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The Smart One and the Pretty One By Claire LaZebnik The Smart One and the Pretty One When Ava Nickerson was a child her mother jokingly betrothed her to a friend s son and the contract the parents made has stayed safely buried for years Now that still single Ava is closing in on thi

  • Title: The Smart One and the Pretty One
  • Author: Claire LaZebnik
  • ISBN: 9780446582063
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Smart One and the Pretty One By Claire LaZebnik When Ava Nickerson was a child, her mother jokingly betrothed her to a friend s son, and the contract the parents made has stayed safely buried for years Now that still single Ava is closing in on thirty, no one even remembers she was once engaged to the Markowitz boy But when their mother is diagnosed with cancer, Ava s prodigal little sister Lauren comes home to LosWhen Ava Nickerson was a child, her mother jokingly betrothed her to a friend s son, and the contract the parents made has stayed safely buried for years Now that still single Ava is closing in on thirty, no one even remembers she was once engaged to the Markowitz boy But when their mother is diagnosed with cancer, Ava s prodigal little sister Lauren comes home to Los Angeles where she stumbles across the decades old document.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 decides to do some sisterly interfering of her own and tracks down her sister s childhood fianc When she finds him, the highly inappropriate, twice divorced, but incredibly charming Russell Markowitz is all too happy to re enter the Nickerson sisters lives, and always accountable Ava is forced to consider just how binding a contract really is This sparkling novel about two sisters is both witty and stylish Even if you don t have a sister of your own, you won t be able to resist LaZebnik s charming take on modern relationships Read it Holly Peterson, bestselling author of The Manny
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    1. Lauren Fidler on said:

      about 32 pages into this badboy, i got very excited because i was going to be able to use my what a bunch of assholes shelfat s probably not a good sign, right this be the story of sisters, and that special bond only sisters share there s lauren no relation , the gorgeous flake who s in so much debt that she contemplates declaring bankruptcy before she quits her job in new york and moves home to mooch she s the PRETTY one and there s ava, the spinster esque lawyer who dresses like a forty year o [...]

    2. T.Y. on said:

      God I hate chick lit.This one was especially bad Dear god, the characters were abominable The smart one, Ava, is the least convincing lawyer character I ve ever read in a book What kind of attorney can t articulate why something pisses her off, or win an argument with her idiot sister Clearly the writer has not associated much with actual litigators Further, in the story, Ava is full of caution and justifiable disdain for the vapid pretty boy pursuing her, but in the end just becomes another stu [...]

    3. Margaret on said:

      I wanted a light, fluffy read before I tackled a serious and heart tugging book from my stash I just never got into the plot other than to feel disgust and frustration with the two sisters Ava and Lauren Ava is a presentable but frumpy, hard working lawyer Younger Lauren is cute and perky and in financial trouble Finding herself fired from her job, facing eviction from her New York apartment and burdened with debt, she ups and moves back to California to literally sponge off her family when she [...]

    4. Katie on said:

      So this was actually the first LaZebnik I read But that was five years ago, so all I remembered was that I liked it Between that how much I enjoy her YA, I thought I d give it a re read.And I still like it I think the characters are a bit less likable than in her YA That s not all bad, though In some ways, it s nice to have love interests who come off badly at times And the family stuff was pretty good.I kind of wish even had been done with Ava s attitude towards clothes and looking pretty That [...]

    5. Meg on said:

      Claire LaZebnik s The Smart One And The Pretty One is the story of two sisters trying to understand each other as adults while simultaneously boosting each other as they share difficult experiences And though I wanted to like the Nickerson girls and cheer for them from the get go, I just had too many issues with this book.Firstly, both sisters felt like such stereotypes to me Ava is a lawyer yes, of course she is while Lauren worked at a fashionable boutique, stocking up on clothes and other ite [...]

    6. Alea on said:

      I adored this book I can t say enough good things about it I knew exactly where Ava was coming from and found myself being eager to see what she did with herself for my own benefit I really can t think of the last time that I identified with a character in a book so much I don t dress to impress and hate wearing makeup And like in the book, my little sister has done my makeup on occasion And Lauren, also what a great character Even though I didn t identify nearly as much with her as I did her si [...]

    7. Danielle on said:

      Although I don t usually go for chick lit, the title of this book caught my attention It started out ok and the plot line had good potential.Though pretty soon I started to get annoyed with Ava s character She was just too awkward, and I couldn t help but cringe with how she interacted with Russell for most of the story.Lauren s character however, was what kept my interest to finish the book The relationship with her and Daniel showed potential and I wanted to see it evolve further Even till the [...]

    8. Laura de Leon on said:

      I alternated between loving this book and being very annoyed by it I spent time in the enjoying it side, but got annoyed as the book went on.I liked the family relationships in the book I enjoyed the byplay between the sisters, and how they went about reestablishing their friendship I found both sisters to be interesting characters.Lauren needs to grow up, but she s got a good heart Her sister Ava is trying to help her in the growing up department Sometimes she appreciates this, sometimes she [...]

    9. Katherine on said:

      This book is, as its title suggests, about a smart one and a pretty one in this case, twenty something sisters Ava and Lauren Nickerson, respectively Ava is a smart, overly buttoned up lawyer and Lauren is a bubbly, overly free wheeling buyer and devotee of all things fashion They both have their romantic storylines, as we switch back and forth between the two But the book is also about a family reconnecting and learning a little about each other in adulthood, as the sisters support their mothe [...]

    10. Fedora on said:

      This is definitely women s fiction chick lit it s the story of two sisters, Lauren, who s got some serious financial issues and who s come home to get her bearings, so to speak, and Ava, the practical, organized one She s also kind of frumpy and has spent much of her life focused on not focusing on her externals, in part because Lauren s got that down pat.Now, I will admit right up front that I tended to identify with Ava and I mostly loathed Lauren, who seemed incredibly immature and self cent [...]

    11. Just - The romance reader on said:

      I read this about a year ago, before I joined , thus why I m just not giving a review Unfortunately, since it s been so long I don t remember lots about the book, but I enjoyed it enough to give it 4 stars Upon reading the summary I immediately thought of the movie In Her Shoes and there were definitely some similarities the two sisters being complete opposites and at times battling it out because of that oppositeness If I remember right, both sisters tend to realize and struggle with their own [...]

    12. Lisa on said:

      It s a quick, mindless read, but I got annoyed while reading it Maybe I am getting too old jaded for chicklit One of the main characters started dating what I would describe as a trainwreck My younger self would probably say Ooo, maybe he is going to change for her.My older, realistic and cynical self thought drop him like a bad habit There is not attractive about a guy who treats you like this.If you want to read this, I wouldn t purchase it maybe rent it from the library

    13. Lolkatings on said:

      I read this book on a suggestion from my book club The only character I truly enjoyed was the smart one The men, you could tell, were supposed to be, for the most part, likable, but I couldn t bring myself to that point And the message of the book, being yourself is all well and good but making the effort to conform to standards of beauty is better just no.

    14. Leila Jakubinek on said:

      Normally I enjoy chick lit However, this was written so badly that it was really hard to get through.

    15. Kelly on said:

      this was a quick easy story to readbut nothing to get really excited about

    16. Melissa Brosky on said:

      I got this book from a library book sale It was s good book I have never heard of this author before But I will be looking for books by her.

    17. Janet Hamm on said:

      The childhood betrothal was an interesting detail Many similarities to Smart vs Pretty , but not as amusing.

    18. Beth on said:

      Sometimes you need an easy read Although this does deal with some serious issues I was a bit disappointed with some aspects of the characters I realize people grow and change but one in particular just seemed to become really mousy at the end.

    19. Lori on said:

      The Smart One and the Pretty One lived up to my expectations as a fun, spunky piece of chick lit and then surpassed it I quickly devoured this book in three days, so involved did I become in both the story and the characters Both sisters, Ava and Lauren, are relatable they are witty, they are competitive, they are flawed Both could be annoying than amiable Ava, the conservative, buttoned up attorney who has some preconceived notions of relationships and men Lauren, the flirty, flighty spendthri [...]

    20. Kim V on said:

      No matter how old we are or how far we travel whenever we return to our first family we often revert to the old familial roles Like an oldie but goodie tune sung slightly off key grown men and women transform into the baby or the favorite as soon as they re enter their childhood homes And few familial relationships are as complex as the sister bond In The Smart One and the Pretty One author Claire La Zebnik spins a delicious tale of adult sisters who come to appreciate that they are than their [...]

    21. Jessica Lawlor on said:

      The Smart One and the Pretty One by Claire LaZebnik tells the story of two sisters who look alike but couldn t be different.Ava Nickerson is a smart and accomplished lawyer She takes pride in her work and could care less about fashion and beauty.Lauren Nickerson works in a shop and takes pride in being beautiful, loving fashion and cares a great deal about appearance.Lauren moves to California with Ava when she loses her job and finds out that her mother has cancer Lauren is annoyed when Ava st [...]

    22. Michele on said:

      Claire LaZebnik Nails ItI love a good sister story and found this one, The Smart One and the Pretty One, thoroughly enjoyable It s not a stretch of the imagination to guess we have two interesting young women, one a responsible lawyer, and the other a recently fired spendthrift, each traveling through life on a different path It s just that during the course of this tale, their paths lead to the same place home It s similar to the novel In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner, however, this is a new pai [...]

    23. Danielle on said:

      I bought The Smart One and the Pretty One earlier last year and I now just got to reading it The story focuses on two sisters Ava, the older and smarter one and Lauren, the younger and pretty one Although, the girls are mistaken for twins so there is no prettier one I guess it should be that Lauren is into fashion that Ava Lauren moves back to California from New York after she looses her job and finds herself in major debt In Ava making Lauren sign a contract to not spend any, Lauren accidentl [...]

    24. April on said:

      I really liked this book We meet two very different sisters Ava is the oldest She s a smart, practical, conservative lawyer She s very successful in the professional world, but not so much in her personal life Lauren is the younger sister and the complete opposite of Ava She s flaky, pretty, maybe even a bit shallow She s terrible at managing her money, giving in to every urge to buy a pretty item of clothing She loses her job as a buyer She is, however, good with men The two sisters are brought [...]

    25. Laurel-Rain on said:

      Two sisters, living widely disparate lives, come together to support their mother through a medical crisis Lauren Nickerson, living beyond her means in New York, is the pretty one fashion conscious, obsessed with new clothes, she is on the verge of financial disaster She flies home to LA to help out while their mother goes through chemotherapy Smart Ava Nickerson is a lawyer, very conscious of making good financial choices, she hardly ever thinks about fashion, and already lives close to home an [...]

    26. Joyce on said:

      Two sisters, polar opposites Brought together by a mom going through chemo Lauren, the younger sister is beautiful of course a shopaholic Her older sister Ava beautiful too is a conservative lawyer Lauren is angry when Ava tried to straighten her life out retaliates by finding an old marriage contract at her parents house setting her sister up to meet the guy.The problem is none if the characters are sympathetic The sisters are downright mean in the way they talk to each other Their father is no [...]

    27. Gaby on said:

      The blurb 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 decides to do some sis [...]

    28. Karen on said:

      I really liked this book It was a quick, fun read And I guess it falls under that Chick Lit category, but it had a nice subtle message in the end that I liked It s about two sisters Ava the smart one and Lauren the pretty one at least that s how they start out Lauren returns home to LA from New York to be with her family as her mother undergoes treatment for breast cancer Turns out Lauren is in alot of debt, and Ava, who is a lawyer, interfers and makes Lauren meet with a financial advisor and d [...]

    29. Brenda on said:

      This was a nice little book to read The story line intested me from the beginning The book flowed well Of course there was an underlying lesson to be learned by the sisters who thought they were the smart one and the pretty one respectivley That doesn t really culminate until the end The book kept my interest all the way through to the end This morning I was glued to the last couple of chapters to see how the author was going to end the book.This was one of those authors who actually got the sto [...]

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