Review / Ten Rules for Living with my Sister

ten-rulesBook: Ten Rules for Living with my Sister (2011)
Author: Ann M. Martin
Genre: MG, Contemporary

Basic plot: Pearl’s older sister Lexie has a ton of rules, one of them being: “No underwear visits from Pearl!” But when their grandpa, Daddy Bo, needs to stay with the family in their Manhattan apartment, suddenly the girls must share a bedroom.


1) I loved the humour of this book. Pearl is very likable, but I can also understand Lexie’s frustrations.

2) Pearl’s lists were awesome! She does one where she compares herself to Lexie.

3) One of Pearl’s big problems has to do with the fact that she doesn’t really have any friends. I like how Lexie helps open her eyes that it’s okay to be friends with somebody you might at first reject as a friend-material (like a boy!)

4) Daddy Bo! I loved this grandfather, especially his relationship with Pearl. However, it is hard at times to see how some form of dementia starts to affect him.

5) Loved the New York City setting… The one little fact of their school playground being on the roof is such a city-thing! And there are all sorts of little NYC stuff thrown in, like having bagels at the birthday party. (They even mention lox, although only one kid eats the lox!)


1) Sometimes Pearl did get on my nerves a bit. Maybe that’s just the older sister in me. (I don’t think I’d want underwear visits, either.)


Loved this story of two sisters! Definitely would recommend for fans of Ramona Quimby. This book definitely had the Ramona vs. Beezus vibe… set in New York City! 🙂


Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Note: I’m posting this for Greg Pattridge’s Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday

10 thoughts on “Review / Ten Rules for Living with my Sister

  1. I always enjoy a story set in New York City. The title made me smile since I grew up with 3 sisters and it was a challenge at times! I will be giving this one a go in the near future. Thanks for the recommend and for featuring on MMGM.


  2. This sounds like an awesome book! (Especially since it’s by Ann M. Martin—I loved her books Rain Reign and A Corner of the Universe!) I love the message of being friends with people you might not think it’s OK to be friends with. (Although I wish we could get to a place where kids of different genders being friends wasn’t the shock of the century in the first place!) Thanks for the excellent review!


  3. I read this a few years ago. I think I may have even featured it on my blog. I just loved this book! Especially the humor! Thanks for bringing back some fond reading memories! 🙂


  4. I could have used a book about rules for sisters when I was a kid. As it was, we hammered out our own domestic policies. But I am definitely going to look for this book – because: underwear visits!


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