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Three Girls and Their Brother

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  515 ratings  ·  112 reviews
Now that it’s all over, everybody is saying it was the picture–that stupid picture was behind every disaster. . . .

They may be the granddaughters of a famous literary critic, but what really starts it all is Daria, Polly, and Amelia Heller’s stunning red hair. Out of the blue one day, The New Yorker calls and says that they want to feature the girls in a glamorous spread s...more
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published April 8th 2008 by Shaye Areheart Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Betsy
This is a fun, sometimes poignant read about how their fifteen minutes of fame affects each of the three drop-dead gorgeous sisters and the subsequent jettisoning of the brother. The story works well as it is told from the four separate siblings, each in his/her own section that continues to advance the plot.This is a compulsive read that I just didn't want to put down till I had finished it. The cover of the copy that I have has a completely different image of a beautiful woman who has a deer-i...more
Steve Lindahl
This was the right book to read in the month when Lindsay Lohan's Playboy pictorial came out. Daria, Polly, and Amelia Heller are, like Lohan, products of dysfunctional parents. Their mother has an out of control fascination with fame and their father, who has serious issues that are revealed later in the story, is an absentee parent with a new family.

Three Girls and Their Brother must have been inspired by the Hemingway sisters. Like Joan, Margaux, and Mariel, the Heller girls are the grandchil...more
Meghan
I devoured this one and can't wait to convincing readers who love books about fashion, models, paparazzi, and fame to read it too. I look forward to tricking them into reading an amazingly well-written, funny, sad, and tense story of three sisters who are transformed into "It Girls" and their brother who tries to protect them as they become commodities. The book gives each sibling a turn to narrate the roller coaster ride and I thought Rebeck did a fantastic job of giving them each their own voi...more
Karlan
Mar 17, 2009 Karlan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Karlan by: Booklist
Shelves: adult, ya
Playwright, Rebeck, knows how to tell a good story with lively dialog. Three beautiful red haired teenage girls discover that fame has real drawbacks after they become models. Although it was published for adults, it will please many teen readers.
Jan
Sep 03, 2011 Jan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fiction
Another fantastic recommendation from my friend Patricia.

I wish that I had remembered to keep the book to refer back to for writing my review before I turned it back in at the library. In all honesty, when I started in on the book, I wasn't so sure that I liked it. But as I neared the end of the first chapter, I fell in complete and utter love. In this chapter, the brother is describing his sisters' first photo shoot and how he got pulled in for a few shots. He doesn't really enjoy himself and g...more
Scot
Actually, once you get into it, this is a very strong and compelling first novel by an experienced playwright. Think Catcher in the Rye meets Project Runway. The tale of alienated adolescence is told from the perspectives of four siblings, each in turn, as a commentary on the base manipulations and shallow self-absorption that seem to drive media fixations on which celebrity du jour is "IN" at the moment. The novel follows the chain of events as the three redheaded Heller girls—Daria, 18; Polly,...more
Chelsea
Oct 01, 2009 Chelsea rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a fantastic guilty pleasure read
Recommended to Chelsea by: Jean Winkler
I can't say enough about how much I loved this book. I really loved how there was a continuing perspective from each of the main characters point of view. The story line was catchy and had me immediately drawn in, and I felt like I was really reading a guilty pleasure based on the premise of the book. That in itself kept me reeled in for the entire novel.

The novel starts out from Phillip's point of view; the younger brother with an actual head on his shoulders. He pretty much seems to be the onl...more
Jessica
I nearly didn't make it through this overpraised novel (by a decent playwright and television screenwriter), but had insomnia and nothing better to do than read it while lying on the sofa and cursing my existence. From the first chapter it is painfully clear that this book is exactly what the world does not need more of -- an examination of overindulged rich New York teenagers who think Holden Caulfield is the height of wit and authenticity. Let me tell you, A Catcher in the Rye wasn't that good...more
Kate
Oh, my god, this was so much fun. Three sisters (aged 14 to 19) become "it" girls overnight, get embroiled in creepy celebrity craziness, and have to find their way back to being a family unit. Meanwhle, almost every person around them is out to exploit them in some way, including their mother, who has exiled their brother to his unloving dad's house because he was asking uncomfortable questions. (I guess that's a spoiler...sorry.) This is one of those books where you feel like you're on a fast-...more
Amy
Kate was right, very entertaining.

I want to say, however, that I feel VERY strongly about the cover art on the book. It is terrible and awful. I was embarrassed to be seen with it and seriously considered making a book cover out of a paper grocery bag (okay, I admit, I kind of just wanted to do that for old times sake, especially for the decorating part). Anyway, this cover is so bad and I think it really misrepresents the book.

I liked the brother Philips voice the very best. I found him to be...more
Monica
Sep 03, 2009 Monica rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
This was pretty fantastic. I had heard such wonderful things about this book, but when it comes down to it how good can a book about three socialite models and their adventures in New York really be? Pretty great, it turns out.

Every one of the four voices this book is told in is distinctive and pitch perfect. I think Rebeck's use of Holden Caulfield-esque slang is beautiful here - it feels timeless and fresh and charming as hell. Not to mention, the story is shiny fun and I was never even a tiny...more
Julia
The title is fairly indicative of the book. Three gorgeous, red-headed, teenage sisters (Daria, Polly and Amelia) have just become swept up in their first big modeling break with The New Yorker magazine, while their brother Philip is left on the sidelines, unsure of how to cope with the changes and how he fits in.

Each sibling narrates a part of the story; unfortunately, their voices all sound exactly the same, and I couldn't identify with any of them (nor did I find I wanted to, actually). The a...more
Sarah
I inhaled this adult novel. It's oh, so good! Three red-headed sisters are suddenly chosen to be photographed for The New Yorker. Next thing they know, they are the It Girls. They are modeling, partying, and running around doing whatever they want because their mother thinks it's cool. This tale is told from the three girls' point-of-view (and their brother) and it works. Amelia, the youngest, is only 14 and is forced to drop out of school. The paparazzi causes too much trouble at school. And th...more
Cheyenne
Oh man. Not sure why this book does not have a higher rating, it's really quite entertaining; in addition to being very sad. I think we all dream, if only for a few seconds, of what it would be like to be famous, but this book definitely highlights the negative side of it.

This book almost reads like a tv show, especially the ending, but I liked it for all it's semi-unbelievable drama and characters. I also liked the format of how this was written. Each sibling has a section of the book where the...more
April Helms
Jun 10, 2008 April Helms rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young adults (14+) and adults
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
When three attractive teens are photographed for the New Yorker, they become the next "It" girls, propelled into the dangerous world of fame and stardom. Things take a sudden turn when the youngest -- the most reluctant to accept the new-found celebrity -- finds herself in a position where she has the potential to eclipse her more ambitious sisters. The story itself is told from four different perspectives, dividing the book into four distinct parts. We see the action through the eyes of Daria,...more
Patricia
Aug 18, 2009 Patricia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Patricia by: Deborah
When this arrived at the library for me I had a moment of puzzlement as to why I would have requested this particular novel. The cover is a bit off-putting. But two paragraphs in, I was hooked. Goodreads tells me I heard about this book from Deborah. Thank goodness she is my friend on Goodreads. Now I'm curious as to what she had to say about it, but I'm going to write my review before I read hers.

The voices in this story make this book. Particularly, the voice of the brother, Phillip, aged fift...more
Ian Wood
This is the complete review of this novel as it appears on my blog. Any links in the blog reviews are not reprodiced here, nor will any changes or updates to the blog review be replicated here.

I rated this disaster WARTY!

No spoilers! This was already spoiled rotten before to it I'd gotten.

This novel sucked green wieners from the start. It turned out to be nothing like the book blurb had lead me, at least, to believe it would present. The cover should have told me all I needed to know. This is ab...more
Debrarian
A completely fun high-class gossip type read. The New Yorker does a piece on the Hellers, grandchildren of a late literary critic who just happen to be ravishingly beautiful young redheads, and their modeling party girl careers are off to a careening start. Their brother, Philip, 15, narrates the first part, dubiously chronicling how their former Miss America mother blithely yanks the girls out of school (they are 18, 17 and 14) and throws them to the jackals of publicity. The youngest, Amelia,...more
Kendra
Although there were times I kind of liked the book, it got really old really fast to read 335 pages of adult-trying-to-write-as-teenager. (Also? I hate the cover. My copy has a different cover than the one showing up there, but it's even worse...) The book revolves around -- you guessed it -- three girls and their brother. The three girls, all gorgeous redheads, land a photo shoot in The New Yorker, because of their fabulous hair and the fact that their grandfather was a semi-famous literary cri...more
Alice
Sep 06, 2011 Alice rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who find it on the street and have nothing to read over dinner one night
Yet another book I found on the street. It was peculiar. On one hand it's supposed to be an over-the-top satire of NYC celebrity excess, but on the other, so many of the details are wrong that it's hard to buy either the over-the-top or satirical aspect. For example: would the New Yorker REALLY do a cover story-- a cover story!-- on three sexy teenage girls? And would a picture of them IN the New Yorker make them the new It Girls? I think the author really meant "Vanity Fair" or perhaps "Us Week...more
Crystal
This book is about three gorgeous, red-headed, sisters and their quick rise to fame that makes everyone involved world spin out of control. This book takes you inside the view of fashion that they public does not get to see. The fame starts ripping this family apart. The brother is forced to go live with his detached father so that nothing is said about what his sisters are doing for fame, especially the younger. Over the course of the book trouble mounts and the brother comes to the rescue. Fam...more
Emily
On the one hand, this was a fast-paced, witty, razor-sharp look at fame (and its underbelly) and the lives of three sisters (and their brother, of course) caught up in it. The idea that the story unfolded chronologically, with each sibling taking a turn at narrating a good chunk of it, was a neat device, until I realized that each sibling had pretty much the same voice. Further, I get the sense that Ms. Rebeck had just finished The Catcher in the Rye before beginning this novel; the use of "crum...more
Janet Morzynski
Finding yourself in todays world of techno everything, and instant gratification was a walk in the park for Daria, Polly, Amelia and of course their brother Phillip. Well, maybe not for Phillip. Somehow, or should I say by some enormous twist of good luck and gifted thinking, Phillip was able to connect the dots and not have his judgement clouded by such celebrity agent sharks such as, Maureen Piven. His love for his sisters, especially Amelia, was unwavering even when he was shipped off or shou...more
Andrea
Ok, I hate to write a negative reivew, but I just did not enjoy this story at all. None of the characters seemed real to me, at all. And none of them had any warmth. The only one that I even marginally liked was, Phillip, the neglected brother, but that's only because I felt sorry for him. The mother and the two older sisters were completely self-involved and I thought that the youngest one, Amelia, could have and should have stayed true to herself in enjoying school and not getting caught up in...more
Janice
Wow. Have to get past the continual use of f**k. Do young adults use that word all the time? Well, this is the story of a family of 4 children (teens). The girls are catapulted into stardom when a magazine recruits them for a photoshoot. The brother is left out of the stardom. He and the youngest girl (14) are best friends. Mom sends the brother to live with dad when she decides he stands in the way of super stardom. The older sisters deal with jealousy issues while the younger deals with not wa...more
Cory
Despite the fact that I was reading this book because of a good review I'd seen, I was weirdly surprised by how good I thought it was. It has just enough scandal and swearing and gossipy tone to make it a fun read, but it was very well-written, too. The title characters each get a shot at narrating, and the author does a good job of differentiating between their voices (particularly the youngest sister and the brother). It struck me as being a sort of updated Catcher in the Rye without having al...more
Kricket
Mar 04, 2009 Kricket rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kricket by: alex-awards
three girls and their brother take turns narrating the redhaired heller sisters' rise to fame in new york city. it won an alex award from ala (for being an adult book with teen appeal) but i found it a bit long for all but the most tenacious teen readers. my other issue is that, although the four voices bring different opinions and perspectives to the story, the siblings all speak in a similar way, using the same holden caulfield phrases. for a while i forgot that the book had switched to daria'...more
Jean
This Alex Award (adult books appropriate for teen readers) shocked me when it arrived with its very adult book jacket. So to know the content, I have decided to read it. So far, three beautiful sisters with red hair are asked to a photo shoot. They're being promoted as the next hottest thing. Brother Philip tells the story of his sisters, ages 18, 16 and 14, in part one. Each of the other siblings tells the continuing story from their point of view in the three subsequent parts. Dysfunctional fa...more
Heidideifel
I like the device of the story being told by the four siblings alternately. Despite the worldly themes, the author does try and make the moral of the story about the importance of strong family ties. But, she botches it. The end didn't make sense in a legal way (sorry, but I can't help but spot that serious plot flaw), the loose ends of the characters do not come together, and the various characters' reactions to the climatic ending didn't make much sense. So, I was disappointed. But, what can I...more
Synona Culbertson
I didn't like this nearly as much as "Twelve Rooms with a View". It was probably the theme I wasn't into as much. It's basically about three sisters that are models and basically about all the craziness that surrounds them with the life they lead. Also really highlights their dysfunctional family. I really wanted to slap the mother. She was atrocious and I would basically label her as a pimp. Anyway, just not a subject I would normally pick up to read, but I would definitely read more of the aut...more
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Theresa Rebeck is a playwright. She also works as a television writer. Her input went into popular shows such as Dream On, Brooklyn Bridge, L.A. Law, American Dreamer, Maximum Bob, First Wave, and Third Watch.
She also wrote and produced Canterbury’s Law, Smith, Law and Order: Criminal Intent and NYPD Blue.
Ms. Rebeck has an MFA in Playwrighting and a PhD. in Victorian Melodrama, from Brandeis Univ...more
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