Ordinary Girls by Blair Thornburgh
HarperTeen | June 4, 2019
For two sisters as different as Plum and Ginny, getting on each other’s nerves is par for the course. But when the family’s finances hit a snag, sending chaos through the house in a way only characters from a Jane Austen novel could understand, the two drift apart like they never have before. Plum, a self-described social outcast, strikes up a secret friendship with the class jock, while Ginny’s usual high-strung nature escalates to pure hysterics.
But this has always been the sisters’ dynamic. So why does everything feel different this year? Maybe because Ginny is going to leave for college soon. Maybe because Plum finally has something that she doesn’t have to share with her self-involved older sister. Or maybe because the girls are forced to examine who they really are instead of who their late father said they were. And who each girl discovers—beneath the years of missing their dad—could either bring them closer together…or drive them further apart.
This is a story of two sisters who couldn’t be more different if they tried. Ginny, the older sister, is very dramatic while Plum, the younger sister, is practical and down to earth. They definitely have their ups and downs, but they are actually quite close.
The story is told through Plum’s point of view.and she starts it out by saying how bad she is at beginnings. This makes the beginning cute and amusing which is kind of wonderful. She also ends the book the same way and it’s just as wonderful. Everything in-between is also pretty great as well, but why did I only rate this book 3.5 stars you ask? I gave this book 3.5 stars because I felt like towards the end everything was rushed and there could have been more.
As far as characters go, Plum was probably my favorite. She is shy and awkward and doesn’t have any friends besides her sister. She basically does everything Ginny asks her to and when something happens that puts their livelihood in danger she steps up and tries to find ways to fix the problem.
Ginny’s character was, in my opinion, annoying. If anything inconvenienced her or didn’t go her way, the world might as well have been coming to an end. As the older sister, or in general, her dramatics were pretty ridiculous. She is really smart though, smart enough for her late father to write an essay about.
Not to sound like Ginny, but their mom wasn’t that great at being ‘mom.’ I mean she worked and all that but she didn’t do much to calm Ginny down when she was being way too dramatic and pretty much let her do whatever she wanted.
Tate is one of the Loud Sophomore Boys that Plum couldn’t stand, at first. Throughout the story, he and Plum start hanging out more and honestly believe he helped bring Plum out her shy self.
All in all, there were good moments in this story and some bad. Despite what Plum says in the beginning, she’s a pretty good storyteller. I really wanted more from this book like what happens with Plum and Tate? Does Ginny FINALLY grow up? Do they keep the house? Had I had these answers, I would have definitely rated this book with five stars.
“One is never grateful for the glory of ordinary things. And yet — I was.”
Thank you, Edelweiss and HarperTeen for an advanced copy of this book in return for an honest review.