Now, when you have the book, check out the back of the book jacket. Neither the writing nor the characters made me care for the story. This came in huge part from the way the three sisters related to each other : they seemed constantly envious of each other, annoyed, irritated. In all, I didn't hate the book, but I did not love it either. I honestly couldn't find a character to roo Truly disappointed.
Gus is a political one who has just ended her relationship with her lesbian partner and quite strangely attracted to a dude guy. I was unprepared for what it was— an awkwardly comedic, and awkwardly written, story about white, professional, mid-aged, middle class sisters living in suburban New York in the year 2009. It's not that I don't appreciate the reality of what the sisters faced in their lives. I understand ramping up the stakes. This book reminded me a lot of. Unfortunately, she is the one that has the least story.
These were grown women, after all. All three of the Hellinger sisters have had achievements in various forms in their lives and while they see each other frequently, they don't seem to really like each other very much. Perri and Pia were explored much more, so most of Gus's opinions and thoughts were heard through the second-hand filter of either Pia or Perri's thoughts. Very disappointed, especially as a first read of this author. All sexual references were also awkward, and truncated with ellipses, hyphens, dashes, or chapter breaks ….
I have a sister but as she is 10 years older than I we aren't at all close which is unfortunate so I cannot relate to the closeness or pleasures of sisterhood. What I really felt was that I was thrown into the story right away, and readers don't get much of a chance to get to know the characters. As is the fact that they were such strikingly polar opposites to begin with, come to think of it. I didn't expect much going in based on the rating and reviews, and I would give it a 2. Gosh, when she graduated high school I was 8 years old! I couldn't relate to any of the sisters, and had no sympathy for any of them.
They're also a great reminder of what a big difference a little eyeliner can make. I wanted more from the sisters and to understand them and their motives better. While posing as her sister, she learns that Audrey had a married boyfriend, Charles , but broke up with him before the accident. At that point we could ignore the plot imperfections and just enjoy the unique, awkward charm that she brings to screen. And, in my opinion, what you read matters—because what you read has an influence on what you think, and what you think matters because …. The sisters were not good people. I read this because Emily Giffin recommended one day on her Facebook page.
But for sure, it is worth the time and money. It took me a while to realize what it was I was reading, and more to the point—what was the point? It is a fast and easy read. I think Pia was my favorite sister. These are what guide modern books--tension--disaster--human turmoil. After a terrible car accident, Audrey dies and Laurel decides to assume her identity and take over her sister's life, including her job, her friendships, and even her tenant, a down-to-earth charmer Jake Johnson.
. But what could have been an in-depth meditation on identity and loss turns into a lightweight one, relying too heavily on the romantic threads of the plot that sometimes feel tonally incompatible with a story about a real tragedy. I honestly didn't feel that I got much out of this book when I finally finished it. My number one critic is the writing style. Gus is the free spirit in the throes of a breakup. I know how hard it can be to find a voice for every single character, because they are supposed to feel real, and real people are just so different from each other. I went into The Pretty One hoping for an entertaining, thought-provoking examination of family — and while I got that in small bursts, those moments were few and far between.
I love the cover and the overall storyline, but all three sisters were just so annoying and selfish. What is really surprising is that we still, as an audience, find certain plots related to these existential concerns interesting. Perri is the one with the successful business, a solid marriage, and accomplished kids. I was rooting for her. Augusta Gus , the youngest, is the most political and sensitive of the trio.
Unable to continue deceiving everyone, Laurel reveals the truth to Basel, but he is devastated by her deception and breaks up with her. At times, you don't know if it's okay to be laughing when there's so much to mourn; Laurel's decision seems desperate at best and disturbing and worrisome at worst -- neither of which feels right to mine for comedy. It's just a well-to-do American family, ungrateful for their gifts and jealous of what they don't have. However, I have always been fascinated by this relationship. These are what guide modern books--tension--disaster--human turmoil. I must admit that contemporary fiction is not my favorite genre.