by Sean Olin

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Will and Asheley have a troubled past. Their father left them when they were little, and their mother has just been carted off to an alcohol treatment center. Now, they have the house to themselves, and an endless California summer stretching out before them. Through alternating perspectives, they tell the story of how and why their lives spun violently out of control - right up to the impossibly shocking conclusion you'll have to read for yourself to believe.

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ISBN-13: 9781101535219
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/09/2011
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 248
File size: 260 KB
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Sean Olin is the author of Killing Britney, a 2005 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. He lives in New York City.

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Brother - Sister 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
*Spoiler Alert* ? Alright, after giving this book a chance it was nothing like I expected. This was a brother/sister team gone wrong. First off, there was no incest. Let me clarify a bit. Will did make advances toward his sister, but she knew it was wrong. She ran away as soon as she can get away from him. Will was in love with Asheley. He went off the charts crazy. He relied on her because he had no one else. Asheley has no idea what Will was feeling. Poor Asheley didn't even realize what was going on until it was too late. Will's feelings went haywire for her. Basically he was psycho. Now the way the book was written is great. The reader gets to see Will's downfall and gets to see his feelings for Asheley as they progressed. You felt his helplessness as Asheley tries to veer away from him. At a point I can understand the need for someone there but he took everything in the wrong way. Asheley knew something was not right but did not want to think badly of her brother. She loved him and wanted to be there for him. But not in the way he was thinking. In the end, Asheley loved her brother and did what is right for him. She knew something went wrong and did her best to help him out. Even when it hurt her, she had to turn him in for the crimes he committed. It's a great book. There was cursing, drinking, but no sexually incest. Just a love gone wrong.
Book_WhispererJO More than 1 year ago
WOW! Simply there are no better words to sum up my review for this book. While I will not just leave you with that one word I struggle with what exactly to say. First off, nothing that I have to add about this novel says that it is awful or horrifying. Although, twisted is the word at the forefront of my mind for explaining what the concepts of this novel with leave on the reader. Will and Ashley are very neglected and abused children. With the abuse varying between mental and physical it seems from the start that these kids will not catch a break. One would be right in this prediction. If anything the story only becomes more wicked and vicious as the story progresses. The reality of this story is not for the weak at heart; many will steer clear of this novel for that fact alone. This is a book for someone that this not looking for someone building a happily ever after, and not looking for the sweet and innocent read. One that is in search of something that will stretch their minds to the limit; while pressing the boundary of what society will look at as acceptable. This is a terrible and frightening ride that will have readers at the edge of their seats throughout the last page. With a last minute twist that will have you with more questions than answers.
4sarad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was definitely better than I expected. I tend to not have much faith in novels when they are said to have a "shocking twist ending." Anyways, some of what happens you will see coming, but it's fun (kind of dark to say that) to see how far they'll take it and how out of control things will get. And the ending did surprise me. Well done!
shootingstar2428 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm honestly not sure what to say about this one. The alternating points of view and writing style was engaging and made the book move quickly, but the plot...was "messed up," to say the least.I'm not sure exactly what the focus of this novel is because the plot lines seem to shift around a good deal -- and the characterization isn't consistent, either, so I found myself questioning why certain things were happening and how they fit into the grand scheme of the plot and characters.And then there was the ending. I have no idea what happened at the end. I have a few guesses, but the end left me asking: what was the point? Overall: It wasn't the worst Early Reviewers book I've read, but I frankly was not impressed.
tahoegirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Teenagers would really enjoy this book. Will, the brother is one of the scariest / creepiest characters I have encountered in teen fiction. The chapters were very short and having the same story told from alternating points of view was interesting. The story was lacking depth and some character development. I wanted to know what made Will so crazy to start with. To me it didn't seem like there was really enough in the story to push him over the edge. This would be a good book for kids that don't read much.
MunchieMit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well I didn't see that coming. That's all I can say about the conclusion of Sean Olin's novel 'Brother/Sister' without giving too much away. For a full review (with mild spoilers), please continue on.Asheley and Will are siblings. With an alcoholic mother and absentee father, life hasn't been easy for either of them. Asheley longs for the approval of her friends while simultaneously trying to keep her boyfriend happy. Will is socially awkward and cares only for his sister. Their relationship seems innocent enough, but gradually new details come to light, and they aren't pretty.It isn't long before something terrible happens. Asheley and Will now share a secret. One so horrific, it could ruin them both if anyone ever found out.But soon things go from bad to worse and the siblings leave a trail of violence and destruction in their path. This all leads up to the shocking ending you'll never see coming.Brother/Sister is an exciting read that will keep you engrossed until the last sentence. It's definitely worth checking out.
meliarose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting book with an unexpected (and confusing)ending. It was fast-paced and interesting, but, I must admit, gave me some nightmares. A good read if you enjoy teens-gone-crazy thrillers.
quilted_kat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Brother/Sister relates the story of teenage siblings whose life has spun out of control. It is very suspenseful: I had to read it straight through in one sitting to see where the story was going to end up. The chapters alternate between Will and Asheley's version of the events that led up to their current incarceration. Their two voices tell a very different story, but the details are similar enough to give them credibility. The ending caught me totally by surprise, which almost never happens to me with teen fiction!
katerbugg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A book told from two siblings points of view. The book switched well from one sibling's thoughts to the other's. Although written in how a teenager would speak, I found that it the book lacked well-done sentence structure and minimum descriptions of the characters/scenery. A nice story to read though.
jonilee73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A mind-blowing read. This is such a fast paced read, I read it in one day. I would have read it in one sitting if not for the 3 year old running around my house. My point is that when I had to put it down, I regretted it. I finished this book a few days ago and I still find my mind drifting back to the way it ended. It all starts on what appears to be the best day of Will and Asheley's lives. Will wins the local golf tournament and Asheley helps her softball team win a game against their biggest rivals. Unfortunately their day, and lives, all goes down hill from there. Will returns home to find their mother drunk after 4 months of sobriety. After the worst blowout he has witnessed from her, which is includes his mother attacking Will with his the trophy he just won from the tournament, his mother is sent away to a local rehab facility. Meanwhile, Asheley is out to a celebratory dinner with her teammates and is finally being included in the conversations going on around her. Then her boyfriend shows up and is very disrespectful to her right in front of the team. She drags him out of the restaurant and is so embarrassed she heads home. Things do not improve from there. For a while things appear to work out. Will and Asheley are able to take care of themselves while their mother is in rehab. Things take a turn for the worst when Asheley decides to have a party that gets wildly out of control. This party is the beginning of the end for this team of "wonder twins", as they call themselves.To give a thorough review of this book would mean revealing things that could ruin the book for some people. So instead I will just say that this book had me guessing until the very end. There were so many twists and turns. I could imagine this being adapted into an episode of Criminal Minds or CSI. A great book for those who like the Young Adult thriller genre.
k_dykstra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
You think you know, but you have no idea....This novel is extremely fast paced and sharp. Reading it, you really feel as though you're watching a gritty thriller, a gritty thriller with an awesome twist ending to boot! To continue with the movie metaphors, it was entertaining, but certainly not Oscar material. If you're looking for a quick entertaining story with believable teen dialogue and a heavy dose of mental illness then give this book a go! Just don't expect it to be Citizen Kane, if you will ;)
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alright, after giving this book a chance it was nothing like I expected. This was a brother/sister team gone wrong.First off, there was no incest. Let me clarify a bit. Will did make advances toward his sister, but she knew it was wrong. She ran away as soon as she can get away from him. Will was in love with Asheley. He went off the charts crazy. He relied on her because he had no one else. Asheley has no idea what Will was feeling. Poor Asheley didn't even realize what was going on until it was too late. Will's feelings went haywire for her. Basically he was psycho.Now the way the book was written is great. The reader gets to see Will's downfall and gets to see his feelings for Asheley as they progressed. You felt his helplessness as Asheley tries to veer away from him. At a point I can understand the need for someone there but he took everything in the wrong way. Asheley knew something was not right but did not want to think badly of her brother. She loved him and wanted to be there for him. But not in the way he was thinking.In the end, Asheley loved her brother and did what is right for him. She knew something went wrong and did her best to help him out. Even when it hurt her, she had to turn him in for the crimes he commited.It's a great book. There was cursing, drinking, but no sexually incest. Just a love gone wrong.
snaprebelx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had issues with this book. It had great potential but fell flat for me.I felt like the narration was unreliable as its told by both the sister and brother as a one sided conversation.Then you get to the end and its just....over. I cant stand books like that. I will add however that this was an ARC and there is a chance that the ending will be improved on when it comes out in print.
hrose2931 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brother Sister is a deeply disturbing, dark story about a brother and sister who raised themselves while their mother was in and out of rehab for alcohol addiction. Dad left when Will, the brother, was six and mom put the terrible burden of being "the man of the house" on his shoulders and told him " if anything happened" it would be his fault. An awful lot for a six year old to bear on top of being deserted by his father, though there are hints that this his leaving may not be a bad thing.Will was picked on, teased, bullied, humiliated- I've run out of words to describe the horrors he survived growing up, yet inside, he told himself it didn't matter as long as Asheley, his sister was protected. Asheley, for her part, remembered her dad as a good man, she was three when he left. She is a tad more social than her brother, she even has a boyfriend. She plays a team sport and after a spectacular game, finally feels like she's part of the group. But her boyfriend ruins it. Going home she finds her mother, after four months of sobriety being carted off to rehab again.Will is inside the house having suffered the worst bullying of all-his mother beating him with the trophy he just won for being the best golfer in the county. She hit him so hard the golfer fell off the top of his trophy. Asheley comforts hims as always, holding him from behind rocking him back and forth. And the two realize, the summer is spread out before them with no parents. But what starts out as a fun summer of playing grown up, turns into a twisted nightmare.The bullying Will suffered throughout his life has warped his mind until his only thought is to protect Asheley. He sees threats everywhere-even when there are none. He devolves into a manic mess that even Asheley is afraid of, playing along only because she's afraid for her life.The novel is told in alternating points of view- one chapter Will, the next chapter Asheley. The story is being told it seems like at a police station. Will's deteriorating frame of mind is like watching a train wreck, you can't look away. As his mind sees threats everywhere you can't help but wonder even after reading the story, was it the bullying, the burden of being the man of the house, the desertion of his father, the behavior of his father, his mother's alcoholism or maybe a mental illness that caused Will's behavior. And why did Asheley go along with it? Or was she a part of it? The last line of the book was chilling and left me to look at the novel through a different set of eyes. Had it not been three am., I would have read it again.This book is chilling, haunting, heart breaking, achingly sad, manipulative and horrifying. It will make you think and rethink and re-examine everything you read. It will make you want to hug the little boy that was Will who stopped being a child at six and became a man. He took the bullying and internalized it. It will show you how bullying can make a person shut off their feelings. I think that's what made Will who he was. He never had a chance - his dad, his mom, kids at school, others- they all bullied him. If he became mentally ill from that, its not surprising.This isn't a happy book, but it is well worth reading. It's well written. The characters are well written and their motivations are understood. The story is unbelievable as it spirals out of control. And the way the author wrote it, telling it from the two characters points of view in hindsight, but in great detail, was perfect. Asheley never claimed involvement, Will took all the blame. But you do have to wonder if she could have stopped what was happening. This is a truly compelling story, never slowing down even for a second. This is a must read-I don't know for who-bullies maybe-people that want to see the end result of bullying-perhaps. But I know if it was a bullying story. That part was so underplayed. Yet it affected him so much. I do know, I'll never forget it-especially the last line. And I'll be reading it again!
titania86 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Will and Asheley are teenage siblings that have grown close because of their lackluster parents. Their dad left them they were children and hasn't seen them since. Their mother is an alcoholic who is constantly in and out of rehab. The day that both Will and Asheley experience success in their sport for the first time, they come home to find their mother completely plastered after going months without drinking. She is taken to a rehabilitation center, leaving her two children alone as she has so often before. When they decide to have a party in their mother's absence, Will goes out of control and commits a terrible act that would destroy their lives. The story that follows features the siblings leaving a trail of destruction in their wake as they seek to escape.Brother/Sister is told through the alternating narratives of Will and Asheley. At first, the narrative of one completes the other in regards to plot because they aren't in the same place at the same time. As the story continues and they are drawn together by the horrible events that transpire, they experience the same things, but tell it from their own perspective. Of course, there are slight differences because they are telling the story from memories and everyone has their own version of what happened. Each chapter is fairly short and this, with the conversational writing style, makes reading the novel fluid and quick. The voices of the two narrators are very distinct, so even if I started reading again in the middle of a chapter, I could clearly tell whose chapter I was in.Will, Asheley, and their relationship are the most compelling aspect of the novel. Will starts of as an antisocial, but sensitive guy that just seeks to prove himself. His feelings, as the novel progresses, get distorted and he becomes incredibly angry and jealous of absolutely everyone around his sister. This all starts when his mother attacks him in a drunken stupor. He views Asheley as a perfect angel while everyone is just trying to rape her or plotting to destroy her. From his perspective, his crazy thoughts seem perfectly logical and he doesn't see himself as overreacting or creepy at all. Asheley is the opposite of Will and seeks approval from her friends and her less than stellar boyfriend. As Will gets more and more overbearing, she retreats into herself and falls into a depression. She sees the good in people, but is wary to seek out help because of Will's erratic behavior. Their relationship obviously changes in Will's eyes, but Asheley struggles to keep it as it always was. These siblings couldn't be any more different and their relationship makes me morbidly curious as Will's world view becomes more and more distorted.There is one small detail and one large one that dampened my enjoyment of Brother/Sister. The small detail is that Will and Asheley drink a lot. That in and of itself is fine, but victims of abuse by alcoholic parents tend to try to not emulate their abuser's behavior. The fact that they did it so nonchalantly shocked me. I think Asheley asked herself if this was how her mother started out, but she seemed to dismiss the thought after that. The large thing is the extremely abrupt twist ending. A little elaboration would have been really nice, but the ending as it is left me feeling kind of hollow.Brother/Sister is a easy, fast read that grabs hold of you until the anticlimactic ending. With all it's flaws, it's still an enjoyable read that I would recommend to fans of edgy teen fiction.
annettemills on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brother/Sister is just creepy. That¿s the best description I can come up with. The story is told in alternating chapters by Will and Asheley, who are siblings.They are obviously separate from each other and worried about each other as they tell their story to some authority figures, presumably the police. The first thing we find out is about a badly decomposed dead body recovered from the ocean. These two teens¿ lives have been far from normal. Their father left when they were very small, and their mother is an alcoholic who has been in and out of rehab many times. Will is socially inept. He¿s a loner and is bullied at school. Asheley has tried to look out for Will, and recently he has had some acceptance from his peers.As their mom is once again taken to rehab, Asheley and Will are left to fend for themselves in their luxury home on the coast of Morro Bay, California. I really don¿t want to say too much about what happens. This is a psychological thriller, and as we hear these kids tell the story, we realize how disturbed these young people are¿Will in particular. Suffice it to say, bad things happen, and as often happens when trying to cover up a mistake, more awful things happen, especially when the perpetrators minds are warped.I did have some issues with parts of the plot. Some events and situations were a little too convenient, but used to accommodate the story. It seems like there were some opportunities for creativity that were missed at times. There were few adults in the story. With the exception of their mom¿s boyfriend, Keith, the teens in this town were the only ones the reader ever hears from. Asheley has no boss at work. The softball and golf teams have no coaches. The events in the story should cause parents to be in an uproar, but we are left in the dark. It just seemed unrealistic and made the story feel forced.You can¿t help but feel for these teens. They are just so hopelessly screwed up, I guess I never really felt very optimistic, but I had to finish the story to see how it all turns out. But how does it all turn out? Read to the last sentence---and then you tell me how it all turned out.Olin has written this for teens, but I think it would only appeal to those teens who have sophisticated enough reading tastes to appreciate the slow progression of a psychological thriller. Not every teen will enjoy this, but it does have crossover adult appeal, for just that reason.
VykiC37 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Find this review and more at On The Shelf Brother/Sister is a very unusual book told from the switching perspective of Will and Asheley who are siblings. They have something go quite wrong in their life and everything becomes a huge mess. The novel is told from the siblings¿ points of view as they tell their sides of the story. The writing style is used in a way that makes it sound like the siblings are actually speaking, as if they are talking during an interrogation and you hear only their sides. The book keeps you continuously reading to find out what is going to happen next, but all in all, it was not as exciting as I was hoping it was going to be. There was a slight twist at the end, but I figured the twist was going to happen, and there wasn¿t much action. I thought the author did a good job at portraying the emotions of the characters, including the buildup of anxiety over what happened and how they were going to deal with it. The story itself is a very warped tale and situation, but it just didn¿t fully suck me in. It was a pretty quick read, though and I liked the way the book ended. People who like mild thrillers may enjoy this book (I say mild because I wasn¿t very nervous through it).Quick read, not much action, twisted, good emotional dynamics.
Conner23456 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brother/Sister by Sean Olin was an intresting read for me. It was different from the other books I have read in the past few months. Which I think is good because it will get me thinking about other books to read soon. I like how Olin wrote the book from both Will's and Ashley's point of views.
sdbookhound on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a very quick read. The writing style flowed well and was easy to follow. That being said, the way it was written with the two main characters speaking made it more difficult to give additional background and explanation. I didn't feel like I really knew the characters as well as I would have liked. If I knew more about them, it would have been easier to understand their actions. The best thing about the book was the last line. Just when I thought it was all wrapped up - what an interesting way to end. Hmmm.........
LisaMP on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very interesting study in character development. I wasn't as surprised as some reviewers have been about the ending, but it did raise different kinds of questions. I empathized with both the main characters because of their upbringing (or lack thereof) and the plot kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.
daly5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A creepy, disturbing & thrilling ride. Will be recommending this to my friends to read
curioussquared on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A YA psychological thriller that somehow lacked that element to make me want to keep reading. Usually with this type of book I'm seized with an impulse to keep reading, to figure out what's coming next. Brother/Sister had too little action and a bit too much creepiness for me to actually enjoy it. The weird incestuous overtones put me off from the beginning and if I hadn't won the book I don't think I ever would have picked it up on my own. Will and Asheley aren't likeable characters whatsoever and their actions just get more and more disturbing throughout the book. I'm not sure this will appeal to any but the most devoted thriller fans; it was overall disappointing.
elizardkwik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Told in the form of highly detailed and one-sided police statements, this is a haunting psychological thriller that almost entirely lacks the action that makes most thrillers interesting. The characters weren't particularly likable and I became more horrified by their actions as the story went along. Only recommended for fans of the creepy and disturbing.
jeaxra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Through half of the book I couldn't quite decide how I'd felt about it. It was very predictable with nothing very catching about it. Though I did like how it becomes clear very early that the story is being told as a police interrogation without any words being printed from the officers doing the questioning. I'd spent over half of the read sure it was ok, but not something I'd be excited about or even recommend. How wrong I was. This is one of those books where you know exactly how it's going to end, but, assuming you get through the first half, need to know how it got there.After about page 150 (thought I can't be sure that will be the same in the final printing) Brother/Sister starts to morph into a twisted and intriguing tale of how easily the mind can bend and break and become filled with sickness created only out of love, how easily the world can slip right through your fingers, loosing all control over your life and the lives of those around you. After awhile I couldn't even stand to read Will's side of the story, even finding myself feeling sick about it. I didn't care about the awful things he'd endured or that it was pure mental sickness and over devotion that led him to such awful things. However, after all of these things come to light and the tale went directions I'd either not expected or desperately wanted to believe wouldn't happen, I had to keep reading. The big twist at the end is so slight you could easily miss it. In once sentence you will be rethinking everything you've just read. I loved how well it displayed how loving someone too much can be a very dangerous thing. I don't wish to ruin the whole story for anyone so I'll not say too much more.I will say that this IS a book I would easily recommend to any young adult reader. Definitely worth a read.
pinkbeckie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I began reading this book I was very confused with the style, but as a read on it started to make more sence to me. The book is written in chapters alternating from Asheley; the sister, to Will; the brother. And it seems as though they are talking to someone, though I wont say who. Reading threw this book you get both perspectives of how events happened from Asheley and Will. This book takes you threw Asheley and Wills lives, and you get to know each one of them pretty well. Asheley is just trying to fit in, and wants to live her life. Will is very isolated and a loner, his only friend being his sister. He is very protective of her, and it is very intresting to see how that protectivness effects the things that he does. We also learn about their family, which was filled with abuse and neglect. Threw to the last page I couldn't put this book down. I NEEDED to know what happened next. This is one of those books you just cant put down, and even after you have finished the book, you are still wondering. I loved that i got to see both perspectives of each situation from Asheley and Will, and I was always beleiving one more than the other, but it would always switch in my mind who was telling the REAL story and who was too wraped up in their own mind to realize what was really happening. I loved the charachters, and the progression of them. I really got to see how the events that happened effected each of them and why; based on who they are, their personalities. The ending of this book literally brought me to tears. I could barely read the final chapters because I was crying so hard. Although it brought me to tears it kind of upset me, because I didnt get to find out what really happened in the end- im still guessing. I mean, yes, I have a good idea of what really happened but not for sure, and that bugs me. When I read a book I like to know how it ends and how everything played out. I would have liked Sean Olin to have progressed on that last sentance. Beacause all we can really do is guess and make assumptions. BUT- even so, with the abrupt ending and wicked twist, i really enjoyed reading this book and it kept me on my toes, and made me feel so many emotions, it made me feel like i really knew these kids.