Reason I Liked It: The fast paced rise of the Hellar girls from nobodies to it-girls made for easy breezy reading. I felt delightfully indulgent reading it, especially with the Dynasty era like portrait on the front cover. A dead ringer for Heather Locklear, no? Well, Theresa Rebeck comes from a drama background, and this book felt exaclty like that. First, pretend to be Daria.
Act aloof while you hover at the bar with a cosmo. Then pull a Polly, and let some sleazy wannabe film producer fondle you. Switch gears to be Amelia and viciously bite the guy on the arm. Then head home and end the night as the brother Philip by watching reruns of Star Trek on the T. Verdict: At first I found the book fun, if a bit vacuous. But eventually the incessant upspeak, self-righteous rants and melodrama got to me. Good Present For: That girlfriend of yours who is considering applying to a reality t.
This is a fun, sometimes poignant read about how their fifteen minutes of fame affects each of the three drop-dead gorgeous sisters and the subsequent jettisoning of the brother. This is a compulsive read that I just didn't want to put down till I had finished it. The cover of the copy that I have has a completely different image of a beautiful woman who has a deer-i This is a fun, sometimes poignant read about how their fifteen minutes of fame affects each of the three drop-dead gorgeous sisters and the subsequent jettisoning of the brother.
The cover of the copy that I have has a completely different image of a beautiful woman who has a deer-in-the-headlights look on her face as an anonymous hand is lighting her cigarette. I don't really think that either of these covers really does justice to the characters or the story. You would never know that all of the characters are teens from looking at these covers, for instance.
View 1 comment. Jun 23, Jessica rated it did not like it Shelves: new-york , borrowed-from-library. I nearly didn't make it through this overpraised novel by a decent playwright and television screenwriter , but had insomnia and nothing better to do than read it while lying on the sofa and cursing my existence.
From the first chapter it is painfully clear that this book is exactly what the world does not need more of -- an examination of overindulged rich New York teenagers who think Holden Caulfield is the height of wit and authenticity. Let me tell you, A Catcher in the Rye wasn't that good I nearly didn't make it through this overpraised novel by a decent playwright and television screenwriter , but had insomnia and nothing better to do than read it while lying on the sofa and cursing my existence.
Let me tell you, A Catcher in the Rye wasn't that good to begin with, no matter what your high school English teacher may have told you. All of those irritating tics are everpresent here -- I ask you, when was the last time you heard a New York City private school teenager call something "lousy" or "crummy" or "phony"?
Add in cartoon cut-out figures of lecherous movie stars, ruthless agents, mealy-mouthed publicists, and incompetent, harridan parents, and you have a book that's long on flashbulb images of a tiny segment of fashionista nightlife and short on plot, character development, wit, or really any redeeming literary feature. Worst of all, nothing actually really happens. There are repeated references to "and here's where things really started to go haywire" but the story has no arc.
Some hints are dropped about the monstrous things the absent daddy once did to the oldest daughter, and there is some business involving a gun in a hotel room, but nothing is developed. Moreover, the book doesn't really make sense. Dec 24, Steve Lindahl rated it it was amazing. This was the right book to read in the month when Lindsay Lohan's Playboy pictorial came out. Daria, Polly, and Amelia Heller are, like Lohan, products of dysfunctional parents. Their mother has an out of control fascination with fame and their father, who has serious issues that are revealed later in the story, is an absentee parent with a new family.
Three Girls and Their Brother must have been inspired by the Hemingway sisters. Like Joan, Margaux, and Mariel, the Heller girls are the grandchil This was the right book to read in the month when Lindsay Lohan's Playboy pictorial came out. Like Joan, Margaux, and Mariel, the Heller girls are the grandchildren of a major literary figure and are successful models and actresses. The similarities continue as Amelia, the youngest Heller, begins to achieve the most success and becomes involved with a film actor who has a destructive interest in very young girls. The Heller women, unlike their real life counterparts, have a brother.
Philip has a view of what is important in life that runs counter to the view of their mother. He is very protective of Amelia and serves as an anchor to the wild action in the story. The story is told through the points of view of the three siblings. This is handled very well and works to increase the sense that these young people are the only family they have. This is a feel good book in the sense that it makes those of us who are not famous, satisfied with our lives.
I was disappointed with the ending which had elements that felt as if they were set up and somewhat unbelievable. Also, there were too many issues left open. But overall, it was an excellent read and lots of fun. I listened to the audio version, which was well narrated. Jan 29, Meghan rated it it was amazing Shelves: ya , alex-award I devoured this one and can't wait to convincing readers who love books about fashion, models, paparazzi, and fame to read it too.
I look forward to tricking them into reading an amazingly well-written, funny, sad, and tense story of three sisters who are transformed into "It Girls" and their brother who tries to protect them as they become commodities. The book gives each sibling a turn to narrate the roller coaster ride and I thought Rebeck did a fantastic job of giving them each their own voi I devoured this one and can't wait to convincing readers who love books about fashion, models, paparazzi, and fame to read it too.
The book gives each sibling a turn to narrate the roller coaster ride and I thought Rebeck did a fantastic job of giving them each their own voice while keeping the story moving forward at a breakneck speed. Both adults and teens will love this behind the scenes look at the price of fame in contemporary America. Mar 17, Karlan rated it really liked it Recommended to Karlan by: Booklist. Shelves: adult , ya. Playwright, Rebeck, knows how to tell a good story with lively dialog. Three beautiful red haired teenage girls discover that fame has real drawbacks after they become models.
Although it was published for adults, it will please many teen readers. Actually, once you get into it, this is a very strong and compelling first novel by an experienced playwright. Think Catcher in the Rye meets Project Runway. The tale of alienated adolescence is told from the perspectives of four siblings, each in turn, as a commentary on the base manipulations and shallow self-absorption that seem to drive media fixations on which celebrity du jour is "IN" at the moment. The novel follows the chain of events as the three redheaded Heller girls—Daria, 18; Polly, Actually, once you get into it, this is a very strong and compelling first novel by an experienced playwright.
The novel follows the chain of events as the three redheaded Heller girls—Daria, 18; Polly, 17, and Amelia, 14—are discovered as the latest thing after a pivotal photoshoot for The New Yorker , its readers already recognizing their last name due to their dead grandfather who is one of those literary critics all educated people have heard of but no one really reads. The tension throughout the story rests on the seductive pull and power of glamour versus the yearnings for a meaningful family life, particularly when your parents are totally selfish and clueless people, each in their own disappointing but distinctive way.
I think women will certainly be much more interested in this book than men, given the heavy focus on fashion and the life of supermodels. It is its damning commentary on the parents who create such dysfunctional families that interested me more, personally. At first, I felt the dialogue a bit contrived and over the top, just a tad too precious, but once I got into the flow of the book I grew quite accustomed to it, and even started to enjoy it. Some of them are people too, and might be happier just watching reruns of Star Trek with their older brother and a family dog rather than drinking Cristal with Eurotrash twice their age in swanky uptown clubs.
May 01, Chelsea rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone looking for a fantastic guilty pleasure read. I can't say enough about how much I loved this book. I really loved how there was a continuing perspective from each of the main characters point of view.
The story line was catchy and had me immediately drawn in, and I felt like I was really reading a guilty pleasure based on the premise of the book. That in itself kept me reeled in for the entire novel. The novel starts out from Phillip's point of view; the younger brother with an actual head on his shoulders.
He pretty much seems to be the onl I can't say enough about how much I loved this book. He pretty much seems to be the only person in the story apart from Amelia in the first half of the novel that has any sense and can see that the whole "Lets make these girls famous overnight" situation is going to eventually turn bad.
Amelia initially is not too pleased with being dragged around like someone's puppet either but since she is so young, she is forced into it, and eventually falls into the smoke and mirrors. The two older sisters, who's perspectives are not as focused in as Phillip and Amelia's eventually come around and really begin to see that a train wreck is about to happen, they just don't know how or when.
I loved that the reader was able to see that train wreck coming WAY ahead of time and perhaps that what kept me completely obsessed with reading this the whole way through. Sep 03, Jan rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction. Another fantastic recommendation from my friend Patricia. I wish that I had remembered to keep the book to refer back to for writing my review before I turned it back in at the library. In all honesty, when I started in on the book, I wasn't so sure that I liked it. But as I neared the end of the first chapter, I fell in complete and utter love.
In this chapter, the brother is describing his sisters' first photo shoot and how he got pulled in for a few shots. He doesn't really enjoy himself and g Another fantastic recommendation from my friend Patricia. He doesn't really enjoy himself and get comfortable for a while, and as soon as he does, that's when he's pulled out of the shoot. And maybe this will sound a bit pretentious here as I explain it, but he compares it to life in general, about how you never really figure out how to enjoy it until it's too late. That's it, that's what hooked me. I fell in love with this book.
It's not perfect by any means, and it's not some literary masterpiece, but it's good fun and tremendously readable. As an aside, I thought the oldest sister's sudden turnaround at the very end was completely out of left field and not especially believable, but that's my only quibble with the story. If you're anything like me, you'll end up feeling bad for these kids, especially the brother, but you'll have fun along the way, too. Oh, my god, this was so much fun. Three sisters aged 14 to 19 become "it" girls overnight, get embroiled in creepy celebrity craziness, and have to find their way back to being a family unit.
Meanwhle, almost every person around them is out to exploit them in some way, including their mother, who has exiled their brother to his unloving dad's house because he was asking uncomfortable questions. I guess that's a spoiler This is one of those books where you feel like you're on a fast- Oh, my god, this was so much fun. This is one of those books where you feel like you're on a fast-moving train with the characters. Not all of the plot elements hang together perfectly, but I didn't care, and neither should you.
For you young adult lit readers out there, I think this might qualify. It was the first book I'd read in a long time where all of the narrators were teens. Kate was right, very entertaining. It is terrible and awful. I was embarrassed to be seen with it and seriously considered making a book cover out of a paper grocery bag okay, I admit, I kind of just wanted to do that for old times sake, especially for the decorating part. Anyway, this cover is so bad and I think it really misrepresents the book. I liked the brother Philips voice the very best.
I found him to be Kate was right, very entertaining. I found him to be completely witty, wise and wonderful. Read: completely implausible. But whaddyagonnado, who cares as long as I'm entertained!! Dec 15, Monica rated it really liked it Shelves: This was pretty fantastic. I had heard such wonderful things about this book, but when it comes down to it how good can a book about three socialite models and their adventures in New York really be? Pretty great, it turns out. Every one of the four voices this book is told in is distinctive and pitch perfect. I think Rebeck's use of Holden Caulfield-esque slang is beautiful here - it feels timeless and fresh and charming as hell.
Not to mention, the story is shiny fun and I was never even a tiny This was pretty fantastic. Not to mention, the story is shiny fun and I was never even a tiny bit bored. Perfect beach book. Loved this. Jan 07, Joanne rated it it was ok Shelves: books-i-couldnt-finish. Man, what a bag of cliches this book is. I got halfway through the second part Amelia's voice and all I could think of was: who gives a damn about these vapid, self-centred, useless people?
There are so many more really worthwhile books out there, so adios to Three Girls and Their Brother. View 2 comments. Apr 25, Suzanne rated it liked it. Dark, dark satire of becoming famous and what happens with that. Remembering that all the siblings are under 19 makes everything way darker. Nov 09, Lou rated it really liked it Shelves: audiobook , alex. Timely read given the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal.
BTW, if you love theater, take any opportunity to see any Rebeck on offer. This book almost reads like a tv show, especially the ending, but I liked it for all it's semi-unbelievable drama and characters. I really loved how there was a continuing perspective from each of the main characters point of view. The faces of evil pictured who were convicted of abusing and grooming girls The evil group of nine who ran a child sex exploitation ring were jailed in Tell us what you think. Listen to this quote, where Phillip is meeting a famous middle-aged movie star for the first time. The three girls, all gorgeous redheads, land a photo shoot in The New Yorker , because of their fabulous hair and the fact that their grandfather was a semi-famous literary critic.
It's fiction and it's funny but all too real. Mar 08, Tom DeMarco rated it really liked it Shelves: favorites. The playwright Theresa Rebeck turns her talents loose on a novel. I couldn't get enough. BTW, if you love theater, take any opportunity to see any Rebeck on offer. They're all wonderful. Feb 13, Patricia rated it it was amazing Recommended to Patricia by: Deborah.
Shelves: read-in , good-modern-fiction. When this arrived at the library for me I had a moment of puzzlement as to why I would have requested this particular novel. The cover is a bit off-putting. But two paragraphs in, I was hooked. Goodreads tells me I heard about this book from Deborah. Thank goodness she is my friend on Goodreads. Now I'm curious as to what she had to say about it, but I'm going to write my review before I read hers. The voices in this story make this book. Particularly, the voice of the brother, Phillip, aged fift When this arrived at the library for me I had a moment of puzzlement as to why I would have requested this particular novel.
Particularly, the voice of the brother, Phillip, aged fifteen, who begins our adventure. Listen to this quote, where Phillip is meeting a famous middle-aged movie star for the first time. Polly is his 17 year-old sister. It was spooky, really; he looked just like he looks in the movies, where he's always waving a giant weapon, and he looked really short.
That's something I never considered, when I thought about meeting movie stars. Usually, when you see them? They're like four stories tall, on some giant movie screen somewhere. But when you meet them in person? They're actually just sort of people-sized. Which makes the whole experience kind of surreal, if you haven't thought about things like that ahead of time.
Plus, if the guy has his hand down your sister's pants, he looks significantly less like a movie star, and more like your average asshole. After we hear Phillip's view, then each of the sisters tells us a little more of the story, from their point of view. What happens to the four of them is fascinating, funny and shocking. I couldn't help thinking of real-life "it" girls and wondering how many of them had similar experiences. I would love to live in a society where sensible adults never let young people be pimped out to the the media like this, but in this book, it is the adults who do the dealing of flesh--and reap the rewards each time the girls are sold.
A book with La Aura as a main character? Also something I would read. Please Ms. Rebeck, please? Oh man. Not sure why this book does not have a higher rating, it's really quite entertaining; in addition to being very sad. I think we all dream, if only for a few seconds, of what it would be like to be famous, but this book definitely highlights the negative side of it. This book almost reads like a tv show, especially the ending, but I liked it for all it's semi-unbelievable drama and characters. I also liked the format of how this was written.
Each sibling has a section of the book where the Oh man. Each sibling has a section of the book where they share their perspective on what was happening. It was interesting to hear each one's voice and then also how they perceive each other. I thought that was very clever as it made it a bit harder to determine who was being the bad guy in any given situation. What I didn't like was the siblings' relationship amongst each other; they seemed to run so hot and cold.
Siblings fight and do not always get along all the time, but in some cases they just seemed to not even care about the well being of one another.
I couldn't understand why she would not be generally concerned about her little sister and Rex considering what happened to her. Overall, this book was intriguing, entertaining, baffling and disgusting all at the same time.
I don't know why I'm leaning toward 4 stars, but there could be some bias as I am one of 4 siblings and I could completely relate to a good portion of this. Mar 27, Charli rated it really liked it Shelves: for-review , award-winner , adult-for-teen. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. It is also a very old story of exploitation, greed, and over-the-top drama done in four first-person voices: the eponymous Heller siblings-three beautiful red-haired teenage girls-and, oh yes, their brother. The tale begins with a classy picture in Vanity Fair by a noted photographer and ends, semi-tragically, in the way that all celebrity stories seem to end-in tabloid headlines and with paparazzi shots and court proceedings.
Reading this book is like eating too much candy; it tastes good and you want to wolf it all down, but by the time you're done, it will make you feel sick.