This week's book was a definite improvement over last week. Thin, Rich, Pretty by Beth Harbison is the story of three girls/women who met one year at summer camp. Two of the girls (Holly and Nicola) become good friends, and the third, Lexi, is part of the 'mean girls' group. The book goes back and forth between the present and the past (20 years before at summer camp), where these girls' insecurities are brought out - Holly thinks she's too fat; Nicola wants to be prettier, and Lexi knows that money can't buy affection from her mean stepmother. Fast forward to the present and these troubles still plague them - Holly's boyfriend wants her to lose weight before he will commit to marry her; Nicola finally decides to do something about her most hated feature, her nose, and Lexi finds herself down on her luck and broke when she is cut out of her father's will.
Eventually their lives will intersect again, but it is definitely the journey these women go through that makes for a fast and enjoyable read. The characters are likeable and relatable, and I like how Harbison writes quick dialogue to move the scenes forward. It is perfect for the summer - reading it up at a cottage - and if you've been to summer camp, this book will definitely take you back.
I have another one of Harbison's on the list this summer - Hope in a Jar, so now I am also looking forward to it. But I don't have any of her Shoe-a-holic books - anyone read them? Would you recommend them?