The Smartest Girl in the Room

The Smartest Girl in the Room

by Deborah Nam-Krane


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ISBN-13: 9781483998978
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/16/2013
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Deborah Nam-Krane was born in New York, raised in Cambridge and went to school in Boston. You're forgiven for assuming she's prejudiced toward anything city or urban. She's been writing in one way or another since she was eight years old (and telling stories well before that). She first met some of the characters in this story when she was thirteen years old, but it took two decades- and a couple of other characters- to get the story just right.

In 2012 she wrote the History section of her sister Suzanne Nam's Moon Thailand (Moon Handbooks).

A blogger since 2006, she can be found in a number of places. Please check for more information and to join her mailing list.

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The Smartest Girl in the Room 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Albinomex More than 1 year ago
Knowledge is Power!, October 15, 2013 This review is from: The Smartest Girl in the Room (The New Pioneers) (Kindle Edition) On our journey to find happiness & understanding what we desire can sometimes lead to heartache, but when in doubt always trust your inner voice. ;-) This is one of those books you find yourself cheering the girl on, & then get that swift slap to he face as she makes a questionable decision. Luckily she never allows her inner voice to be squashed out, & takes the world on without fearing the consequences! Emily is funny, smart, & I genuinely like her & her friends (okay most of them.) This is a story I would appreciate my daughters reading as it brings some very important yet sensitive matters to light, but balances it out with humor & using knowledge to our ability. I always appreciate when an author can do this without going to that super dark side. She succeeds in getting the points across without going overboard making a very enjoyable read!
Caroline-Fardig More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed every moment of this book. THE SMARTEST GIRL IN THE ROOM is a well-written tale of several college students and their academic and romantic trials on the road to graduation.  The characters and their dilemmas definitely took me back to my college years! Emily has a less than nurturing family life, so she puts everything she has into graduating early in order to become self-sufficient.  Unfortunately, her go-it-alone pride also begins spilling into her personal life, creating conflict between Emily and her friends and boyfriends. I loved the supporting characters in this book—Emily’s flaky best friend, the nerdy guys in the Solar Car Club, and especially Mitch, the flawed but lovable guy who you REALLY hope Emily ends up with.  I even liked the “bad guys”—they were so perfectly nasty!  THE SMARTEST GIRL IN THE ROOM is the first in the NEW PIONEERS series, and I can’t wait to read more about these characters!
Kristin_S_Kim More than 1 year ago
I love Emily, she's a firecracker! Disclaimer: I received an e-copy in exchange for an honest review. Emily is having a tough time: She's in college, trying to graduate at the ripe old age of 19, taking 5 courses at a time, sleeping on a couch in her mother's study, and just basically trying to survive without having a mental breakdown. Then she meets Mitch, and all bets are off: He's incredibly handsome, has a great sense of humor, and makes her forget about everything else going on around her. However, things aren't always as they seem, and Emily's trip through college turns out to be extremely eventful as she meets ever more interesting people. There's definitely a reason why this book sucked me in from the start. There's something in it for everyone, at least one thing that every person can identify with: wonderful friendships, rocky relationships, overloaded schedules, crazy roommates, and the list goes on. For me, the best part was jumping back and forth between Emily's and Mitch's POV, as it gave insight to both and how they were coping with not only their feelings/issues with each other, but also everything else going on around them. There's a bunch of characters to keep track of, but their stories all intertwine, just as it seems to always do at college. There's love, loss, happiness, sadness, comedy, tragedy, and a healthy dose of plain ol' New Adult angst and anxiety to tie it all up nicely. We've all been there, and no matter which character you readily identify with, there's at least one that will grab you and hold on tight, pulling you deeper and deeper into the story. I'm for one going to add this author to my must-read list, and I look forward to more from her very soon. =) 5 stars