The Pretty One

The Pretty One Perfect Pretty Political For nearly forty years The Hellinger sisters of Hastings on Hudson namely Imperia Perri Olympia Pia and Augusta Gus have played the roles set down by their loving but do

  • Title: The Pretty One
  • Author: Lucinda Rosenfeld
  • ISBN: 9780316213554
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Perfect Pretty Political For nearly forty years, The Hellinger sisters of Hastings on Hudson namely, Imperia Perri , Olympia Pia , and Augusta Gus have played the roles set down by their loving but domineering mother Carol Perri, a mother of three, rules her four bedroom palace in Westchester with a velvet fist, managing to fold even fitted sheets into immaculatePerfect Pretty Political For nearly forty years, The Hellinger sisters of Hastings on Hudson namely, Imperia Perri , Olympia Pia , and Augusta Gus have played the roles set down by their loving but domineering mother Carol Perri, a mother of three, rules her four bedroom palace in Westchester with a velvet fist, managing to fold even fitted sheets into immaculate rectangles Pia, a gorgeous and fashionable Chelsea art gallery worker, still turns heads after becoming a single mother via sperm donation And Gus, a fiercely independent lawyer and activist, doesn t let her break up from her girlfriend stop her from attending New Year s Day protests on her way to family brunch But the Hellinger women aren t pulling off their roles the way they once did Perri, increasingly filled with rage over the lack of appreciation from her recently unemployed husband Mike, is engaging in a steamy text flirtation with a college fling Meanwhile Pia, desperate to find someone to share in the pain and joy of raising her three year old daughter Lola, can t stop fantasizing about Donor 6103 And Gus, heartbroken over the loss of her girlfriend, finds herself magnetically drawn to Jeff, Mike s frat boy of a little brother Each woman is unable to believe that anyone, especially her sisters, could understand what it s like to be her But when a freak accident lands their mother to the hospital, a chain of events is set in motion that will send each Hellinger sister rocketing out of her comfort zone, leaving her to wonder was this the role she was truly born to play With The Pretty One, author Lucinda Rosenfeld does for siblings what she did for female friendship in I m So Happy for You, turning her wickedly funny and sharply observant eye on the pleasures and punishments of lifelong sisterhood.

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    1. This was just ok, and I tried to get through it quickly to move on to a different book. I didn't expect much going in based on the rating and reviews, and I would give it a 2.5 myself. I love the cover and the overall storyline, but all three sisters were just so annoying and selfish. I suppose Rosenfeld wrote them this way to make them more realistic, but it just ended up feeling forced. The squabbles between the sisters were eye-roll inducing, and I couldn't believe the way they reacted to cer [...]

    2. I'm not really sure what to say about "The Pretty One". It is a fast and easy read. I finished it in one evening, but not because it was a real page-turner. I think that it held the promise to develop into something other than what it ended up being. I kept waiting for it to turn the corner and become a really great story, but it never got there.The three sisters are just not that likable and their pettiness borders on annoying and frustrating. They don't seem capable of showing any kind of love [...]

    3. Initially, I thought this one had everything to please me : a cute cover, an interesting tagline, a strong premise. I always like reading about family dynamics, especially about brothers and sisters' relationships. I was confident The Pretty One could easily fall somewhere between good and great.Alas, it was not to be. And you guys know how much I hate writing negative reviews. I wish I could recommend all of the books I read, especially those received for review!It started out okay, but quickly [...]

    4. As someone who has not had the smoothest relationship with her sister, I dove straight into this book expecting to identify with all the characters and love it. Instead a found a book that was frankly a bit of a downer. While this book was a quick and easy read, the sentence structure was short and choppy, and not terribly well composed. The writing, however, would not have bothered me if the story had held up, but you really felt like you spent 300 pages in the midst of a family squabble. The t [...]

    5. Sisters. Is there a more complicated but meaningful relationship in the world? Many authors have discussed this complex dynamic with varying levels of success — and being the oldest of two girls myself, I’m often drawn to tales of sisterhood and its many incarnations. I went into The Pretty One hoping for an entertaining, thought-provoking examination of family — and while I got that in small bursts, those moments were few and far between. I found Rosenfeld’s novel to be a fairly depress [...]

    6. This novel took me by surprise. I was unprepared for what it was— an awkwardly comedic, and awkwardly written, story about white, professional, mid-aged, middle class sisters living in suburban New York in the year 2009. If it were in another format there would be a name for it: Romantic Comedy (movie) or Situation Comedy (TV series). In literature there is: Chick Lit and Woman’s fiction (two among many categories that inform a reader what they are about to delve into.) Maybe this could be c [...]

    7. I reviewed this book for luxuryreadingSisters. Arguably one of the most complicated types of relationships, these siblings seem to embody the love/hate archetype. Lucinda Rosenfeld’s The Pretty One gives us just such a relationship in the Hellinger sisters: three sisters ready to undermine and outshine each other at every opportunity while also being unable to live without the others.Now I must admit that I don’t have any sisters. However, I have always been fascinated by this relationship. [...]

    8. This was a quick read for me and was entertaining but there was something missing for me from the three main characters (the sisters) and I didn't feel any connection to them. The conflict felt forced and was never clearly resolved, instead the characters agreed to ignore it. This book reminded me a lot of The Weird Sisters. It also has three sisters with academic parents with names that they feel they have to "live up to."

    9. This was an ok read. Very quick. I must admit that contemporary fiction is not my favorite genre. My biggest problem is that none of the characters really grow. They are all in exactly the same place as they started. And I kept waiting for any one of the characters to become likeable and it never really happened.

    10. I received this book through the First Reads giveaway.The Pretty One had too much of a contemporary, modern writing theme for my taste (not my cup of tea). I do not mind if there are a few pop culture references here or there, but when I was reading this novel, I only understood half the references (the novel is set in 2010, which is not mentioned until halfway through the book) that were made, because they were the kind of references you would understand at that moment in time, but probably no [...]

    11. Appears first on my blog: The Life of a BibliophileAt the beginning of this month, I restarted the book club I'm in with my mother, sister, aunts and cousins. I had suggested this book off seeing 1 book review that made it sound decent enough and would appeal to my mother and aunt who aren't into the sci fi/fantasy/YA stuff that I tend to go for. Normally I never suggest a book without reading it, but apparently I can't bring a book I've already read to book club (But how else will I know if it' [...]

    12. This review was originally published on Cozy Up With A Good ReadI love books about family relationships especially those dealing with siblings who are all different from one another. I honestly didn't feel that I got much out of this book when I finally finished it. So much seemed to happen in this story and nothing truly got resolved (at least inn my opinion).What I really felt was that I was thrown into the story right away, and readers don't get much of a chance to get to know the characters. [...]

    13. So, when I first started reading this, like back earlier in the year, I was having a hard time relating for a lot of reasons. The main reasons were: Age, Experiences, and most importantly Sisters. I only have a brother and I can relate absolutely nothing with him, since he's much older than me and we have different interests. But then, I joined a sorority and I got over a thousand sisters overnight, except for my three line sisters who I spent 78 days and 8 minutes with each and every day talkin [...]

    14. There is always plenty of material to be had when you are writing about the complicated relationships that siblings can have. All three of the Hellinger sisters have had achievements in various forms in their lives and while they see each other frequently, they don't seem to really like each other very much. We are introduced to Pia first, whose story seems to be the most prominent for most of the book. Her trip to a New Year's brunch gives the reader a small background into her life and into he [...]

    15. Review first published on my blog: memoriesfrombooksThe Pretty One is a story of sisters - Perri, Pia, and Gus. Perri is the one with the successful business, a solid marriage, and accomplished kids. Olympia or Pia is the beautiful one choosing to be a single mother. Gus is the free spirit in the throes of a breakup.However, sometimes all is not what it seems. All three have aspects of their lives they keep hidden - an old flame returning, an affair, and other things. Their relationships ebb and [...]

    16. Sometimes you're in the mood for something light. Like when you're packing up a house, getting your energy back from extended traveling, and when the other book you're reading is anything but light (Paris, WWII, Jews). So I picked up this book and it was, indeed, light. I stayed with it, as there were things I liked about the premise (the impact of being labeled, family dynamics, etc.), but ultimately the characters felt too pigeonholed to be believed, and they were all pretty shrill. Plot-wise, [...]

    17. This is a contemporary tale of the lives of three grown sisters and their relationships with each other. This review may be unfair because I did not like any of the main characters in this book. That feeling will surelycolor this review. Each of these women is very self-centered. I felt that I was being pushed very hard tosuspend believability as to the true nature of these sisters. The most unbelievable sister is the youngest one.While we are supposed to believe that she is a very intelligent l [...]

    18. I understand conflict. I understand ramping up the stakes. These are what guide modern books--tension--disaster--human turmoil. But I find it easier to take in historical or fantasy books, or frankly when the story involves one protagonist. But with three miserable, squabbling sisters whose parents are clueless and whose lives disintegrate through the book, it's unpleasant to keep reading. It's not like Lincoln, fighting the Civil War with the angst increasing every day. It's just a well-to-do A [...]

    19. Three sisters, Three lives and one domineering mother. Perri is the perfect one in every sense with a family of her own and an utterly organised house. Olympia is a pretty and gorgeous one who is living her life as a single parent to her three-years old but can’t resist thinking about someone to share her dreams and fears with, cue her sperm donor. Gus is a political one who has just ended her relationship with her lesbian partner and quite strangely attracted to a dude guy. These three sister [...]

    20. Meet the Hellinger sisters of Hastings-on-Hudson:• Imperia (Perri): the eldest and the perfect sister. A mother of three and owner of a business, Perri leads a stressful life.• Olympia (Pia): the pretty sister. She is an artist and a single mother, and she envies all that Perri has.• Augusta (Gus): the lesbian sister. She makes her own rules and could care less about what her sisters think of her.As Perri faces her 40th birthday, she experiences a midlife crisis. What she doesn’t know is [...]

    21. Truly disappointed.I had such a hard time getting into this book from the beginning.Three sisters who have each had achievements and failures in their lives. But rather than empathize with each other or even try to understand, they seem to spend most of their time not liking each other and throwing barbs. Seriously, the dialogue is full of high school level snark and the sisters are constantly trying to one-up each other with predictable one-liners. I honestly couldn't find a character to root f [...]

    22. The book jacket reads, "…turning her wickedly funny and sharply observant eye on the life-long pleasures and punishments of sisterhood." The Pretty One wasn't that funny. As a matter of fact I don't recall laughing at all. I have a sister but as she is 10 years older than I we aren't at all close (which is unfortunate) so I cannot relate to the closeness or pleasures of sisterhood. (Gosh, when she graduated high school I was 8 years old!) There is, in one character, the requisite gay character [...]

    23. charlotteswebofbooks.The Pretty One was a pretty good book. The dynamics of the sister relationship makes this book such a fascinating read. They all have such strong personalities and all three of them are a bit trapped by the labels given them all those years ago. I think Pia was my favorite sister. I can easily say that Perri annoyed the crap out of me in great detail, but even I started to feel a little empathy towards her later in the book. I did finish the book feeling like not much had be [...]

    24. i randomly grabbed this one from the new audiobooks without knowing much about it- mainly that it was about three sisters. as i am the youngest of three sisters, this appealed to me much drama in the story. freak accidents, paternity surprises, extra-marital affairs, lesbians changing sidesd just when you think there can't be any more surprisesere are more surprises. it was all too much. plus the sisters' relationships with each other made me crazy. they were such jerks, always saying threatenin [...]

    25. If you have more than one sister, you know that at any given moment, two of you are talking about the other(s). Oh yes you are! You may be discussing their problems or their faults but you are talking. In this book, there are 3 sisters and each has taken on a role in their relationship. Each one thinks the other two either have it all or never do anything right. It really isn't all their fault because their mother is always complaining about something. In any case, they do come together during t [...]

    26. I received this book through the First Reads giveaway. If you have a sister, you'll love this book. The author did a great job with family members relating to one another, knowing their "hot buttons" and yet be protective of one another. The sisters see themselves as "labeled" (the smart one, the pretty one, the artistic one, the selfish one). It's not always done verballylf perception has an effect also.It doesn't matter how old one is, when the family gets together it's easy to revert to chil [...]

    27. I enjoyed this book, and did not want to put it down. I even didn't have a desire to peak at the end (I do that sometimes, to see if a book is worth the effort . . .) Three sisters each have their own issues, their own thoughts, and their own rivalries. They are close in age and are all between ages 36 and 39. It was a nicely paced story, and even though it mostly wraps up in the end, the last sentence is kind of an odd way to wrap up the book - but I liked it, too. Notice the front cover. Now, [...]

    28. I read this because Emily Giffin recommended one day on her Facebook page. I love all of Giffin's books, so I assumed I would feel the same about her recommendations. I felt that there was never a resolution. The sisters were not likable. I can deal with unlikable characters if there is some backstory as to why. The sisters were not good people. They were tirelessly envious of one another. It is such a sad way to live. They thought the worst of one another. If you think that way about your famil [...]

    29. A family drama steeped in pop-culture references, The Pretty One, follows the Hellinger family--Bob, Carol, Perri, Pia, and Gus--through accidents, health scares, break-ups and make-ups. The sisters are competitive and envious of one another--even though they are part of a loving family. Gossip and endless bickering threaten to rupture the sisters' relationships. Due in part to the supporting characters--Mike and Jeff Sims, Debbie, Patrick, and Lola--there is a happy ending. This book reminds us [...]

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