I'm Not Her
By: Janet Gurtler
About The Book:
Tess is the exact opposite of her beautiful, athletic sister.
Tess is the smart one, and they each have their place. Until Kristina is diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly Tess is the center of the popular crowd, everyone eager for updates. There are senior boys flirting with her. But the smiles of her picture-perfect family are cracking and her sister could be dying. Now Tess has to fill a new role: the strong one. Because if hse doesn't hold it together, who will?
Review by Kelsey G.
This was a very emotional book for me to read as both a mother and a sister. Of course, being a flaming hypochondriac didn't help, either. When someone young and vibrant is suddenly diagnosed with a disease like cancer, it is terrifying, for everyone involved. Janet Gurtler has very touchingly captured all the raw emotions and unpredictable changes just such an event sparks. The heroine of this story is Tess, the sister of Kristina, a beautiful young woman who is completely blindsided by a bone cancer diagnosis. Tess is instantly likeable as the underdog of a mix-matched family. Intelligent to her sister's athleticism, shy to her sister's popularity, Tess is used to blending in. But when Kristina is suddenly the vulnerable one, the changes Tess must make both in her life, and in her own personality are drastic. This book is not without its moments of predictability, but overall it is an extremely well-executed glimpse into the effects of terminal illness in an adolescent life. There is romance, tragedy, and personal growth, and I thoroughly enjoyed it all.