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    Cliche premise not too tired in ‘The Smart One and the Pretty One’

    Girls, grab a box of chocolates and curl up on the couch for a weekend with the Nickerson sisters in “”The Smart One and The Pretty One.”” With author Claire LaZebnik’s impressive background, including being published in The New York Times, GQ, Cosmopolitan and, of course, Vogue, there is no surprise that this chick lit novel exceeds expectations.

    LaZebnik’s Harvard-polished writing skills are on display in this smart, stylish and fresh portrayal of the classic two-completely-opposite-sisters-who-complete-each-other story. LaZebnik adds depth to this familiar plot with a twist and a flourish.

    Naturally, there are two sisters: Lauren, a buyer for a boutique who is “”the pretty one,”” and Ava, a lawyer who is “”the smart one.”” It is what they go through together that makes this novel unique and worth reading.

    A family illness provides Lauren with the convenient opportunity to move from New York to her family’s home in Los Angeles, not only to be with her ailing mother, but also to avoid the responsibility of her serious debt.

    While Lauren and Ava spend this difficult time together, each insists on improving the other’s problems: Lauren’s debt, and Ava’s love life. Their personalities are apparent in their philosophies: Lauren believes looking your best is the key to success while Ava emphasizes the importance of staying true to one’s self. Together they show that a woman should always be the best person she can.

    LaZebnik skillfully crafts a fun and witty novel with fast-paced chapters and quick dialogue that keeps a grin on your face right to the last page.

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