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BIO: Sarah is the mother of three boys, which explains why she wrote part of her novel at Chuck E. Cheese. Seriously. Sarah penned her first book, Miscellaneous Tales and Poems, at the age of 10. When publishers failed to jump upon this literary masterpiece (hey, all the poems rhymed!) Sarah followed up by sending them a sternly-worded letter on Raggedy Ann stationery. Sarah still has that letter, and carries it to New York every time she has meetings with her publisher, as a reminder that dreams do come true. At least some dreams - Brad Pitt has yet to show up on her doorstep wearing nothing but a toolbelt and asking if she needs anything fixed. So maybe it's only G-rated dreams that come true. Please visit www.sarahpekkanen.com
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As these three women get closer and begin to open up about their families, their lives and what they have really been through, the weight of their secrets begins to lift. Each will have to tackle their problems on their own, but having the others for support will make it that much easier to handle.
Sarah Pekkanen has quickly become one of my favorite authors to follow. Her characters are so real and raw that it's not hard to place yourself in their situations. I could especially relate to Renee who is vivacious, funny and friends with just about everyone. Even as she lifts everyone else up and tells them how beautiful and special they are she just cannot seem to see that same beauty in herself. All the women are funny, dynamic and perfectly flawed so you can find yourself laughing at them one minute and crying along with them the next.
As women's fiction goes she is top caliber, and These Girls does not disappoint. If you love authors like Jennifer Weiner and Sophie Kinsella, or just want a great read to keep you entertained, These Girls is for you.
Well written, complex characters you will love.
If you like Jennifer Weiner or Jodi Picoult novels, you'll probably enjoy These Girls. Cate is Features Editor and her roomie Renee is hoping to be the next beauty editor of Gloss, the high fashion NYC magazine they work at. Overweight Renee thinks her chances to net the position will be sweetened if she loses weight. Enter black market diet pills.
Hunky reporter Trey Watkins has a sister, Abby, who needs a place to live and Cate and Renee offer her a room---what better way to get closer to Trey.
Each of the three girls, while very different, have secrets and internal struggles that, like Renee's diet pills, they don't want discovered.
Akin to Weiner's stories, I found this book to be missing some essential hooks, characters (weak) and plot tension to keep me involved.
This is a story of three women (late twenties, early thirties) who are each struggling internally with personal issues; Renee is beautiful both inside and out but, as a size 12, she constantly compares herself to thinner women. When she competes for the position of beauty editor at a magazine, her body issues hit an all-time-low; Cate is holding back a secret that she feels threatens her new leadership position at the magazine; This secret also keeps her a bit emotionally unavailable for relationships both platonic and romantic; and Abby has run away from her life in the suburbs and is starting to see the influence her childhood has had on her present choices. Renee and Cate have been roommates in their small NYC apartment for a while but never true friends, but when Abby's brother Trey asks them to take in his sister, things change.
I have mixed feelings about this book. In truth, I had difficulty putting it down because I wanted to know what would happen to each of these girls (no pun intended). In that respect, it was a great book. At the same time, I was often not happy with the author's choices and, with the exception of Renee, did not sympathize with the girls as much as I think I was supposed to. Cate, in particular, got on my nerves more than once. Each time she made a bad choice, she would internally acknowledge that she might be doing the wrong thing but then she would justify it and do it anyway. I thought she was a bit selfish, although she redeemed herself somewhat at the end. And while I understood what provoked Abby to do what she did, I still found her actions hard to swallow. Renee, on the other hand, was extremely likeable and sympathetic. She was, by far, my favorite character and the only one in whose story I felt truly vested.Read more ›
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I didn't read this book, but the cover has been stolen from another book! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sarah Kusz
I like books about women. This is an easy read and enjoyable, It shows the importance of friendship to women.Published 6 months ago by Jacquelyn Showers
The only negative thing I can say about this book is that I feel it ended too soon. Though where it did end was perfect. If that makes sense. Read morePublished 12 months ago by KelseyJane
This was such a great book. I couldn't put it down. I liked each of the three main characters and thought they all held their own. Read morePublished 12 months ago by B. Warren
While the three different stories were interesting, I feel like they could have been explored deeper. It seems to me that there could have been more.Published 13 months ago by mena
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