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After unsuccessfully trying to read Gone With the Wind for 6 weeks straight, I picked this book up at the library purely by it s cover I needed some good and easy chic lit, but ended up being pleasently surprised The author s ability to tell a story was beautiful, and I found myself unable to put the book down It was everything a good story needs romance, a murder, family feud s, and the realization that you really can go home again After unsuccessfully trying to read Gone With the Wind for 6 weeks straight, I picked this book up at the library purely by it s cover I needed some good and easy chic lit, but ended up being pleasently surprised The author s ability to tell a story was beautiful, and I found myself unable to put the book down It was everything a good story needs romance, a murder, family feud s, and the realization that you really can go home again I really enjoyed the characters and the Long Island setting I grew up there so all the local details really brought me back The author also has a sharp eye and the jokes throughout the book are great I waited a LONG time to get this book My husband ordered it from Copperfield s Books for Valentine s Day.The first thing that intrigued me about this book is it s about three sisters As a sister who was considered The Smart One by my teachers although my mother kept reminding me The Talented One had a much higher IQ than I did, although she did not apply herself , I immediately identified with Bev who is 35 and a compulsive failure But how can she not be a failure when the whole world ex I waited a LONG time to get this book My husband ordered it from Copperfield s Books for Valentine s Day.The first thing that intrigued me about this book is it s about three sisters As a sister who was considered The Smart One by my teachers although my mother kept reminding me The Talented One had a much higher IQ than I did, although she did not apply herself , I immediately identified with Bev who is 35 and a compulsive failure But how can she not be a failure when the whole world expects nothing less than the best from her I read an excellent article in MORE magazine almost a year ago about overachievers and phenoms who encounter a mid life crisis once they discover they have grown up to become ordinary individuals They did not enter the Football Hall of Fame or win the Pulitzer or an Academy Award They may have a list of achievements but nothing that would warrant a headline in a newspaper And they feel like failures That s how the story opens with Bev feeling like a failure.But her sisters also feel the limitations of their own lives and encounter their own crises Ultimately, the novel explores the juxtaposition of how others view us and how we view ourselves.It is an excellent book for women and men who want to enjoy an entertaining read while learning a bit about themselves and their relationships with those they love This read like it was the author s first attempt at a murder mystery, and I didn t love it The twists and turns were frequently too obvious Also the main love interest likely sexually assaulted the main character, but we re supposed to think he s a good guy No. [ DOWNLOAD KINDLE ] ♌ The Smart One ⚖ 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 prot g e 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 starThey 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 writerIt 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 A book about sisters and their perceived role in their family Plus, some neighborhood intrigue The idea of role within the family interested me I see it in myself, though not to the extremes in this book. This book was a crazy mess packed into a spaghetti bowl To much mess going on at one time with everyone with a murder mystery there to tie it all together Not my cup of tea. I loved The IOther Life but this book was disorganized, weak plot, poorly written It needed a good editor Ellen Meister is a wonderful storyteller. Are we destined to live out our childhood labels In Ellen Meister s new book, The Smart One, three sisters battle to becomethan their childhood identities There s Clare, the pretty one, and eldest sister there s Joey, the wild one, and youngest of the brood, and then there s Bev, the middle daugher, the smart one, of the title In this novel, they both do battle and express love for each other two sides of the sisterly coin as each sister seeks to find what will make her happy Are we destined to live out our childhood labels In Ellen Meister s new book, The Smart One, three sisters battle to becomethan their childhood identities There s Clare, the pretty one, and eldest sister there s Joey, the wild one, and youngest of the brood, and then there s Bev, the middle daugher, the smart one, of the title In this novel, they both do battle and express love for each other two sides of the sisterly coin as each sister seeks to find what will make her happy,Add to their saga, the return of the next door neighbor s son, Kenny once a source of contention between Joey and Bev and the discovery of an industrial drum containing a dead body, and everything gets evencomplicated among the sisters Then there are the personal dramas For Clare, it is a lack of fulfillment from her role as the perfect mother She wantsfrom her life and marriage, but all she s ever been known for is her beauty That too, seems to be slipping away with time For Joey, a one hit wonder rock star, the main battle is to maintain a clean life after her struggles with drug addiction In addition, Joey is searching for a new purpose and career, and reinventing her rock star persona is not the answer.Largely, however, the story focuses on Bev, who seems to be having the biggest personal crisis Even as she seeks to support her sisters search for happiness, she s also trying to escape them Besieged by feelings of failure, Bev cannot help but feel that she has disappointed everyone Reeling from the effects of divorce and a failed career in the arts, she finally thinks she may have found the answer in teaching Still, family expectations as well as Bev s own are so high that taking on a job like elementary school teacher seems a disappointing choice from someone with so much promise.The irony of the story, of course, is that Bev may not be as smart about her life, her romantic liaisons, and her family relations as she thinks Ultimately it is her loving sisters who show her just what can bring her peace and happiness It s the sisterly relations that are the core of the story and what holds the book together Author Ellen Meister seems to give mixed signals in the romance department, however One potential beau for Bev just seems to drop from the picture, and the guy she does end up with doesn t necessarily seem the best choice, based on an incident from the past that, to this reader, seemed like rape It appears that Bev still has something to learn about good choices before she can be called the smart one The Smart One The main thing this book has going for it is the strong writing skills of the author, Ellen Meister She has a knack for believable, natural dialog and good timing when it comes to humor It s a quick, easy read a great way to pass time on an airplane, which is where I got through most of this novel.This is the story of Bev, the smart one of three sisters Her older sister, Clare is the pretty one and her younger sister, Joey, is the wild one If anything, Meister nails the com The Smart One The main thing this book has going for it is the strong writing skills of the author, Ellen Meister She has a knack for believable, natural dialog and good timing when it comes to humor It s a quick, easy read a great way to pass time on an airplane, which is where I got through most of this novel.This is the story of Bev, the smart one of three sisters Her older sister, Clare is the pretty one and her younger sister, Joey, is the wild one If anything, Meister nails the common stereotypes of sibling labeling and relationships, and it s easy to believe these characters act the way they do in this story Additionally there s the boy next door, Kenny, who is the funny one, I suppose the angry youth turned studly romantic interest He uses hackneyed humor to cope with his anger over a no good father, whose past actions are central to the plot Kenny s strings of jokes about little people and his behavior toward Bev really take his character over the top, making him highly unlikable One wonders how the smart one can continue to want him.Overall the story is predictable I was able to predict nearly every plot point and would have preferred to be surprised But I stuck with it because I enjoyed Meister s first book, Secret Confessions of the Applewood PTA The ease of her writing style made the hours I spent with this story a pleasant yet forgettable experience