HAND-ME-DOWN

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This entertaining story is enhanced by an intriguingly flawed main character. Named after the least famous Brontë sister, Anne Olsen has always felt third-best next to her older sisters, supermodel Charlotte and feminist writer Emily.

Her sisters are financially secure, happily married and have adorable husbands and children. Anne wants a great career and a family too, but at 29, she hasn't found her niche, or the man of her dreams. One thing holding her back is an intense and sometimes humorous aversion to anything used. After years of wearing her sisters' hand-me-downs, Anne likes only the new. The only thing worse than hand-me-down clothing is a hand-me-down boyfriend, despite the fact that her sister's ex seems to be The One.

Nichols' talent for telling stories is enhanced by her special knack with characters. Anne's verve imbues every step of her journey, making it pure pleasure for the reader. (Jun., 368 pp., $12.95)
Reviewed by: 
Cindy Harrison