By Rachel Vail
Harper Teen, Hardcover, 9780060890490, 249pp.
Publication Date: May 25, 2010
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.
Praise for Brilliant: “Good girls and rebels alike will be able to identify with this adolescent rite of passage. A natural choice for teens waiting for their next Sarah Dessen fix.”
-School Library Journal
“Vail has done a superb job. Readers who pick this title up will definitely want to backtrack to the earlier titles, and those who’ve heard Phoebe’s and Allison’s takes won’t want to miss Quinn’s.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Vail ends this trilogy on a high note, one that should especially resonate with teens whose lives have changed with the economy. ”
“Vail shows a clear understanding of the everyday turmoil faced by today’s teens and handles them with wit and obvious affection. If they haven’t already read its predecessor, Lucky (2008), teens will want to after finishing this one.”