Contemporary Women

Smart Vs. Pretty by Valerie Frankel

By Valerie Frankel

Out-of-work city expert Francesca Greenfield has regularly recognized that she was once the "smart" sister.  Amanda used to be the tender and beautiful one that, from the start, had consistently garnered many of the recognition -- and the entire dates.  Now they have been thrown jointly in a last-ditch attempt to avoid wasting the relatives coffeehouse company sooner than it is going completely down the drain.In the chaotic misdt of mad promotional schemes and piranhalike next-door rivals, the sisters Greenfield are going to need to set aside their hard-faught sibling competition --  and speedy! -- for the kin good.What occurs whilst a unmarried lady in her early thirties will get caught dwelling and dealing along with her sister back besides all of the insecurities of sibling rivalry?"From the place I stood now, fifteen years out of highschool, I knew that clever was once extra worthy than pretty.For something, lovely is offered to a person who has the time, power, funds, and should. or even with out workout or make-up, I thought of myself to be serviceably beautiful. I elicit a grunt from workmen. Baggers on the grocery store, notwithstanding, known as me ma'am."Meet Francesca Greenfield, a wise, city expert unexpectedly tossed out of her so-so profession and into the enterprise of marketing espresso along her beautiful, perky sister Amanda.But promoting espresso is just the beginning in their worries.Francesca has continuously identified that she was once the clever sister, "though our mom by no means set us down and acknowledged, 'Francesca, we will name you the clever one.'" Amanda was once delicate and gorgeous from the start and had constantly garnered many of the attention-and all the dates. Now they have been thrown jointly in a last-ditch attempt to avoid wasting the relations company ahead of it is going completely down the drain.As for the coffeehouse itself, good, there is hardly a lifeless second. reflect on the piranha-minded next-door franchise and the brainstorms of 1 approximately psychotic advertising supervisor for starters. And who can ignore love? Or not less than intercourse. due to a promotional contest, it isn't lengthy earlier than Amanda is asking to discover the air of secrecy of a buff mountain climber whereas Francesca considers laying off greater than her inhibitions with a J. staff model.The stakes are emerging. it is time to discover if clever or beautiful is aware most sensible, even if the excellence rather fits both of them, and if the Greenfield sisters can really reside fortunately ever after.

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As she crowned him (headpiece also made of foil), Amanda stared into Chick’s eyes. He stared right back. They took hands. Frank knew Amanda wouldn’t be able to leave the contestants alone. In a mountain cave in the middle of the night, Amanda could zero in on the best-looking man in the room. Frank turned around to invite Benji to leave, but he was already making his way out the door. Frank redirected her attention to the thirsty customers—there was a fresh demand for coffee. Amanda pushed her way over to the counter to help.

The trigrams—the top three and bottom three coins—read Sky over Tree. Amanda consulted her chart and then had to keep herself from gasping out loud. This configuration could be interpreted in dozens of ways, none of them good. Amanda’s take: stable, solid trees will be disturbed by sweeping winds from any direction, and the skies will pummel the ground with storms. Amanda struggled to flatten her forehead muscles. She didn’t want to tell Frank the truth—her older sister didn’t need any encouragement to be pessimistic.

Openness, flexibility. You’re the queen of yang—rigidity, inflexibility. Most people have a healthy mix in their lives. ’’ Amanda tended to be all tails. ’’ Frank asked. ‘‘I’m saying you’re unbalanced,’’ said Amanda. ’’ ‘‘Flat chested, but still top-heavy,’’ said Frank. ‘‘I never said flat chested,’’ Amanda replied. ‘‘But now that you mention it . ’’ Frank took the coins and closed her eyes. ’’ Frank said, ‘‘Will this be one more failure in a lifetime of bad calls? One more humiliation on top of all the others?

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