April wishes she was more like her sister: tough, tall and athletic. Instead April is shy, short and overweight despite her attempts to be otherwise. Brenda doesn't seem very affected by their father's cruelty towards the family, but it hurts April and seems to be breaking their mother's heart. April doesn't know what to do, or if there is anything she can do to try and help keep their family from shattering.
This was a mildly entertaining novel and a page-turner, but very forgettable. The writing was not bad, just blah and uninspiring. The characters and scenarios all felt stiff and overused, they became uninteresting after a while. This is probably a good book for some distracted reading when you don't want to have something too fascinating.
Tompkins County Public Library