Apter, Terri. The sister knot; why we fight, why we're jealous, and why we'll love each other no matter what.

Author:Theiss, Nola
Position:Young adult review - Book review
 
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APTER, Terri. The sister knot; why we fight, why we're jealous, and why we'll love each other no matter what. Norton. 308p. notes, bibliog, index, c2007. 978-0-393-33062-5. $15.95. JSA

Girls will want to read this book whether they love their sisters, hate their sisters, wish they had a sister, or wish their sister would disappear. The author, a British research psychologist and mother of two daughters, talks about the complicated relationship of sisters and compares it with the relationship of girls with brothers and with oldest, middle and youngest sisters. Since good female friends often refer to their friendships as being like sisters, even readers who don't have sisters will find something to relate to in this interesting analysis, especially in understanding why a woman's success can often threaten other women, even those who love and support her until she succeeds. She also explains all children's "sibling trauma" when a new baby comes into the home and how it is more difficult for a sister to adjust to another sister. Apter's British writing style is sometimes a bit stuffy, but the many interviews of sisters in England and America reveal...

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