April, May and June are under a lot of stress. Their parents have recently divorced, they have moved into a new house and are about to start at a new school. April is concerned with her studies, May is missing their father and June is nervous about starting high school.
April, May, and June have secrets. As all of the other stresses in their lives are coming to a head, each sister discovers a strange ability. April has visions of the future, May can turn invisible, and June can hear other people’s thoughts. Their powers correspond to their personalities. April worries about her sisters. May is a bit depressed and wishes she was someplace else. June is so desperate to fit in, it is as if her desire to know how she is perceived by others allows her to hear them simply by wanting it so much.
The story is told in rotating chapters, each sister taking a turn as narrator. Their voices are unique and seeing each of the girls from her own point of view as well as that of her siblings fleshes out the characters nicely. The characters are likable and their sisterly affection, which sometimes looks like loathing, is believable.
Much of the conflict centers around boys, school, popularity and worries about being discovered. The action is realistic, but mundane. Each sister makes mistakes, but nothing too serious. Some new friends are made. Only a little about the origin of their powers is explained, which is a bit disappointing.
The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June by Robin Benway is heavy on the reality and light on the fantasy. It is not quite as strong a read as Benway’s debut, Audrey, Wait!, but it is a book about girls with superpowers, sisters who love and hate each other, and teens searching for their place in the world. I found it fluffy, but fun. If you like stories that imagine real life with a hint of something strange, this one’s for you.