- Taschenbuch: 278 Seiten
- Verlag: Headline (Dezember 2007)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0755344774
- ISBN-13: 978-0755344772
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 11,2 x 1,8 x 17,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 41 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.066.171 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Smart vs Pretty: may the best girl win (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Dezember 2007
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"Blithe, sly, and hip -- and wicked enough to be really fun."-- Marcelle Clements, author of "The Improvised Woman -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
Francesca and Amanda are in trouble. When they took over their parents' coffee bar in Brooklyn Heights, they thought they'd have a business for life. Now, they've managed to run it into the ground, and emergency action is required. Clever, thoughtful Francesca thinks that brainpower is the key to starting over, whereas Amanda firmly believes that a sweet smile and great hair get one a lot further in life. Who is right?Alle Produktbeschreibungen
Twenty-three year old marketing major Clarissa O'MacFlanahagan enters the café She talks with the sister about them needing a pull, a marketing strategy that would bring repeat customers to Barney Greenfield's. Desperate for any help, Frank and Amanda agree to allow Clarissa to develop and implement a marketing plan. If they knew when they started how many things were going to spin out of control, both the smart one and the pretty one probably would have chosen to shut the doors to Barney Greenfield's coffeehouse permanently.
Though an extremely humorous romantic romp, SMART AND PRETTY also contains a serious undertone as the Pygmalion Affect caused by their family over the years not only stereotypes Frank and Amanda, but has them living up to those expectations. The story line is entertaining and the craziness adds to the overall fun. The three lead female charcaters are all different yet feel genuine, especially together. The support cast adds romance, competition, and a feel for Brooklyn Heights. Valerie Frankel shows a deft touch that provides much pleasure to sub-genre fans.
Nonetheless the book met my expectations...it's a quick, breezy read, engaging in its own way. I read it on the morning bus, on the treadmill even. The girls in question (Frank ("smart") and Amanda ("pretty") get into more scrapes than Bridget Jones in both Fielding books combined, but somehow it's not as convincing or fun. The red herrings required a little too much suspension of disbelief. All this intrigue over...a neighborhood coffee joint? (I know, I know, it was less about coffee and more about prime real estate.) Some of the dialogue was laughable ("Is my touch painful because of your secret love for me?") but I did learn a lot about coffee beans (seriously). Frankel obviously did her research in that area.
I wish the book would have dealt a little less with plot twists and more with the relationship between the two sisters, which was obviously quite complex. Nevertheless, it's definitely appropriate for beach reading, the morning commute, etc.
I suppose though, it is a nice quick read, and if you have a three hour plane flight and don't want anything taxing, this novel might be appropriate.
I believe Frankel has a good sense of the elements involved in creating an involving story. Clearly her strength lies in creating labyrinth-style "chase scenes" like the one toward the end of the book. I have to admit that I was entertained by a couple of the plot twists that she created. However, even this positive aspect of her writing seemed fraught with the overexertion of an attempt to move the plot in a direction that would be consistent with the stagnant personalities of her main characters. The colorful confusion of New York life could never sustain such cardboard characters.
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Completely disappointing... Instead of spending time developing the relationship between sisters, Frankel spends much of the novel discussing coffee. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 20. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
I picked up this book to read in the library one day when I decided to skip my math class, and found it to be much more interesting than differential equations. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 6. Juli 2000 von Jessica
I was really hoping for a fun trashy summer novel. Instead I was given a slow, boring, poorly written crime wannabe. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 27. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
I was really hoping for a fun trashy summer novel. Instead I was given a slow, boring, poorly written crime wannabe. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 27. Juni 2000 von ABellows
I think any woman with a sister would be attracted to a book that promised an intelligent perspective on the "smart versus pretty" issue. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 22. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
Does your sister drive you crazy? Is she cute and charismatic? If so, read Smart vs. Pretty.
This book is about coping with sibling rivalry. Lesen Sie weiter...
This book is a quick read with many colorful characters. It's the story of two sisters and their plot to save their coffeehouse from financial ruins. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 24. Mai 2000 veröffentlicht
This was one great book. It had a mysterious aroma and a touch of love. The bond that grew between the sisters and the other characters was surprising and wonderful. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 23. Mai 2000 veröffentlicht
Unfortunately, I am not a big fan of Sara Lewis' books. In Smart vs. Pretty, the writer tries too hard. The storyline is forced and writing flat. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 22. Mai 2000 von Michelle GB