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Three Girls and Their Brother by Theresa Rebeck
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Mar 27, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: for-review, adult-for-teen, award-winner
Read in April, 2008

** spoiler alert ** SLJ review:

Adult/High School-This debut novel by a Peabody award-winning playwright has its finger on the pulse of what's current and happening. It is also a very old story of exploitation, greed, and over-the-top drama done in four first-person voices: the eponymous Heller siblings-three beautiful red-haired teenage girls-and, oh yes, their brother. The tale begins with a classy picture in Vanity Fair by a noted photographer and ends, semi-tragically, in the way that all celebrity stories seem to end-in tabloid headlines and with paparazzi shots and court proceedings. Reading this book is like eating too much candy; it tastes good and you want to wolf it all down, but by the time you're done, it will make you feel sick. The three sisters, although different, become so manipulated by others that if the sections weren't labeled, it would be difficult to tell the point of view had changed from voice alone. Their rabid vanity becomes grating, while the nonexistence of any parental responsibility bodes ill for their futures and that of the only sympathetic character, their brother. Still, teens who like Cecily von Ziegesar's "Gossip Girl" or Zoey Dean's "A-List" series (both Little, Brown) will devour this with no indigestion.-Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI

(ugh - the magazine covered is the New Yorker, NOT Vanity Fair - my mistake!)

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