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Brilliant designer Miko Jin is a hopeless romantic. She's spent most of her life falling in love over and over again...with the men she finds in the pages of her favorite novels.

When Miko meets Liam Ashton, it's love at first sight. At least, for her. Sure, the two of them are polar opposites, and yes, he seems to be dating someone new each week. But Miko knows what true love is and that you can't rush it - after all, what she lacks in real-world experience, she makes up for in book smarts. With novels as her guide, and her best friends by her side, she knows she can get Liam to love her back. But just like any good romance novel, fate has a few plot twists in store. Will Miko get her own happy ending? Will she find the strength to stand up for what she deserves even if it means breaking her own heart?

©2016 Rachel Hollis (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Great book

I loved this series. I loved the way the author narrated her books, as well as the storyline it's self.

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  • EG
  • 2019-11-08

Sad it’s over!

Nooo I’m so sad this book and the series are over! Make the series into a movie!!! I’m an event planner which is what hooked me with party girl, but didn’t expect to love all three books as much as I do. Love Rachel’s writing. I want more!

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This one is my favourite in this series!

It is hard to write a good book where there is not much of a story line, and all captivation is base in the description of emotions of the characters. But Rachel Hollis did a marvellous job with this book! I loved it!

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  • Jennifer
  • 2016-09-03

Not as good as the first two

I really liked the first two books in this series but found it difficult to relate and not just get frustrated with a head in the clouds protagonist. I felt like I was hearing the interior monologue of a teenager - not a successful young woman.

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  • Holly Helscher
  • 2016-07-15

Too Bad

Smart Girl is the last in The Girls series trilogy by Rachel Hollis. The point of view in this one is Miko, who we've come to learn in the first two books has a love affair with literature. Quirky, cute and in business with Landon, she is an event designer in love with Liam Ashton, another brother of Max's.

The plot fell just short of good. Unlike the other two, it has a one-note rather than a multi-note conflict; Miko's plan to snag Liam. She makes a list of snaring activities based on her favorite literary romances. As she implements the first two, the reader gets a sense that they are all going to go awry and the plot will be funny and show us Miko getting out of and/or explaining all kinds of scrapes. The problem is that the list becomes an inconsistent plot device. Sometimes it's there. Sometimes it's not. We are constantly in Miko's head as she convinces herself she is mature and worldly. In the meantime, Liam is self-absorbed and selfish, which causes Miko to behave similarly.

Unlike the first two books which feature the effervescent Landon and grouchy but soft-hearted Max, who both have experience tension about a guy but also have a complicated life dream they are trying to achieve, all Miko wants is Liam. She has no other life plan. That makes her one-dimensional. It creates a certain amount of boredom in the book. And I found as I read on, I didn't respect Miko very much. And I certainly didn't respect Liam. The reason for his aloofness was not well developed. Rather, it was only hinted at. Here we have this wealthy and successful man coming from a very friendly and close-knit family acting like a jerk most of the time. And the reader doesn't feel he has a very good reason for it. Had Rachel developed that better, we may have bought into Miko's belief that he is kind and good.

In a trilogy it is usually the second book that is the weakest. But in this case, it is the third one. It's simply not as good as the other two because Miko is a flat character. We know more about her from the first two books than in the one from her point of view. But even in those, we learn nothing about her life dream. Is her life dream really only about a guy? And this particular guy?

It didn't matter that the ending was predictable. The other two were as well, but the tension in the first two was created much better because of the complexity of the stories. In this one, not so much. The epilogue finishes Miko's story, but it also finishes the stories of Landon and Max.

It would have been nice as the girls hug each other in the final paragraphs if they would have given a toast to Sandra Bullock, a behavioral trope carried throughout the book.

Once again the narrator is the author. And once again, her ability to differentiate voices is not well done. However, by now the reader expects it and isn't as confused as in the second book.

All in all, I enjoyed the series. And I'd probably buy another book by Hollis. Any author can have a weak book. And this is Rachel's.

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  • LouAnnaDG
  • 2019-06-07

Stop after Sweet Girl (#2) of this trilogy.

First of all, I am a big Rachel Hollis fan. The first Book in this series was very cute. The second book was also good. However this book took a turn from characters who have determination, complexity, and ambition to a character who is whiney, desperate, immature, sad, pathetic, and who seems to harass and stalk a love interest. I could only listen to about 40% before I decided that I did not even want to hear the end of the story. Don’t waste your time and money on this one.

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  • Deborah K. Peer
  • 2017-02-07

Smart Girl

Overall not a bad story; of the three in the series I liked this the least. The main character tried to manufacture love and a relationship within what amounted to a constant booty call. The weird and it was just a pointing in they had I had hoped our protagonist would have grown. Although she had shown some progress, with this sappy ending she was reduced back to the dutiful little woman on his terms. I fully expected the story to produce another, truer, leading man and she would realize was a much better match and choice for her heart.

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  • louise
  • 2020-11-12

Don't Bother with Book 3.

Avoid this book. If you read the first two, like I did, and think you have to finish, think again. The author, to begin with, narrated her own book again. I could overlook that in book 1 since it sounded like the main character probably talked like that. By book two, I had so much trouble getting past Max sounding like Landon, that I was put off. In spite of that, I finished book 2 and thought that I would finish the series. Apparently, the only voice the narrator can do is Landon, which must be her own voice. What would it hurt to hire a damn narrator? So, we get to Miko, who now sounds like she is from West Texas. Book 3 is a joke. If you liked Miko from book one and two, then you will hate the new Miko in book 3. She turns from the cool girl with great style and self-confidence as a designer to a blithering 12 year old. I grew to hate this character and I realized that she reminds me of every dumb friend I ever had who was treated badly by a guy. I don't buy the ending, not for one second. A zebra doesn't change it's stripes. You can't be that selfish and unfeeling and then turn on a dime. The only reason I didn't stop and return this was because I wanted to review it. I am hoping to save some of you money who actually enjoy good stories. This was horrible.

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  • Amanda Dawson
  • 2020-08-20

The final book in the series was by far the best!

This book was even better than the last. Rachel was fantastic in the way she combined all three books. The ending was a perfect fairy tail! Thanks Rachel for your talent, romantic imagery, and making me smile, cry, and laugh!

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  • Cindy
  • 2020-08-08

Great story!!!

This was such an enjoyable book to listen to! Great job... loved each of the characters and their own lives as well as the main characters.... really wish there were a ton more books like this to read/listen too! Thank you for a truly wholesome story full of wonderful real life adventures in love, friendships and family! Please write more!!!!

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  • Johanna
  • 2020-07-31

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So I have every mixed feelings about this one. Miko was such a strong character in the first two books and in this one she throws all her smarts and strength out the window for a guy. She had warning signs everywhere—she ignored them. Her family and friends warned her—she didn’t see it or want to see it. She finally woke up and stepped back to find herself again. That part was great. The grand gesture at the end was adorable. The end to the epilogue felt a little rushed though. Also the epilogue included tidbits about all the girls. I agree with another reviewer who said a chapter about each of the primary girls with mentions of Malin and Cassidy would have been great. She could have also written a book about Malin or Cassidy and spread out the updates about the crew. I did like how the primary three were wrapped up though.

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  • Jennifer McEnulty
  • 2020-06-08

Sweet story

I loved the story and the message behind it. Great narration, great character development, and great message for women.

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  • Maryb
  • 2020-05-07

So sweet!

I did love this 3 book series, though the 2nd one wasn’t the best. I would definitely read more Rachel Hollis fiction in the future!