by Nancy Werlin
Published by Dial Books
Published by September 7, 2010
Phoebe finds herself drawn to Mallory, the strange and secretive new kid in school. Soon the two girls are as close as sisters . . . until Mallory’s magnetic older brother, Ryland, appears. Ryland has an immediate, exciting hold on Phoebe—but a dangerous hold, for she begins to question her feelings about her best friend and, worse, about herself.
Soon she’ll discover the shocking, fantastical truth about Ryland and Mallory, and about an age-old debt they expect Phoebe to pay. Will she be strong enough to resist? Will she be special enough to save herself? (from Goodreads)
This was a book club selection chosen after having read Nancy Werlin's Impossible. Extraordinary is the retelling of Mayer Rothschild's family (which I know nothing about and will be looking up later). The story involves friendships, fairies, family curses, and betrayals. It was a bit lengthy for the story that was told involving a lot of internal conflict but also choosing to make the right decision when the options seem so limited or predetermined.
I would suggest reading this one with an open mind because it is easy think the story is simply about one thing, but it really is about so much more. I would recommend this book to someone who likes to read historical retellings and reimaginations.
The review is based on the paperback publication.