Review: Oh, Sister by Jodie Chapman

Title: Oh, Sister

Author: Jodie Chapman

Pages: 352 Pages

Publisher: Penguin Random House

The Blurb

The story of three women breaking free and finding their voices

Three women. Three lives. One chance to find themselves…

JEN

My body is not my own. Others make life and death decisions on my behalf.

ISOBEL

My place is to be secondary to the man in my life.

ZELDA

If I break the rules I will be sorry.

But this is not a dystopia. This is not the future or the past or a fantasy. It is real and it is happening now. Can we break free?

The Review

I don’t know what I was expecting with Oh, Sister by Jodie Chapman. I tried not to read too much about it. I don’t think I was quite prepared for what I got.

Oh, Sister is the story of three women and their experience being part of the Jehovah’s Witness faith. It is how the experience of being part of a religious community can be both a comfort but also cause a lot of pain. As someone who is not particularly religious I found it a fascinating study of a religion that I really would have no idea about if it were not for books like Oh, Sister.

What is impressive is that Jodie Chapman knows both worlds and can give both perspectives and whilst there is no way that her view isn’t coloured by her experiences she doesn’t force them upon her reader. She allows you to make your own decision.

The three main characters – Jen, Isobel and Zelda – show how cruel a religious group can be but also how being a part of that lifestyle can be something you covet and crave as it is the only world that they know. As a reader, you feel that you want to fight for each of these characters because whilst you can see their flaws you know that they don’t deserve some of the things that happen to them.

Oh, Sister is written so beautifully and even when dealing with difficult topics (and please take this as your trigger warning) you cannot help but want to read more. The book doesn’t go out with a bang but it does give you a sense that the characters are where they are meant to be and that things panned out the right way.

Oh, Sister by Jodie Chapman is available now.

For more information regarding Jodie Chapman (@jodiechapman) please visit her Twitter page.

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