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Sisters in Sanity

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  4,052 ratings  ·  393 reviews
Have you ever had the out-of-control dream? The one where you know you're not crazy, but no one around you--not your parents, not your teachers, not even the authorities--will listen to you? For sixteen-year-old Brit Hemphill, the out-of-control dream comes true when her dad enrolls her at Red Rock, a bogus treatment center that claims to cure rebellious teen girls. At Red ...more
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Harper Teen (first published August 16th 2007)
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Emily May
Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily May by: Tatiana

Here's a book to read if you want to be seriously pissed off. But no, I shouldn't say that, because Sisters in Sanity is actually an excellent read and I'm wanting to sell it to you. So, instead I should say: this is a book to read if you like stories that leave a lasting impression. Or if you want to be introduced to an array of memorable characters. Or if you're sick of books with whiny heroines that base every thought and action around their (probably supernatural) boyfriends. And if you
I knew of Gayle Forman from her book If I Stay, which I wrote a gushing review of a few months back. A few of us decided to read this lesser-known work of hers together this week. I was excited to read the book because of the author and because I was reading it with friends…but not so excited about the subject matter. I assumed that this was rather well-worn territory, what with Girl Interrupted and all. Also, I wasn’t in the mood for a depressing book. Sisters in Sanity surprised me in a good w ...more
Nov 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tatiana by: Flannery
Shelves: 2011, ya
This book literally enraged me.

I understand that being a parent can be difficult. I understand children can get out of control or need special help and sometimes tough love. But surely there is a better way to deal with a gay girl or a girl who has put on extra 30 pounds than to warehouse her at a boot camp whose "treatments" include days-long isolation and humiliation "therapy" performed by individuals with no education or training?

Brit gets admitted to the same boot camp by her father for dye
Sisters in Sanity is one of those occasional books that just causes a clusterf*ck of emotions in me that I can’t justify giving it anything less than 5 stars. I just can’t. There’s nothing that destroys my defenses more than a kid that’s unjustly treated for the capital offense of simply being a teenager. Gayle Forman once again pulled at my heartstrings with this raw, powerful story filled with characters that felt nothing less than real to me. Perfectly done!

In this book, sixteen year old Brit
Apr 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Having read two Gayle Forman titles now I can attest to them being a very quick read. Whether this is attributed to being awesome or being shorter than some YA novels or being extremely well paced or a combination of the three, I don't know. Having loved If I Stay so much I was a little scared to read Sisters in Sanity, how could it compare?

I shouldn't have worried.

Forman has again demonstrated her wonderful skills in characterisation, crafting a group of girls that are as different as night a
Sisters in Sanity is one of the first books that I read in English (it's also one of the first e-books I've read). This was my second time reading it, and the two things I remembered about it from the first time reading still stand: this book is an emotional roller-coaster, and this book is infuriating.
The friendships that the girls have are inspiring, the characters are amazing, and it's written in a very readable tone. BUT, is this really how the real world works? It's easier for me to believe
Elizabeth Wallace
Dec 31, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one. It's pretty much brain candy and bad candy at that
The fact I didn't like this book was a surprise. I had expected it to deserve four or five stars, maybe three at the least. I got it from the library because so many different people loved it. But nope, I didn't. Sorry, everyone.

I really have a hard time with books that portray all the adults as one-dimensional bad guys. You know, the ones where the teenagers barely have teen angst and they're just rising heroes? This was one of those books.

The protagonist was just too indignant, the grown-ups
Allen Grace
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, favorites, ya, 2013-reads
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"We'd like to think that craziness and sanity are on opposite ends of an ocean, but really they're more like neighboring islands. . ."

Sisters in Sanity gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling, like drinking mocha cappuccino in a fine afternoon. Or the feeling I get when I brushed past a secondhand bookstore. Or listening to the musical rendition of One Direction's One way or another while cruising around the music aisle in a music store. LOL

One way or another I'm gonna win ya.
I'm gonna get
Alice In Wonderalnd
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow. That was so unexpected, I really thought this was going to be a snooze fest. Boy was I wrong, I felt a sort of feeling of the opening inside of me. Like, someone had unlocked something deep within my soul and now I'm overcome with an emotion I can't quite place.
Let me give you a quick rundown on what happens without spoilers.

Our MC Brit's life is good, she loves her band but hates her stepmother. She's fine though she can live, then she gets shipped off to this horrid treatment center whe
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
If you've read If I Stay or Just One Day, believe me, you'll have hard time accepting that Sisters in Sanity is also crafted by Gayle Forman. I didn't even realize it's hers until I read this:
"I stared out the window in between sneaking glances at Jed—mainly at the side of his neck. I had such an urge to lick it, imagining the taste, salty with dried sweat."
Forman and her sweat fetish. The way she sees boys' sweat is like me looking at a mint-flavored candy cane. I just can't wait to lick it! Ug
Words can't describe how much I absolutely LOVED this book! I'm actually disappointed that I didn't read this book earlier because this is by far my favorite Gayle Foreman book.

I just love reading books about girl empowerment, stories about rebels fighting against the wrong doers, fighting for justice and all that stuffs and esp if they are girls. I missed reading these kind of books. I used to be a sucker for them when I first started reading books. It strangely felt nostalgic. It's like I was
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Grade: D-

Brit's father says they're going on vacation, but instead drops her off at Red Rock, a therapeutic boarding school run more like a prison than a school. Verbal abuse is the cornerstone of the "therapy", but Brit manages to make friends. Soon she discovers Red Rock may have secrets of its own. Dangerous secrets.

I'm a child psychologist and very picky with inaccurate mental health/therapy stories. SISTERS IN SANITY is the literary equivalent of an overwrought Lifetime TV movie. The formul
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Brit is tricked by her father into thinking she is going on a terrible family vacation where she has to endure her new "stepmonster", but instead is dropped off at Red Rock- a sham treatment center that claims to cure rebellious girls. Treated like a prisoner, Brit and her new misfit friends attempt to keep their sanity, and to bring down Red Rock once and for all.

This had a good premise, and was a quick read. However, I couldn't help but feel the story was too shallow, and didn't go to the dep
Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 3.75/5

Review coming soon!
Vi ~ Inkvotary
4,5 stars
Brit was raised by a very free-spirited mother and a father who loved his girls over the moon and back. But when her mother disappears and her father marries again it turns out that the way how Brit´s personality has developed is far from what her new family, her father on top, can handle. The secret her father is keeping from her is throwing a dark shadow over everything. And the fear, he can´t tell her, brings her to a place where she gets help in a way, she´d never expected.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Allyson Maclay
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unless you have ever worked near or around ppl that have been in schools like this you would not under stand how real this is. There are schools like this maybe not as strict but just as bad bc they have there own problems even though this book is ten years old it’s still relevant
Brittany S.
Read for the Gayle Forman Read Along (woo!)
Signed paperback purchased from Books of Wonder, New York, NY

Initial Impressions: Wow, so incredibly interesting to see the Gayle Forman book that started it all! I saw sooo much of If I Stay in it (and incredibly excited to read that again!).
I loved the characters and the ending was so beautiful. It was a bit lighter and not as emotionally raw as Gayle's more recent books, but I enjoyed it all the same! I really loved the ending. Several special
4.5 stars WARNING: This book generally contains and depicts scenes which tug heartstrings and well your eyes so much that it typically itches and you just can't stop staring at the ceiling, contemplating about the memorable characters that have to say goodbye upon ending the book, the massive emotions that sail along the plot lines, and the incredible journey you have shared with your bed whilst reading the whole thing.

I am truthfully suffering from a bruised forehead (It's getting awfully yell
Jul 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Brit lost a lot when her mother disappeared. Her mother had schizophrenia but was never admitted into a hospital, so one day just went away, gone, from Brit's life. Brit's life fell apart, as did her dad. A couple years after, her dad remarried and had a baby boy. Brit was pushed aside. Brit joined a band, got some piercings, tattoos, and was deemed too wild and crazy to handle. So was sent to Red Rock center.

Brit's an good character. Not superb or all that memorable, but nice. For all her dyed
Diana Welsch
Jul 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I know what it's like to feel like your parents don't want you around, so the premise of this fed one of my younger self's greatest insecurities. 16-year old Brit's parents used to be cool. They owned a hip coffee shop in Portland and Brit was always surrounded by cool artist and musician types who helped her with her homework and talked and listened to her. But her mother gradually became stricken with a severe mental illness and disappeared from her life. Her father remarried an uptight woman ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Most of us never have to worry about going on a family vacation, only to find out that we're being unceremoniously dropped off at a boot camp, instead. We have never questioned the imminent arrival of "escorts" who come in the middle of the night and drag us away, kicking and screaming, from our home. We've never wondered what it would be like to be shuffled off by our parents to a "rehabilitation school" because we're overweight --or because we might possibly
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014books
Have you ever had the out-of-control dream? The one where you know you're not crazy, but no one around you--not your parents, not your teachers, not even the authorities--will listen to you? For sixteen-year-old Brit Hemphill, the out-of-control dream comes true when her dad enrolls her at Red Rock, a bogus treatment center that claims to cure rebellious teen girls. At Red Rock, Brit is forced into therapy, and her only hope of getting her life back is in the hands of an underqualified staff of ...more
The Lonely book club
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens
Shelves: 2011
Complete review can be found at The Lonely book-club

Sisters in Sanity is about a girl whose father sends to an American boot camp. At the boot camp their main priority in therapy is to break down the teenager before starting working on their “issues”. Which rather makes the teenager into a robot than cures them.

The main character is sixteen year old Brit Hemphill. She’s sent to Red Rock Academy (which in reality is a boot camp not an academy) by her father because she stays out late with her ban
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So this is unfortunately not as well known as Gayle Forman's big hits, and now that I've read it, I'm pretty annoyed by that fact. This book takes place at a mental institution, and you're probably rolling your eyes right now because you're sick of reading all these YA books where someone with a mental illness gets hospitalized and learns that the hospital is there to rehabilitate them and maybe -gasp- they might even find a love interest there and everything will have worked out for the better. ...more
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Talk about another emotionally impactful book by Gayle Forman. She has a way of connecting you with her characters and their situation like you actually are a fixture in their lives. I could not escape tears being present for the last 100 pages and the book is only 285 pages! Well done.

The only problem I have with Forman is that I need to read more books by her and they aren't available yet. Anxiously awaiting her next book is an understatement. This type of book is not my typical read and hones
Sep 03, 2015 added it
I really liked this book. It is a lot of friendship and teamwork. After Brit was betraid by her father by sending her to some place she doesn't know, she finds true friends to help her through her journey. Brit, V, Bebe, Cassie, and Martha are true friends. They work together to do something they believe in and don't give up till it is successful. They had many problems along the way but found ways around them by working together. Along the way Brit is also finding out who she is and what she ca ...more
Jill booksandescape
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Sisters in Sanity by Gayle Forman is a novel about Britt, a girl who has been shipped off to a treatment facility for troubled girls, by her father after he remarries. Britt quickly realizes this facility is cruel and, along with a group of friends, works to expose the facility. This book is a fantastic read that will make the reader angry with how cruel Red Rock is to the girls, and will have you rooting for the girls all the way.
Very good read, very inspiring, and it is sad that these places still exist. This book was wonderfully written. Another good fiction book based on true events that happen every day. Under each troubled girl is a strong individual struggling to overcome her own battles. Beautifully written.
Actually, I liked it. I'm surprised by that. But it was a good ya-book, tackling a topic that has meaning to it's target audience, especially in the States. Bonus points for depicting friendship among girls that was not toxic and competitive. ...more
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Award-winning author and journalist Gayle Forman has written several bestselling novels for young adults, including the Just One Series, I Was Here, Where She Went and the #1 New York Times bestseller If I Stay, which has been translated into more than 40 languages and in 2014 was adapted into a major motion picture.

Gayle published Leave Me, her first novel starring adults in 2016 and her latest

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