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It’s been one week since Jinger Duggar’s long-awaited memoir hit bookstores, and for the most part, the response to the book has been a favorable one.

No surprise there, as Jinger has long been one of the most beloved members of her famous family, and she played things relatively safe with her memoir.

Sure, she criticized her parents and their backward belief system, but it was clear that her comments came from a loving place, and most of Jinger’s remarks about her controversial family were complimentary.

Still, it seems not everyone was a fan.

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Jessa Duggar once paid a surprise visit to Jinger in Los Angeles. Sounds innocent enough, but the trip might have angered Jim Bob and Michelle. (Photo via Instagram)

Or at least that’s what fans think based on Jessa Duggar’s response — or lack thereof.

As you may already know, Jessa and her husband, Ben Seewald, figure prominently in Jinger’s book.

Ben served as a sort of spiritual guide for Jinger by taking her to the church he grew up with, thus introducing her to a kinder, gentler approach to Christianity than the one she had previously known.

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Jessa Seewald, Ben Seewald and their kids Spurgeon, Henry and Ivy. Easter 2020.

Perhaps because Jessa is such an important character in Jinger’s book, fans assumed that she would be one of the first to publicly weigh in on the memoir.

But that hasn’t happened.

Instead, when Jessa returned to Instagram this week following a brief hiatus, she was talking about a new educational app for her kids, and continuing to ignore her sister’s literary debut.

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The latest post from Jessa was just a harmless bit of sponsored content, but because she has yet to praise her sister’s book, fans have interpreted the post as a bit of passive-aggressive shade.

Some have even accused Jessa of attempting to steal her sister’s thunder.

“Jessa can’t let Jinger have the spotlight,” one commenter wrote, according to UK tabloid The Sun.

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Jinger Duggar smiles very broadly in this sweet photo of the former reality star. (Photo via Instagram)

“Has jessa acknowledged jingers book yet? Genuinely curious,” another asked.

“Stand by your sister,” a third demanded.

Jessa’s response stands in sharp contrast to that of Jill Duggar, who praised the book and thanked her sister for sending her a free copy.

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Jill Duggar ponders a sip of this hot coffee in this photo of the former reality star. (Photo via Instagram)

“Look what came in!” Jill told her Instagram followers.

“Thanks, Jinge for sending me a copy of Becoming Free Indeed!”

So why would Jill excitedly endorse the book while Jessa — whose husband plays a central role in the story of Jinger’s life — keep mum?

Jill and Jessa Duggar used to be quite close. (Photo via TLC)

The answer might have to do with the nature of both women’s relationships with their parents.

Jill has reportedly cut ties with Jim Bob and Michelle, whereas Jessa is still in their good graces — and it seems she’s hoping to stay there.

Jessa might be anxious about her standing with her parents in the wake of Jinger’s memoir, and she could be concerned about further angering them.

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Jinger Duggar stares intensely into the camera in this still image from a YouTube video she recorded. (Photo via Instagram)

So it’s possible that Jessa has privately praised Jinger’s book, but has decided to keep her feelings to herself publicly.

Whatever the case, we hope that Jinger’s decision to tell her story to the world hasn’t come between her and her sister.