Friday, June 25, 2010


Brilliant by Rachel Vail (NY: HarperTeen, 2010).

Brilliant is the third in Vail's trilogy about the three Avery sisters. Although the novels share characters, it is not necessary to have read the first two to enjoy this one. (I'm pretty sure I've read Lucky, but I don't really remember it!) Quinn Avery seems perfectly calm and collected--her two younger sisters call her Zen. She gets good grades, practices her piano, and lives a safe life. Then she comes home to find her room painted white. What happened to her red refuge? Her mother had it painted without even telling her--because the house has to be sold. Financial ruin and legal woes are upon the Averys--some kind of hedge fund chicanery that Quinn assumes her mother is taking the fall for, since she could not possibly have done anything wrong. So now everything is changing--like her room. And even Quinn changes--no more Zen--she steals a pair of her mom's shoes and starts acting out--kissing the wrong boys, going to wild parties, skipping school, abandoning the piano. Where will it end?

Great teen read for grades 7 & up.

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