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Nineteen year old Emily wants her college diploma fast, and she's going to get it. But when the perfect night with perfect Mitch leads her to a broken heart, Emily is blind to her vulnerability. When the person she cares about the most is hurt as a result, Emily's ambition gives way to more than a little ruthlessness. She's going to use her smarts to take care of herself a ...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published May 16th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published March 29th 2013)
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Danielle-Claude Mba
That blurb doesn’t even scratch the surface of all the things that happened in this wonderful book (great head rush!). And because I don’t want to scream spoiler alert, I’ll try to do the same. I haven’t been nineteen in over a decade and so being nineteen in the age of texting a mobile, iPad…seems a foreign to me. But Deborah captured the innocence and the “I don’t jack about life but I so think I do” feeling perfectly with Emily. I could see the red flags, she, Emily missed. She, Emily, makes ...more
Diantha Jones
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
It’s no secret that I’m a lover of paranormal romances and not as big a fan of contemporary romance. I was surprised that I liked this book as much as I did, though I can’t really call it a “romance”. It’s more like a drama-filled whirlwind!

The writing was very good and descriptive where it needed to be. I did find that the dialogue between characters sometimes ran a little long and that took away from the story a bit. Some of the topics of conversation seemed irrelevant except to give backgroun
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Kristin Scearce
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received an e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

Emily is having a tough time: She's in college, trying to graduate at the ripe old age of 19, taking 5 courses at a time, sleeping on a couch in her mother's study, and just basically trying to survive without having a mental breakdown. Then she meets Mitch, and all bets are off: He's incredibly handsome, has a great sense of humor, and makes her forget about everything else going on around her. However, things aren't always as th
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Jennifer Treviño
On our journey to find happiness & understanding what we desire can sometimes lead to heartache, but when in doubt always trust your inner voice. ;-) This is one of those books you find yourself cheering the girl on, & then get that swift slap to he face as she makes a questionable decision. Luckily she never allows her inner voice to be squashed out, & takes the world on without fearing the consequences!
Emily is funny, smart, & I genuinely like her & her friends (okay most
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Louise Wise
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it

The cover is interesting, and certainly stands out from the rest but I can't tell the genre from the cover. YA or chicklit? Or just maybe a mix of both. The blurb is short and sweet but the ending needs revising. The opening to the blurb is a good hook and tells us a little about the character: she's vulnerable. The closing line: But shouldn't the smartest girl everyone knows realize that the ones she'd cross the line for would do the same for her? needs rewording and possibly delete 'everyone k
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Jessica
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was ultimately about choices, and how one's choice has a ripple effect on other people.

When Emily meets Mitch Graham, she sees stars, and can't wait to see him again. Mitch is totally taken with Emily, but he has reservations. She's only nineteen, and he's going away to Ireland in a matter of weeks, so doesn't believe they have a future. This is when his choices change his and Emily's life. Temptation takes him away from Emily, causing him to have some serious regrets. He's still set
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Jessica
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
This book was ultimately about choices, and how one's choice has a ripple effect on other people.

When Emily meets Mitch Graham, she sees stars, and can't wait to see him again. Mitch is totally taken with Emily, but he has reservations. She's only nineteen, and he's going away to Ireland in a matter of weeks, so doesn't believe they have a future. This is when his choices change his and Emily's life. Temptation takes him away from Emily, causing him to have some serious regrets. He's still set
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Laurie
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a departure for me as I have not read much chick lit, but just a few pages into the story and I was hooked. Emily is someone that I liked; exceptionally loyal to her friends, a little naïve, and obsessively driven to accomplish her cherished goal of getting her college degree. Emily is bright and witty and sort of nerdy – she loves Star Trek and frequently peppers her conversations with bits of Star Trek trivia. I am a fan, too, so I enjoyed reminiscing some of the factoids. Emily meets ...more
Dayreader Reviews
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was gifted this book by the author (thank you) in exchange for an honest review.

The Smartest Girl in the Room by Deborah Nam-Krane, is diffidently a case of "can't judge a book by it's cover". I did that very thing. I wasn't fond of the cover, so I didn't think I would like the book. This was a great book about growing up and taking care of yourself. This shows us how important nurturing is in growing up process.

Emily is a stressed out 19 year old college student, that's where the normal colle
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Erin Cawood
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Full disclosure: I know the author and have been hosted on her blog. I received an advanced review copy of The Smartest Girl in the Room and this has not influenced my review.

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This is the first New Adult I have read and I went into the book with some trepidation, not knowing what to expect. Emily is a kind warm-hearted and intelligent character who takes care of everyone around her. She meets and falls for Mitch in what has to be one the most magical nights I have ever read and I've been re
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Caroline Fardig
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed every moment of this book. THE SMARTEST GIRL IN THE ROOM is a well-written tale of several college students and their academic and romantic trials on the road to graduation. The characters and their dilemmas definitely took me back to my college years!

Emily has a less than nurturing family life, so she puts everything she has into graduating early in order to become self-sufficient. Unfortunately, her go-it-alone pride also begins spilling into her personal life, creating conflic
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Lisette Brodey
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an engaging story that centers on a group of friends going to college in Boston. The author’s firsthand knowledge of the city made both the atmosphere and the dynamics/interactions between the students believable.

What I appreciated about the two main characters in the book, Emily and Mitch, is the very real-to-life fact that the timing and circumstances, even in the greatest love stories, isn’t always right. Sometimes it’s so wrong that it seems like anything but love.

The Smartest Girl
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Matu Nila
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Omg the amount of angst! Dawson's creek in college? Misplaced guilt anyone?

I would have also liked to know a BIT more about this horrible Michael. What was his story? Why was he so horrible? And WHO was he?? Why was Richard the "guardian"? Were Miranda, Michael and Jessie just his cousins or what on earth was the story there?

(view spoiler)
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Bridgette South
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book through Juniper Grove Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

This book is not my usual reading material... However, I read the blurb and decided to give it a chance. Boy am I glad I did!! This book was amazing! This is a really great book for New/Young Adults! Emily growing up in this day and age and still having that innocence was cool to read! There is really a lot going on in this book and it had me going from the beginning!! I loved getting to switch back
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Genevieve Scholl
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
While I sort of felt like we came into the middle of it, I really enjoyed it. I can really relate to Emily, in the way that I am also the kind of person to stay in by myself. I really enjoyed the different emotions that came across the pages; humor, shyness, etc- It really seemed real. Well written, in spite of a few issues, it was really easy to join the characters on their journey. I would recommend it to anyone.
Mayas
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was full of drama, lessons, and growing-up. I couldn't stop reading because I wanted to put all the pieces together and see if there will be an HEA.. Emily was book smart but naive when it came to many things that made her strong and a true friend.

I really enjoyed this story because the author kept you engaged and wanting more of the story of Emily and her circle of friends.
peaseblossom
This is a lovely book in the New Adult (which is pretty much what Young Adult would be if YA wasn't actually for teens and tweens) category. Fans of Boston, Star Trek, math, and romance will love it! Disclaimer - I know the author and she is an awesome person, so how could her work be any less than fabulous?
Karen
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I would read more by this author.
Laura Alpert
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I know Deb, which made reading this book even more enjoyable. I've always considered her the smartest girl in the room and loved the book's character development and drama. This is a keeper!
Traci De carlo
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a great story!
Ugochi Akwiwu
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this so much.
Rebecca Brooks
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Nineteen-year-old Emily is a college student desperate to get her diploma and get out. But although she’s always been focused on school, the perfect night with an older student, Mitch, shows her that there’s more to life than studying. Emily might be ready to open her heart… but Mitch has his own fears to contend with before he’s ready to get serious.

Determined to forget about Mitch, Emily throws herself into school, friendships, and a ne
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Myra Espino
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
**Complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review**

The Smartest Girl in the Room is a good read.
The story of Emily which is full of interesting stuff and topic. I love how the author made some topics (if we discussed it in real life) interesting and fun.

The characters, Emily and Mitch are interesting.
I love on how the way the characters think and the way they are easy to relate with is good.
The banter of the characters are also interesting.
The way the two talked to each other made
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Anja
Jan 26, 2015 marked it as to-read
Nineteen year old Emily wants her college diploma fast, and she's going to get it. But when the perfect night with perfect Mitch leads her to a broken heart, Emily is blind to her vulnerability. When the person she cares about the most is hurt as a result, Emily's ambition gives way to more than a little ruthlessness. She's going to use her smarts to take care of herself and protect the people she loves, and everyone else had better stay out of her way. But shouldn't the smartest girl everyone k ...more
Sassy Southern
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
So even though this book wasn't my type of book, it was very well written. The way the author brings the characters to life is good. The descriptions are there as well. At times I felt that it was dragging and found myself skipping through some of the chapter. There are twist and turns that readers will like. I would recommend this book to others.
Erica
Dec 22, 2014 rated it liked it
This book turned out to not be my type of read.

The story was solidly written, but I had a hard time getting into it. It's very heavy in the dialogue. However, the dialogue did show the interactions of the characters well.

I did appreciate the friendship in the beginning between Emily and Zainab.


I received and ARC for an honest review.
Venture
Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it
A well written story that was predictable and should have been condensed. I did enjoy Emily and Mitch though.
Pat
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good read and a good first book. I will read the next one
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“If I said he really wants to see you, would you care a little bit?"
"No."
"You don't have anything you want to say to him?"
"I do, but I'm trying to be a better person and not use those words as much.”
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