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Tigers, Not Daughters

Tigers, Not Daughters

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The Torres sisters dream of escape-- from their needy and despotic widowed father, and from their San Antonio neighborhood and its traditions and expectations. In the summer after her senior year of high school, Ana, the oldest sister, falls to her death from her bedroom window. A year later her three younger sisters, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa believe their dream of leaving Southtown is out of reach. When strange things start happening around the house, they wonder if Ana is trying to send them a message-- and what exactly she's trying to say. -- adapted from Amazon info
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Young Readers, an imprint of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2020
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781616208967
Characteristics: 280 pages ; 22 cm


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Nov 24, 2020

First of all, the review below mine is hilarious. Sex! Drug use! Domestic Violence! THE HORROR! The book does touch on these issues, but if your teenager has access to the internet, I guarantee they see far far worse. Also, a lot of teenagers have experienced sex, drug use, and domestic violence. It's not presented in an irresponsible or romantic way. So, I find the comments below to be truly hilarious. That being said, this book is bad. It's just not well written. It really felt like the author was trying to recreate The Virgin Suicides, including the greek chorus of neighbour boys acting as an unidentified narrator at times. I dunno, it was just... boring. And not compelling. I ended up skim reading the last half one afternoon, just to finish it. Anyway, my personal recommendation is that you skip it for writing quality reasons, and not b/c there are 'adult' themes included.

Jul 24, 2020


Columbus Libraries labelled this book as "Teen", and I have no idea why. The first two paragraphs alone describe an underage girl undressing in front of an open window, in which the neighbor boys across the street could see her topless! There were swear words throughout the book, which I was shocked. Also, domestic/relationship violence depicted, as well as regular violence (fights). And there were some paragraphs describing of under-aged sex. And don't forget under-aged drinking, smoking, and drug abuse.

I'm not a parent, I happened to have this book recommended to me. If I was a parent, no way in heck would my child read this book under 18 years old! Ridiculous!

SJPL_JessL Apr 08, 2020

Mabry does an excellent job at hooking you into keep reading, though you know the next sister’s experience will be just as raw and devastating as the last with only a few hopeful reprieves. Although their story is very sad, tragic even, citing the author’s own reference to King Lear, the love and bond of the Torres sisters pulls them through. Although this is a ghost story, I wouldn’t recommend it just on that plot piece alone. The story is heart breaking but lovely at the same time. Mabry’s excellence with description and weaving the perspectives of the three sisters, plus an unnamed (but easily deduced) forth character, makes the story riveting. This is a hard story to handle, considering the realities of an abusive father, abusive boyfriend, and a mostly unsupportive community. There is quite a bit of language and references to sexual encounters but these encounters are not graphic, though the violence set on the Torres sisters is detailed.


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Jul 29, 2020

laurakretz thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

SJPL_JessL Apr 08, 2020

SJPL_JessL thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


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SJPL_JessL Apr 08, 2020

Tigers, Not Daughters focuses on the lives of Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa, the three younger sisters of Ana, who died tragically almost a year ago to the day. None of the three sisters, nor their father, have handled the loss of Ana well. Even before Ana fell from the tree outside her bedroom window, the four Torres sisters had wanted to leave their small town just outside of San Antonio. All three surviving sisters have their own grief and regret with regards to Ana, each unfolding with the story. Each needs something of Ana that it another sister, or even an ex-boyfriend, may seem to have. As they attempt to survive their grief, each sister is visited by Ana as she tries to make her message clear.

As far as ghost stories go, this one is a slow motion train wreck that shows that humans can be far scarier than ghosts. Each moment of the week leading up to the year anniversary of Ana’s death is riddled with horrific incidents that are grotesque compared to the mild haunting that Ana is playing upon the house. Each sister struggles with their own demons that have only materialized and grown since Ana left them.


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