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10 Books About Sisters

August 8, 2019
Sam Benson
Riveted Editorial Board

The relationship between sisters is one of the most incredible relationships you can experience. There’s something about having someone who was by your side growing up and is not afraid to tell you like it is (for better or for worse). Sisters know your family history and what it means to grow up the same way you did. Sure, you can fight with your sisters unlike you would with anyone else, but that means you can also love each other in a way that is fiercer than with anyone else. Growing up with a sister was something I often took for granted, but now that we live five hours apart it’s easy to see just how much she means to me.

Relationships between sisters can come in all shapes and sizes, so thankfully there are plenty of YA books about it! Whether it’s dealing with the normal sister drama, or going through a serious illness, there’s something relatable and universal about the experience of having a sister. Check out theses books about sisters below and let us know if you have any favorites!

(Also, don’t tell my sister I said any of this because she’ll never let me live it down.)

10 Books About Sisters

1Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi

From Mary H.K. Choi comes an emotional story about two estranged sisters and the circumstances that tangle their complicated relationship into an even messier web. Jayne is a struggling fashion student in New York City with poor taste in men. Her older sister June is the successful one, with an expensive apartment and a stable finance job. When June is diagnosed with cancer, the two sisters come crashing back into each others’ lives. Jayne and June Baek are forced to reevaluate their relationship, and just how far they would go to protect each other—even if it means swapping identities.


2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

I know we’re all head-over-heels in love with Peter K, but the relationship between the three Song sisters is a huge part of what makes the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series so great. Sometimes they don’t always get along, but because each sister is flawed and unique their relationship feels incredibly real. Who wouldn’t want to be a Song sister?


3. She’s the Worst by Lauren Spieller

She’s the Worst by Lauren Spieller follows April and Jenn as they spend spend an epic day exploring the greatest hits of their childhood and all that Los Angeles has to offer. The sisters haven’t been close in years, but with only one day to set things right, the sisters must decide if their relationship is worth saving, or if the secret that Jenn has been hiding will tear them apart for good.


4. Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman

This book shows us what it can be like dealing with the unthinkable—the sudden loss of a beloved sister. When Rumi’s sister Lea dies in a car crash, she has to process all the emotions that come with losing a sister that meant so much to her. You’ll need plenty of tissues for this one, but it is a heart-breakingly beautiful read.


5. You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon


Eighteen-year-old twins Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. But when one twin tests positive and one negative for Huntington’s, a rare degenerative disease that slowly steals control of the body and mind, they must deal with this life altering reality.


6. Gemini by Sonya Mukherjee

Sisters are definitely bonded for life no matter, but Gemini takes a look at what it means to be a conjoined twin. Clara and Hailey have lived in the same small town their entire lives—no one stares at them anymore. As high school graduation approaches, each twin must untangle her dreams from her sister’s, and figure out what it means to be her own person.


7. Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta

What happens when you need to risk everything to save your sister? Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.


8. Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Stella has grown up with Cystic Fibrosis, and the one thing that always made her feel better were the drawings, gifts, and support from her older sister sister. Five Feet Apart really shows how a sister can support another when dealing with serious illness. Plus, the movie comes out March 15, 2019 so you’ll want to check it out right away!


9. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

There’s nothing to bond sisters together like a two century long quest to seek revenge for their untimely deaths sentences.  All joking aside, this is a seriously witchy tale that you need to check out.


10. Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

Veronyka is a war orphan and has spent almost her entire life with only her sister, Val, as a companion. But after Val betrays her, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Phoenix Riders, determined to join them by any means necessary—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

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