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THE SMART ONE
ELLEN MEISTER
ISBN#: 978-0-06-112962-9
August 2008
Avon
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
Trade Paperback
$13.95
358 Pages
Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Bev Bloomrosen has always been the smart sister; not as pretty as Clare or as talented as Joey. She has always felt inferior to them and resents them even though she loves them.

Kenny Waxman has anger issues with his father that spill over into his life. Once Bev’s best friend, he wanted to be more, but his anger and drug use ended that, sleeping with her younger sister did not help either. He is now a successful comedy writer hoping to move back to New York.

The three Bloomrosen sisters have never outgrown their sibling rivalry, but love each other. A body in an industrial drum brings out the secrets and scandals of the past and the girls try to resolve their problems and differences and move into a better future.

These three girls have a lot of issues. Each has been neatly pigeon-holed and has been unable to move past it. Bev feels like a failure because she has not lived up to her potential; Clare is worried about not being pretty anymore, and Joey has spent so much of her life stoned that the only way to go is up. Joey is the least likable character; she is very self-centered, considering the pain she has caused her family. Kenny has gotten beyond drug use and made a success of himself, but he is still angry at his father and still in love with Bev, though he does everything possible to drive her away. Bev’s relationship with the contractor is a little bizarre, I did not understand the reasoning behind it, and her romance with Kenny has more ups and downs than usual, but I really enjoyed this story of the Bloomrosen sisters. The subplot of the body found in the industrial drum adds a lot to the story.

Maura
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