Riot Recommendation

Riot Recommendation: What’s Your Favorite Book About Siblings?

Amanda Nelson

Staff Writer

Amanda Nelson is an Executive Director of Book Riot. She lives in Richmond, VA.

This Riot Recommendation is sponsored by Whiskey and Charlie by Annabel Smith.

whiskey and charlieFirst they were family.

Then they were strangers.

Now they are lost.

Whiskey and Charlie might have come from the same family, but they’d tell you two completely different stories about growing up. Whiskey is everything Charlie is not – bold, daring, carefree – and Charlie blames his twin brother for always stealing the limelight, always getting everything, always pushing Charlie back.

When they were just boys, the secret language they whispered back and forth over their crackly walkie-talkies connected them, in a way. The two-way alphabet (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta) became their code, their lifeline. But as the brothers grew up, they grew apart. By the time the twins reach adulthood, they barely even speak to each other.

When Charlie hears that Whiskey has been in a terrible accident and has slipped into a coma, he can’t make sense of it. Who is he without Whiskey? As days and weeks slip by and the chances of Whiskey recovering grow ever more slim, Charlie is forced to consider that he may never get to say all the things he wants to say.


Your siblings can be your best friends, your worst enemies, and/or some incomprehensible combination of both. They see you in the most mundane, most boring moments of your everyday childhood life, and in your most triumphant or most catastrophic. They often have an identical upbringing (though not always), but can turn out to be someone with whom you have little to nothing in common. To sum up: sibling relationships are complicated, which make them the perfect subject for fiction.

So tell us: what are your favorite books about siblings? Let us know in the comments, and check back next week for a reading list!