Book Club: The Smart One

by Heidi on July 8, 2013

Once upon a time I had a pretty awesome book club. It consisted of three of my closest gal pals and a couple others, we’d get together monthly to discuss books, life and have a couple glasses of wine at our favorite DC eateries.

Then two of us moved.

One of us moved back.

But after many short sighted (failed) attempts, I vowed to get book club back (after I read this post from Skinny Mom), so Lexi and I put out a call for new members, and BOOM. We had a real book club. Back again and better than ever.

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We met a few weeks ago at Red Red Wine for Sunday brunch in Annapolis to discuss our first read.

On the book…

The Smart One  by Jennifer Close

The Coffey siblings are having a rough year. Martha is thirty and working at J. Crew after a spectacular career flameout; Claire has broken up with her fiancé and locked herself in her New York apartment until her bank account looks as grim as her mood; and the baby of the family, Max, is dating a knockout classmate named Cleo and keeping a very big, very life-altering secret. The only solution—for all of them—is to move back home.

But things aren’t so easy the second time around, for them or for their mother, Weezy. Martha and Claire have regressed to fighting over the shared bathroom, Weezy can’t quite bring herself to stop planning Claire’s thwarted wedding, and Max and Cleo are exchanging secretive whispers in the basement.  Jennifer Close’s funny and tender follow-up to her bestselling debut novel is a story about the ways in which we never really grow up, and the people we turn to when things go drastically wrong: family.  {via Amazon}

Without giving away too many spoilers, I liked the book, but I didn’t love it. The book was very character driven, and none of the characters were blow your mind amazing people. The two daughters were overly whiny and entitled and the son, while you felt bad for him, I also felt very much like “wellp, you brought this on yourself bud.”

The book drags on all their stories and conflicts and ends abruptly leaving you like “really? that’s it?”

On brunch…

Unfortunately, I failed to get pictures of brunch but the New Orleans style brunch at Red Red Wine bar on Main Street in Annapolis is amazing. I had the Crab benedict which was delicious (though, I prefer Eggcellence really)

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