Happy Thursday, Reading Nook!
Today, I'm reviewing the seriously fun Twintuition: Double Vision by Tia and Tamara Mowry.
I was a huge fan of their show Sister, Sister while growing up, so I love the fact that they're still creating fantastic, witty twin-related stories for future generations!
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by HarperCollins
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
When their mother's new job forces them to move from bustling San Antonio to middle-of-nowhere Aura, Texas, Caitlyn tries to stay positive, focusing on meeting new people and having new adventures. Cassie, on the other hand, is convinced that it's only a matter of time until they'll be sick of Aura and ready to move back to the big city.
But being the new kids isn't their only challenge. The girls start experiencing strange visions, and they must work together to change the future before it can happen.
The Mowry twins introduce us to Cassie and Caityln, twins who have relocated to the small town of Aura, Texas, as a part of their mother's new job. While both girls try and deal with the move in their own ways, they gradually begin to learn the importance of working together, especially when they begin to have visions that let them see the future...
From the start of Twintuition, Tia and Tamara cheerfully establish with great writing and snappy descriptions, that this is a coming-of-age story with a few unique twists. While a lot of the book's themes are standard fare for any coming-of-age tales (e.g. moving to a new city; adjusting to a new school and new friends), there's also the fascinating addition of the twins having visions about the future.
Cassie and Caitlyn able to see both positive visions and negative visions, which help influence their adjustment to their new hometown, and how they are able to respond to certain situations. However, Tia and Tamara make the unique choice of reminding the girls (and by proxy, the reader) that just because visions may appear a certain way, doesn't mean that they should necessarily be taken at face value.
Sometimes, what may appear to be negative visions in the book are actually positive events, and it only causes problems if people jump to conclusions. It's a nice but subtle reminder on taking the time to asses situations and problems before acting, which is a valuable lesson for the intended audience.
And on a greater whole, the visions of the book are a great reminder of the impact that magical realism can have on fiction, even at a young age. I can easily see this book being especially appealing to younger readers, as they learn that fiction and contemporary fiction have a lot differente avenues to be explored.
Bottom line: I really enjoyed this book, and I'm thrilled that Tia and Tamara are continuing to create stories of sibiling relationships for future generations.
First and foremost, it's a diverse book, featuring two African-American sisters. While we're definitely seeing more and more diverse titles being published these days, there's just something so very rewarding about seeing a cover with two young African-American heroines hit the shelves.
Moreover, not only does the book have fantastic underlying themes assessing sibling rivalries and the importance of working to adjust to a new environment, it's also a nice way for readers to dip a toe into (urban) magical realism for the first time. Tia and Tamary do a nice job of emphasizing the complexities and ramifications of Cassie and Caitlyn's powers, including the fact that sometimes, things don't necessarily play out as initially perceived. The powers also help them grow as individuals, which is definitely a strength in my book.
Highly recommend for all readers looking for a fun, enjoyable read, but also for those who are looking for books for reluctant readres. This book is a great way to get younger readers excited about books.
About the authors:
Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housely have been in the public eye for over eighteen years, beginning with their hit show Sister, Sister. They’ve starred in Disney Channel’s original movies Twitches and Twitches Too, as well as Style Network’s #1 reality series, Tia and Tamera.
Tia was the lead of CW/BET’s hit show The Game and most recently is starring in and producing the Nickelodeon series Instant Mom. Tamera is currently a host of The Real talk show which airs on FOX and BET and starred in the LIFETIME hit series, Strong Medicine. Tia and Tamera currently reside in Los Angeles, CA, with their sons and husbands.