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by Rachel Vail

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Everything is going to be fine . . . .

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.

Until now,


Everything is going to be fine . . . .

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.

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?

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.

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VOYA - Teri S. Lesesne
Quinn has always been told she is brilliant, but she works hard for her good grades. That's not brilliant, is it? Her piano playing is not brilliant either, so how is she brilliant? Perhaps the answer lies in how Quinn deals with all of the trouble in life. Right now her mother is losing her job and is even under criminal investigation for her activities as an investor. Their house must be sold, and the family will move in with Quinn's grandparents. Quinn appears to take it all in stride, giving no outward sign that she is worried about the future of the Avery family. In this third book about the Avery family, Vail creates a moving story of a teen who does not want to be known as the sensible one, the responsible one, the one who can deal. Quinn's emotional turmoil and her reaction to all the changes in her life are realistic and will draw readers further into her story. Readers unfamiliar with the other two books about this trio of girls will find it simple to step into Quinn's story and will want to read Lucky (HarperTeen, 2008/VOYA August 2008) and Gorgeous (HarperTeen, 2009/VOYA August 2009) as well. Here is a story that skillfully combines family, romance, and coming of age, never allowing the story to become melodramatic despite it's sometimes melodramatic collection of teen characters. Reviewer: Teri S. Lesesne
Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
How does a teen change from being an obedient daughter and responsible older sister for two younger siblings to someone following her own destructing interests? When Quinn starts down the path of lying, sneaking out, and partying, she becomes a different person. She is no longer the calm and brilliant daughter, a piano virtuoso, that her family knew. Her summer of change defines a new Quinn as she tries to let go and hang on at the same time. This novel is part of the "Avery Sisterhood" trilogy, which also includes Lucky and Gorgeous. It would be best for the reader begin with the other two books to have an understanding of the dynamics of the Avery family. The earlier books are from the perspective of the younger sisters, Allison and Phoebe, and give the reader insight into their relationship with their older sister. This third book finalizes the three sisters' interconnected lives. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—This final, stand-alone book in the Avery sisters trilogy that includes Lucky (2008) and Gorgeous (2009, both HarperCollins) is told from 16-year-old Quinn's point of view. The eldest child, she has always been the dependable daughter, loyal to her parents and a good girl who works hard and excels at everything. But her mom's loss of her high-paying job—and her need for a lawyer—is taking a toll on the whole family, Quinn included, as they prepare to move out of their home and face an uncertain future. Suddenly her behavior is very un-Quinn-like (kissing her sister's ex, making out with guys at parties, admitting her feelings to her longtime crush), but ultimately freeing, as she comes to acknowledge her parents' flaws as well as her own. Good girls and rebels alike will be able to identify with this adolescent rite of passage; Quinn's response is realistic, her friends and family are well drawn, and her happy-enough ending is hard won. A natural choice for teens waiting for their next Sarah Dessen fix.—Laurie Slagenwhite Walters, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI
Kirkus Reviews
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)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Avery Sisters Trilogy , #3
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Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Rachel Vail is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed novels If We Kiss and Lucky, Gorgeous, and Brilliant (the Avery sisters trilogy) and more than a dozen other novels for young teens, including the Friendship Ring series. Rachel has also written many beloved picture books, including Piggy Bunny and Sometimes I'm Bombaloo, and two hit novels for elementary school kids, Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters; and Justin Case: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom. Rachel lives in New York City with her husband and their two sons.

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Brilliant 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first two of the seires and luved them and i enjoyed seeing the world from Quinns piont of veiw but i just hate when u get really into a seires and ur allhooked on it and ur reading the last book and then it seems like an hour later the book is gone and u have to move on with the rest of ur life and leave the book behind.............until they make a movie (they should make a movie)
16yearoldbookgirl More than 1 year ago
read the first two of the series then this it is good
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This book would be a good read if you have read the first 2 and liked them. But if you are a new reader to the trilogy, I would not recommend it. It lacked a lot of consistency with the character's personality and the book lacked a general plot.
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Lorraine Cipriano More than 1 year ago
Three witty books, Brilliant is a perfect ending to the trilogy. I highly recommend these books.
STORE NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
It was really interestinng and it ade me ask qquesttions and really imange myself in tht situation 4stars
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
The last book of the Avery sisters' trilogy comes from the eldest sister, Quinn's, perspective. She's always been the one in control, the good girl, the serious girl, and the nerdy girl. Her youngest sister is lucky and her middle sister is gorgeous. Quinn finds herself wanting to compete with them and become someone. Quinn wants to shed her good girl image. A new friend she meets at camp might help her. She wants to fix up Quinn and her best friend with boys. They start going to parties and meeting new people. Quinn isn't sure she wants a boyfriend, since she's been crushing over her piano teacher for years, who is now in college. He's slowly beginning to notice her just as she has other dating options. Besides finding herself, Quinn's family is going through a rough patch. Her mother's in hot water at work. The family must sell their home and downsize considerably. Quinn's always held her mother in high regard, but now she doesn't know how to feel. She's angry, hurt, and confused. With boy trauma, family upheaval, and trying to change her image, will she go off the deep end? BRILLIANT is the simultaneous companion story to LUCKY and GORGEOUS from the eldest sister's perspective. The three grow up, find themselves, and find their true strength in these books about sisters, romance, friendship, and dreams - all while dealing with family drama.