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The Smart One by Ellen Meister
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The Smart One

by Ellen Meister

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The book started off okay, actually, it drew me in. There were the cliche's of trio sisters, the smart one, the beauty and the wild one.the book explored the pitfalls of buying into the stereotypes, and the relationships that are harmed because of them within a family, as well as individually.My gripe with the book as a whole is that when a story line (their were several) sought to bring attention to the pinnacle in said story line, it was generally, with a person ending up in the hospital, or at least needing medical attention. Dad, mom, smart sister, wild sister, neighbors dad...they all required medical intervention for the author to highlight the "moment". It's a bit of a stretch, and seemed afternoon soap opera"ishy" ( )
  Kace | Jan 30, 2010 |
I am a fan of books about relationships and self-discovery and overall I thought this was a great book and would recommend this book to someone else who may have had doubts in their own life. Makes you wonder who "The Smart One", "The Wild One", and the "Pretty One" is in your own family! Thanks Ellen for sending me an early reviewer’s copy of the book. ( )
  thebookfaery | Apr 17, 2009 |
The story is of three sisters: the smart one, the pretty one, and the rebellious one. The Smart One views herself as the failure in the family, not having anything to show for herself as she has drifted in and out of jobs. Each sister is struggling with their own battle of looking for something that "completes" them such as the parent's praise, sexual satisfaction, or finding one's self. This time in their lives is a turning point in this search for completion. ( )
  ngregoricus | Oct 12, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061129623, Paperback)

Bev is the Smart One, who finally leaves her artistic ambitions in chalk dust (and her humor-impaired husband in the arms—and legs—of his nubile protégée) to become a schoolteacher. Clare is the Pretty One, who married well and seems to be living a designer version of the suburban dream. Joey is the Wild One, struggling to stay clean and sober now that she's used up her fifteen minutes of fame as a one-hit-wonder rock star.

They love each other but mix like oil, water, and hundred-proof gin . . . a combination that threatens to combust over family tensions, suspected infidelities, a devastating accident, a stunning confession, and the sudden reappearance of their handsome, now all-grown-up former neighbor, Kenny Waxman, who's back in town making his mark as a TV comedy writer.

It seems they'll never understand where their differences begin and their own destructive tendencies end. Then it happens: the sisters discover a decades-old body stuffed inside an industrial drum and begin a bold, heartbreaking, and sometimes hilarious journey that will either bring them together . . . or tear them apart for good.

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"Bev is the Smart One, who finally leaves her artistic ambitions in chalk dust (and her humor-impaired husband in the arms--and legs--of his nubile protaegaee) to become a schoolteacher. Clare is the Pretty One, who married well and seems to be living a designer version of the suburban dream. Joey is the Wild One, struggling to stay clean and sober now that she's used up her fifteen minutes of fame as a one-hit-wonder rock star. They love each other but mix like oil, water, and hundred-proof gin . . . a combination that threatens to combust over family tensions, suspected infidelities, a devastating accident, a stunning confession, and the sudden reappearance of their handsome, now all-grown-up former neighbor, Kenny Waxman, who's back in town making his mark as a TV comedy writer. It seems they'll never understand where their differences begin and their own destructive tendencies end. Then it happens: the sisters discover a decades-old body stuffed inside an industrial drum and begin a bold, heartbreaking, and sometimes hilarious journey that will either bring them together . . . or tear them apart for good." -- Publisher description.… (more)

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