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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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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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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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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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A perfect way to end the series!!

I bawled yes...I was totally engulfed in the whole series but especially this one. Nothing short of amazing! These are the books that should be made into movies!

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best book of the series, and thats not saying much

this totally goes against "love yourself" this teaches, judge yourself. only men can have causal sex with a clear conscience.

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Captivating

I listened to the series backward, but was in love after the first one. I mean a sincere compliment in that I haven’t been able to relate so closely to characters and life circumstance since I read The Babysitters Club decades ago. Like that series in the 90’s, I hope this series continues. The class, innocence, and genuine nature, true to themselves character of the determined young women in this series are only the beginning of their representation of what empowerment is.

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The best for last!

I fell in love with these characters and the last one didn’t disappoint. My fav of all three! Read them, you will love them all!!

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another great one!

Rachel doesn't disappoint. Romance, suspense, laughter, and much more. I want another book. I couldn't stop listening!

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LOVED ALL OF THIS BOOK!

Loved listening to Rachel! Loved the story & the characters! I Highly recommend this book!

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My Favorite of the series!

This is good series to start with but Smart Girl is the best book of them all. Thank you, Rachel Hollis, for putting into words through Miko's story a very real and prevalent problem in today's dating world. Thank you for showing a flawed character who learns to respect and love herself first in order to love others better. I relate to her character in so many ways and found myself crying at the end (which of course is the best reaction to any book). That's the good stuff. Bravo!

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  • 02-14-18

Another fab book by msrachelhollis thankyou I especially love the grand gesture it made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck

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  • 10-23-17

Absolutely loved it!

Another brilliant read from Rachel Hollis! 💗 Really really hope you write more Rachel! Xxxxx xxx

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  • Carôle
  • 01-23-17

Full Summation of the trilogies but Least Satisfying

This is the final book in the 'Girl' trilogy. I'm glad that it is also part of the Kindle Unlimited package, like the first (which the second one wasn't, but was more worth the credit).

It pulls together and fully concludes the previous two stories satisfactorily, but of itself is a very unsatisfactory story. We first meet Nico in Party Girl and she is introduced as the strong, professional, together, advisor, helper and mentor to Landan. So. It came as a surprise to me that she is written as a flaky, addle-brained, hopeless romantic rather than a practical romantic, given the character she initially is and the characters that she is surrounded by.

If you've already listened to Party Girl and Sweet Girl (my favourite), you may as well go ahead and listen to this one. It completes the stories which is a tidy ending, whilst not necessarily making you feel anything for either of the two central characters.

If you too are a hopeless romantic, then at least you'll learn which other books are out there worth reading, if you haven't read them already. There are some good classics.