If you got a chance to read February's book of the month, The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we have. Below we briefly share some of our thoughts on the book.
I love Gail Carson Levine. I read Ella Enchanted first, and even as an adult it is one of my favorite books. I think The Two Princesses of Bamarre was the first book that ever conveyed the depth of feeling that I had for my own siblings. Beezus and Ramona were fine, but Addie and Meryl reminded me of myself and Kath. Kath was always the outgoing, brave sister who would run for class office and audition for every solo. I, on the other hand, once threw my dad’s cell phone into a bush in an effort to avoid trying out for a play (long story). Ultimately, the sisters are willing to fight and even die for each other.
(Unrelated aside- my brother reminds me of Rhys. He’s kind and thoughtful and very magical. I like the love story in the book, but I think Rhys’ character would be just as effective as a brother to Meryl and Addie.)
One of the reasons this book has endured as a favorite of mine is because of the ending. Spoiler- Meryl and Addie are separated after Meryl becomes a fairy. When I first read this, Kath was seriously considering becoming a religious sister. The separation between Meryl and Addie was described in a way that made me imagine what it would be like to not have access to my sister always, knowing she was doing what she was born to do. Bittersweet. I still think of this every time I read the book.
When I first read this book, I believe I was in high school. I remember receiving it as a gift from Gen after either her graduation from high school or mine. Because of that, it's always been a book full of emotion for me. It reminds me that there is no bond like sisterhood. The obstacles the heroines face throughout the story in order to protect each other inspire me to step out of my comfort zone and sacrifice for the ones I love.
If you haven't read this book and you have a sister, I highly recommend it. There's something about the bond they have that speaks volumes about what an ideal sisterhood should be. Even if you don't have a sister, it's a great book and a very interesting story. Sometimes I get overwhelmed by too much spiritual reading and not enough fiction. This is a good book to cure that. It's a well-written story, but it also has a meaningful message, with themes of friendship and courage are prevalent throughout the novel.