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siblings in books


Hoohoo, guys!

You know what I love to read about? Siblings! I’m an only child and was always torn between wanting siblings and being super happy not to have to share stuff. Probably because I am an only child, I love reading about siblings so much. It’s a relationship I’ll never have, so I appreciate it even more. Loving each other, having inside jokes, helping each other out, distancing and coming back together. It’s amazing to read about, so here are some books with siblings I loved. You can click on the covers to get to the goodreads page.

american royalsAmerican Royals by Katharine McGee

American Royals #1 | Penguin Books | 440 pages | 03.09.2019

Meet the Washingtons – the most scandalous royal family ever!
HRH Princess Samantha has always been a royal rebel. She’s the spare not the heir, so no one minds too much who she dates or how hard she parties.
It helps that her sister, Princess Beatrice, is literally perfect. She’s demure, sweet and beautiful, and she knows that the crown always comes first – no matter what her heart might really want.
But they’re not the only ones with their eye on the throne. Daphne Deighton might be ‘newly noble’ but she won Prince Jefferson’s heart once, and she’ll do anything to get back into the court’s favour – and his bed.
If only she knew that her competition was a common nobody – plain little Nina Gonzalez, the daughter of the king’s secretary.
Together these four young women must navigate the drama, gossip, scheming and sizzling romance of the most glorious court in the world. There’s everything to play for – but there can only be one queen.

⇒ Jefferson & Samantha together are amazing, but generally the relationships between the three siblings are written so well

avocado blissAvocado Bliss by Candace Robinson & Gerardo Delgadillo

Evernight Teen | 232 pages | 27.03.2020

Dacre Vinson has spent the majority of his life in quite the predicament—even the surf and his books can’t erase his Type 1 diabetes. But when Dacre’s family moves to a new Mexican town, an eccentric girl obsessed with trees offers him a job on the spot, leading to what could be the perfect distraction from his problems.
Salbatora Tames has one true love, her avocado farm. Her family constantly nudges her to be more social, but Sal much prefers the dirt, the sun, and the solitude. Besides, trees listen better than people do.
For Sal and Dacre, their job won’t stay easy breezy for long, not when an avocado delivery to Palenque, Mexico pops up on their radar. Together, they embark on a road trip across the jungle, where they form a tighter bond. However, as obstacles arise, their new-found troubles may lead to more woes than bliss.

⇒ even though the focus isn’t on Dacre and his brothers, but I loved their little individual quirks and their love for each other

red whie and royal blueRed, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

St. Martin’s Griffin | 421 pages | 14.05.2019

What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?
When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.
Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through?

⇒ Alex and June! Henry and Bea! I love them! They’re supportive and protective of each other, they help each other out and they’re all idiots and I love them.

summer bird blueSummer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Ink Road | 384 pages | 04.04.2019

Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying. What to eat, where to go, who to love. But one thing she is sure of she wants to spend her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea. Then Lea dies in a car accident, and Rumi is sent to live with her aunt in Hawaii. Now, miles from home, Rumi struggles to navigate the loss of her sister, feeling abandoned by her mother, and the aching absence of music. With the help of the “boys next door” teenage surfer Kai, who doesn’t take anything too seriously, and old George Watanabe, who succumbed to grief years ago Rumi seeks her way back to music, to write the song she and Lea never had the chance to finish.

⇒ this book is heartbreaking and hopeful and tells the story of a girl who loses her sibling and it’s raw and real and I cried

solitaireSolitaire by Alice Oseman

HarperCollins | 392 pages | 31.07.2014

In case you’re wondering, this is not a love story.
My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year – before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people – I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now.
Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.
I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don’t care about Michael Holden.
I really don’t.

⇒ the Spring siblings? SO MUCH LOVE. the non-verbal love, the sarcasm.

These are among my favourites, even though there are many more siblings I love. Like Jude & Taryn from The Cruel Prince. What about you? Who are your favourite siblings in literature?

Until next time,

  1. Hi Kat,

    while writing my own YA-project, I realized how rare siblings in YA-Fantasy-stories are. Like, really rare. Which is a shame. (Except for dystopias and the little-sibling-the-protagonist-has-to-save-trope of course.)

    “Red, White & Royal Blue” is on a wish list (and a friend of mine is pressing me to read it). And yeah, I also loved the relationship between Tori and Charlie so much, this whole support is awesome.
    I just went roughly through my shelf and there are so few books with siblings at all (the YA-books are an exception and I liked the relationships between the siblings there, too). A book I am always thinking about when it comes to siblings is “Was fehlt, wenn ich verschwunden bin” by Lilly Linder. Which reminds me that I wanted to re-read it even though it is going to destroy me.

    Love, Dana

    1. Hoohoo 🙂
      to be fair, siblings in YA aren’t that rare, but well written ones are. I feel like a lot of siblings are just there to be there? Not because they have any sense, really.
      RWRB is amazing! It’s one of my all time favourite books and I can highly recommend it! 🙂
      I’ll check that book out! 🙂

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