Book Review – The Pretty One by Lucinda Rosenfeld

So, I picked up this novel almost by accident. Almost by accident in this case means that it was lying on the table, and I noticed there were eraser marks across the cover page. Picking it up, I started to sweep those pesky shavings into the bin. WAIT! those shavings are printed into the cover page! Intriguing, I thought. What’s the title, the (squinting hard at the cursive) prettyone. Hmm.

Flips open and starts disinterestedly scanning. Soon, I was 20+ pages in. Enough said? If a book can be interesting enough to read when you don’t intend to start reading, I think it is a key marker of a good book IMO.

So this tells the story of 3 sisters who went down different paths in life. You feel like you may just as well be one of the sisters (you’ve 3 to choose from). They think things you probably think about too but are too embarrassed to admit.

Summary of 3 sisters’ life:

1st sister  – married, traditional, successful career, 2 kids (or was it 3?)

2nd sister – lesbian, family lawyer

3rd sister – single, lots of flings, one kid

This will be relatable to those with sisters. Equally appeals to married couples. Also good for people with children. (I use ‘people’ here because there’s a single mum with kid in the story) Let me also make clear at the beginning that “Pia” is the nickname for Olympia, and “Gus” the nickname for Augusta. That information would have been immensely useful to me had I know earlier – kept me thinking that there are more than 3 people. Geez.

Moving on, the three sisters encounter interesting experiences in their lives. In no particular order and keeping them generic so as not to give away any spoilers: sibling rivalry, betrayal, midlife crisis, getting hit on from unexpected (BIG clue) people, sexual orientation, mistaken identity, blast from the past, one night stands, hookups.

Writing flows easily and not difficult to understand.

Rating: 7/10 (family drama, married life, things you secretly want but too embarrassed to admit, relatable to people with children, a women’s novel, could have been more exciting but I guess, how exciting can it be without psychotic killers and humanity-erasing viruses? I digress.)