The storm off Mackinac Island that engulfed Maura Shaw’s husband and elder daughter, Carrie, also swept away the illusion of her life as the perfect Midwestern wife and mother. Now, after years away, Maura has returned to Rhode Island to teach English at the fabled Newport Academy and to seek a new beginning. Newport has never failed to infuse Maura with a sense of mystery and hope, but ever since the accident, her younger daughter, fourteen-year-old Beck, has retreated into the safe, predictable world of mathematics. Without Carrie, Beck has lost half of herself—the half that would have fit into the elite private school she and her brother, Travis, will attend. The half that made things right. Sixteen-year-old Travis is also struggling to adjust—juggling a long-distance first love and an attraction to a girl with a wicked sparkle in her eye. And for Maura, ghosts linger here—an unresolved breach with her own beloved sister and a long-ago secret that may now have the power to set her free.
The story starts with an interesting premise, Carrie finds out that the father that she thinks she knows, is not her real father. She found this out when she learned that she was pregnant. Her father told her the truth while they were in the middle of the water on a boat. A storm engulfed the boat they were in and capsized and then they were thrown overboard and she never saw her father again. After that she decided to leave home and then became a runaway pregnant teenager. Her mother, brother and sister were devastated by this. She’d rather go away than seek and ask their help. She should have stayed and overcome her problems with the help of her family. But sometimes some of us really need time to deal with our own problems in seclusion.
Carrie’s sister, Beck, did not take her sister’s absence in her life lightly. They were very close. Her outlet for her feelings of loneliness and abandonment were channeled to a deeper problem: she started to steal stuff. I know, what’s up with that? Why steal? Well, I cannot answer why people do stupid things, anyways, she’s just a kid. Maybe kids turn to stealing when they feel neglected or whatever. I feel sorry for her though.
Carrie’s brother, Travis, has taken the initiative to be the strong one in dealing with Carrie’s sudden absence; he’s trying to live a normal life by attending school and keeping in touch with her girlfriend. That’s about to change when he sees Pell, he is instantly attracted to her and although he tried his best to suppress his feelings for her, it did not work. Now he has a relationship problem! Wow. Teenagers have a complicated life! Well, I’ve experienced all of these before so I know how hard it is.
On the other hand, Carrie’s mother, Maura, also needs to mend a broken relationship with her own sister. They fell in love with the same guy. Ugh. That is messy and sad. One way or the other, someone will get hurt. Love is very complicated, sometimes, I can’t even understand it. It’s so damn frustrating! =(
Luanne never fails to touch my heart with her endearing characters and her great stories. This one hits straight home. Well, I can relate to this because I have a sister. I love her very much and I don’t know what I’ll do if anything bad will happen to her. The Geometry of Sisters is all about sisters, how they fight, make-up, share experiences; love each other and how pain and sorrow separated them and how love reunited them again. The book is perfect for all the sisters out there!