THE BROWN SISTERS TRILOGY (Get a Life Chloe Brown, Take a Hint Dani Brown, and Act Your Age Eve Brown)
Written by Talia Hibbert
My star rating – 5 stars!
I’ve never done a full series review before, so I make no promises of the success of this review. I always review each book individually but in this case it’s actually easier to do it all at once. I never binge read series. I read one then take a break, read a few different books, and then come back to it. I tried that with this series and I quickly realized that wasn’t going to happen. Talia Hibbert’s writing and the creation of the Brown sister characters wormed their way into my heart and I couldn’t stop thinking about them! So I gave in and marathon’d the series. I have absolutely NO regrets!
If you haven’t heard of these books, firstly I ask, where have you been? Jokes of course, but still, these books are everywhere and for good reason! If you haven’t read them though, let me take a moment to tell you what they’re about. We have 3 sisters; Chloe, Dani, and Eve. These sisters have grown up in a financially successful family with loving parents and an eccentric grandmother. While they have money to keep them comfortable, neither one of them takes it for granted, and each one has their own set of troublesome problems that keep love at arms length. Chloe is suffering from chronic pain and an invisible illness, but is determined to make it on her own and not let her illness stop her. Dani is a major workaholic, striving for her doctorate, and is scarred emotionally after being cheated on by her ex, forcing her to only allow non-commitment relationships. And Eve is the youngest, living in the shadows of her sisters success, feeling like she’s a failure as she’s never found “the thing” that makes her happy and struggles to find her own purpose in life.
I feel like I can review all three of these together because they were very similar in many ways. They all had the same general structure:
1 – Meet the sister.
2 – Learn about her quirks, things they struggle with, emotional damage (I know you’re hearing the guy from Tik Tok in your head right now…) and how they cope.
3 – Girl meets boy and feels feelings but refuses to admit it.
4 – Continues to try and be independent but realizes they enjoy the company of the boy.
5 – Sparks fly and they slowly admit they have strong feelings.
6 – Admit they love each other and more sparks fly (wink, wink).
7 – Disaster strikes due to some sort of miscommunication and they separate.
8 – They realize they made a huge mistake, try to fix things, and they all live happily ever after.
All of these books having the same layout wasn’t a bad thing in any way. I enjoyed literally every word of it! Though the body of these books were similar, the sisters were NOT. The way Talia Hibbert wrote these sisters was incredible. They were written with such depth and feeling, with every little detail of their personality weaving its way into your heart. I could have sworn these ladies were real people by the time I was done reading! In fact, they were so wonderful that I WISH they were real because I would want them as my best friends! Chloe is the one I related to the most. She’s got chronic pain, an invisible illness, and loves to plan things… that’s me in every aspect. Dani is the one that I related to the least but I loved her possibly more than the others, which is weird! She was just so damn smart, driven, and adventurous! And Eve – everyone needs someone like Eve in their life! Bright, colourful, happy, and a magnet that you can’t help but be drawn to. The fact that these sisters were so different yet the author nailed even the smallest detain of their personalities has left me in awe!
As much as I loved all of these characters and the plot of each book, it was how the author approached sensitive and difficult topics. Things like invisible illness, dealing with emotions from toxic past relationships, anxiety, grief, autism, abandonment, the power of friendships, and learning how to trust/love knowing that it will hurt even more if something goes wrong, and so on. And it wasn’t just that she brought these topics to the spotlight, oh no. She handled them from beginning to end. She explored how all of these things can impact the way you think, interact with people, open yourself up or close yourself down, and even change the way you live your daily life. It was an all encompassing look at some very difficult things that people try to cope with on a daily basis. Things that can cause you shame or guilt. And she takes these things and makes the characters work through it all, understand it, accept help, and learn to love themselves despite their own issues.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much that got to me. I’ve been struggling with chronic pain for my entire life. I’m 39 and only just now getting to see a specialized clinic in Toronto Ontario to be diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. As my health worsens, my ability to function had dwindled. I have so much guilt and emotional turmoil with it all. Most of all, I feel like I’m putting so much more on my husband and it’s not fair to him and he surely must resent me and my pain. This book changed my perspective with one quote alone:
“I can cook, and right now, you can’t. So I’m doing it for you because that’s how people should behave; they should fill in each other’s gaps. Don’t think about it too hard.”
A simple enough thought. When she was in agony and couldn’t cook dinner, her man offered to cook. Not because he felt obligated. Not because he felt pressured to do so. But because he WANTED to and because he could, when she couldn’t. It literally changed my entire perspective and even my husband noticed it.
So yes. These are spicy little rom-com’s but the expertise of the author made them all so much more. The characters, the conversations, and the sensitivity of it all made these some of the best books i’ve ever read. You might not relate to each and every character, but you will fall in love with them all the same. And you might even learn to love yourself and others just a little bit more as well.
Please read these. Just do it!
Until next time, happy reading!