The Smart One and the Pretty One
5 Spot, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Jessica Weaver
he Smart One and the Pretty One
a novel about sisters
. And if you're a woman and you have a sister, you know the deal: '
Mom liked you best.
You were always the smarter one.
Yeah, but nobody loved me.
' In this witty novel, Claire LaZebnik introduces us to two such sisters: Ava, the responsible lawyer, and Lauren, the New York party girl and fashionista.
he sisters are reunited at home when their mother develops breast cancer. Lauren, having lost her most recent retail job, moves in with Ava and begins to meddle in her life. Lauren finds a contract their parents drew up with friends betrothing Ava to Russell, whom no one has seen in years. When Lauren hunts down Russell and tries to push him and Ava together, Ava must come to see herself as more than just Lauren's smart sister. Meanwhile, Ava forces Lauren into financial planning and perhaps turning over a new leaf.
hile the story is somewhat stereotypical of this
, Ava and Lauren are likeable and are tossed into some unexpected situations. The aspect of cancer adds another level that steers this novel away from being
. The book is a great beach read that's come out a few months too late! Save it for a getaway trip or a cold afternoon read by the fire.
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