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Happy December! I can’t believe that Christmas is a week away! Has the month of December flown by for anyone else? Reese’s Book Club pick for the month is The Chicken Sisters, so let’s get into the review!
Title: The Chicken Sisters
Author: KJ Dell’Antonia
In tiny Merinac, Kansas, Chicken Mimi’s and Chicken Frannie’s have spent a century vying to serve up the best fried chicken in the state–and the legendary feud between their respective owners, the Moores and the Pogociellos, has lasted just as long. No one feels the impact more than thirty-five-year-old widow Amanda Moore, who grew up working for her mom at Mimi’s before scandalously marrying Frank Pogociello and changing sides to work at Frannie’s. Tired of being caught in the middle, Amanda sends an SOS to Food Wars, the reality TV restaurant competition that promises $100,000 to the winner. But in doing so, she launches both families out of the frying pan and directly into the fire. . .
The last thing Brooklyn-based organizational guru Mae Moore, Amanda’s sister, wants is to go home to Kansas. But when her career implodes, Food Wars becomes her chance to step back into the limelight. Mae is certain she can make the fading Mimi’s look good–even if that pits her against Amanda and Frannie’s. With a greedy producer stoking the flames, their friendly rivalry quickly turns into a game of chicken. Yet when family secrets become public knowledge, the sisters must choose: Will they fight with each other, or for their heritage?Synopsis from Goodreads
I loved the premise of this book! The drama and excitement around food competitions are so fun to watch on TV, so I knew that I would love the book version! For all of the foodies out there, I think you would definitely love The Chicken Sisters!
The characters in this story were very genuine, however, I didn’t feel drawn or connected with any of them. As hard as I tried, I just couldn’t get emotionally attached to what was happening. There were some very emotional moments in the book, but overall, it just didn’t really do anything for me. Also, the first half of the book was slow, but once the “food war” was in full-swing, then I finally started to get into it more.
To end on a positive note, I really appreciated the sister theme and the complicated family relationship dynamic. The author emphasized real and messy relationships, and I think more books should shy away from the idyllic family, because let’s be honest, that’s just not real life.
I am giving it 4 stars because of how much I enjoyed the general storyline and the sister theme. Although it’s not one of my favorite books of 2020, I do think it’s worth reading!
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