- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 9
- Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; First edition (May 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0152057641
- ISBN-13: 978-0152057640
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,297,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grade 6–10—Abbey Garner, 15, has learned a lot from her hardworking great-grandmother, with whom she lives in rural Maryland. They run a beauty shop together, but Granny Po would like to retire and rent it out for profit. Abbey has mixed feelings when Gena arrives in town and arranges to turn Polly's Parlor into a successful day spa, but her ambivalence is quickly overcome when she reaps the benefits of learning about marketing, design, and finances from the newcomer while earning an increased salary. Abbey's goal has been to become a millionaire by age 35, and she's determined to avoid the romantic mistakes that seem to have affected every female in her family, even if it means possibly losing her longtime friendship with handsome Mitch. Although Abbey is happy, she misses her mother, who has a history of substance abuse, and blames her father for abandoning both of them. Then she makes the mistake of loaning her mother all of the money she's worked so hard to earn, so that they could buy a house and live together. Of course, her mother disappears again, and Abbey's search for her turns up a lot of unpleasant truths and family secrets, bringing the teen to a new level of maturity. This deceptively simple book reveals Abbey as a wonderful character who will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers. Her quiet, almost folksy lifestyle demonstrates the powerful impact of a loving family and good mentors.—Susan Riley, Mount Kisco Public Library, NY
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Beauty Shop for Rent is a sweet and heartfelt novel. On the surface, this books seems to be about saving the beauty shop, bringing it to the future with the renovations, and the friendships between Granny Po, Abbey, and Gena, but it really is about Abbey's fractured relationships with her parents, mainly her mother, coming to terms with the fact that her mother has issues that will hold Abbey back, and Abbey's determination to break free of the traditions of teen pregnancy and depression that run in her family. Bowers also deals with the complexities of friendship and romance, and the unhappy truth of what happens when some girls choose to put their boyfriends above their friends. Abbey has a lot of spunk and a great sense of humor, making this book a fun read despite its serious moments, and her Granny Po's close friends, nicknamed the Gray Widows, are always providing comedic relief and emotional support. This quirky, memorable, and earnest story reminiscent of Steel Magnolias is an excellent pick-me-up.
I really liked Abbey. She has many admirable qualities that would be positive for teens reading this book. She's driven and hard-working, which are two qualities I haven't happened across often in young adult fiction. Abbey is also level-headed and does her best to make good decisions. The people in Abbey's life, specifically the quirky, self-dubbed Gray Widows, are entertaining and are more of a YA version of Steel Magnolias - as other reviewers have already expressed.
Laura Bowers' book is a quick read. It has its good points, but there were a few negatives for me. Abbey has a huge issue with having a boyfriend, because she believes having a boyfriend will land her in the same place as her mother - young and pregnant and strapped to a man who begins to resent her for ending young dreams because of the responsibilities that come with having a family. I didn't have a problem with this, but there is a certain relationship that popped up which was way too underdeveloped, and its resolution at the book's end was unsatisfactory and hollow due to so little time spent in building the relationship for the reader. Likewise, I found Abbey's mother and her treatment of Abbey irritating. Having been acquainted with people just like her, reading about such is unpleasant, especially when I could predict what she would and did do next.
As said before, I admired Abbey, enjoyed interactions with the older characters in her life - the Gray Widows, but found the book to be a little too predictable. I think this book would be best suited for teen readers.
Most of the money Abbey's saved came from her job at Granny Po's beauty salon. Granny Po is actually Abbey's great-grandmother Polly and Abbey has lived with her ever since her mother dropped her off four years ago with a promise to return soon. Abbey's stopped running to the mailbox and jumping when the phone rings, but a part of her still wants her mother to come back for her. Another part, though, is happy with the life she's got with Granny Po and the other `Gray Widows:' Caddie, Rosemary and Edith. The ladies look out for her and she has her job at Polly's Parlor, so life is pretty good.
Abbey's life looks to get even better when twenty-something Gena rents the parlor and turns it into a day spa. Abbey is making more money and life is even a little bit exciting. Then Abbey's mother Grace returns with a scheme to bring the two of them back together in their own home. Now Abbey is torn between her settled life with Granny Po and the Gray Widows and the wild unpredictability of life with her mother.