The Secret Language of Sisters by Luanne RiceWhen Ruth Ann (Roo) McCabe responds to a text message while she’s driving, her life as she knows it ends. The car flips, and Roo winds up in a hospital bed, paralyzed. Silent. Everyone thinks she’s in a coma, but Roo has locked-in syndrome—she can see and hear and understand everything around her, but no one knows it. She’s trapped inside her own body, screaming to be heard.
Mathilda (Tilly) is Roo’s sister and best friend. She was the one who texted Roo and inadvertently caused the accident. Now, Tilly must grapple with her overwhelming guilt and her growing feelings for Roo’s boyfriend, Newton—the only other person who seems to get what Tilly is going through.
But Tilly might be the only person who can solve the mystery of her sister’s condition—who can see through Roo’s silence to the truth underneath.
Somehow, through medicine or miracles, will both sisters find a way to heal?
Told from alternating perspectives, this gorgeous, unputdownable story of love, hope, and redemption marks bestselling author Luanne Rice’s dazzling entry into the world of YA.
The Secret Language of Sisters by Luanne Rice
Sign up for our newsletters! It reminds you of mistakes that are made…and how they can be fixed. It teaches you to be cautious. The book is written from two different point of views. There are two sisters, Roo and Tilly, who are only a couple of years apart. One day, Tilly is waiting for Roo to pick her up, and for some reason, Roo is running late.
To print the story please do so via the link in the story toolbar. The book is set in first person , and changes throughout from Roo's point of view to Tilly's. She ends up paralyzed and silent. Her family and doctors think that she is in a coma, but Roo has locked-in syndrome. She can see and hear everything around her, but nobody knows it. She is trapped. Tilly struggles with guilt that she may have caused her sister's wreck, but she might be the only one that can see through what is happening to her sister.
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Roo and Tilly are not only sisters, but best friends. Tilly is in flux as are most fourteen-year-olds, unsure of her path in life and terminally impatient. Since their father died of a heart attack not long ago, she feels even more at sea because he taught her to feel free at night as the two of them went looking for owls in the dense forest near their seaside home in Connecticut. Tilly is waiting in her usual impatient mode at a local museum for Roo to pick her up. She sends multiple texts when Roo is a couple minutes late. Roo manages to avoid seriously injuring the dog it suffers a broken leg , but her car flips, ending up in the salt marsh.