Monday 21 September 2009

The Smart One and The Pretty One

Title: The Smart One and the Pretty One
Author: Claire LaZebnik
Publisher: 5 Spot
Reading Level: Adult
Rating: 3/5

Thanks to The Hachette Group for sending this book to review.
A special thanks to my sister Amy for the review.

Smart, successful Ava Nickerson is closing in on thirty and has barely had a date since law school. When a family crisis brings her prodigal little sister Lauren back to Los Angeles, Lauren stumbles across a forgotten document -- a contract their parents had jokingly drawn up years ago betrothing Ava to their friends' son. Frustrated and embarrassed by Ava's constant lectures about financial responsibility (all because she's in a little debt. Okay, a lot of debt), Lauren decies to do some sisterly interfering of her own and tracks down her sister's childhood fiancé. When she finds him, the highly inappropriate, twice-divorced, but incredibly charming Russell Markowitz is all too happy to reenter the Nickerson sister's lives. And always-accountable Ava will soon realize just how binding a contract can be...

This book was charmingly smart and funny. The two sisters were easy to relate to and often reminded me of my own relationship with my sisters. This book had a bit of every emotion in it -- love, hate, anger, pitty, resentment, insecurity, you name it. It is definitely worth your time if you like modern romance novels. I would love to see this one turned into a movie, too!


  1. Love the review :)
    Adore the cover :)

  2. This sounds like a fun read :) . The title reminds me of that film - "The Truth About Cats and Dogs" - where the smart girl falls for a guy over the phone/radio, and pretends to be her beautiful neighbour.

  3. Okay, I usually stick to YA... but as the older sister of two I think I could find a lot to relate to here. Sounds like a good beach read for my next trip!

  4. That sounds kind of like "In Her Shoes" (the movie...) with the addition of the kiddie betrothal! I'll have to check it out. :)

  5. Ohh, I've been wanting to read this one for awhile! Thanks for the review.


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