Monday, August 4, 2008

Book Review - The Smart One by Ellen Meister

Just before jumping off yet another life- changing cliff, Bev, “The Smart One”, is thrown back into her old neighborhood and all that goes with it: her two sisters, the boy next door (whom she dated when they were teens until she found her little sister alone with him), aging parents, and a little murder-mystery thrown in for the ride.

When confronted with the reality of their shared past, the sisters suddenly find all their old secrets bubbling to the top – jealousy, low self esteem, fighting for attention – and become friends at last.

I enjoyed following the fast-paced story line, made possible by Meister’s skilled and witty writing….she had me until the last chapter, which I felt was unnecessary. The many directions these characters were going didn’t fit into a nice little box with a bow. Ellen Meister has written a fun and touching story full of characters that are real, if not a bit off-center. I look forward to meeting more of them.
- Lori Schneider

This review is part of Ellen Meister's Blog Stop Book Tour for The Smart One.

2 comments:

Janna Qualman said...

This one sounds right up my alley. I'll have to check it out!

Lori Schneider said...

it is a lot of fin...i caught myself laughing out loud while reading during my bus ride home!