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Have you ever had the out-of-control dream? The one where you know you're not crazy, but no one around you--not your parents, not your teachers, not even the authorities--will listen to you? For sixteen-year-old Brit Hemphill, the out-of-control dream comes true when her dad enrolls her at Red Rock, a bogus treatment center that claims to cure rebellious teen girls. At Red Have you ever had the out-of-control dream? The one where you know you're not crazy, but no one around you--not your parents, not your teachers, not even the authorities--will listen to you? For sixteen-year-old Brit Hemphill, the out-of-control dream comes true when her dad enrolls her at Red Rock, a bogus treatment center that claims to cure rebellious teen girls. At Red Rock, Brit is forced into therapy, and her only hope of getting her life back is in the hands of an underqualified staff of counselors. Brit's dad thinks Red Rock can save her, but the truth is it's doing more harm than good. No girl could survive Red Rock alone--but at a treatment center where you earn privileges for ratting out your peers, it's hard to know who you can trust. For Brit, everything changes when she meets V, Bebe, Martha, and Cassie, four girls who keep her from going over the edge. Together they'll hold on to their sanity and their sisterhood while trying to keep their Red Rock reality from becoming a full-on nightmare.


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Have you ever had the out-of-control dream? The one where you know you're not crazy, but no one around you--not your parents, not your teachers, not even the authorities--will listen to you? For sixteen-year-old Brit Hemphill, the out-of-control dream comes true when her dad enrolls her at Red Rock, a bogus treatment center that claims to cure rebellious teen girls. At Red Have you ever had the out-of-control dream? The one where you know you're not crazy, but no one around you--not your parents, not your teachers, not even the authorities--will listen to you? For sixteen-year-old Brit Hemphill, the out-of-control dream comes true when her dad enrolls her at Red Rock, a bogus treatment center that claims to cure rebellious teen girls. At Red Rock, Brit is forced into therapy, and her only hope of getting her life back is in the hands of an underqualified staff of counselors. Brit's dad thinks Red Rock can save her, but the truth is it's doing more harm than good. No girl could survive Red Rock alone--but at a treatment center where you earn privileges for ratting out your peers, it's hard to know who you can trust. For Brit, everything changes when she meets V, Bebe, Martha, and Cassie, four girls who keep her from going over the edge. Together they'll hold on to their sanity and their sisterhood while trying to keep their Red Rock reality from becoming a full-on nightmare.

30 review for Sisters in Sanity

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily May

    Here's a book to read if you want to be seriously pissed off. But no, I shouldn't say that, because Sisters in Sanity is actually an excellent read and I'm wanting to sell it to you. So, instead I should say: this is a book to read if you like stories that leave a lasting impression. Or if you want to be introduced to an array of memorable characters. Or if you're sick of books with whiny heroines that base every thought and action around their (probably supernatural) boyfriends. And if you Here's a book to read if you want to be seriously pissed off. But no, I shouldn't say that, because Sisters in Sanity is actually an excellent read and I'm wanting to sell it to you. So, instead I should say: this is a book to read if you like stories that leave a lasting impression. Or if you want to be introduced to an array of memorable characters. Or if you're sick of books with whiny heroines that base every thought and action around their (probably supernatural) boyfriends. And if you would like to read a book about girls coming together, forming a sisterhood, and ultimately triumphing over the bad guys. Girls who are fat, thin, straight, gay, bi, virgins, or sexually promiscuous; because Gayle Forman has created a literary platform where these differences are not a hindrance to the girls' friendship, but actually what brought them together in the first place. This book has so many levels to it. On the surface it is about the mistreatment of young women who have shown any hint of individuality and have been thrown into a rehabilitation centre because of it. They are psychologically tortured each day by unqualified shrinks and, in extreme cases, physically harmed through malnourishment and dehydration. Brit is sent here because she stays out late playing in her rock band, and because she has coloured streaks in her hair. She is not a bad kid, she's a talented musician, but her father and stepmother wrongly interpret this as rebellion and even the first signs of mental illness(!). This whole part of the novel made me furious, made me want to strangle nearly every adult in the book. But this stuff would just be infuriating and shocking if it wasn't for all the other messages in this book. I loved this idea that the girls made each other strong by banding together and supporting one another and I loved how each of them was as interesting and unique as the next. But even more so, I really enjoyed the questions about authority and whether it is always right to follow those in charge. Pulling examples from when heads of state have made the wrong decisions, Gayle Forman demonstrates how adults don't always get it right. She reiterated in her afterword at the end what the novel was all about, mentioning how teenagers with eating disorders or who are gay do not need to be punished but helped, nurtured and understood. This is a wonderful, thought-provoking and occasionally heart-warming story. There are a few reasons why this book didn't get five stars. For one, the ending was not satisfying enough, certain people were forgiven all too quickly and I thought very little was learnt from the experience in that respect. Also, I had too many questions spinning around in my head and it's entirely possible that I missed something but: why didn't previous graduates of Red Rock report what was going on? Why didn't Brit even attempt to tell her father what was happening when he visited? It might not have worked but she didn't even try. And why didn't Brit attempt to leave with the band when she had the opportunity? She could have reported what was happening to someone but it just didn't seem to occur to her. These last few things played on my mind too much to award the full five stars, but this really is a book that should be read by everyone - especially those who love a good dose of girl power in what they read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Flannery

    I knew of Gayle Forman from her book If I Stay, which I wrote a gushing review of a few months back. A few of us decided to read this lesser-known work of hers together this week. I was excited to read the book because of the author and because I was reading it with friends…but not so excited about the subject matter. I assumed that this was rather well-worn territory, what with Girl Interrupted and all. Also, I wasn’t in the mood for a depressing book. Sisters in Sanity surprised me in a good w I knew of Gayle Forman from her book If I Stay, which I wrote a gushing review of a few months back. A few of us decided to read this lesser-known work of hers together this week. I was excited to read the book because of the author and because I was reading it with friends…but not so excited about the subject matter. I assumed that this was rather well-worn territory, what with Girl Interrupted and all. Also, I wasn’t in the mood for a depressing book. Sisters in Sanity surprised me in a good way, and I definitely recommend it to those who are interested in YA books related to mental health issues/treatment. Brit Hemphill lives with her father and her stepmonster. Her mother isn’t in the picture and I don’t want to spoil where she is so I’ll leave it at that. Her parents owned a coffeehouse in Portland during her formative years so she rubbed elbows with all sorts of famous musicians and took up the guitar, teaching herself how to play for the most part. Because of her mother’s absence and her father’s relationship (and subsequent child), Brit spends as much time out of the house as possible, mostly playing and touring with her band. When her father and stepmother make her go on a family vacation to the Grand Canyon, Brit is angry she’ll miss a gig but obliges. Only she isn’t going to the Grand Canyon—her dad is dropping her off at a juvenile rehabilitation center because she is “out of control.” Anger. That’s the emotion I felt for most of the book, not sadness. I was livid with Brit’s father. Absolutely wanted (and still want) to punch that man in the face. How could he do that to his child? (view spoiler)[I have to say, Brit is far more mature than I would be in the same situation. I’m not sure I could forgive him for what he did. Probably couldn’t for YEARS. And I was surprised that Brit didn’t go to Portland with Jed when she had the chance. She understood the situation and that her dad needed her to be there—she understood the entire situation more than her father did… (hide spoiler)] I was expecting the novel to follow the Girl, Interrupted storyline and, for the most part, it did. I was pleasantly surprised, however, at the supporting cast of characters (who were far more balanced than those with Susanna Kaysen) and the relationship between Brit and Jed, her bandmate. His letters and the description of the time they spent together were both lovely and I loved the story behind the firefly references. The writing flowed really well and all three of us that read it finished it in a day. (as far as I know) I did feel that the ending wrapped things up just a bit too perfectly, then again I am a fan of leaving things hanging—well, if it is realistic. 3.5 stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tatiana

    This book literally enraged me. I understand that being a parent can be difficult. I understand children can get out of control or need special help and sometimes tough love. But surely there is a better way to deal with a gay girl or a girl who has put on extra 30 pounds than to warehouse her at a boot camp whose "treatments" include days-long isolation and humiliation "therapy" performed by individuals with no education or training? Brit gets admitted to the same boot camp by her father for dye This book literally enraged me. I understand that being a parent can be difficult. I understand children can get out of control or need special help and sometimes tough love. But surely there is a better way to deal with a gay girl or a girl who has put on extra 30 pounds than to warehouse her at a boot camp whose "treatments" include days-long isolation and humiliation "therapy" performed by individuals with no education or training? Brit gets admitted to the same boot camp by her father for dyeing her hair, playing in a band and disliking her stepmother. Clearly she needs some corrective therapy for this out-of-control behavior, right? Only what can such a place achieve if its methods are aimed at breaking down personalities and making the girls complacent and obedient? Luckily for Brit, she meets friends just like her who provide her with the support the camp's adult staff can not give. For such a short novel, Sisters in Sanity offers an array of remarkably memorable characters and relationships and it certainly packs a punch. (I myself wanted to punch quite a few adults in this story.) The ending is too neat to be satisfying. Too many people receive forgiveness they do not deserve or do not work towards. (view spoiler)[I am talking about the girls' parents, mainly Brit's misguided father (hide spoiler)] But the narrative is strong nevertheless.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Arlene

    Sisters in Sanity is one of those occasional books that just causes a clusterf*ck of emotions in me that I can’t justify giving it anything less than 5 stars. I just can’t. There’s nothing that destroys my defenses more than a kid that’s unjustly treated for the capital offense of simply being a teenager. Gayle Forman once again pulled at my heartstrings with this raw, powerful story filled with characters that felt nothing less than real to me. Perfectly done! In this book, sixteen year old Brit Sisters in Sanity is one of those occasional books that just causes a clusterf*ck of emotions in me that I can’t justify giving it anything less than 5 stars. I just can’t. There’s nothing that destroys my defenses more than a kid that’s unjustly treated for the capital offense of simply being a teenager. Gayle Forman once again pulled at my heartstrings with this raw, powerful story filled with characters that felt nothing less than real to me. Perfectly done! In this book, sixteen year old Brit is carted off to a behavior modification boot camp by her father and stepmonster. Her offenses are as follows: She is capable of losing her temper, argues with adults, deliberately annoys people with her sarcasm, blames others for her mistakes and is somewhat resentful. The technical term for that is ODD – oppositional defiance disorder... Hmmm, let me think… Holy Bedrock! That was me when I was a teen. Thank gawd my parents chose the route of being parents rather than carting me off to some boot camp for mild misbehavior and minor transgressions. Luckily for Brit, she bands together with a group of girls that not only become friends, but also each other’s support system where the under-qualified clinical staff fails. Brit and her friends work together to bring down the failed system of Red Rock and expose it for what the institution really is. This book really pissed me off and it seems to be that kind of story that includes parents that have no right being parents because they abandon their role and surround themselves with ignorance thus failing in their primary responsibility of protecting their kid. Now don’t get me wrong, the father thought he was “helping” his daughter, I get that. But who in their right mind shoves their kid in an institution without checking some credentials, doing a background check on the people in charge and simply researching the net for possible red flags? We live in a time and place where information is at our finger tips. I was so mad to read that this is actually possible, this situation really does happen. How?!? Seriously, these are just kids and to know that they are mistreated, abused and misguided in the very institution whose charter is to help trouble teens seriously grates my nerves. ((Deep sigh)) Back to the story, I found myself not wanting Brit to go back to her father, I wanted some fairy tale ending where she runs off with Jed and denies her father the right to see her grow up to be a great person that I felt she was from the beginning of the story. She’s honest with her emotions to those who truly care, but she guards them from those that are trying to destroy her, she’s snarky, loyal and flawed... everything that blends that perfect character IMO, so to read her struggles really tossed and turned my emotions. I loved Jed in this story and I wish we could have had a bit more of him. The cryptic letters he wrote to Britt while she was institutionalized were so beautiful in their “hidden message” sort of way, and from now on a firefly will always means so much more to me. :) Overall, if you’re a fan of Forman’s ability to move you and tug at your heart, if you like her ability to express herself in song, if you adore the characters she so flawlessly creates, you’ll definitely enjoy Sisters in Sanity. I’m grateful to my Street Corner Bookers for calling this one to my attention because I almost missed out on a gem of a book. I loved it! Song Choice: Pink – F*ckin' Perfect

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hristina

    Sisters in Sanity is one of the first books that I read in English (it's also one of the first e-books I've read). This was my second time reading it, and the two things I remembered about it from the first time reading still stand: this book is an emotional roller-coaster, and this book is infuriating. The friendships that the girls have are inspiring, the characters are amazing, and it's written in a very readable tone. BUT, is this really how the real world works? It's easier for me to believe Sisters in Sanity is one of the first books that I read in English (it's also one of the first e-books I've read). This was my second time reading it, and the two things I remembered about it from the first time reading still stand: this book is an emotional roller-coaster, and this book is infuriating. The friendships that the girls have are inspiring, the characters are amazing, and it's written in a very readable tone. BUT, is this really how the real world works? It's easier for me to believe that Red Rock is a camp, rather than a rehab of sorts (I'm blanking on how it was referred to in the book, and I'm a little lazy to go back and look it up). Also, Brit doesn't have ODD, I'm almost certain of it. That is the most infuriating part of the story, that most of these girls are here because their parents didn't know how to be parents. Anyway. I'd bring down the rating, but I'm really emotionally invested in the characters.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Adele

    Having read two Gayle Forman titles now I can attest to them being a very quick read. Whether this is attributed to being awesome or being shorter than some YA novels or being extremely well paced or a combination of the three, I don't know. Having loved If I Stay so much I was a little scared to read Sisters in Sanity, how could it compare? I shouldn't have worried. Forman has again demonstrated her wonderful skills in characterisation, crafting a group of girls that are as different as night a Having read two Gayle Forman titles now I can attest to them being a very quick read. Whether this is attributed to being awesome or being shorter than some YA novels or being extremely well paced or a combination of the three, I don't know. Having loved If I Stay so much I was a little scared to read Sisters in Sanity, how could it compare? I shouldn't have worried. Forman has again demonstrated her wonderful skills in characterisation, crafting a group of girls that are as different as night and day. Each girl is clearly depicted without ever being cliched or contrived. They are strong, flawed and generous with one another which results in the relationship that unites them in the toughest of circumstances. I loved seeing a group of teen girls accept one another without judgement, supporting one another. They aren't cookie cutter perfect, they wouldn't be in Red Rock if they were. Yet the events of the book depend on the reader's conviction that these five are united. There's no doubting that with the fantastically honest, revealing and sometimes humorous interplay between them. It's easy to find yourself involved deeply in their plight. Brit, V, Bebe, Cassie, and Martha have found themselves in this hell hole as a result of being deemed challenging, promiscuous, bi-curious and overweight. All have been diagnosed as ODD (Oppositionist Defiance Disorder) by an unqualified hack, a diagnosis that could encompass all teenagers with ease. Even more shocking is that the events of these books have been inspired by real life circumstances, teens being kidnapped and placed in the confines of radical boot camps or behaviour modification centres. Our protagonist, Brit, is struggling with her mother's desertion, her father's remarriage to the Stepmonster and a burgeoning interest in being a guitarist. She doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, doesn't fornicate but with her pink streaked hair, tattoos and piercings, she is deemed to be anti-social. From the first chapter I felt this character's pain and I was with her every step of the way in her attempts to withhold from the staff, remember Jed, cope with her father's cowardice and fight to retain the essence of herself. This is a moving tale of sisterhood, trust, hope and self-belief. Forman has a talent in balancing a story, never allowing it to become overwhelming dire while embracing the humour in the most unlikely of situations. There is also the through line of music, like If I Stay, Brit is a musician with a love interest that plays in a band. Songwriting and her new friends become Brit's salvation in a situation that sees no end. It's no secret that I have a huge literary crush on Gayle Forman. Sisters in Sanity is written in the same style that grabbed many of us in her sophomoric effort, If I Stay. With Sisters in Sanity coming out today in paperback I would highly recommend that you buy yourself a copy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alice In Wonderalnd

    Wow. That was so unexpected, I really thought this was going to be a snooze fest. Boy was I wrong, I felt a sort of feeling of the opening inside of me. Like, someone had unlocked something deep within my soul and now I'm overcome with an emotion I can't quite place. Let me give you a quick rundown on what happens without spoilers. Our MC Brit's life is good, she loves her band but hates her stepmother. She's fine though she can live, then she gets shipped off to this horrid treatment center whe Wow. That was so unexpected, I really thought this was going to be a snooze fest. Boy was I wrong, I felt a sort of feeling of the opening inside of me. Like, someone had unlocked something deep within my soul and now I'm overcome with an emotion I can't quite place. Let me give you a quick rundown on what happens without spoilers. Our MC Brit's life is good, she loves her band but hates her stepmother. She's fine though she can live, then she gets shipped off to this horrid treatment center where they diagnose her with something that she doesn't have just so she stays there. Her life goes from eh to hell. `She meets other girls who share similar problems, their parents shipped them off to some treatment center for who they were, not for an actual illness. Soon the sisters in sanity gotta keep each other close, or they'll really go insane. This book got me mad, like really mad. But not at the author or the characters, I got made at everyone else . Personally, I love books that get me mad, anger is such a divine emotion and I love feeling it if there's a valid reason. Anyways, I love all of the sisters and who they are, just as I loved this book. Ciao!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Allen Grace

    [image error] "We'd like to think that craziness and sanity are on opposite ends of an ocean, but really they're more like neighboring islands. . ." Sisters in Sanity gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling, like drinking mocha cappuccino in a fine afternoon. Or the feeling I get when I brushed past a secondhand bookstore. Or listening to the musical rendition of One Direction's One way or another while cruising around the music aisle in a music store. LOL One way or another I'm gonna win ya. I'm gonna get [image error] "We'd like to think that craziness and sanity are on opposite ends of an ocean, but really they're more like neighboring islands. . ." Sisters in Sanity gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling, like drinking mocha cappuccino in a fine afternoon. Or the feeling I get when I brushed past a secondhand bookstore. Or listening to the musical rendition of One Direction's One way or another while cruising around the music aisle in a music store. LOL One way or another I'm gonna win ya. I'm gonna get ya, get ya, get ya, get ya. . . I don't know ya but I'm stuck in this song. But the original version is much better, though. All hail, Blondie!! xxxxxxxx Anyway highway, I just loved this book for not only it had me laughing, it also urged me to do a little soul-searching on my part, and I realized everyone's got a streak of rebellion in them. I felt giddy with Jed and Brit's exchanged mails, their witty banter, and of course, Clod's rock and roll moves that I let out a dreamy sigh and wonder where the hell my Jed is. I have this penchant for stories with musical blah in them it makes me feel good and fuzzy inside. I'm more of a headbanger myself. What. I'm just saying. Brit, V, Bebe, Martha and Cassie have so much to offer that people who are close to them sorely missed it. Their friendship is one in a million, the kind of relationship you won't trade for a single soul. These girls have been misunderstood by many that it makes me want to hug each of them and together, splurge on whatever comfort food we could find in the fridge, like cold pizza. Yeah? It's a story of five teenage girls who are determined to take and mark their place in the real world. Anticipate a story that will unfold right in front of your eyes, a story that has plenty of chameleon wit, teenage angst, and girl power, it's sweet and tender from start to finish. Gayle dabbled a bit of romance in the story, I'm still okay with that. It sent my heart a flutter. xxxxxxxx Have you ever felt the urge, the faintest pull to rebel against your parents? Because I do and it doesn't mean I love them less. We often take rebellion as a bad form, a contagious disease we are not in control of. These girls need attention, no, rescue must be more apt because attention doesn't always get things done. They crave for it that sometimes people mistook it as a form of rebellion, if truth be told they just wanted for people to understand, and appreciate them for who they are and not for what they are. People can be cruel, mean and condescending son of a blee blob sometimes but that's just how the real world works. That's why I love music and books more than real people. You've just got to be tough. You will encounter a bunch of androids along the way but, girl, you gotta hold your head high, walk that walk and just do your thing. Let the whole world be damned. Soundtrack of the day: Do My Thing by Estelle (feat.Janelle Monae)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Wallace

    The fact I didn't like this book was a surprise. I had expected it to deserve four or five stars, maybe three at the least. I got it from the library because so many different people loved it. But nope, I didn't. Sorry, everyone. I really have a hard time with books that portray all the adults as one-dimensional bad guys. You know, the ones where the teenagers barely have teen angst and they're just rising heroes? This was one of those books. The protagonist was just too indignant, the grown-ups The fact I didn't like this book was a surprise. I had expected it to deserve four or five stars, maybe three at the least. I got it from the library because so many different people loved it. But nope, I didn't. Sorry, everyone. I really have a hard time with books that portray all the adults as one-dimensional bad guys. You know, the ones where the teenagers barely have teen angst and they're just rising heroes? This was one of those books. The protagonist was just too indignant, the grown-ups so weak. Her stepmom and dad basically think she's just a bad girl because she's in a band. She's obviously a "good girl" though because she doesn't do drugs, drink, smoke, whatever. The stepmom, who Brit calls Stepmonster, is always thinking about her own little kid. Her schizophrenic mother (who Brit never really makes peace with) is absent, wandering around somewhere in Washington. Her dad never really gets to know her but is obviously secretly afraid that she will go schizo as well. The only person who's really a character in the beginning is Brit, a guy in her band who she secretly loves. But then her life takes a twist when her dad has her committed to Red Rock, a phony treatment center for troubled girls. As she goes along she realizes that Red Rock is fake on SO many levels. Girls get insults flung at them in "therapy", personal correspondence is searched and even withheld, part of the treatment is hauling bricks from one side of a yard to the other. But luckily for Brit, she finds a group of girls who haven't given in to the Stockholm Syndrome, who just want to get out like she does. As Sisters in Sanity continues, Brit finds true friends in these girls, friends whose parents are just as messed-up as hers. Unfortunately Gayle Forman never really let me get to know V, Cassie, Bebe, Martha. I didn't think they were much more than the poster girls of their diagnoses. Also, I'm sure that places like Red Rock exist and the power they have is scary, it just didn't seem realistic. The people in charge seemed like faceless antagonists. They're just bad people because...they just are. So this is a rare one-star review. With truly underdeveloped characters, several stereotypes, an unrealistic, hastily wrapped-up ending, and smearing the adults in the story, this was just not a good book. I did enjoy it someowhat at times but it wasn't worth the time I spent just for the little sections that were somewhat funny or romantic or cute.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Halida

    If you've read If I Stay or Just One Day, believe me, you'll have hard time accepting that Sisters in Sanity is also crafted by Gayle Forman. I didn't even realize it's hers until I read this: "I stared out the window in between sneaking glances at Jed—mainly at the side of his neck. I had such an urge to lick it, imagining the taste, salty with dried sweat." Forman and her sweat fetish. The way she sees boys' sweat is like me looking at a mint-flavored candy cane. I just can't wait to lick it! Ug If you've read If I Stay or Just One Day, believe me, you'll have hard time accepting that Sisters in Sanity is also crafted by Gayle Forman. I didn't even realize it's hers until I read this: "I stared out the window in between sneaking glances at Jed—mainly at the side of his neck. I had such an urge to lick it, imagining the taste, salty with dried sweat." Forman and her sweat fetish. The way she sees boys' sweat is like me looking at a mint-flavored candy cane. I just can't wait to lick it! Ugh. Plus a parent who fails parenting? A stepparent who hails from hell? I thought I was reading Rainbow Rowell (okay, I've read only Eleanor & Park, but I'm still not over how frustrating the reading experience was). Gosh, I have endless complaints about this book. It deals with serious matters, like mental illness and standing up to adults, but the way it's delivered.. I thought I would go to the path of in-sanity (got it? In sanity, insanity?) myself. It's unfathomable how these girls put up with Red Rock shit for months, even years. And why the damn hell didn't Brit try to get help (like making phonecalls/ visits to people who would listen, since she couldn't do it freely in RR) when she got the chance to escape the first time, instead of being stupid enough to wear RR uniform and get on stage and kiss her bf like there's no tomorrow (you could spend the rest of your life doing that after you check out from RR. CHILL, TEENAGE HORMONE). Or why didn't she ask the band to help her get to her grandma's, who would definitely stand by her. And I'm surprised no one was smart enough to play by the rules so she could get out of there in no time and then sue the place. The bottom line is, there were so many ways to run away/ get help/ destroy the boot camp but those teens were just too dumb to do anything. Brit and Jed? Don't expect me to rant here, because there's nothing to rant about. The romance is pretty much nonexistent. And that father of Brit's *sigh*. If he really cared and seriously thought his daughter needed help, he should at least check a handful of treatment centers before making a decision. And how could he trust her daughter to such a fishy place? Didn't he want to have a tour, making sure it was decent? Get to know the doctors/therapists who were going to treat her daughter (so he'd find out there wasn't any)? It's maddening. If I were Brit, I wouldn't forgive him for having the heart to send me to that hellhole. Even if he meant well, he was reckless beyond belief. Anyway, the plot would've made much more sense if the stepmom had been the one who planned it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shreeka

    Words can't describe how much I absolutely LOVED this book! I'm actually disappointed that I didn't read this book earlier because this is by far my favorite Gayle Foreman book. I just love reading books about girl empowerment, stories about rebels fighting against the wrong doers, fighting for justice and all that stuffs and esp if they are girls. I missed reading these kind of books. I used to be a sucker for them when I first started reading books. It strangely felt nostalgic. It's like I was Words can't describe how much I absolutely LOVED this book! I'm actually disappointed that I didn't read this book earlier because this is by far my favorite Gayle Foreman book. I just love reading books about girl empowerment, stories about rebels fighting against the wrong doers, fighting for justice and all that stuffs and esp if they are girls. I missed reading these kind of books. I used to be a sucker for them when I first started reading books. It strangely felt nostalgic. It's like I was suddenly transported to that time when I got so excited reading 'The Gallagher girls' series. I loved how the friendship between the girls were portrayed. Sometimes it got emotional, sometimes laugh-your-butt-off funny and sometimes bitchy as well but at the end of the day they were sisters, sisters fight and make up all the time. Brit is such a strong female lead character. I loved her sarcasms and her bravery. "I’ll tell you my plan: The end of Red Rock. For everyone. We’re going to shut this place down." Bebe, the bitchy one and who usually starts the fight but still is awesome. “One day the tables will be turned, dears—all these old farts will be needing our help,” Bebe said. “We’ll let them rot while we get pedicures.” V, kind of like the wise leader of the group. “That’s all we can do, Brit. Take steps. Take enough of them and suddenly, you’re somewhere. And Cassie and Martha, I don't have any note worthy quotes by them but I loved them too. Also, the villains in the story, oh they made me so mad.. I wish by the end of the book Clayton would get a slap in the face or Sheriff would get a kick in the nuts but oh well. In your darkest hour When the fight's made you weary When you think you've lost your power When you can't see clearly When you're ready to surrender Give in to the black look over your shoulder I've got your back.” (I really liked the lyrics to Brit's song and like in Where She Went, wished it was made into an actual song. )

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nancy The book junkie

    Rating: 3.75/5 Review coming soon!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Vi ~ Inkvotary

    4,5 stars Inkvotary Brit was raised by a very free-spirited mother and a father who loved his girls over the moon and back. But when her mother disappears and her father marries again it turns out that the way how Brit´s personality has developed is far from what her new family, her father on top, can handle. The secret her father is keeping from her is throwing a dark shadow over everything. And the fear, he can´t tell her, brings her to a place where she gets help in a way, she´d never expected. 4,5 stars Inkvotary Brit was raised by a very free-spirited mother and a father who loved his girls over the moon and back. But when her mother disappears and her father marries again it turns out that the way how Brit´s personality has developed is far from what her new family, her father on top, can handle. The secret her father is keeping from her is throwing a dark shadow over everything. And the fear, he can´t tell her, brings her to a place where she gets help in a way, she´d never expected. I like the soft, sensitive way Gayle Forman uses to write about the most delicate things in a teenager’s life. Emotions. There is a special magic in her words, although I have to admit that I could have thrown Brits dad at some point against a wall. For more than ten years he raised his daughter to be an individual girl, to follow her passion and to see the world from a different perspective. And Brit does exactly that. Good, her style isn´t what others would call normal – but what exactly is NORMAL? And all the sudden, her father starts criticizing exactly THAT! The conflict that occurs the moment a stepmother stands on their doorstep shows that women can be real bitches. Everything that was good and right the way it was, now isn´t right and good anymore. And when teenage hormones kick in and life seems to be one hell of a bad place with no one who understands you, life becomes a living hell. For both sides. And at Red Rock, only one thing is the goal. Fear. Big Brother is watching you. Wrong. Big Brother´s only in your head. Playing with your fear means nothing if the control others gain over you is only because you let them get it. It took me a while, to get behind Brit´s figure. She discovers that playing in a band means everything to her. It is her world. A world that happens mostly late at night. Where she is supposed to lay in bed, sleeping. Making music, writing songs and to perform them keeps her away from the edge. But her father fears that the way he has raised his daughter over the years has become a threat. That she isn´t herself anymore. And the nightmare begins. I was not happy with the way how Brits father was created. The moment Brits mother is gone, he changes completely. And not everything of that change can be explained by her mother´s absence. He suddenly has the need to reverse everything he taught his little girl and make her a completely new person. Not working. If you keep reading this book all the way through, you will be rewarded with a very emotional and fitting end. Sisters in Sanity shows you strength, confidence, friendship, loyalty and the will to live your life and to go your own way. Good, sometimes I had the feeling that what I read wasn´t new to me. But all in all, I was hooked. And that end. Holy heck!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    Brit is tricked by her father into thinking she is going on a terrible family vacation where she has to endure her new "stepmonster", but instead is dropped off at Red Rock- a sham treatment center that claims to cure rebellious girls. Treated like a prisoner, Brit and her new misfit friends attempt to keep their sanity, and to bring down Red Rock once and for all. This had a good premise, and was a quick read. However, I couldn't help but feel the story was too shallow, and didn't go to the dep Brit is tricked by her father into thinking she is going on a terrible family vacation where she has to endure her new "stepmonster", but instead is dropped off at Red Rock- a sham treatment center that claims to cure rebellious girls. Treated like a prisoner, Brit and her new misfit friends attempt to keep their sanity, and to bring down Red Rock once and for all. This had a good premise, and was a quick read. However, I couldn't help but feel the story was too shallow, and didn't go to the depths it kept flirting with. You have a lot of ideas going on: rebelling against questionable authority, empowerment, friendship, what makes someone "rebellious"etc, but it just touches on all of those, and never really quite tugged at you on any of those points. The characters are definitely all memorable- but for all the talk of serious transgressions that have happened to girls at Red Rock, nothing really serious ever happens to our main group to give weight to the story. When it does, it's "off-screen", and it has a too- neat resolve. Maybe I'm being too hard on this YA book that tackles the topic of questionable "tough-love" therapy in a more light-hearted and easily digestible manner, but for some reason this story just doesn't resonate with me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ine

    Wow!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Allyson Maclay

    Unless you have ever worked near or around ppl that have been in schools like this you would not under stand how real this is. There are schools like this maybe not as strict but just as bad bc they have there own problems even though this book is ten years old it’s still relevant

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brittany S.

    4.25 Read for the Gayle Forman Read Along (woo!) Signed paperback purchased from Books of Wonder, New York, NY Initial Impressions: Wow, so incredibly interesting to see the Gayle Forman book that started it all! I saw sooo much of If I Stay in it (and incredibly excited to read that again!). I loved the characters and the ending was so beautiful. It was a bit lighter and not as emotionally raw as Gayle's more recent books, but I enjoyed it all the same! I really loved the ending. Several special 4.25 Read for the Gayle Forman Read Along (woo!) Signed paperback purchased from Books of Wonder, New York, NY Initial Impressions: Wow, so incredibly interesting to see the Gayle Forman book that started it all! I saw sooo much of If I Stay in it (and incredibly excited to read that again!). I loved the characters and the ending was so beautiful. It was a bit lighter and not as emotionally raw as Gayle's more recent books, but I enjoyed it all the same! I really loved the ending. Several special moments there! Review originally posted on The Book Addict's Guide: I was really excited to get to SISTERS IN SANITY as part of the Gayle Forman Read Along! I’m a huuuuge fan of basically every other Gayle Forman book so I was curious to pick up her first book (although technically I guess she wrote another book/memoir from a journalistic aspect? Curious.) to see how it all started! SISTERS IN SANITY is the story of Brit, a 16-year-old girl who was raised in coffee shops amongst bands and artists until her mother starts showing serious signs of schizophrenia and her family begins to fall apart. We first meet Brit when her father, now re-married, is dropping her off at Red Rock: a facility designed to help “straighten out” trouble teens. Her once normal upbringing is now seen as wild and disrespectful and Brit struggles to understand why her father has taken such extreme measures instead of… you know… talking to her. Brit’s story was not an easy one to read in the sense that it just broke my heart to see such disconnect between Brit and her father when they were once a happy family. Really when it comes down to it, it seems like her dad is just scared. He fell apart after her mother’s mental illness and he never quite recovered and you can tell that he’s just scared Brit is going to end up just like her mother. He can’t deal with that so he sends her to Red Rock. I don’t think HE ever realized that, but I think that’s pretty obvious to the reader! Red Rock is a terrible place. There’s nothing awfully brutal about it, but one thing here and one thing there started adding up until I finally had it (and Brit too). I seriously got angry towards the end of the book and then the administration really started to cross the line and I lost it. It was tough to see Brit cut off from the outside world and even more tough when her dad didn’t even seem to want to make contact most of the time. I absolutely loved the “Sisters in Sanity”, as they called themselves — Brit made a fantastic group of friends that really did become like her family. They were all different personalities, but they bonded together over their mutual hate of Red Rock and their need for some sanity in the middle of a facility that treated everyone like they were crazy when they certainly weren’t. I think V was one of my favorite characters followed closely by Bebe. They were the two Sisters that stood out the most for me and I loved their friendship with Brit! Overall, I really enjoyed SISTERS IN SANITY but it wasn’t nearly as deeply emotional as Gayle Forman’s later books. There was a really nice romance between Brit and Jed and I definitely swooned a few times! I didn’t quite fall head over heels though. If you’re a Gayle Forman fan, SISTERS IN SANITY will be a good read for you! It’s quick, interesting, and a nice balance of light and heavy. A really funny thing was that since I’ve read the rest of Gayle’s books, I could definitely see bits and pieces of them in her first novel. I saw SO much of IF I STAY in SISTERS IN SANITY with the music background, the coffee shops… It just made that that much more anxious to start IF I STAY soon!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Saoirse

    4.5 stars WARNING: This book generally contains and depicts scenes which tug heartstrings and well your eyes so much that it typically itches and you just can't stop staring at the ceiling, contemplating about the memorable characters that have to say goodbye upon ending the book, the massive emotions that sail along the plot lines, and the incredible journey you have shared with your bed whilst reading the whole thing. I am truthfully suffering from a bruised forehead (It's getting awfully yell 4.5 stars WARNING: This book generally contains and depicts scenes which tug heartstrings and well your eyes so much that it typically itches and you just can't stop staring at the ceiling, contemplating about the memorable characters that have to say goodbye upon ending the book, the massive emotions that sail along the plot lines, and the incredible journey you have shared with your bed whilst reading the whole thing. I am truthfully suffering from a bruised forehead (It's getting awfully yellow now) as a result from reading whilst lying on my bed with the book propped up on my hands above my head. And since the copy I got was a hardcover edition, the moment my hands slipped the book, it landed straight on my face. Unfortunately, I had to go to school explaining to people why I had a strange birthmark on my head that happened overnight. Oh the joys of having hardcovers. “Cinders, I would've thought you of all people would know better. There are no wicked stepmothers and there are no fairy godmothers, and there are no Prince Charmings. There in no preordained destiny. You get to decide that. You decide your destiny. - V” Sisters in Sanity was one of those books that rarely gets touched in my bookshelf. I bought this way back in 2012 because the cover hit me (now, literally) and so it ended up with the cobwebs in the darkest corners of my room because there were just too many books on my pile that I had to read. Then there came a time when I had a free time and there was a total blackout in my neighborhood for the whole afternoon and my Kindle's battery was somewhere nearing the dangerous edge of 14% and so I decided to check on my left-out section. And here it was. So basically, Brit is a bad-ass character with headfirst confidence and brave disposition and it's too hard not to love her even from the beginning. The first few paragraphs on the first chapter really caught me and I can't fight myself to stop reading. She is in a band (plus points since I'm obsessed with books centered or run around in music areas) and plays a guitar (even more points). Her life is a total downhill since her mother left after being diagnosed as schizo, saying monsters were chasing her around and so she fled far away. Then Brit's father remarried which only makes Brit's distaste for her family widen more. Which then leads to Brit ending up in Red Rock, a place that turned out to be real hellhole for troubled kids. From there she meets a certain group of people she trusts and forms a bond and eventually into a formation of a sisterhood. It's amazing to feel how exactly fearless she is as she ventures out to find a right and prove to everyone that she belongs -- not just herself as a being but her dignity as well. The characters in the book are true to life. They are not always strong and at times when I read some pints when they'd break down and feel like there's no hope at all, that's when I realized that that is what being cogent is about. "That's all we can do, Brit. Take steps. Take enough of them and suddenly, you're somewhere.” The character I liked the most other than Brit was V. She is always the one who gives and shares strength to everyone as soon as everything came stumbling back down again. She is a genuine character and I acknowledge her for it. [image error] Sisters in Sanity shows a great deal of dwindling emotions. And an inspiring on at that.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Brit lost a lot when her mother disappeared. Her mother had schizophrenia but was never admitted into a hospital, so one day just went away, gone, from Brit's life. Brit's life fell apart, as did her dad. A couple years after, her dad remarried and had a baby boy. Brit was pushed aside. Brit joined a band, got some piercings, tattoos, and was deemed too wild and crazy to handle. So was sent to Red Rock center. Brit's an good character. Not superb or all that memorable, but nice. For all her dyed Brit lost a lot when her mother disappeared. Her mother had schizophrenia but was never admitted into a hospital, so one day just went away, gone, from Brit's life. Brit's life fell apart, as did her dad. A couple years after, her dad remarried and had a baby boy. Brit was pushed aside. Brit joined a band, got some piercings, tattoos, and was deemed too wild and crazy to handle. So was sent to Red Rock center. Brit's an good character. Not superb or all that memorable, but nice. For all her dyed hair and piercings, she's not bad or wild. She's actually quite the good girl, and the book being told in her perspective, made me forget most of the time that she's supposed to be harder, not such a goody goody. Brit didn't stand out a lot for me, but I did like the secondary characters a lot. There's V, who's confusing to Brit at first, but is all together very interesting. She's been at Red Rock for ages but hasn't been able to get out for some reason. Bebe was sent to Red Rock after her mother, a famous celebrity, found Bebe with the Mexican (I think) poolboy. A term that could very loosely describe her is slut, but she's more than that. Martha, a former beauty pageant who ballooned, and was sent to Red Rock to somehow lose wait. Cassie who likes girls but doesn't consider herself a lesbian, who comes from a little town where being gay is unheard of. Or just unspoken of. All the secondary girls are far from stereotypes, and they all really grew on me, especially V, who's personality is the type I love. So the novel had some beautiful friendships, and that was probably my favourite part of the story. The book has many different types of relationships, and Brit deals with a lot. She's got her new friendships, and she's trying to deal with her father and stepmother, along with somehow getting over the loss of her mother, while dealing with some new information about her. The one thing I thought the book lacked was romance. And there was romance in there. Brit has had a huge crush on her bandmate forever, and eventually some stuff happens between the two of them. It's tough obviously, since Brit's still in Red Rock. But... even though there is some romance in the novel, most of the time, when I thought back, I completely forgot the romance was even there. I'd have to think really hard to remember those meager bits. So I thought that could have been done better. Sisters In Sanity reminded me a lot of The School For Dangerous Girls that I read a couple months back. It's got the same setting, a girl entering a center that tries to reform girls. But while School For Dangerous Girls just creeped me out and was disgusting in the way the girls were treated, Sisters in Sanity was better. The treatments weren't quite as harsh and there was always this hopeful air in the atmosphere and writing. So I enjoyed reading Sisters in Sanity more. Bottom line: Interesting and heartfelt book, but not as entrancing as If I Stay. This book is Gayle Forman's first though.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Diana Welsch

    I know what it's like to feel like your parents don't want you around, so the premise of this fed one of my younger self's greatest insecurities. 16-year old Brit's parents used to be cool. They owned a hip coffee shop in Portland and Brit was always surrounded by cool artist and musician types who helped her with her homework and talked and listened to her. But her mother gradually became stricken with a severe mental illness and disappeared from her life. Her father remarried an uptight woman I know what it's like to feel like your parents don't want you around, so the premise of this fed one of my younger self's greatest insecurities. 16-year old Brit's parents used to be cool. They owned a hip coffee shop in Portland and Brit was always surrounded by cool artist and musician types who helped her with her homework and talked and listened to her. But her mother gradually became stricken with a severe mental illness and disappeared from her life. Her father remarried an uptight woman and has a baby with her. His new wife clearly wishes Brit would disappear so they could be a family of three. Her father takes her on a "trip to the Grand Canyon" that is actually him dumping her off at Red Rock, a crooked bad-girl boot camp in the middle of the Utah desert. Brit hasn't done anything wrong: she dyes her hair pink, got a few tattoos, and plays in a band, but she doesn't drink or use drugs and isn't poorly behaved. Regardless of this, she is "diagnosed" with Oppositional Defiant Disorder and subjected to some pretty questionable "treatment." She meets a bunch of other girls whose parents were tired of them too: snobby Bebe (who was caught fooling around with the Mexican pool boy), cornfed farmgirl Cassie (who kissed a girl), lifer V (who wrote a short story about suicide), and former pageant princess Martha (who got fat). Most of the girls there aren't really bad kids, their parents just didn't want to deal with them. And Red Rock is more interested in receiving money than it is in helping anyone. I read a lot of Teen literature so it's easy for me to recognize predictable plot arcs, poorly-developed characters, bad dialogue, and all manner of cliches. It's a real treat to read a book that avoids those things. Sisters in Sanity was so compelling I finished it in one night, and it didn't set off any of my cliche alarm bells. There were many directions I could have expected this story to take, but I did not predict the way these girls banded tried to cope with their surroundings. There was a fairly chaste romance, but Brit didn't waste everyone's time by spending page after page pining away. It never strained credulity too much. It all came together in the end, but not TOO neatly. Sisters in Sanity was a very good book. Gayle Forman consistently delivers top-quality YA literature. Her later book If I Stay is one of my all-time favorites, and I look forward to seeing what she comes up with in the future.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com Most of us never have to worry about going on a family vacation, only to find out that we're being unceremoniously dropped off at a boot camp, instead. We have never questioned the imminent arrival of "escorts" who come in the middle of the night and drag us away, kicking and screaming, from our home. We've never wondered what it would be like to be shuffled off by our parents to a "rehabilitation school" because we're overweight --or because we might possibly Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com Most of us never have to worry about going on a family vacation, only to find out that we're being unceremoniously dropped off at a boot camp, instead. We have never questioned the imminent arrival of "escorts" who come in the middle of the night and drag us away, kicking and screaming, from our home. We've never wondered what it would be like to be shuffled off by our parents to a "rehabilitation school" because we're overweight --or because we might possibly be gay. For Brit, V, Bebe, Cassie, and Martha, however, the above mentioned scenarios aren't just nightmares. They're real events. Welcome to Red Rock, a "school" in the middle of Utah run by the Sheriff, staffed by pseudo-psychiatrists like Dr. Clayton, and guarded by former bouncers with more muscles than brains. This is the place where parents can send their children when they rebel, misbehave, or show antisocial behavior. Red Rock offers such pleasantries as "confrontational therapy," where girls are called names and hounded until they break down and cry, a punishment system where being sent back to Level One status means complete isolation and no shoes, and where the food comes in freeze dried blocks. The problem is that, although there may be a few "students" at Red Rock who really belong in such a school, most of them, like main character Brit, don't. These are teens who may have lost their way, sure, but their behavior isn't anything beyond normal adolescent angst. But what the parents don't know -- and what it's up to the Sisters in Sanity to prove -- is that Red Rock is a place full of fakes who are doing more harm than good. When Brit and fellow "inmates" V, Bebe, Cassie, and Martha set out to get the school shut down, it's all the girls can do to avoid trouble, keep their chins up, and survive. But in the process, these five girls find a friendship that eventually helps them all in ways they'd never expected. Ms. Forman has written a fast-paced page turner that you'll find hard to put down. SISTERS IN SANITY, although not based in hard truth, does show the frightening aspect of so-called "boot camps" for teens, and you'll find yourself appalled at the reality of the situation. Ultimately, however, you'll be overjoyed to watch Brit and her friends not only buck the system, but find their own places in the world.

  22. 4 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    Grade: D- Brit's father says they're going on vacation, but instead drops her off at Red Rock, a therapeutic boarding school run more like a prison than a school. Verbal abuse is the cornerstone of the "therapy", but Brit manages to make friends. Soon she discovers Red Rock may have secrets of its own. Dangerous secrets. I'm a child psychologist and very picky with inaccurate mental health/therapy stories. SISTERS IN SANITY is the literary equivalent of an overwrought Lifetime TV movie. The formul Grade: D- Brit's father says they're going on vacation, but instead drops her off at Red Rock, a therapeutic boarding school run more like a prison than a school. Verbal abuse is the cornerstone of the "therapy", but Brit manages to make friends. Soon she discovers Red Rock may have secrets of its own. Dangerous secrets. I'm a child psychologist and very picky with inaccurate mental health/therapy stories. SISTERS IN SANITY is the literary equivalent of an overwrought Lifetime TV movie. The formula: victim, injustice, empowerment, happy ending. Gayle Forman couldn't have done five minutes of research on licensing, treatment centers and insurance reimbursement. Insurances pay at most 28 days, usually much less, thanks to HMOs. Treatment facilities, even bad ones don't have patients/students running the halls at night with pass keys, sneaking in to offices to steal files. Gayle Forman is a decent writer, much better than she's shown in SISTERS IN SANITY. She can create great, multi dimensional characters. Brit was likable enough, she had a few layers, but most weren't unique or special. I felt like I've seen her character in other books. Her mother's mental illness was a good addition to the plot, unfortunately Forman didn't capture the true essence of a schizophrenic. Instead, it seemed like she read some symptom list and took them literally. THEMES: mental illness, friendship, family, bands, psych hospitals Skip SISTERS IN SANITY unless you don't care about inaccurate portrayals of mental illness.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Have you ever had the out-of-control dream? The one where you know you're not crazy, but no one around you--not your parents, not your teachers, not even the authorities--will listen to you? For sixteen-year-old Brit Hemphill, the out-of-control dream comes true when her dad enrolls her at Red Rock, a bogus treatment center that claims to cure rebellious teen girls. At Red Rock, Brit is forced into therapy, and her only hope of getting her life back is in the hands of an underqualified staff of Have you ever had the out-of-control dream? The one where you know you're not crazy, but no one around you--not your parents, not your teachers, not even the authorities--will listen to you? For sixteen-year-old Brit Hemphill, the out-of-control dream comes true when her dad enrolls her at Red Rock, a bogus treatment center that claims to cure rebellious teen girls. At Red Rock, Brit is forced into therapy, and her only hope of getting her life back is in the hands of an underqualified staff of counselors. Brit's dad thinks Red Rock can save her, but the truth is it's doing more harm than good. No girl could survive Red Rock alone--but at a treatment center where you earn privileges for ratting out your peers, it's hard to know who you can trust. For Brit, everything changes when she meets V, Bebe, Martha, and Cassie, four girls who keep her from going over the edge. Together they'll hold on to their sanity and their sisterhood while trying to keep their Red Rock reality from becoming a full-on nightmare. Another great read from Gayle Forman. Great characters and the story just flowed. When you look back on it you can criticise elements of the book but whilst you're reading it you're immersed in the story and involved with the characters. True sisterhood amongst the girls, such different stories and people but a real depth to each one.

  24. 5 out of 5

    The Lonely book club

    Complete review can be found at The Lonely book-club Sisters in Sanity is about a girl whose father sends to an American boot camp. At the boot camp their main priority in therapy is to break down the teenager before starting working on their “issues”. Which rather makes the teenager into a robot than cures them. The main character is sixteen year old Brit Hemphill. She’s sent to Red Rock Academy (which in reality is a boot camp not an academy) by her father because she stays out late with her ban Complete review can be found at The Lonely book-club Sisters in Sanity is about a girl whose father sends to an American boot camp. At the boot camp their main priority in therapy is to break down the teenager before starting working on their “issues”. Which rather makes the teenager into a robot than cures them. The main character is sixteen year old Brit Hemphill. She’s sent to Red Rock Academy (which in reality is a boot camp not an academy) by her father because she stays out late with her band. At first she doesn’t know that it’s her father who decided to send her, but she believes it’s her stepmother who made the decision. At Red Rock Brit get to know four other girls: Virginia, Martha, Bebe and Cassie. Together they form the group called ‘Sisters in Sanity’. They have secret meetings because Red Rocks don’t allow people to have friends.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Runa

    So this is unfortunately not as well known as Gayle Forman's big hits, and now that I've read it, I'm pretty annoyed by that fact. This book takes place at a mental institution, and you're probably rolling your eyes right now because you're sick of reading all these YA books where someone with a mental illness gets hospitalized and learns that the hospital is there to rehabilitate them and maybe -gasp- they might even find a love interest there and everything will have worked out for the better. So this is unfortunately not as well known as Gayle Forman's big hits, and now that I've read it, I'm pretty annoyed by that fact. This book takes place at a mental institution, and you're probably rolling your eyes right now because you're sick of reading all these YA books where someone with a mental illness gets hospitalized and learns that the hospital is there to rehabilitate them and maybe -gasp- they might even find a love interest there and everything will have worked out for the better. NOPE. This book is about how absolutely, utterly broken our country's mental health system is. This book talks about the horrifying daily abuses people in psychiatric inpatient centers face. And in the middle of this, a group of teenage girls bands together and stands up to the system and vows to change it, because they realize the adults in their lives aren't doing a thing but willingly hurting them. Absolutely amazing book. Can't recommend it enough.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Talk about another emotionally impactful book by Gayle Forman. She has a way of connecting you with her characters and their situation like you actually are a fixture in their lives. I could not escape tears being present for the last 100 pages and the book is only 285 pages! Well done. The only problem I have with Forman is that I need to read more books by her and they aren't available yet. Anxiously awaiting her next book is an understatement. This type of book is not my typical read and hones Talk about another emotionally impactful book by Gayle Forman. She has a way of connecting you with her characters and their situation like you actually are a fixture in their lives. I could not escape tears being present for the last 100 pages and the book is only 285 pages! Well done. The only problem I have with Forman is that I need to read more books by her and they aren't available yet. Anxiously awaiting her next book is an understatement. This type of book is not my typical read and honestly probably would have never picked it up had it been written by anyone else. So glad I did, had me engaged from page 1. It's very disturbing to know young people are out there going through similar situations and that there are parents out there so oblivious to their own children. Love this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    I really liked this book. It is a lot of friendship and teamwork. After Brit was betraid by her father by sending her to some place she doesn't know, she finds true friends to help her through her journey. Brit, V, Bebe, Cassie, and Martha are true friends. They work together to do something they believe in and don't give up till it is successful. They had many problems along the way but found ways around them by working together. Along the way Brit is also finding out who she is and what she ca I really liked this book. It is a lot of friendship and teamwork. After Brit was betraid by her father by sending her to some place she doesn't know, she finds true friends to help her through her journey. Brit, V, Bebe, Cassie, and Martha are true friends. They work together to do something they believe in and don't give up till it is successful. They had many problems along the way but found ways around them by working together. Along the way Brit is also finding out who she is and what she can really do when she puts her mind to it. The characters are all different but that's what makes the book good because even though they are all different and unique they are still best friends. The book is so detailed, when they are in the quarry, building walls or hiking in 90 degree weather it's like you are with them. The book is also pretty easy to read but not too easy.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jill booksandescape

    Sisters in Sanity by Gayle Forman is a novel about Britt, a girl who has been shipped off to a treatment facility for troubled girls, by her father after he remarries. Britt quickly realizes this facility is cruel and, along with a group of friends, works to expose the facility. This book is a fantastic read that will make the reader angry with how cruel Red Rock is to the girls, and will have you rooting for the girls all the way.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Femke

    I really loved the book. From the moment I started reading I felt like I was sucked inside the story and saw everything in front of me. I could relate to Brit, because she’s different and isn’t afraid to show it. Her stepmom really doesn’t like her, but she doesn’t really care about it, she just goes on and does what she wants. It’s a book that reads very easily and beautifully written. It’s detailed , but not too detailed. Gayle Forman is an amazing writer, I hope to read more of him.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Meme6006

    Very good read, very inspiring, and it is sad that these places still exist. This book was wonderfully written. Another good fiction book based on true events that happen every day. Under each troubled girl is a strong individual struggling to overcome her own battles. Beautifully written.

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