Whiskey and Charlie by Annabel Smith

whiskey and charlie by annabel smith

Photo Credit: Sourcebooks


This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

Whiskey and Charlie

Twin boys, Whiskey and Charlie, don’t have a secret language of their own. They do use the two-way alphabet- and as kids, they have fun together.

But, they can’t stay kids forever…….

As their ages increase- so does a distance. Charlie finds himself growing resentful of how easy Whiskey has it- he’s popular, good with girls, and just seems to have an easy charm that he’s lacking. Whiskey seems to take pleasure in being the better twin- the twin who goes out in the world and gets what he wants.

The brothers are currently estranged when Charlie gets a call… The call you never want to get. Whiskey has been in an accident and he’s in a coma. And Charlie has to start considering things- if his brother dies- what kind of music would he want played at the funeral? Charlie realizes that he doesn’t have a clue- and all the things of the past, all the times that Charlie felt resentful of his brother- start to pale in light of what is going on.

Charlie begins to reconsider the roles that he and Whiskey took on growing up and if Whiskey was the bad brother he made him out to be or if there was maybe equal blame. But mostly, Charlie begins to think about his life- and what he wants if Whiskey does survive and how he will cope with their past if he does not.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

It’s a common thought that twins must be close- so it was interesting to see Annabel’s take on twins that become estranged through time.

When I read the summary, I wondered what Whiskey did to Charlie that could cause their estrangement- and as I got further in the book, I sometimes wanted to pinch Charlie. Whiskey and Charlie both had faults- they really did. Neither were perfect angels- and I could see where it could be hard to like Whiskey at times.

At some point, this book becomes less about Whiskey and Charlie and more about how Charlie will be in the future- if Whiskey lives or dies. Again, cheers for Annabel for going there withΒ  this book- Charlie needed to look at his past actions and really needed to consider how he could move on and make peace- regardless of what would happen to Whiskey next.

The cover: I’m just going to say it- the US cover rocks. Sourcebooks nailed the dynamic between the twins. The original cover just did not hit the mark for the twins relationship!

Bottom line: Is this an easy read? No, not really. It’s got some very good moments- but it’s also got some very thinker moments about it. It delves deep into relationships, choices, and learning to let go or accept people. It’s a read that will cause you to pause and consider relationships between loved ones and all the intricacies that are involved in a relationship!

Good selection for a book club that is looking for something less light about family drama, but not something heavy like a non-fiction.


*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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10 thoughts on “Whiskey and Charlie by Annabel Smith

  1. As the mother of twins, this sounds interesting. They have such a strong dynamic and as you say, it’s interesting to explore a twin relationship that isn’t close for a change.

  2. momssmallvictories says:

    I was just talking with the nurse at my doctor’s office yesterday about this book. Sounds like a good one!

    • This one def has thinker all over it. I mean, it’s family drama- but then it’s got other layers and it really gets you thinking about things- life and the type of life you want to live and much more!

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