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Three Girls and Their Brother by Theresa Rebeck
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Apr 03, 2010

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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 "crummy", "phony", and "old" so and so rivaled Holden Caulfield's use of same. Really, would three teenaged girls all speak in Holden Caulfield's voice? I think not. It was quite overdone and detracted from the overall crispness and entertainment of the novel. Great idea, riveting plot, but I wish the author had found her characters' - and her own - voices.

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