Brilliant – Rachel Vail Review

In Brilliant, the conclusion to the Avery sisters trilogy, Rachel Vail delivers the ultimate summer story. Sixteen-year-old Quinn is in love, but it’s not that simple. Quinn is just about perfect: She doesn’t make a fuss—even when her family is facing the loss of their home and a financial meltdown; she doesn’t get angry—even when her younger sister screams her head off straight in Quinn’s direction; and she certainly does not fall head-over-heels for a guy totally out of her league and then mistakenly go off and kiss her sister’s boyfriend…till now.

This was my least favourite of the three novels in the Avery Sisters trilogy. From the beginning, I had a hard time relating to Quinn. In fact, she came out sounding like a very selfish, small person and I was surprised that Rachel Vail decided to paint her that way. Allison and Phoebe turned out to be better representations than the versions they were viewed as, but Quinn turned out to be much worse. She was painted as fake – “the ultimate con girl”. I wasn’t able to connect with the ultimate con girl. I also can’t connect with the girl who kissed her sister’s boyfriend.

In an effort to remain brilliant, zen, understanding Quinn, she goes a little overboard. Most of the choices she made were just so bad. I know teenagers make bad choices, but Quinn made them all in one night, which really felt unrealistic. I had a little sympathy for her, but honestly not much. I can understanding how heartbreaking it is to lose your sense of self and not know who you are and where you fit into the world. I can even sympathize with losing possessions that represent important moments and memories in your life. I just think Quinn didn’t handle the loss very well. Going to a party and getting drunk seem like really poor ways at showing your displeasure and your anger at your parents.

Overall, not a great book. Okay if you want to kill some time.

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One thought on “Brilliant – Rachel Vail Review

  1. I read a couple of excellent trilogies last year, one by Sandra Gulland about Joesphine Bonaparte and the other (by Nancy Turner) about Sarah Prine, a woman from Arizona surviving on a ranch, both fabulous reads and both based on real people, an excellent way to absorb some great American and French history.

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