My Sister's Bones

Front Cover
Random House Publishing Group, Sep 16, 2009 - Fiction - 272 pages
12 Reviews
At sixteen, Billie Weinstein has plenty of problems: She's the only Jewish girl living in the all-Italian neighborhood of West Berry, NJ; she's trying hard to please her know-it-all father who listens to opera at full volume and drives full speed, and her too-accommodating mother who is either taking care of Billie's father, or Billie and her sister, or the two dogs; and on top of everything else, her older sister Cassie goes off to college, leaving Billie to fend for herself.

And now Billie's studying for the SATs. The task her father has given her is to learn twenty words a day, read the New York Times at least twice a week and watch Masterpiece Theatre whenever he tells her to, mostly because he likes it. Then Billie discovers her sister's secret: Cassie is battling anorexia and Billie's parents excuse Cassie's weight loss as stress due to the competitive atmosphere at college. Billie knows something is drastically wrong with her sister; something that could be fatal.

This novel is touching and funny and moving, and it got great reviews. And Billie Weinstein is so wry and humorous a protagonist, she's the kind of girl every woman wishes she'd had as a best friend growing up.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: My Sister's Bones

User Review  - Goodreads

Loved this book. I loved the main character, and the story was just so real-I feel like it could definitely have actually happened (although some things i definitely would not like to happen in real ... Read full review

Review: My Sister's Bones

User Review  - Goodreads

It was an ok story, I don't really know how I feel about it. Sometimes it just felt a bit stupid and I would have preferred to read more about Cassie than Billie. Billie felt like just another bitchy teenager. I probably wouldn't read this one again. Read full review

Selected pages


chapter six
chapter seven
chapter eight
chapter nine
chapter ten
chapter eleven

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Cathi Hanauer, the author of the novel My Sister's Bones, has written articles, essays, reviews, and fiction for Elle, Mirabella, Self, Glamour, Mademoiselle, and many other magazines. She has been the monthly books columnist for both Glamour and Mademoiselle, and was the relationship-advice columnist for Seventeen for seven years. She lives in western Massachusetts with her husband, writer Daniel Jones, and their daughter and son.

Bibliographic information