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Brilliant
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2010
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  Booklist Review

In this concluding volume of the Avery Sisters trilogy, oldest sister Quinn gives her side of her family's financial crisis. Sixteen-year-old, type A Quinn is known as the intellectual, responsible one in her family. But she questions herself when her executive mom is accused of financial impropriety and loses her job, forcing everyone to tighten their belts. If her perfect mom could mess up, what hope is there for Quinn? She starts acting more like middle-sister Allison: partying, drinking, and kissing random boys. But it only makes her feel worse. Can she leave the labels behind and embrace both sides of her personality? Quinn's introspective search for self is realistically complex and exceptionally well drawn, and teen readers will sympathize with her urge to break free of the good-girl box her family has put her in. Like Quinn, this timely series defies the label of chick lit as Vail sensitively and accurately explores topics of individuality, social class, and what it means to come of age during a national recession.--Hubert, Jennifer Copyright 2010 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

This final book in the Avery sisters trilogy (preceded by Lucky, 2008, and Gorgeous, 2009) centers on introverted Quinn, the oldest and most responsible of the three. On the surface, Quinn is dealing well with her family's losing their home and many of their possessions, but her first-person narration shows a fair amount of inner turmoil. Not entirely sure of how to deal with the feelings no one expects her to have, Quinn engages in reckless boy-kissing and party-going. The only boy she's really interested in kissing, however, is her piano teacher, college student Oliver. Her insecurities about herself and her future lead her to make poor but understandable choices about her friendships and romances. Quinn's intelligence, which she expresses while still sounding authentic and often funny, allows for full exploration of her mixed feelings. Her calm nature also plays well against the personalities of her high-strung sisters. Vail ends this trilogy on a high note, one that should especially resonate with teens whose lives have changed with the economy. (Fiction. 12 up)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
<p>Everything is going to be fine . . . .</p> <p>Quinn Avery can handle change. It's just paint, right? Bright, blinding white paint covering her once dazzling red bedroom walls. Quinn knows she shouldn't be angry at her mom--she's doing what she must to sell the house--but still, Quinn is beyond mad, and she doesn't know what to do about it.</p> <p>Until now, Quinn was doing a pretty good job at pretending to be her old self--calm and brilliant Avery daughter, responsible big sister to Allison and Phoebe, piano virtuoso, girl who makes everyone proud--but without the sanctuary of her room, a new, wild Quinn is emerging. Lying, sneaking out, partying, Quinn is practically asking to get caught. When Quinn adds kissing the wrong boys--including her sister's boyfriend and her own piano teacher--to her list of crimes, has she gone too far to save herself?</p> <p>Brilliant, the final book in Rachel Vail's critically acclaimed sisterhood series, which includes Lucky and Gorgeous, follows Quinn through a summer of change as she discovers that while letting go is never easy, hanging on can be even harder. Witty and poignant, Brilliant is the perfect ending to this addictive trilogy of interconnected sister stories.</p>
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