Twenty years ago, Allie Denty was the pretty one and her best friend Olivia Pelham was the smart one. Throughout high school, they were inseparable…until a vicious rumor about Olivia— a rumor too close to the truth—ended their friendship.
Now, on the eve of their twentieth high school reunion, Allie, a temp worker, finds herself suddenly single, a little chubby, and feeling old. Olivia, a cool and successful magazine beauty editor in New York, realizes she's lonely, and is finally ready to face her demons.
Sometimes hope lives in the future; sometimes it comes from the past; and sometimes, when every stupid thing goes wrong, it comes from a prettily packaged jar filled with scented cream and promises.
Beth Harbison has done it again. A hilarious and touching novel about friendship, Love's Baby Soft perfume, Watermelon Lip Smackers, bad run-ins with Sun-In, and the healing power of "Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific." Hope in a Jar: we all need it.
As a teen Allie Denty believed the cure for most anything could be had in a cosmetics jar. Now, with her 20-year high school reunion approaching, she's facing insecurities she'd never imagined aging, weight gain and her single status. When her best friend Noah shows up accompanied by a beautiful woman who was the most evil girl in high school, Allie warns him off her and risks damaging their long friendship. Orlagh Cassidy's mellifluous voice makes this mundane and predictable story far more interesting than it is. She gives the characters more personality than was written for them and finds the perfect voices to portray each. Chapters begin with quirky quotes that any baby-boomer would recognize, and Cassidy imbues them with dry, overly dramatic tones, making them the novel's comedic highlight. A St. Martin's hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 2).
Any woman who grew up in the late 70s will appreciate this story. It's like taking a little trip down memory lane.
This book was almost painful to read. This was one of the most predictable books I've ever read. The predictability combined with the weight watchers commercial, and cheesy "positive" self talk was too much. And why did she have the character raped by her step father? It had almost nothing to do with the story. Some girl over hears her telling her friend in the bathroom, spreads it all over school and they stop being best friends because she thinks her friend told everyone. And then it's never talked about again, it's not used to develop the character, it's not even really pertinent to the story. It was a lazy way for the author to create conflict, she honestly could've come up with something less horrible. The rape of children isn't something to use because an author is too lazy to come up with a better conflict. Maybe it sounds overboard on my part, but it was so lame I had to write a review which I never do.
All of these books are highly entertaining. My only complaint is that they aren't longer. They should be for the price. But really good.