Ah, sisters. The person who you eat ice cream out of the container with when your mom isn't watching, or will play with headless barbie dolls with you. Katherine Stephenson and her sisters do not have this type of a relationship. (Although I admit most people probably don't, I was a weird child.) The first glimpse we have of Kat in Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis with her sisters is Chapter 1 as Kat's hand is poised on the gate door. She is footsteps away from leaving her home forever, when a screeching cry of alarm interrupts her. Her sisters have discovered her absence.
With a stepmother in the house and a somewhat aloof father, Kat's sisters have taken it unto themselves to raise Kat. And they take her attempted escape personally. What I love so much about this book is how well developed the characters are. Although there were three sisters, I could easily tell them apart in their dialogue and actions. Kat was the youngest, the fearless adventurer. I loved Elissa as the self proclaimed gothic heroine and Angeline shined as an independent and strong minded sister.
Set in proper England, during a time of marriage proposals and magic, this book is full of laughable situations and downright heart. Kat and her sisters are challenged by a number of obstacles in this book: highwaymen, unintended magical consequences, possible marriages to evil men and even boring dinner conversations. A great book for strong female characters who get things done and live happily ever after.... until Book Two comes around.