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My Sister's Voice by Mary Carter
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Jul 17, 2010

it was ok
Read from July 17 to 18, 2010

I wanted very much to like this book. It had the potential to be a very moving story about family and personal identity. However, it read more like an early draft than a polished final product. While I learned a lot of interesting facts about Deaf Culture, I feel Carter did this too often through exposition instead of letting the reader learn from the actions and dialogue of the characters. The flow of the story was constantly interrupted while the author took the time to explain why or how the characters communicated in the ways that they did. These explanations were usually unnecessary as the why and how could have been more efficiently explained through the context of the story. This in itself was not enough to ruin the book for me, however. What really disappointed me was the ending. The confrontation we spend the whole book waiting for is very anti-climactic and the last chapter is so chocked full of unrealistic "happily-ever-after" type of events, announcements and epiphanies that it took an otherwise decent read and made it feel very amateur. Endings are hard to do, I get that. But this felt like someone pulled a practical joke by removing the real last chapter and replacing it with this Disney-fied version. For such a messy story, this ending was too neat and tidy and realized a little to easily.
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Barb Van I agree. I quit reading after the seventh chapter!

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