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The Geometry of Sisters (Newport, Rhode Island #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  4,581 Ratings  ·  397 Reviews
What is one sister without the other? Is it even possible to imagine?

New York Times
bestselling author Luanne Rice explores the complex emotional equations of love and loyalty that hold together three pairs of remarkable sisters. Here in the halls of Newport Academy, a unique private school that has attracted generations of rebels, outcasts, and visionaries, an unforgettab
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Published April 14th 2009 by Random House Audio (first published January 1st 2009)
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Quinn Barrett
I hate saying bad things about books because I know first hand the amount of work that goes into writing, editing and publishing the damn things.

Luanne Rice is one of my favorite authors when it comes to an easy, uncomplicated read. The problem is I think she tried to get a little too complex in exploring the dynamics between sisters. The math metaphor fell flat for me.

My sister and I always had a decent although not necessarily super close relationship. She passed away rather quickly from lung
Lolly K Dandeneau
This book was okay- however the love story within was just too hokey for me to be real. The youngest daughter's problems were interesting and she was a little character but everyone else in the book seemed flat. I realize most women rave about these types of novels, I just felt the book could have been a bit darker, more true to life and trauma rather than the unrealistic quick fixes and happy endings. In reality those who suffer trauma don't just snap out of it as if everything is fabulous. May ...more
Apr 20, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
This is my second time reading Luanne Rice. The first encounter I had with this author was listening to The Edge of Winter on CD. And to be perfectly honest, I wasn't that thrilled with it. The story was fine, but the narrator irritated me to death. But I'm not going to hold that against Luanne and when I saw the blurb about her newest book, it sounded interesting so I requested it from my library. I'm glad that I decided to 'read' the book this time instead of listening to it. I enjoyed her wri ...more
Feb 06, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hated this book. I found it to be illogical, dull and treacly. I was horrified that it is apparently the first book in a series. I cannot imagine that anyone would want to endure another 300 pages of these boring, fake people.
Jan 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a little torn on the rating for this one. The main focus was the importance of the relationship between sisters, and what happens when that relationship is strained. But, I was bothered by the use of the "f" word a couple of times (seriously unnecessary), and what happened between JD and Maura at the pool (again-unnecessary).

Overall, it was a likable story that tugged at the heartstrings, and could have been much better without those things mentioned above.
Barbara Broekstra
May 16, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was really the last Luanne Rice book I will read.Too sappy for me .
Rita Nye
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

To have a sister is to have a lifetime Best Friend. There are times that sisters can grow apart for one reason or another but when there is a crisis they can put old wounds aside to help one another.
Apr 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A family pulls up stakes following a tragic accident that left a husband dead and a daughter missing. Suddenly the family home in Ohio seemingly holds too much pain and too many bad memories.

Remaining family members are limping along, like injured parties, broken and crippled by the pain. But Maura Shaw is determined to return to her roots in Rhode Island – a place where her own sister Katherine still lives. Katherine, from whom she has been estranged for many years. A secret betrayal divides th
First off, this took me about 70-80 pages to really get into, but once I did, I enjoyed it. Beck loses her father & her sister in the same day. Beck was extremely close to her sister and she tries to find some peace in doing Math. It sounds strange & I didn't "get" the math aspect of it real well, but I can understand losing yourself in something to take your mind off things.

Also, while Beck is mourning her sister's running away, Beck's Mom is also dealing with her own sister issues. An
Trish Jackson
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maura Shaw's husband drowns. His death unleashes enormous changes in Maura and her children's lives. Her eldest daughter, Carrie runs away and no-one can find her. Her younger daughter, Beck suffers serious emotional damage and starts to steal things. Her son Travis struggles to be the man of the house.

Maura accepts a job offer as the English teacher for a prestigious private school in Newport, Rhode Island, where she grew up. Ghosts from her past resurface and she has to face them, while Beck a
Jul 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-read
This book follows one family as they try to adjust to a different life following a tragic boating accident.
Beck's father died in the accident, her older sister disappeared from the hospital, and then her mother, Maura, accepts a teaching position at a private academy in New England which means a painful upheaval for Beck and her older brother Travis. Beck buries herself in Mathematics while Travis tries to adjust to life in a new place away from his first love.
Maura is harboring a long kept secr
Jan 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing book about familie ties. When Beck's family is torn apart by an accident, it is a journey to see how strong the relationships are. Her father dies at sea during a storm. Her sister, Carrie, runs away after she is rescued to try and find her roots. Beck and her brother Travis are left to deal with the fallout with their mother. As the story begins, the family is moving from Ohio to Newport, Rhode Island for a teaching postion so that Maura (the mother) can support her family. ...more
Kristy Trauzzi
Oh it's Luanne Rice. If you like her, do any of her novels suck? The one issue that I did have with this family was feeling the disconnect. I didn't feel the great love that they shared before the accident, and I didn't feel the disconnect they were feeling throughout the novel. And maybe that's because the story was told from multiple points of view - and each point was very focused on them. Not so much any family ties. The Mom thought of her long love affair (and missing her daughter). Travis ...more
Mandy Sherman
Aug 20, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I was very disappointed in this book. I quit reading it with only about 30 pages to go. One sentence stopped me and I couldn't get past it. When Maura thinks "I always wanted a love like Ana Karenina or Madam Bovary" I thought, "does she know they are adulteress?". This statement unraveled my perception of the mother.

The husband Andy is portrayed in a very flattering light until you find out he is a very unforgiving person. He can't forgive Maura for lying about Carrie's paternity? He was prett
May 30, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This hand-me-down paperback sat on my nightstand for at least a year. I finally decided to pick it up again during a long weekend, figuring that I should be at least somewhat interested since it takes place in Newport, RI, near my hometown.

Although I read the novel quickly and even enjoyed the description of Newport, I wasn't super engaged with the plot. The characters felt incredibly superficial, even though the author was careful to try and build multi-dimensional, flawed characters. I also fo
Aug 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I just read this recent Luanne Rice novel on my trip back to my brother's wedding and absolutely loved the pace of this book. I instantly fell into the story with the first paragraph, and was drawn into the heart of the story and wondering how it would end. I loved Maura, the kids, the past, the lighthouse and especially the ghost of Mary. Brilliant!!! Great read for anyone. I am an already avid fan, but this is my third book of Luanne's in less than one month and I remember WHY she is in my top ...more
Oct 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. Three different sets of sisters lives are challenged through events that could happen to anyone. Maura and Katherine are set apart after one summer of bad choices by one of them. Beck and Carrie are Maura's daughter's and one of them takes after their mother unknowingly in a very pecuilar way and as a result runs away from home. Pell and Lucy are very close and look after each other because their Mom won't. Although there are lingering issues and problems unsolved by the end o ...more
Janet Lynch
This was a quick pleasant read. It was told from the viewpoint of different family members following the drowning of the husband/father. Everything was just a little off...I couldn't believe that real people would act the way these characters did. The end got tied up too neatly without anything really getting resolved. The only characters I really liked were the youngest daughter, Beck and brother, Travis. It seemed like all the adults were in love with someone who wasn't in love with them. The ...more
Jun 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting story about several sets of sisters. They are all connected through life events and each set has issues to overcome. The main story is about a mother, daughter and son who, through the tragic death of the father and the disappearance of the other daughter, are torn from their home in Columbus, OH to move to Newport, Rhode Island. This move unearths the past for the mother and creates new situations with the children as they come to grips with a new school, new friends, and ...more
Mar 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. I started reading The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners first, and came to Goodreads to document it. I learned then that this was the first book. That was the only thing that irritated me a little bit, as there was not any indication that this was a series.

The book is a story about two separate familes, each with their own turmoils. It follows the relationships of three sets of sisters: Maura and Katherine, Carrie and Beck, and Pell and Lucy. There's also a good helping
Melanie A
I'm unsure where to go with this one. The story was both stupid and good at the same time. I cant stand Beck- the writer did a terrible job of characterizing her because I never even gave her a chance. I also hate the way she unfolded the story. The writing just wasn't that good. The second half of the story was much better, but still not good. Why does Carrie stay away? It doesn't even make sense. It just seems completely unrealistic.
Jun 07, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read but boring, all of it. I have tried reading Luanne Rice books in the past and they never 'took'. I tried this new one by her and again, didn't care for the writing. The plot was lacking to me and the flashbacks seemed to go back too abruptly for some reason. I really wanted to like the book but disappointed the entire ride. I don't think I ever connected with the characters enough to enjoy them.
Apr 22, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love Luanne Rice, but this one was very disappointing. I don't agree with most of the reviews I've read. Readers generally loved this book, but I never warmed up to any of the main characters. Lucy and Pell were far more interesting characters. The story line was just not that interesting and the main characters came across as one dimensional. I found myself skimming through the last half of the book. Not a book that I will remember nor recommend to others.
Apr 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chic-lit, romance
I really enjoyed this novel- as I have enjoyed all of Luanne Rice's novels. This story is basically about family relationships and what keeps them strong and what can break them apart. It has strong male and female characters. Like most of Rice's books this novel has a happy ending and is a very satisfying read.
Rhonda Rae Baker
This is one of those novels that took me to a deep place of healing. I felt more emotional ties with the characters than expected. It's a universal message about healing family, building bridges, and second chances. I devoured this and will have to read it again because there were so many messages. Love Susan Wiggs...she knows how to deliver a message of hope and encouragement!
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite simply a terrific read!!! It is exactly what you would expect from Luanne Rice. I found this a very readable book. I would definitely recommend this to any Luanne R fans, or if you haven't read any of her works. This is a great one to start with!.
Good story about sisters who are separated by choice. I wished there was more information about what happened to all of them next.

NEWS Flash; There is a second book. The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners
Just added to the must read. Thanks :)
Laura Miller
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the Novel. I like the way you see sisters in this book as if they were real.
Interesting to see how the author tried working out the relationships between the sisters.
The more I read, the harder it was to put down.
Jun 04, 2010 rated it liked it
I could do without the sex scenes. I like to feel the love and connection people have, but I don't need to picture the .... action. But the story was good.
The Geometry of Sisters was promising in the beginning, but I lost interest as the story progressed and I figured out the mysteries. I stopped listening to the audiobook.
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Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-two novels including THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF SISTERS, her first YA novel. Five of her books have been made into movies and mini-series, many have been New York Times bestsellers and two of her pieces have been featured in off-Broadway theatre productions. She divides her time between New York City and the Connecticut shoreline.
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