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Here is a fun, sweet story about two sisters whose relationship has soured over the years but who ultimately realize that they have each other's back. The narrative comes from the points of view of both the sisters and you quickly realise that while both of them have a lot of pent-up anger and jealousy, they're both actually craving to bring back the relationship of old. What ensues is an actual war brought about by the reality show Food Wars host and her purposeful creation of drama between the two protagonists for some "good TV". The book ultimately ends on a hopeful, happy note despite the fighting, health issues and financial problems with the sisters uniting and bringing everyone together. For the readers with sisters, you'll find yourself comparing your relationship with your sister to theirs for sure. While this book was quite a chill read and I finished it in a matter of a few hours, I felt like there was still a lot of baggage in each of the sister's lives that just didnt get unpacked. Their anger with their mom, their misunderstandings over the years between themselves, their feelings for each other - none of it was really talked about. We just skimmed through the surface of the real stuff in their family dynamic and I felt like I finished the book and still felt incomplere. Also, while I hoped that both Mimi's and Frannie's came out the winner of Food Wars (you find yourself rooting for both restaurants), I didn't find myself attached or rooting for either protagonist. I wouldn't be surprised if they make a movie or a show out of this though and if Reese Witherspoon is in it, I'm going to watch it despite my 3 star rating for the book.
I enjoyed the story very much. These very different women, their perceptions of themselves and each other, each with their own strengths, weaknesses, fears and hopes told against the backdrop of reality TV was a fun and engaging read.
I picked this book for Book Club. The title caught my attention. 7 out of 7 of us did not enjoy it. Too many characters and the ending was just too convenient and reminded us of a Disney ending. It was a light easy read but I would not recommend it.