheless
Profile Image for Linda.
62 reviews23 followers
July 21, 2018
*netgalley review*

Sister BFFs is a book showing some daily arguments between 2 sisters who are so close, like best friends. They are trying to be grown-ups in adult world.

It was an okay reading. Did I enjoy it? Eh... Unfortunately. Maybe I unconsciously expected something, or I didn't quite get it because I am an only child. What I didn't like much was the sisters were a bit too childish. Their arguments sometimes bored me.
Profile Image for Ms. Arca.
1,143 reviews48 followers
July 13, 2018
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher/author for this ARC in return for an honest review!

This one totally missed the mark for me. I liked the concept of two sisters navigating life and having that representation be honest and a bit messy, but this one lacked storytelling and was just too messy for my liking. I did laugh at the back and forth debate about who would shut the door— anyone with a sibling can recognize that debate!
Profile Image for aqilahreads.
555 reviews48 followers
June 3, 2020
such a humorous comic!! i really love the art style which looks familiar - and then i just realized its the same author as Soppy!! i love the sisterly bond which i could relate as it reminded me of my sister and I. i just wished that there were more relatable bits to show my sister but i really enjoyed it as a whole. highly recommended if you are looking for a chill & fun read ☺️
Profile Image for Loz.
1,448 reviews17 followers
November 19, 2018
I enjoyed it. Definitely a sister dynamic. Art was fun and unique. Story was funny and relatable.
Profile Image for Jenna Vahue.
1,276 reviews72 followers
March 7, 2019
Another rec comes flying in from NerdBurger! I've wanted to read Philippa Rice's book Soppy but it was never available from my library and I did not want to pay the exorbitant price for a graphic novel. Sister BFFs was available on Hoopla for free! Sister BFFs was a very strange book but rather silly. The author illustrated her half-contemptuous, half-allied relationship with her older(?) sister. I get along quite well with my own sister, other than a family-wide disdain for her dumb bunny husband, and we are six years apart. I fought more with my brother growing up until we both graduated high school and got over it. I couldn't quite relate to the petty fights and boldly bemoaning their body's flaws. I liked the facial expressions but didn't like the exaggerated bodies. It was hard to connect the odd illustrations to the real interactions they may have had together. I liked the humor, but there was a disconnect to me. I'm not BFFs with my own sister, but I know I can always rely on her for advice. Just not for picking a husband >:)

Profile Image for Bunny .
2,257 reviews104 followers
August 29, 2018
Received via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review

You know how, when you're hanging out with someone you really love, like a best friend, sister, spouse, etc, and something happens and you both laugh so hard you pee a little? Or you're having a text conversation and it's just so witty and snappy, you're convinced you need your own reality show?

But then you try to tell other people about this hilarity, and they just kind of smile bemusedly and say, "Must've had to be there"?

This book is one, long, "You had to be there."

I don't doubt these sisters have a great relationship, and that they amuse the hell out of each other. But it does. not. translate. These stories are not funny, or amusing, or interesting. They're just there.

Profile Image for Horyaah.
8 reviews
September 24, 2022
They’re just like me and my sister if we were white and annoying. So basically nothing like us.
Profile Image for Hannah Woycik.
138 reviews35 followers
September 10, 2018
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.

“Sister BFFs follows a pair of sisters who are not quite adults but trying desperately to act like them. From job searches to embarrassing encounters with former crushes, these twenty-something sisters navigate the ups, downs, and in-betweens of early adulthood – together…”

This was a cute, short collection of comics based on the author’s real life. I have a little brother, so I usually love reading about awesome sibling dynamics. Unfortunately, this was advertised as “sweet” and “witty” and I didn’t really feel either of those words accurately describe this collection. The sisters argued too much; they were downright mean to each other for no reason. Unwarranted picking, bugging, rude retorts. It just didn’t sit well with me. I like reading about siblings who love each other and have an incredible bond, like my brother and me. And yes, obviously we fight sometimes, but that’s not my kind of humour. I don’t like fighting. It just didn’t charm me like I thought it would be going into it.
The plot didn’t have a direction – it just felt like a peek into some the lives of some rude people. These characters were supposed to be adults, but I know 5-year-olds who are more mature than them. Juvenile and childish are the best words to describe these characters. I detested them, to be quite honest.
Some people may love this, they may connect to the sibling rivalry and rudeness, but it just wasn’t for me. I don’t know if there was anything outright wrong with it, but I didn’t like it.
Profile Image for Brave.
988 reviews63 followers
July 1, 2018
I don't have any sisters, but I do have one self-professed Diva younger brother who introduces himself to my parents' friends as "the REAL daughter" and introduces me to his friends as his "deceptively feminine-looking brother" so take my review for what it's worth...which is basically nothing.

Anyway, this was really funny. There were moments here that I've 100% had with my brother and with longtime childhood friends, once upon a time. It was funny and still kind of sweet, and a perfectly enjoyable way to spend a rainy afternoon.

Requested & received this from Netgalley.
Profile Image for Emily.
238 reviews13 followers
November 2, 2019
A fun graphic novel about sisterhood. If you have a sister, you'll get the humor. This was funny and a little sweet.
Profile Image for Jeimy.
4,733 reviews32 followers
December 22, 2018
I have two sisters and the inane arguments portrayed in this book could have easily taken place among us.
Profile Image for Christine Salek.
98 reviews15 followers
August 23, 2021
Certainly not one of those graphic novels where I took pictures of most of the pages to send to my sister because it is all so unbelievably true.
6,695 reviews79 followers
July 17, 2018
For once I was a little happy to read the very negative reviews of this book – not to wish any author into being forced to give me such a fillip, but it kind of reassured me that it wasn't just me, my gender and my lack of sisters that made this book feel like a minor misfire. I read a lot of it with completely the wrong impression of which of the sisters was the author, which might seem minor but still counts as a reaction.

But far more importantly, this book suffered from the same malaise that hit Catana Chetwynd's Little Moments of Love – it presented people you were supposed to like for all their minor-scale, winsome quirks, and never showed them actually experiencing real life. Here the two of them have winsome quirks – wrestling with each other in their joggers, sharing a bathroom in socially unacceptable ways, out-doing the other at binge watching, but it's all of bugger all consequence. Neither of them works, they just dream of a future. They keep going to the coffee shop but never earn any coffee, any calories, or any of our friendship.

I'd care for one of them if they stubbed their toe, but little that dramatic is allowed to interfere with this melange of a life. I can't believe that's an accurate representation of their lot, and I can't really believe anybody thinks as a result that it's interesting. It's of a minor appeal all told, entirely due to their winsomeness, but boy this is comfort food for when you're in your pyjamas all day, and I wanted a proper read.
Profile Image for Arvenig.
97 reviews53 followers
June 21, 2018
First of all thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: 3.5 out 5 stars

As the author says at the beginning this book is about the relationship between two sisters (in particular her relationship with her younger sister). They live in the same house and always have childish arguments.

I’m an only child, but I think this comic is an accurate representation of how the sisters's "love and hate relationships" work: sisters always make fun of you, but when you really need them, they're there for you!

The style of this comic is cute and simple, but I think it could have been refined just a little bit more. I really like that the text is handwritten.

 This comic reminds me of the comic strips by Charles M. Schulz “The Peanuts”, so if you love the series I think you should give this book a try!

The only thing that I really didn’t like is one joke about women with testicles that I think it’s offensive and unnecessary.

Final thoughts:
This is a book that deals with sister relationships in a witty and light way, that makes a perfect gift for any sister in the world!
Profile Image for Paul Franco.
1,373 reviews11 followers
August 21, 2018
The title tells you all you need to know, and the cover informs as to how basic the artwork is.
My fave line: “You monstrosity!” Other highlights:
There’s a panel that is unintentionally funny to everyone outside Britain, or I guess the Commonwealth: Whoever could have thought it would be a good idea to have separate spigots in a sink for the hot and cold water?
They make up by watching cat memes.
“You’ve a stubborn face, but I’ve done my best.”
“Instead of losing a ball, you gain a ball.”
Some of the text conversations are funny, others go too long.
“Just a normal braid, yeah?” “Obviously.” Uh, no. . .
They do love to body-slam each other. They’re worse than big brothers, and that includes fart stuff. And poo stuff.
It’s actually my job to wear and review pajamas. I’m at work.”
“Why do my hands smell like vegan people?”
I can do without the sound effects that describe exactly what I’m looking at, like “shuffle.”
Back to the artwork. The hands and feet are incredibly tiny compared to the rest of the body, making for proportions that look strange. They both have permanent duck lips. There are times when too much is stuffed into a bubble, making it incredibly hard to read.
All in all, funny enough for a gander. Makes me glad I never had a sister. . .
3.5 pushed up to 4/5
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