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Sylvie has always been the odd one out in her family. Her mother is a celebrated artist, known for her bohemian lifestyle. Her father, long estranged from the family, is a respected poet and academic. Sylvie’s two beautiful sisters and her big brother are also making their mark in the design world.Sylvie hasn’t an artistic bone in her body. On the verge of turning thirty,Sylvie has always been the odd one out in her family. Her mother is a celebrated artist, known for her bohemian lifestyle. Her father, long estranged from the family, is a respected poet and academic. Sylvie’s two beautiful sisters and her big brother are also making their mark in the design world.Sylvie hasn’t an artistic bone in her body. On the verge of turning thirty, back living in the family home in Sydney and working for her mother and sisters, she feels stuck in a major rut.Then her brother Sebastian steps in with a rescue plan. He offers her a room in his Melbourne apartment for as long as she likes, on one condition. In an updated version of a treasure hunting game they played as children, she has to follow his instructions and go exploring the city.Within days, she’s doing things she’s never done before, going to places she’s never been and beginning to think of ideas for a new career. She is also getting to know a very lovely man. Life is looking up.Then Sebastian reveals one final challenge…...

Title : Odd One Out
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ISBN : 9780143005445
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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Odd One Out Reviews

  • Suzanne
    2019-04-14 15:11

    What a bloody good book to come across at Vinnies for a dollar. A really great author, hearty and lovely family stories. I'm thinking The Alphabet Sisters and Lola's Secret.I'm not sure about the premise of this 'book' as it does state on the back cover that it is only for promotional purposes and that it's not for sale. A sweet little novella broaching sweet and safe contemporary issues. Set in Melbourne, mostly, this was an easy to read story that fans of Monica McInerney will embrace. Characters to love (Mill) hate (nasty self absorbed sisters) and characters to laugh with (Leila). I liked it, and I've found I'm not easy pleased of late! This one was easy. I like easy. Check this out (as my 3 year old says) "... Donald's bookshop, nestled between a French bakery and a wine shop. The front windows featured beautifully displayed books and posters." I only know of Dymocks! This is nice make believe.

  • Sharon
    2019-03-26 12:51

    Although this was a quick read I really enjoyed it.Sylvie is feeling a bit out of sorts and has always been the odd one out in her family. So when her brother Sebastian asks her to house sit for him in Melbourne she decides to take him up on his offer.Whilst Sylvie is there Sebastian makes her do a treasure hunt game similar to the ones they did when they were children. Doing the treasure hunt will make Sylvie explore the city and meet new people.I enjoyed the relationship between Sylvie and Sebastian as he was always there for her and was able to cheer her up when she most needed it.The other character I liked was Aunt Mill. She was hilarious and I found myself having many giggles with some of the things she said through the book.This was a short, easy and fun read. So if you're looking for a light read I would recommend this book.

  • Jeanette
    2019-04-10 17:16

    I wasn't quite what to expect with Monica McInerney's The Old One Out. I love the colourful cover and McInerney hooked me from the first page with her fast, light and humorous prose. Almost 30 years old, Sylvie Devereaux is the old one out; a competent secretary in a high-profile artistic family - her estranged father, a poet and academic, her mother a talented and feted artist, her siblings high flyers in the design world. Sylvie's mothers and sisters totally take her for granted. When dotty Great-Aunt Mill embarrasses Sylvie in front of everyone at her sister's society wedding reception - Sylvie's brother Sebastian whisks her off to Melbourne and sets her on a treasure hunt in an effort to encourage her to find her own life. Things don't turn out how Sylvie or Sebastian expect - with successes, disasters and unexpected decisions. While I began to twig what at least part of the ending might be, I really enjoyed this humorous book with its underlying seriousness about family relationships and not living in the shadow of the past or that of your brilliant (or otherwise) relatives. Great-Aunt Mill was hilarious; Sylvie, Max and Sebastian likable characters and McInerney gives us an enjoyable and satisfying ending (though, as a former medico, I did cringe a bit to the cavalier attitude to both drinking oneself blind and smoking for the fun of it.) At 150 pages, it was a light, funny read with depth. I'll be reading McInerney again

  • Anna Hooper
    2019-04-15 18:04

    A really enjoyable story from the engaging Monica McInerney. I've been struggling to read things of late and this was a great kickstart back into books. I enjoyed the familiarity of the Melbourne setting too.

  • Liz
    2019-04-15 13:02

    Not my favourite McInerney book. I agree with another reviewer on goodreads - it would be better as a movie - especially if they spent time showing the essential Melbourne, and focussed on her family's artistic bent - showed her mum's sculptures, sister's designs, her mum's (coastal?) retreat. Could be an aussie chick flick - we don't do those very often, if at all...

  • Kate Krake
    2019-04-18 09:55

    About 1/3 of the way through, it was like I'd eaten too many lollies. Sweet and insubstantial good for the moment, but after too much it starts to make you a bit sick and you realise it's doing you no good and you're better off without it.Nothing particuarly bad about it as far as mindless chick lit goes (hence 2 stars, not 1), but I like to get more out of reading, even junk food reading.

  • Dee-Ann
    2019-03-30 09:58

    This book did not grab me. It was not totally predictable but did not seem to have any 'dah dah!' moments. I think it might have been better if at some stage Sylvia's family in Sydney actually came to terms to what they were missing when Sylvia left. The characters of Mill and the neighbour (cant remember her name) were okay, but could have been expanded or used a bit more.

  • Kylie Atkinson
    2019-04-11 12:52

    Love Monica McInerney but only liked this book. The characters were great (even the mum and sisters because it's always fun to have someone to not like). I especially loved the Great Aunt Mill and her 'sordid' previous life. Haha. She'd be a great book by herself. I wish there was a bit more romance (I thought for sure Gorgeous George was going to be a match) and maybe a few more rollercoaster moments. I good quick read but I'm glad I've read other before this to say that I love the author.

  • Amy Volker
    2019-03-28 15:13

    I fell in love with Monica McInerney's novels years ago and get so excited when I realized that I had this one but never read it. Same lovable characters with way too many issues only in an almost short story length. Sylvie Devereaux matches all of her other lead characters who needs help in all aspects of her life and this time it's her brother who pulls her to safety. My only issue is that it just wasn't long enough. I wanted more of Sylvie and Sebastian and his wonderful treasure hunts.

  • Tricia Riley
    2019-04-14 14:08

    This was a quick read.Sylvie is the odd one out in an artist family. Her brother Sebastian brings her to Melbourne to rescue her. Then he sends her on a treasure hunt with dares. Things don't turn out as Sebastian plans it.I did like the book but it was a bit dull. If it was any longer it might have been a struggle.

  • Heather
    2019-04-14 10:12

    Quick readAt 175 pages, I practically read in one sitting. Sylvia is a great main character and her realizations about her family and self made an interesting story. Beach read material!

  • Hilarie Stone
    2019-04-10 12:21

    Short story, read in a couple of hours. Enjoyed it.

  • Kathy
    2019-04-22 15:14

    An enjoyable quick read but way too short

  • Kim
    2019-04-01 14:55

    4.5 stars Picked this up last night. Finished it in the wee hours of this morning. Loved it.

  • Anna Davidson
    2019-04-05 14:56

    A fun holiday read mostly set in my old neighbourhood, South Yarra.

  • Els
    2019-03-28 18:20

    Deze auteur is geen onbekende voor mij. Meestal schrijft ze lekker dikke boeken waar je uren van kan genieten. Dit is echter maar een dun 'zusje', maar dat zal mij niet tegen houden om er gezellig mee in de zetel te kruipen. Het speelt zich af in Australë en zou ik daar eigenlijk wel eens heen willen. Omdat ik niet zo happig ben op lange vliegreizen, zal ik mij beperken tot het mij mentaal verplaatsen naar de andere kant van de wereld. smile-emoticon'Odd one out' of vreemde eend in de bijt, zoals wij zeggen. smile-emoticon Hoe vaak denken we niet van iemand die dingen anders doet dan wij : amai, dat is een rare. Staan we er ooit bij stil dat die dat waarschijnlijk ook van ons denkt? Vermoedelijk niet, want wat voor ons normaal of logisch lijkt, is vaak het juiste en al de rest is raar of abnormaal. Misschien wordt het de hoogste tijd om daar van af te stappen en ook de andere kant eens te bekijken? In het boek is Sylvie de 'rare'. Zij is de enige niet creatieve in haar gezin. Daardoor wordt ze dan ook vaak als niet belangrijk bestempeld, terwijl het juist zij is, die achter de schermen alles draaiende houdt. Ze wordt echter door haar familieleden als manusje van alles gebruikt en dan nog meestal zonder haar waardering te geven. Dan biedt haar broer haar een oplossing. Hij nodigt haar uit om bij hem in Melbourne te komen logeren en alles eens op een rijtje te zetten. Door deze kans, lijkt ze haar draai gevonden te hebben : weg onder het juk van haar veeleisende moeder en zussen. Tot een bericht op haar antwoordapparaat haar de ogen opent en ze plots haar toekomst klaar en duidelijk voor zich ziet. Niemand, ook zij zelf niet, had verwacht dat het zo zou aflopen, behalve misschien toch die ene persoon ...ConclusieEen leuk boek met grappige accenten en waar uit blijkt dat de 'rare' misschien wel normaler is dan de 'normalen'. Het verhaal mocht nog wat langer geduurd hebben, want je zit toch nog met een aantal vragen of bepaalde dingen nu wel of niet zijn goedgekomen, maar 4 sterren is het zeker waard.

  • Lee
    2019-04-04 10:12

    Odd... That about sums it up really. This is an... odd book. My copy was marked that it was for promotional purposes, which made me wonder if it was something Monica had bashed out years ago and popped on the scrap heap, only to find her publishers wanting some sort of novella to help pimp one of her other novels, meaning she offered them this strange little thing. I could have coped but not for the 'romance' in the book. (Who knew I demanded romance! Well, everyone I know I guess, but that's beside the point...) I mean, there's a perfect set up for it -- a man who works in a book store, surely it's everyone's dream! (Well, everyone who hangs out at Goodreads' dream.) And then... He's gone and she's checking out the gardener, but then the gardener is married with 3 kids, and... (Sorry for the spoilers, but you won't mind really if you read it. Only to agree with me it's all... Odd.) The only interesting plot is the B plot of the old great aunt and her lifelong affair with her employee. That part was kinda cute, but the rest was... Odd.

  • Siva
    2019-04-06 11:07

    Sylvie, the odd one out in an artistic family finds her feet when her brother, Sebastian, rescues her from her Sydney life where she drowned herself in work for her absent-minded mother and unappreciative two sisters.In Melbourne, she house sits for her brother while he's away and during this time she goes on a treasure hunt that has been set out by Sebastian. I really enjoyed this book because I can relate to the characters a bit. I have an older brother ( two actually ) and they are just as loving and warm to me as Sebastian is to Sylvie. I just wish they'd set out a treasure hunt for me based on my favourite movies and books but I can't complain. My only negative comment about the book is that I wish it had been longer, that there were just a bit more chapters to it where Sylvie meets Max again and have a house in Melbourne or something. I also would've loved it if Sylvie stayed with her brother instead at the end but other than that the book was a great short read.

  • Kaye R
    2019-04-19 17:16

    I love Monica McInerney's books and rate her as one of my favourite chick-lit writers.Sylvie is a nicely developed character. She feels very out of place in her highly successful and creative family, and they treat her like a doormat. But, she is also hard-working, helpful and kind. Her long-lost brother (her only ally in the family) invites her to stay in Melbourne with him, which sparks some changes in her life.Odd One Out is only a short story, or a novella, and is a very quick read. Great to devour on a train or bus in Sydney traffic - you'll finish it before the traffic jam is cleared! Given the lack of pages, the writer does well to develop the characters as well as she does (I loved crazy aunt Mill), and the plot is also well structured. However, I wanted more, and I would have liked a full length novel devoted to Sylvie.

  • Emily
    2019-03-26 14:05

    I love the writing of Monica McInerney. I blame faith for allowing me to discover this lovely writer (having the book being in a pile of books given to me). I loved the easy reading nature of McInerney's books, they are the perfect books to just relax while the words take you away. Being an Aussie aspiring artist I really loved how all her books seem to have some connection to the arts and Australia, making easier for me to relate to. I loved Odd One Out, I loved all the characters and their personality. This book made me giggle and smile. All her books seem to be about discovering your path in life and how to jump over the grass to another path and completely change your life if you've taken a wrong turn. A book I recommend to anyone who want's something they can relate to.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-14 10:06

    If you like predictable romance/family drama books then you might like this one. It is a quick read about a modern day Cinderella, Sylvie, who needs to change her life and make it on her own without her family controlling her every move.Although it is a sweet tale, I found that there was too much telling and not enough showing. It was like reading a diary, at times e.g. He said this, then we did this etc.I did like the character, Aunt Mill. I got more of a sense of who she was by the messages left on Sylvie's answering machine. I didn't hate this book, but it didn't hold any surprises for me. If you are into writer's like Nicholas Sparks, then you might like this.

  • Kel Sta
    2019-04-12 16:07

    Escapism of the Marion Keyes kind, with a little bit of local flavour. One of my fellow borrowers could not get past the occasional lapse of grammer though: 'An empty can of Coke and bag of chips was beside her.' had the 'of's scribbled out and the 'Coke' and 'chips' circled and arrowed into their correct positions. Pedants unite! : ) I believe I may have completely overlooked those minor lapses, if not for the notations of my predecessor. McInerney's writing is relaxed and engaging, and despite the plot of her books being somewhat predictable, it's easy to consume a whole one in a sitting.

  • Ceels
    2019-04-24 12:19

    I picked it up because I have been trying to read different stuff than what I normally read. I was deeply suspicious of it most of the way through, but then towards the end I kind of relaxed and just enjoyed it.It dealt really well with my expectations and had some nice gentle surprises.I chose it because it was short and if I was going to read 'this sort of thing' at least it would be over soon. Now I am a little sad it was so short because I'd like to spend a little more time with her characters.

  • Rhonda
    2019-04-04 16:03

    A quick read for Young Adults and YA Fiction fans. The central character Sylvie begins a journey of self-discovery and freedom. Her life is in a rut and she is surrounded by family members who are famous, artistic but totally self-absorbed. Sylvie is decidedly un-artistic and begins to wonder where she fits in, is she the odd one out or are they? When Sylvie has an opportunity to live somewhere new and explore a new way of life she not only discovers what she really wants to do with her life, she also uncovers some hidden family secrets.

  • Stevie Lou
    2019-04-12 18:02

    This book is evidence of the reason why Monica McInerney's other novels are four times as thick - it takes that much writing for anything to actually happen in them. Odd One Out, unfortunately, had literally no plot. Ugly duckling character moves to Melbourne from Sydney and decides, after much pointless wandering and not a whole lot of thinking, to do what *she* wants to do with her life. If you read the blurb of this novel you'll have read everything you need to know.

  • Jamie
    2019-03-31 17:06

    After reading The Faraday Girls, I expected something much better than this. The book is very short (and was called a novel on the cover, not a short story), has a boring plot, underdeveloped characters, and bare-bones subplots. The writing is very basic -- I think a child could read and understand this book. Overall, not terrible, nothing truly objectionable, but just not... good. Pretty disappointing.

  • Corinne
    2019-03-26 14:17

    I liked this book. The author wrote it very "Aussie" with a laid back tone and modern Australian language. Some parts to a degree could be classed as predictable but it's still good to hear the outcome about romance the way you picture them in your mind. It made me giddy in some bits where the romances blossom. And you really feel for the main character Sylvie with her predicaments. Overall I would give this a 4 out of 5 star. It's a good romcom story.

  • Monica
    2019-04-16 11:15

    This short book tells the story of an artistic family with one member odd one out who is not artistic. Her name is Sylvie. I loved the childhood treasure hunt that her brother Sebastian did. The treasure hunt carried on onto adulthood whereby the brother gave Sylvie a series of clues hidden at various locations and she had to find the clues and work out their meaning.I also loved the aunt Mill with her tips which she imparted to Sylvie everytime she rang her.

  • Valerie
    2019-03-31 10:10

    Sylvie is a sweet character but at the age of 30, she doesn't know what to do with her life. As she tries to figure it out in a different place and with different people, her life, by the end of the book she's happy but there really isn't any character development. I would have liked to have seen Sylvie and Max have a more developed relationship by the end of the book.

  • Susanne M. Haenisch
    2019-04-08 17:55

    Delightful. ReadWell written story about a young woman's struggle to find her own way in life. Likeable heroine who was living other people's lives until she finally became confident enough in herself to find her own choice life. Family complications and personal struggles keep the storyline moving well. A nice tale of triumph and self discovery. Enjoyed it immensely!